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BEVIER - The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating a deputy-involved shooting in Macon County.

The man whom a deputy shot survived and is at a Columbia hospital for treatment.

According to the Macon County Sheriff's Office, the deputy stopped a truck in Bevier shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday. During the stop, a passenger in the truck apparently got out with a rifle and aimed it at the deputy, prompting the deputy to open fire. The sheriff's office said the deputy shot the man "at least twice."

Authorities secured the driver of the truck, but it's unclear if that person was arrested or otherwise detained. Neither the driver nor the passenger have been identified.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control is handling the investigation.


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Several fires reported along railroad in Mexico https://www.komu.com/news/several-fires-reported-along-railroad-in-mexico/ https://www.komu.com/news/several-fires-reported-along-railroad-in-mexico/ Top Stories Tue, 14 Aug 2018 9:59:54 AM Destinee Patterson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Several fires reported along railroad in Mexico

MEXICO - Authorities responded to several small fires along railroad tracks running through town on Monday.

Norfolk Southern Railroad employees said one fire was caused by sparks from a rail grinder operated by maintenance workers. The crew was already working on putting the fire out when responders arrives.

The Mexico Public Safety Department responded to three other small fires throughout the day. Railroad ties supporting the railway tracks caught fire near Snyder Drive, Morris Street crossing and Green Boulevard. 

Norfolk Southern was the notified of the incidents. There were no injuries and no property damage from the incidents.


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UPDATE: Man talks about finding dog with legs and muzzle taped on highway https://www.komu.com/news/update-man-talks-about-finding-dog-with-legs-and-muzzle-taped-on-highway/ https://www.komu.com/news/update-man-talks-about-finding-dog-with-legs-and-muzzle-taped-on-highway/ Top Stories Mon, 13 Aug 2018 1:43:18 PM Annie Hammock, KOMU Interactive Director and Leo Rocha, KOMU 8 Digital Producer UPDATE: Man talks about finding dog with legs and muzzle taped on highway

AUDRAIN COUNTY - A man who found a dog "hopping" along Highway 54 with his legs and muzzle taped says he can't believe anyone would do such a thing to a dog.

Mexico resident Carl Nowlin said, as soon as he saw the dog, he pulled over and got out.

"I walked up to him and he instantly turned and started coming to me, tail and hindquarters wagging like he was going to fall over, like he was so happy to see me," Nowlin said.

Nowlin said his first priority was taking off the tape, thinking "he needs to breathe and he needs to be able to move."

Nowlin said the dog laid its head on his lap until the tape was gone. Then the dog sprung into action.

"He instantly gets up in the van in the passenger seat like 'are you coming or what,' after he gave me about four or five hundred kisses," Nowlin said.

The next step was a meeting with sheriff's deputies who told Nowlin there was no place to keep the dog overnight. So Nowlin took it home.

He said he kept the dog in a pen for a short while, but it seemed to react well to his three other dogs, so he let it out.

"He started playing and rolling around with the other dogs, like he was home," Nowlin said.

He took the dog to the Audrain Animal Shelter Monday afternoon, which is keeping it for the next several days during an investigation.

"I know everyone who works there, I love them all to death, they're all very very kind people," he said.

Still, Nowlin plans on being there the moment the dog is released.

"I want to make damn sure he goes to a good home, and he can come home to mine," he said.

The Audrain County Sheriff's Office asks anyone with information on the dog to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-392-TIPS.


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Board of Education approves increase in operating tax rate ceiling https://www.komu.com/news/board-of-education-approves-increase-in-operating-tax-rate-ceiling/ https://www.komu.com/news/board-of-education-approves-increase-in-operating-tax-rate-ceiling/ Top Stories Mon, 13 Aug 2018 8:00:04 PM David Estrada, KOMU 8 Reporter Board of Education approves increase in operating tax rate ceiling

COLUMBIA - The Columbia Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved a 9-cent increase in the operating tax rate ceiling Monday.

The Board increased the ceiling from 56 cents to 65 cents, the maximum amount approved by voters in the April 2016 municipal election.

CPS Interim Chief Financial Officer Heather McArthur said the hike would represent an increase of about $35 in property tax for the average household, valued at about $195,000 in Boone County.

CPS Superintendent Peter Stiepleman said the school district had already planned for the tax hike, after the board adopted a voluntary reduction in the tax rate from what voters approved. 

