KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Top Stories Top Stories en-us Copyright 2017, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 17 Oct 2017 HH:10:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Representative's controversial comments sparks disciplinary hearings http://www.komu.com/news/representative-s-controversial-comments-sparks-disciplinary-hearings/ http://www.komu.com/news/representative-s-controversial-comments-sparks-disciplinary-hearings/ Top Stories Mon, 16 Oct 2017 3:31:44 PM Sarah Trott, KOMU 8 Reporter Representative's controversial comments sparks disciplinary hearings

JEFFERSON CITY -  The House Ethics Committee took the first steps in disciplinary proceedings toward Rep. Warren Love, R-Osceola after he posted on Facebook calling for violence against people who vandalized a Confederate statue at Springfield National Cemetery.

In his Facebook post, Rep. Love wrote, “This is totally against the law. I hope they are found & hung from a tall tree with a long rope.”

Some feel Love's comments called for a lynching.

Love has since apologized for the post alluding to lynchings, calling his rhetoric “colloquial” and “cowboyism.” He said he meant to say the vandal should be punished to the “full extent of the law.” He said the post has not been deleted.

On Monday, the committee combined the ethics complaint filed by Gail McCann Beatty, D- Kansas City and formal filing into a single measure. They will move forward with a public, preliminary hearing sometime next month.

Rep. Love’s comments received backlash on social media from both sides of the aisle, also citing recent social media posts from Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City. She sparked controversy in August for writing “I hope Trump is assassinated” in a personal Facebook comment.

Gov. Greitens wrote on Twitter, “Leaders in MO need to do better & I don’t think the Sen or Rep should be representing the people of MO; both should face same consequences.” He later clarified with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Rep. Love should resign his legislative seat.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill joined in condemning Chappelle-Nadal’s comment and called her to resign as well.

Despite calls to step down, neither Chappelle-Nadal or Love have resigned. Chappelle-Nadal said her comment was out of frustration with the “trauma and despair” President Trump is causing.

Rep. Shamed Dogan, R-Ballwin, the only black Republican in the Missouri Legislature responded via Twitter, “Vandalizing property is wrong, but hoping for people to be hung/lynched over it?? Way over the line!!”

Republican Lt. Governor Mike Parson said on Twitter Love’s comments are “unacceptable and inexcusable” but did not ask him to resign. In a statement, Parson said, “no elected official should call for violence against anyone. I agree with Governor Greitens that Representative Love must face the consequences for his actions.”

Parson did demand Chappelle-Nadal step down for her comments.

This isn't the first time Love has made controversial statements regarding race.

In February, he shared an article to his Facebook page that called Abraham Lincoln “the greatest tyrant and despot in American history."

Love was elected in 2012 and is serving his third term in the state legislature. He serves District 125 covering Cedar, Benton, St. Clair and Hickory counties. He told KOMU 8 News he is seeking reelection in 2018.

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MoDOT begins concentrated effort on Buckle Up Phone Down initiative http://www.komu.com/news/modot-begins-concentrated-effort-on-buckle-up-phone-down-initiative/ http://www.komu.com/news/modot-begins-concentrated-effort-on-buckle-up-phone-down-initiative/ Top Stories Mon, 16 Oct 2017 8:00:52 PM Rob Veno, KOMU 8 Reporter MoDOT begins concentrated effort on Buckle Up Phone Down initiative

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Transportation and Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety are challenging drivers this week to sign up for its “Buckle Up Phone Down” pledge this week.

The initiative is designed to get drivers throughout Missouri to wear their seatbelts and avoid texting or talking on their cell phones while driving.

According to Nicole Hood, a state highway and traffic engineer with MoDOT, starting Monday MoDOT will begin a concentrated effort to reach out and have businesses and individuals join the pledge.

“We’re asking them when they get into their vehicles, to buckle up and put their phones down,” Hood said. “We’re hoping that people continue to challenge others, so that we can continue to inform people on what their personal responsibility is, to buckle up and put their phone down.”

According to MoDOT, in 2016, 7 out of 10 people reported using their smartphones while driving, and 6 out of 10 who were killed in crashes were unbuckled.

“Those distractions do lead to unsafe results in the end,” Hood said. “We want to try to get people to understand what those risks are.”

That same year Missouri had 946 traffic fatalities, the highest number since 2008. Fatalities were up 9 percent in 2016 compared to 2015, and crashes were up over 20 percent since 2014. MoDOT listed distracted driving as the leading cause for the crashes in Missouri.

To try and lower the number, MoDOT made a commitment to reducing distracted drivers on the road. That commitment turned into the “Buckle Up Phone Down” initiative. Originally the idea was to have the project be a year-round movement, but to increase the number of participants, Hood recommended a day dedicated to the pledge.

“This is just extremely important for Missouri,” Hood said. “We are having several fatalities, and we want to reverse that trend. And we want to make the safety on our roadways better, and we want to save lives, and this is just extremely important. So the more people we can get to understand this message, the better we’re all going to be in the end.”

On Friday, MoDOT will host “Buckle Up Phone Down Day," but starting Monday the group will concentrate its efforts on increasing participation throughout the state by reaching out to individuals and businesses and having them sign-up for the challenge.

“We have engineers who are reaching out to schools, to different businesses and partners and educating them on some of the statistics that we have seen resulting from people driving distracted,” Hood said. “It's really just everyday this week we want to make that concentrated effort to promote this challenge, and on Friday, if we can get everyone in the state of Missouri to buckle up and put their phone down, that would just be wonderful. I think everyone would feel safer.”

Safety on the roadways, Hood said, is all the motivation groups throughout Columbia need to sign up for the pledge.

“Really the heart of this pitch is all about just saving lives on Missouri’s roadways and making them safer,” Hood said. “You’re not only saving your life, you're saving the occupants in your vehicles lives, and the people out on the roads in the vehicles that you’re travelling with.”

So far that pitch has been able to attract more than 1,000 individuals, businesses, schools and groups throughout Missouri.

“We have over a thousand business and individuals right now, but that’s really why we’re trying to do that concentrated effort this week. So we can continue to educate, and hopefully get people to understand their personal responsibility in buckling up and putting their phone down.”

One of those groups is the Missouri Municipal League. Laura Holloway, the communications specialist for MML, said the initiative is important for them to promote safer communities.

“One of our goals as an organization is to have strong and vibrant, safe communities,” Holloway said. “Safe driving is a big part of that.”

Hood said that while MoDOT does not have statistics on the results of the challenge yet, it should have them either by the end of this year or the beginning of next year.



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Local business fundraises for Virgin Islands hurricane relief http://www.komu.com/news/local-business-fundraises-for-virgin-islands-hurricane-relief/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-business-fundraises-for-virgin-islands-hurricane-relief/ Top Stories Mon, 16 Oct 2017 7:05:21 PM Abby Dodge, KOMU 8 Reporter Local business fundraises for Virgin Islands hurricane relief

COLUMBIA - One local business is helping raise money to donate to the Virgin Islands after Hurricanes Irma and Maria struck the Caribbean almost one month ago.

Logboat Brewing Company and Virgin Islands resident Patrick Wilson wanted the residents of St. Thomas, Water Island, St. Croix, and St. John to know they haven’t been forgotten.

Wilson, who is originally from Ashland, was not at his home in the Virgin Islands when the hurricanes hit. He was travelling in South America when he got the news. That's when he knew he wanted to help and organized an event with Logboat.

“I felt like there wasn’t much I could do being so far away, so I came back to Missouri and gathered a lot of my friends and family together, and they all helped me organize this event,” Wilson said.

The event Monday included live music, a food truck, a silent auction and a raffle. Wilson said he knew the event would be a success because of the similarities between Columbia and his community in St. Croix.

“I know that Columbia also has that really strong sense of community, and I thought that hopefully Columbia could share their love with another really great community,” Wilson said.