"In 2016, we asked the voters to increase their taxes by 65 cents, and what they said to us was, ask for what you need and then don't come back for a while," Stiepleman said.

After the election, CPS didn't think it needed to use the entire tax increase right away. But Stiepleman said, with a new middle school opening in 2020, and increases in increases in teacher salaries, the district decided the extra 9 cents is needed now.

The increase would produce an estimated $2,218,453 in additional revenue in the operating funds in the current year for the school district.

Stiepleman said all of those funds would go into the "teacher fund," which pays for teachers' salaries and benefits.

"It allows us to make good in our promise, in term of a compensation plan," he said. "The compensation plan was made with the teachers and the administration, and the board, to have a starting salary of $40,000 and an ending salary of $80,000 in terms of a career. This allows us to take one more step in that direction."

According to McArthur, 64 percent of the funding for Columbia Public Schools comes from local sources. Out of that amount, 55 percent is revenue obtained from property tax.

Stiepleman said the heavy reliance of the district on local sources of revenue requires it to respond to the community's interests and needs.

"More than anything, it is their schools," he said. "What was super important is that we continue to communicate the promises we've made and how we're living up to those promises. We have great trust with our community. Last year 83 percent of the community approved our bond, that's huge faith in what we're trying to accomplish together."

The Board of Education will hold a public hearing at its next meeting on Aug. 23 to decide on the actual operating tax rate for this year. The board will then vote, next month, to approve that rate.

 


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Student's tweet goes viral after she warns other women of human trafficking https://www.komu.com/news/student-s-tweet-goes-viral-after-she-warns-other-women-of-human-trafficking/ https://www.komu.com/news/student-s-tweet-goes-viral-after-she-warns-other-women-of-human-trafficking/ Top Stories Mon, 13 Aug 2018 6:20:54 PM Olivia Gerling, KOMU 8 Reporter Student's tweet goes viral after she warns other women of human trafficking

MACON – A viral tweet is prompting the Missouri State Highway Patrol to warn people to call 911 if they believe they are encountering possible sex traffickers.

Nineteen-year-old Makenzie Kleist says she was on the way to move into her UMKC apartment when she saw a black truck with no license plates following her on Highway 36. According to Kleist, the truck followed for several miles, never letting other cars in between them.

Kleist and her 16-year-old sister were the only two in her car, which was speeding.

“I was even thinking ‘I’m going 30 over. If a cop pulls me over this is a good thing, because I’m getting away from this situation,'” she said. 

Kleist said, after hearing of several incidents in her home state of Illinois, she was afraid it would turn into a human trafficking incident.

Kleist called her father, a police officer in Illinois. He told her to call 911 and pull over at the Macon exit. 

Kleist and her sister met with Macon police officers, and she later posted her experience on Twitter. The post went viral. Click here to read the full thread.

Kleist said she posted it for other women who may find themselves in a similar situation.

“I do think it’s very important women to know that you need to call the instant you know,” she said. 

The Macon police put out this following statement on Facebook regarding the incident:

“It kind of made it seem like I was overreacting,” Kleist said. 

She said some people may doubt her story, but she insists it's true.

“Of course, when a Tweet like that goes viral some people assume it’s fake,” Kleist said.

KOMU 8 News reached out to the Macon Police Department for an interview, but the chief was not available to comment. 

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain John Hotz, anyone who finds themselves in a situation similar to Kleist should call *55 or 911. If they do not have cell service, they should pull into an area with several people. Never pull to the side of the road.


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Violence concerns lead downtown business to close earlier https://www.komu.com/news/violence-concerns-lead-downtown-business-to-close-earlier/ https://www.komu.com/news/violence-concerns-lead-downtown-business-to-close-earlier/ Top Stories Mon, 13 Aug 2018 3:09:11 PM Eric Graves, KOMU 8 Reporter Violence concerns lead downtown business to close earlier

COLUMBIA - Living Canvas, a tattoo, body piercing and art gallery on Broadway, is shutting its doors earlier than it ever has before after the most recent shots fired incident happened right across the street.

The announcement was made on Living Canvas's Facebook page on Monday. 

"After the last couple weeks of shootings getting closer to our end of downtown we are making the decision to start closing at 10pm instead of midnight. We are restructuring our artist scheduling to make sure we can still accommodate all of you. We want to stress that this decision is to ensure the safety our patrons, staff and families," the post said.