Gwyneth McClary attended the event and said she wanted to show her support for the victims of the hurricanes.

“I think everybody should be able to support everyone around the world,” McClary said. “Everybody should stand together.”

Wilson said he plans to return to the Virgin Islands in one week. He said even though he has been in contact with his parents and others on the island, he isn’t able to completely understand the damage.  

“Seeing these images will somewhat prepare me for it, but I still don’t think it’s possible to really understand what’s going on until you get there,” Wilson said. "It’s heartbreaking.”

Logboat will give all of the donations to the St. Thomas Family Resource Center, St. John Community Foundation, St. Croix Foundation for Community Development, and Water Island Search and Rescue (WISAR).

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Local group organizes court observers to combat racial disparities in policing http://www.komu.com/news/local-group-organizes-court-observers-to-combat-racial-disparities-in-policing/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-group-organizes-court-observers-to-combat-racial-disparities-in-policing/ Top Stories Mon, 16 Oct 2017 7:27:05 PM Kristen Harris, KOMU 8 Reporter Local group organizes court observers to combat racial disparities in policing

COLUMBIA - Race Matters, Friends is currently seeking out volunteers to sit in on, take notes on and observe court cases to ensure the defendant is getting treated and represented fairly.

Peggy Placier, member of Race Matters, Friends, said, "So do they get good representation and are they treated fairly as the court case proceeds? Or is there any evidence of bias in the, in everything, from what they're charged with, if there's a the jury, jury selection. There's just so many elements of the criminal justice system where issues could arise."

A defendant in an upcoming court case has already requested an observer for their hearing next week which will be the first RMF court observer appearance.

According to its Facebook page, its mission is: "Race Matters, Friends (RMF) will confront our community’s history of racial inequities by collaborating with trusted partners to build transformative policies that dismantle disparities in all local institutions and organizations."

RMF was established two years ago as a non-profit volunteer group and has recently placed a focus on racial inequity with regards to education, community policing and police stops.

Racial disparities in the Columbia vehicle stops reports for the last three years caught the attention of RMF members, but one growing gap is what narrowed RMF's focus.

"The 2016 report for the Columbia Police Department indicated a disparity index of 3.13 for black drivers, an increase from 2.97 in 2015," according to the report.

“We do know that black defendants are far over-represented in the cases that eventually go to trial,” Placier said. 

Another factor that led to this decision is defendants sending letters to RMF saying they didn't get a "fair shake" in court.

The group started out analyzing statistics in vehicle stops; however, now the group is looking into all aspects of the judicial system saying that disparity in arrests is just the start of bigger issues.

These issues can extend from people not being able to post their bail and having to stay in jail on a minor charge or from escalating to a situation similar to what happened in Ferguson.

In addition, RMF is also fundraising money to help people pay fines and post bail for minor charges.

“One of our members was looking into bail and how people can get incarcerated for so long because they were unable to make bail or their bail is excessive,” Placier said. “If somebody is stopped and arrested or given a fine. What happens then? Can they make bail if they’re arrested? What are the conditions in jail if they can’t make bail? If they’re given a fine is it something they can pay?"

Laura Mitchell, member of Race Matters, Friends, said, "In states with a cash bail system like Brooklyn, New York or Seattle, Washington, this idea seems like a stepping stone to keep bail from creating a debtors prison, where people with money can leave and people without money are stuck." 

Another issue Placier brought up was public defenders having too many cases, preventing them from being able to represent those with lower income status the same way people with a higher income status would be represented.

Mitchell said an example is the Hunter Park case.

"Myself and others went to the trial of Hunter Park in June of 2016 after he sent out anonymous racial threats on Yik Yak to black students. First, I thought it was interesting that they waited until a lot of the people, the students affected by the threats, were gone. In reality, his other tweets not released to the public were much more offensive and threatening. But he didn't receive any jail time," Mitchell said.

Mitchell said their goal is to "not just have people behind bars just for not posting bail."

Anyone interested in being a court observer volunteer should contact the RMF Facebook page.

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Man dies in crash with dump truck in Mexico http://www.komu.com/news/man-dies-in-crash-with-dump-truck-in-mexico/ http://www.komu.com/news/man-dies-in-crash-with-dump-truck-in-mexico/ Top Stories Mon, 16 Oct 2017 2:32:48 PM Drew Bradley and Jordan Smith, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Man dies in crash with dump truck in Mexico

MEXICO - A 27-year-old man died after his car collided with a dump truck in Mexico, Mo.

According the the Mexico Public Safety Department, Domonique Powell, of Louisiana, Mo., was traveling westbound on US Highway 54 around 6 a.m. His car crossed the centerline and hit a dump truck heading eastbound. Both vehicles then caught fire. 

Jason Nelson, 46, of Jefferson City, was able to escape the vehicle before the fire spread into the cabin of his dump truck, and was treated at the scene. Powell was pronounced dead when authorities from Mexico and Audrain County arrived on the scene.

US Highway 54 bypass was closed for four hours, then reduced to one lane of traffic for another hour and a half. 

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UPDATE: Boy dies after ATV crash at Finger Lakes State Park http://www.komu.com/news/update-boy-dies-after-atv-crash-at-finger-lakes-state-park/ http://www.komu.com/news/update-boy-dies-after-atv-crash-at-finger-lakes-state-park/ Top Stories Mon, 16 Oct 2017 6:45:45 AM Caroline Peterson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer UPDATE: Boy dies after ATV crash at Finger Lakes State Park

COLUMBIA - The family of a Sedalia boy injured in a weekend ATV accident told school officials he had died, the district confirmed Monday.

Artyom Perchak, 12, crashed around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. He was taken to University Hospital. Missouri State Highway Patrol said the boy lost control, and the ATV overturned.

No one else was hurt in the crash. The Highway Patrol report didn't say what, if anything, may have caused the ATV to overturn.

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Columbia woman pleads guilty in 2016 shooting death http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-woman-pleads-guilty-in-2016-shooting-death/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-woman-pleads-guilty-in-2016-shooting-death/ Top Stories Mon, 16 Oct 2017 1:02:27 PM Steve Lambson, KOMU 8 Content Manager Columbia woman pleads guilty in 2016 shooting death

COLUMBIA - A woman charged with voluntary manslaughter in a shooting death pleaded guilty on Monday.

Police arrested Monique Parra, 39, in November 2016, after they found the body of Kevin Robert Hollins. Court documents said Parra told police the morning of the shooting that she and Hollins had agreed to kill themselves. She then said she had "agreed to the suicide but had no intention of following through with it." 

The court documents also show Parra gave different versions of the story to investigators.

Parra was sentenced on Monday to eight years in prison. She will serve also serve a concurrent three-year sentence for a drug possession charge, which she also pleaded guilty on Monday.

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School bus, car collide in Missouri, sending 7 to hospitals http://www.komu.com/news/school-bus-car-collide-in-missouri-sending-7-to-hospitals/ http://www.komu.com/news/school-bus-car-collide-in-missouri-sending-7-to-hospitals/ Top Stories Mon, 16 Oct 2017 1:00:32 PM The Associated Press School bus, car collide in Missouri, sending 7 to hospitals

O'FALLON (AP) — Authorities say a school bus and car have collided in suburban St. Louis, sending five students and both drivers to hospitals with injuries that a school official described as minor.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the crash happened Monday morning in O'Fallon. Fort Zumwalt School District spokeswoman Laura Wagner characterized the injuries as minor.

She says four students were taken to a hospital by ambulance and that the fifth went with a parent. The students attend Pheasant Point Elementary School.

She says the bus driver and the driver of the car were taken to hospitals as a precaution.