“We just don’t want to put anyone in jeopardy and it seems after 10 p.m. that’s when the problems really start,” Dean Jones, co-owner of Living Canvas, said.

This is all after the third shots fired incident in three weeks in downtown Columbia.

The most recent incident happened around midnight Friday night on Sixth St.

Police reported two cars firing back and forth at each other.

Trent Tucker is a tattoo artist at Living Canvas and also an eye-witness of the shooting.

“Definitely a solid 30 seconds of feeling like fish in a barrel in a cage while someone's discharging fireworks back and forth practically 10 feet from your head,” Tucker said.

Tucker said one man was on foot firing a gun near the McNally's patio and ran away through an alley between McNally's and Tropical Liqueurs.

Jones said in the past violence has stayed up around Tenth St. and Broadway, but now it's making its way down near his business.

"We don’t get near the foot traffic on this end of downtown," Jones said. "There’s a definite dissemination between eighth street down, it’s a different type of downtown.” 

Jones said a few months ago there was a drive by shooting outside Living Canvas and the next day he noticed a bullet hole in the outside wall of the store.

He said he grew up in downtown Columbia and was always down there, but things have changed now.

"This was kind of home to me and I always felt safe here," Jones said. "Would I let my kids run loose down here? Absolutely not. No way.”

Mayor Brian Treece said after the most recent shots fired incident he is doing things to address the issue.

"There’s meetings happening all week this week," Treece said. "And we’re already seen an increase in the number of law enforcement that are patrolling downtown.”

Treece added he thinks downtown Columbia is safe, despite the most recent incidents.


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Gov. Parson stops in Mexico to hear about farmer struggles https://www.komu.com/news/gov-parson-stops-in-mexico-to-hear-about-farmer-struggles/ https://www.komu.com/news/gov-parson-stops-in-mexico-to-hear-about-farmer-struggles/ Top Stories Mon, 13 Aug 2018 1:44:31 PM Mercedes Mackay, KOMU 8 Reporter Gov. Parson stops in Mexico to hear about farmer struggles

MEXICO - Gov. Parson is traveling through the northeastern part of Missouri this week and he started his travels in Mexico on Monday with a farmer-to-farmer discussion.

"There are real opportunities for the state of Missouri to do big things," Parson said at the beginning of the hour-long discussion.

He opened by stating his main focuses were improving infrastructure and job development in rural areas. 

"We just need to be able to help to do our part as government and from the governor's road to see how I can help with those two issues, which are crucial for Missouri. They are critical for the future of our state and for the young men and women coming up," Parson said. 

Parson opened the floor to allow farmers to introduce themselves and share with him the biggest problems they are currently facing.

Farmers brought up many different issues including health insurance, road safety, the drought, property rights and connecting with consumers. 

Larna Schnitker, 19, has grown up on a farm in Middletown her whole life and shared with the governor how her biggest problem was education. 

"I feel, to be point blank, that school is not teaching kids the right stuff anymore," she said. 

Schnitker just graduated high school and is about to start her freshman year at the University of Missouri.

"If we are preparing entire generations to only be book smart and graduate with good grades, but not have any life skills our industries, our businesses, our society as a whole might be affected negatively from that," she said. 

Tariffs and current U.S. foreign policies also came up frequently in the discussion.

Some of the farmers in the room expressed their support of the tariffs, and Parson agreed it is good for the future of the country. 

"I think long term they are the best thing for the country, I think they'll be the best thing for the state. Am I concerned about it? Sure I'm concerned about it, just like every farmer and every ag business are. But I think right now it is important to stay the course and see how this develops," he said. 

Parson frequently talked about how Missouri needs to market itself better. 

"We have a great state for people to come here and to live in. We just have to do a better job of selling it," he said.

Schnitker said Parson coming to hear their voices was touching to her. 

"I think for someone to actually come to us and hear our opinion and hear our thoughts and feelings about this is really something new. We haven't seen that in a long time, if ever. That to me shows the character and the caliber of the governor that we have," she said.


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Mugs Up back open after power line accident https://www.komu.com/news/mugs-up-back-open-after-power-line-accident/ https://www.komu.com/news/mugs-up-back-open-after-power-line-accident/ Top Stories Sun, 12 Aug 2018 1:57:43 PM Stephanie Sandoval, KOMU 8 Reporter & Mercedes Mackay, KOMU 8 Reporter Mugs Up back open after power line accident

COLUMBIA - Mugs Up Drive In's manager said the restaurant is back in tiptop shape after a power line accident shut the place down two weeks ago. 

Mugs Up, a family owned restaurant on Orange Street known for its homemade chili, burgers and root beer, reopened Monday. The eatery shut down after its roof partially collapsed when a delivery truck snagged a power line pulling the pole down, hitting the building.

While the roof and an employee's car sustained damage, the manager, Brandon Kewley, said the original structure was left untouched. Despite the damage, Kewley said the accident was a “blessing in disguise.” 

“Especially because no one was harmed and nothing unrepairable happened,” Kewley said. “It gave us a chance to get some stuff done that we wouldn't have had time to until we closed.” 

He said their contractor, Kas Carlson, fixed the place up within a week.  

“He did a beautiful job,” he said. “I am in awe of him and his job and we want to thank him, our whole family, for getting us back together so quickly because we didn't know that it was possible, but he showed us that it was.” 

The restaurant has been in the Kewley family for 63 years. Kewley's grandparents, Ray and Edna, bought the restaurant on July 2, 1955. 

“They showed that you could have a business that would be a lot of hard work, but if you were willing to put in that hard work that it would sustain your family and that it could be a place where people would want to come to work and want to stay and that’s rare these days,” he said. 

His parents, Larry and Kay, took over as the new owners in 1974. 

“My grandpa continued to work until he was 81. Then he developed emphysema and had to retire permanently, but he would come and visit us in the morning," Kewley said. "He really cared about this place. It was his life.”

Following in his grandfather’s footsteps, Kewley started working at the drive-in when he was 12 and later became the manager in his early twenties. 

“I always wanted to stay,” he said. “Nobody else really wanted to take this on. It’s a lot of work. It’s a lot of responsibility.”

He said family has kept this place going.  

“Family is what I would say sums up the legacy of this place," Kewley said. “I wanted to keep it the way my parents wanted it, which is the way my grandparents had it.”

Kewley said most people have worked here for more than 15 years. 

“I’d say loyal customers and loyal employees have kept this place alive for 63 years,” he said. 

Bill Wyatt was one of the many customers that filled the parking lot Monday before the Mugs Up "open" sign flashed on.

Wyatt and his wife, Patsy, used to go Mugs Up every year for their anniversary. 

"We had 62 and 1/2 years that we were married and we came pretty regularly," he said. 

Patsy passed away two years ago, but Bill Wyatt said he will still keep coming to order his favorite chili cheese dog. 

"I always look forward to coming here," he said. 

Wyatt said Columbia as a town supports Mugs Up and he knows everyone is excited its doors are back open. 

 


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Columbia church racks up $884K in legal fees https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-church-racks-up-884k-in-legal-fees/ https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-church-racks-up-884k-in-legal-fees/ Top Stories Mon, 13 Aug 2018 11:28:02 AM The Associated Press Columbia church racks up $884K in legal fees

COLUMBIA (AP) — Missouri taxpayers may be covering $884,000 in legal fees for a Columbia church's U.S. Supreme Court case after a state agency denied its playground resurfacing.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Attorney General Josh Hawley praised the high court ruling in favor of Trinity Lutheran Church but questioned the fees and expenses. The court ruled last year that the Department of Natural Resources couldn't use religion as a reason to deny the church's grant application to resurface a playground using scrap tire pieces.

The church filed a motion seeking legal fees for the Alliance Defending Freedom, which argued the case on its behalf. The alliance didn't return a request for comment.

Hawley's office is asking to reduce the hours billed and cut the hourly rates.


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New law to curb expired license tags in Missouri https://www.komu.com/news/new-law-to-curb-expired-license-tags-in-missouri/ https://www.komu.com/news/new-law-to-curb-expired-license-tags-in-missouri/ Top Stories Mon, 13 Aug 2018 11:02:50 AM The Associated Press New law to curb expired license tags in Missouri

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A new state law aims to reduce the number of Missouri residents driving vehicles with expired temporary license tags.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the measure will require drivers to turn in temporary tags to a state license office when obtaining permanent plates and paying sales tax on newly purchased vehicles. It takes effect Aug. 28.

The legislation attempts to keep the temporary paper tags from showing up illegally on another vehicle.

Missouri Department of Public Safety spokesman Mike O'Connell says misuse and fraudulent use of temporary tags has been a statewide issue.