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Burglary alarm results in one arrest http://www.komu.com/news/burglary-alarm-results-in-one-arrest/ http://www.komu.com/news/burglary-alarm-results-in-one-arrest/ Top Stories Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:43:03 PM Zara McDowell, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Burglary alarm results in one arrest
JEFFERSON CITY - One man is in jail after authorities said he broke in to Goldstar Recycling in Jefferson City on Saturday.
Cole County Deputies responded to Goldstar Recycling at approximately 4:09 p.m., after a burglary alarm sounded.
Deputies found the back door to the building open and heard noises. Deputies said they found 21-year-old Bryson T. Skinner inside.
Skinner was taken into custody. Deputies said they found a small amount of marijuana after the arrest.
Cole County prosecutors charged Skinner with second-degree burglary and possession of marijuana. He was held on total bond of $5,500.
Deputies say Skinner is a repeat offender of marijuana possession.

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3 teens killed in car crash in southeastern Missouri http://www.komu.com/news/3-teens-killed-in-car-crash-in-southeastern-missouri/ http://www.komu.com/news/3-teens-killed-in-car-crash-in-southeastern-missouri/ Top Stories Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:36:26 AM The Associated Press 3 teens killed in car crash in southeastern Missouri

POPLAR BLUFF (AP) — Authorities say three teenagers have been killed and another injured in a southeast Missouri crash.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol identified those killed as 14-year-old Cody Logan, 16-year-old Camille McCain and 16-year-old Linda Schulz. The crash happened Saturday night when the car Schulz was driving crossed the center of a Butler County road, went off the left side and struck a tree north of Poplar Bluff.

Schulz and McCain died at the scene. Logan was pronounced dead at a hospital early Sunday.

A 14-year-old who survived the crash was flown to a Memphis, Tennessee, hospital with serious injuries.

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Teal Pumpkin Project offers safe Halloween alternative http://www.komu.com/news/teal-pumpkin-project-offers-safe-halloween-alternative/ http://www.komu.com/news/teal-pumpkin-project-offers-safe-halloween-alternative/ Top Stories Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:41:21 AM The Associated Press Teal Pumpkin Project offers safe Halloween alternative

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Teal-colored pumpkins are appearing on more porches as part of a national effort to make the holiday safe for children with food allergies.

KSDK-TV reports that the pumpkin is a sign that residents are giving out non-food or allergen-free treats to trick-or-treaters. The effort has grown in popularity since it started several years ago. Also benefiting are children with medical conditions that limit food options.

Meghan Winegrad has two children with food allergies. On Sunday, she led a painting party for her children and several neighboring families in the St. Louis suburb of Glendale.

A website with resources for parents includes a map for families looking for participating homes. Last year, she said families came from all over St. Louis to trick or treat on her neighborhood's teal-covered street.

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Missouri Community Betterment recognizes rural youth projects http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-community-betterment-recognizes-rural-youth-projects/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-community-betterment-recognizes-rural-youth-projects/ Top Stories Mon, 16 Oct 2017 3:22:09 AM Daytona Everett, KOMU 8 Reporter Missouri Community Betterment recognizes rural youth projects

COLUMBIA – “Rural Progress and Pride” is the theme of this year's Missouri Community Betterment (MCB) Conference.

“Our focus is to help the communities with resources and information so that they can achieve and complete improvements in their communities,” MCB Executive Director Teresa Keller said.

MCB community projects totaled more than six million dollars in economic impact for Missouri this year according to their annual report.

“It seems that a lot of times the resources are available for the larger, urban areas," Keller said. "Rural Missouri, they need assistance. That’s what we’re there for.”

This year’s conference is recognizing 23 community projects from 59 communities across Missouri, eleven of which are youth projects.

Katelyn Watts, Vice President of the Youth Advisory Board, headed several projects in the past. Her latest project is riverfront improvement.

“In my community, one of the main things you see is the riverfront and you want that to be something that draws people in to keep them coming and wanting to come back,” Watts said.

In addition to the project awards, the conference also has a full schedule of keynote speakers and networking events.

Going forward, MCB hopes to provide a forum for rural communities to connect adults and youth.