Revenue Department spokeswoman Anne Marie Moy calls the law "a positive step." But Moy says the law doesn't require or allow the department to refuse to issue a plate if a temporary tag isn't turned in.


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Firefighters: smoking materials started Columbia house fire https://www.komu.com/news/firefighters-smoking-materials-started-columbia-house-fire/ https://www.komu.com/news/firefighters-smoking-materials-started-columbia-house-fire/ Top Stories Mon, 13 Aug 2018 10:20:30 AM Leo Rocha, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Firefighters: smoking materials started Columbia house fire

COLUMBIA - Officials say a house caught fire Sunday afternoon because of improperly disposed smoking materials.

Three people were in the house on Cliff Drive at the time of the fire and escaped without injury. 

It took crews about 10 minutes to get the fire under control.

Crews determined the origin was the rear deck. The fire then spread to the side of the house.

The interior of the house was minimally affected by the fire, with the rear deck taking most of the damage. The total damages are estimated at $20,000.

The Columbia Fire Department urges residents to discard smoking materials in a metal or non-combustible container with a layer of water.


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Union measure drove highest Missouri voter turnout in decade https://www.komu.com/news/union-measure-drove-highest-missouri-voter-turnout-in-decade/ https://www.komu.com/news/union-measure-drove-highest-missouri-voter-turnout-in-decade/ Top Stories Mon, 13 Aug 2018 11:20:58 AM The Associated Press Union measure drove highest Missouri voter turnout in decade

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A ballot measure attempting to limit union powers helped drive Missouri's largest voter turnout for a primary election in over a decade.

One-third of registered voters statewide cast ballots on Proposition A in last week's election. That was the highest primary turnout since August 2004, when nearly 36 percent of voters cast ballots.

The measure seeking to outlaw mandatory union fees was defeated overwhelmingly. Proposition A received a combined total of almost 1.4 million votes, according to unofficial results. That exceeded the nearly 1.3 million votes cast for U.S. Senate candidates in the Democratic, Republican, Libertarian and Green Party primaries combined.

In 2004, the biggest vote-getter was a state constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage. It received a total of 1.5 million votes and passed easily.


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Peter Strzok fired from the FBI https://www.komu.com/news/peter-strzok-fired-from-the-fbi/ https://www.komu.com/news/peter-strzok-fired-from-the-fbi/ Top Stories Mon, 13 Aug 2018 11:11:24 AM Maegan Vazquez, CNN Peter Strzok fired from the FBI

    (CNN) -- The FBI has fired Peter Strzok, an agent who was removed from the Russia probe last year for sending text messages disparaging President Donald Trump, Strzok's lawyer said Monday.

Aitan Goelman, Strzok's attorney, said FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich ordered the agent's termination on Friday. Goelman said that the deputy director's decision comes after the head of the office that normally handles disciplinary actions decided Strzok should instead face a demotion and 60-day suspension.

"The decision to fire Special Agent Strzok is not only a departure from typical Bureau practice, but also contradicts Director (Christopher) Wray's testimony to Congress and his assurances that the FBI intended to follow its regular process in this and all personnel matters," Goelman said in his statement.

Strzok's firing was earlier reported by The Washington Post.

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Woman, girl both drown in deadly stretch of Meramec River https://www.komu.com/news/woman-girl-both-drown-in-deadly-stretch-of-meramec-river/ https://www.komu.com/news/woman-girl-both-drown-in-deadly-stretch-of-meramec-river/ Top Stories Sun, 12 Aug 2018 10:04:15 PM The Associated Press and KOMU 8 News Digital Staff Woman, girl both drown in deadly stretch of Meramec River

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 35-year-old woman and a 12-year-girl drowned over the weekend in a deadly stretch of the Meramec River near Ballwin.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Rose Shaw and Deniya Johnson's bodies were recovered Saturday night from the Meramec River in Castlewood State Park. Over the past 14 years, 14 people have died in that portion of the river.

St. Louis County Police say the victims were part of a group of five people who all went under water Saturday afternoon.

A man and two girls were rescued by bystanders, but Shaw and Johnson, who was a friend of Shaw's daughter, died.

Both Shaw and Johnson were from Florissant. 

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I-70 crash in Boone County sets two cars ablaze https://www.komu.com/news/i-70-crash-in-boone-county-sets-two-cars-ablaze/ https://www.komu.com/news/i-70-crash-in-boone-county-sets-two-cars-ablaze/ Top Stories Sun, 12 Aug 2018 8:08:54 PM Siena DeBolt, KOMU 8 Digital Producer I-70 crash in Boone County sets two cars ablaze

BOONE COUNTY - A three-car crash at the 122nd mile marker of I-70 eastbound set two cars on fire, responders confirmed. The two cars that caught fire were also totaled. 

The accident occurred around 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 12, according to the Boone County Joint Communications. 

Boone County Fire confirmed no one was hurt in the crash. They also said traffic was backed up for several miles as a result. 


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North Dakota, feds battle with Missouri over river project https://www.komu.com/news/north-dakota-feds-battle-with-missouri-over-river-project/ https://www.komu.com/news/north-dakota-feds-battle-with-missouri-over-river-project/ Top Stories Sun, 12 Aug 2018 11:30:21 AM Blake Nicholson, Associated Press North Dakota, feds battle with Missouri over river project

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Attorneys for North Dakota and the federal government are asking an appeals court to reject the state of Missouri's challenge to a massive upstream Missouri River water project.

The $244 million Northwest Area Water Supply project aims to bring Missouri River water to as many as 82,000 people in northwestern North Dakota, giving them a reliable source of quality water. The state of Missouri worries that the project it describes as "monumental in scope" will diminish its own water supplies as well as harm its farming and shipping industries — and possibly even alter its state borders.

U.S. Department of Justice attorney Anna Katselas and Special Assistant North Dakota Attorney General Nessa Horewitch Coppinger argue in court documents filed this month that Missouri doesn't have a legal case and is exaggerating its claims.

The larger issue is a technical matter of whether Missouri has legal standing to sue the federal government on behalf of its residents. But the underlying dispute centers around how much water NAWS will actually use.

Missouri maintains it will deplete the river by 3.5 billion gallons each year, an amount Solicitor General John Sauer says would cause "manifold injuries to Missouri's sovereign and proprietary interests."

Those include drinking water for 3 million people, the fertility of over 1 million acres of farmland, a multimillion-dollar shipping industry, state wildlife habitat and recreational facilities, and even the state's water borders with Kansas and Illinois, he said.

Horewitch Coppinger countered that Missouri doesn't own the river and said the state "wildly overstates the size and potential impacts of the project" to a river system that has the capacity for more than 23 trillion gallons of water.

"If the reservoir system capacity were scaled down to one gallon of water, the annual NAWS withdrawal would represent less than three drops," she said.

Congress first authorized the NAWS project in 1986. It ran into a big snag in 2002 when the Canadian province of Manitoba sued over concerns about the possible transfer of harmful bacteria or other agents from the Missouri River Basin to the Hudson Bay Basin.

The international dispute was resolved in June when the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Manitoba government reached an agreement giving Canada a say in water treatment and monitoring.

Missouri sued in 2009 over its fears of water depletion. U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer in Washington, D.C., has never ruled on the claims because she ruled last year that the state had no authority to sue the federal government over the matter. The state appealed.

Missouri acknowledges that the Supreme Court has decided in many instances that states typically lack standing in such matters but argues there are exceptions in case law under which its claim fits. Katselas, the Justice Department attorney, disputes that.

There's no guarantee that NAWS will ever be fully built. A combined $129 million in federal, state and local money has been spent so far on more than 225 miles of pipeline and other infrastructure, and the system currently serves about 25,000 people. But future state and federal funding is not guaranteed.


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Holts Summit community honors late Carl DeBrodie https://www.komu.com/news/holts-summit-community-honors-late-carl-debrodie/ https://www.komu.com/news/holts-summit-community-honors-late-carl-debrodie/ Top Stories Sat, 11 Aug 2018 8:04:29 PM Olivia Gerling, KOMU 8 Reporter Holts Summit community honors late Carl DeBrodie

HOLTS SUMMIT – A park in Holts Summit was filled with people gathered in honor of Carl DeBrodie on Saturday.

DeBrodie was found in a storage shed last April, encased in concrete. KOMU 8 News has continued to follow the story.

Carl’s guardian mother, Mary Martin, helped start a foundation called Carl’s Helping Hands. Though she was not his legal guardian, Martin said she cared for him like her own child. 

On Saturday, the community held a benefit concert to get it off the ground.