“By them forming partnerships with adults in their communities and working on these projects, they have buy-in and they have an example to take with them of what the community's about,” Keller said. “That, hopefully, will plant a seed that they'll want to come back.”

Next on MCB's calendar is the Youth Civic Leadership Summit. It will be held at Windermere Conference Center on March 2-4.

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Missouri fiddler performs and speaks on the rich history of fiddling http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-fiddler-performs-and-speaks-on-the-rich-history-of-fiddling/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-fiddler-performs-and-speaks-on-the-rich-history-of-fiddling/ Top Stories Sat, 14 Oct 2017 3:06:37 PM Ben Brady, KOMU 8 Reporter Missouri fiddler performs and speaks on the rich history of fiddling

COLUMBIA -  Sunday, author of "Fiddler’s Dream," Howard Wight Marshall will have a concert and book signing at the Museum of Art and Archaeology. 

“The idea is to let people know about the history as much as anything else because some people have heard the music before but they don’t know the background,” Marshall said. “It’s complicated rich history behind something as seemingly simple as a fiddle tune.” 

"Fiddler’s Dream" explores the heritage of fiddle music in the Midwest from the 1920s-60s. It's the second book Marshall has written about the history of fiddling. The first book, "Play Me Something Quick and Devilish," was published in 2012 and talks about the history of fiddling from the 1800s to the 1920s. 

“Playing music is a marvelous steam valve because it commands your full attention of your entire brain or the music is terrible,” Marshall said. “To make good music you have to bring a concentration to it that sort of blocks out your worldly woes.” 

Marshall has played the fiddle since 1974. He taught art history and archaeology at MU but was always drawn toward learning about history closer to his home. 

“Being from the middle of nowhere I accumulated stories about the history of local things and I always found those stories as interesting or more interesting than a book about Harry Truman,” Marshall said. “I wanted to know how history applied to my family and my place in the world.” 

Marshall is currently writing a third book on fiddling’s history. 

“Fiddling is a part of that out of the way history that most people pass over as silly or trivial but it is amazing how many people had fiddlers in their family,” Marshall said. “Even though it has diminished in its importance it is still a vibrant tradition.”

Marshall said Dale Pauley and Bud Wyatt, among others, will also be at Sunday's event to perform with him.

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No. 4 Georgia finds running game, beats Missouri 53-28 http://www.komu.com/news/no-4-georgia-finds-running-game-beats-missouri-53-28/ http://www.komu.com/news/no-4-georgia-finds-running-game-beats-missouri-53-28/ Top Stories Sun, 15 Oct 2017 8:46:25 AM The Associated Press and Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer No. 4 Georgia finds running game, beats Missouri 53-28

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — No. 4 Georgia found its running game after a slow start and took control with 26 unanswered points to beat Missouri 53-28 on Saturday night.

Georgia (7-0, 4-0 SEC) recovered from an early scare by gaining 696 total yards, including 370 on the ground. Missouri (1-5, 0-4 SEC) suffered its fifth straight loss as it faded following a 21-all tie in the second quarter.

Georgia's Mecole Hardman scored on a 35-yard run in the first quarter and a 59-yard catch from Jake Fromm in the fourth quarter.

Missouri showed the big-play potential in its passing game on Emanuel Hall's two 63-yard touchdown catches in the first half. Drew Lock also threw a 4-yard scoring pass to tight end Albert Okwuegbunam.

Lock threw for 253 yards with four touchdowns and one interception.

The Tigers stacked their defense against the run and gave up only 45 yards on the ground in the first quarter. The strategy put pressure on Fromm, the freshman.

Missouri linebacker Cale Garrett's interception in the first quarter set up Lock's scoring pass to Okwuegbunam.

D'Andre Swift ran for 94 yards, including a 71-yarder, Michel had 86 yards and Nick Chubb added 70 yards to lead Georgia's deep ground attack. Fromm threw for 326 yards with two touchdowns and added a 4-yard scoring run.