“The cause is to aid and advocate for the people in the mental heath system,” Heather Smith said. 

DeBrodie had his own disabilities. The foundation was created to help people who are in similar shoes to DeBrodie’s.

“All of this is very close to my heart,” Smith said.

She had known DeBrodie since she was 8 years old.

Smith helped set up the benefit concert. Along with various bands, there was a food truck and a beer garden for those in attendance. 

Martin said all of the money raised would go towards the foundation.

The foundation also has a GoFundMe account that accepts donations.

“My child died,” Martin said. “That’s why it’s important to me.”


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Police confirm shots fired in downtown Columbia https://www.komu.com/news/police-confirm-shots-fired-in-downtown-columbia/ https://www.komu.com/news/police-confirm-shots-fired-in-downtown-columbia/ Top Stories Sat, 11 Aug 2018 2:37:52 PM Greta Serrin, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Police confirm shots fired in downtown Columbia

COLUMBIA - Police confirm there were shots fired early Saturday morning.

Around midnight the Columbia Police Department responded to shots fired at the corner of 6th Street and Broadway.

According to a news release, there were two cars involved in the exchange of gunfire, and evidence of shots fired were found.   

There were no reported injuries.

This is the third shooting in the last three weeks that has happened downtown. 

According to CPD's online records there have been 73 dispatch calls for shot's fired eight months into this year. 

Council Member Michael Trapp said that he share's Mayor Treece's opinion that Columbia is a safe place, but that there needs to be more prevention. 

"I think there's more that we could do, especially in the downtown area, about partnering better with the university," said Trapp. "They bring a lot of police resources, they have a strong interest in downtown, so I think we could enhance our cooperation."

The police department asks if you have any information regarding this incident to contact them at 573.874.7652, or call CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

Editors note: (This is an ongoing investigation by the Columbia Police Department and KOMU 8 will continue to update this story as information comes in.)


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Columbia police responded to an armed robbery Saturday morning https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-police-responded-to-an-armed-robbery-saturday-morning/ https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-police-responded-to-an-armed-robbery-saturday-morning/ Top Stories Sat, 11 Aug 2018 2:40:22 PM Greta Serrin, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Columbia police responded to an armed robbery Saturday morning
COLUMBIA - An armed robbery occurred at the Break Time convenience store on Forum Boulevard early Saturday morning.
According to a news release, the Columbia Police Department responded to the report around 1 a.m. 
Two men armed with handguns and wearing masks demanded money from a clerk at the store. 
There is currently no additional information.
The police department asks if you have any information regarding this incident to contact them at 573.874.7652, or call CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.
Editor's note: (This is an ongoing investigation by the Columbia Police Department and KOMU 8 will continue to update this story as information comes in.)

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Columbia museum exhibit tracks history of fake news https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-museum-exhibit-tracks-history-of-fake-news/ https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-museum-exhibit-tracks-history-of-fake-news/ Top Stories Sat, 11 Aug 2018 11:12:28 AM The Associated Press Columbia museum exhibit tracks history of fake news

COLUMBIA (AP) — A museum exhibit in Columbia is unpacking how the concept of fake news has developed over time.

The Boone County History and Culture Center recently opened the exhibit, "The History of Fake News (and the Importance of the World's Oldest School of Journalism)," the Columbia Missourian reported. Visitors can learn until January about how misinformation spreads.

Curator Clyde Bentley, a professor at University of Missouri's School of Journalism, said fake news started long before President Donald Trump's campaign.

"We've had this notion of fake news since the days of Charles II," Bentley said.

England's King Charles II banned coffee in the 1600s in an effort to control the news, Bentley said. Coffeehouses were places where politics and events were discussed. Charles II wanted to put a stop to the critiques of his reign coming from those establishments.

The exhibit also highlights the Missouri government's suppression of news during the Civil War when the state was under martial law. Soldiers arrested journalists who sympathized with the Confederacy and shut down their papers, Bentley said.

The exhibit outlines three types of fake news: error, hoax and real information that someone says isn't true, according to Bentley. The museum also analyzes how bots on social media networks control conversations with misinformation.

Bentley said the goal of the exhibit is for visitors to leave knowing they should examine news more carefully.

"My real hope is people will come in here with an open mind and come out and say, 'I better check this out a little better,'" Bentley said. "We should all do that."

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Information from: Columbia Missourian, http://www.columbiamissourian.com


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