Georgia allowed a combined 17 points in its first three SEC wins, a total topped by the Tigers in the first half.

Following the last tie at 21-all, Georgia scored the final 13 points of the half and the first 13 points of the second half.

The first half was a painful reality check for Georgia's defense, which ranked second in the nation with its average of 10 points allowed per game and led the SEC with its average of 118.3 yards passing allowed in conference games.

Missouri linebacker Tavon Ross was ejected after his head-first hit on Hardman, who was returning a kickoff, in the fourth quarter. The targeting call followed a video review.


Missouri: An abysmal defense allowing 40 points per game couldn't slow the Bulldogs. Missouri gave up 407 yards in the first half.

Georgia: The test against the best passing game Georgia has faced uncovered problems in the Bulldogs' defense. Georgia's secondary was torched by on the two long scoring catches by Hall. The Bulldogs' pass rush also had difficult putting pressure on Lock at times. Ultimately, Georgia turned to its strength — the running game — to put the game away.


Missouri running back Damarea Crockett suffered a right shoulder injury and missed the fourth quarter.


Missouri: The Tigers will take a break from their SEC schedule when they host Idaho on Saturday.

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NAACP hosts 54th annual freedom fund dinner and silent auction http://www.komu.com/news/naacp-hosts-54th-annual-freedom-fund-dinner-and-silent-auction/ http://www.komu.com/news/naacp-hosts-54th-annual-freedom-fund-dinner-and-silent-auction/ Top Stories Sat, 14 Oct 2017 6:47:07 PM Jasmyn Willis, KOMU 8 Reporter NAACP hosts 54th annual freedom fund dinner and silent auction
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City NAACP chapter hosted its 54th annual Freedom Fund and Silent Auction Saturday. This year's theme is "A Prayer for Justice."
Jefferson City NAACP president Nimrod Chapel said the organization is volunteer-driven and it relies on the support of the community. 
"The money that we raise tonight will not only go towards making sure we have an office that sits there oh high street but that we can have various functions and those things that people can participate in around the state," Chapel said.
Chapel said the NAACP's foundation is in ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to ensure justice and equality no matter who they are.
Proceeds from the event allows the NAACP to provide scholarships.
"The way that plays out in our community is we have many programs that bring together, Lincoln and other facets in the community with whether it's business owners or residents, to ensure the institutions that we have in our city represent the values that we as a society have," Chapel said.
The organization also announced that it will begin working with the Guardian to help tell stories where people have been discriminated against. 
"We're hoping to capture people's experiences," Chapel said. "Some of those will be older folks who have lived through Jim Crow and other folks who are younger. They will have the opportunity to share experiences that they've had so that there can be a correlation made of what's going on in Missouri and in America right now."
Organizations and corporations were also recognized for their commitment to equality and justice. The silent auction started at 6 p.m., and was followed by dinner at 7 p.m. There was an array of items in the silent auction. 
"While there's great division throughout the state and throughout the nation this is an opportunity that we as a community have to really talk about what we believe and put that on full display. There are a number of people who will receive awards this year," Chapel said.

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Walk and Roll celebrates abilities http://www.komu.com/news/walk-and-roll-celebrates-abilities/ http://www.komu.com/news/walk-and-roll-celebrates-abilities/ Top Stories Sat, 14 Oct 2017 6:52:47 PM Brianna Stubler, KOMU 8 Reporter Walk and Roll celebrates abilities
COLUMBIA - People First of Boone County held their second annual Walk and Roll a Thon Saturday afternoon at Stephen's Lake Park.
People First is a local group run by people with disabilities, who decided last year to host this event in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. One of their main goals is to empower both able workers and employers throughout the community.
Several members shared about their positive experience with the group. Donald Zawadski, has been employed by People First for almost 24 years. 
"I think every disabled person who can should find a job and not just sit at home doing nothing, so you can go out and make something of yourself," Zawadski said.
He said he thinks it is good to have events like this to show community support. People Firsts efforts have helped increase awareness in Columbia, which helps people get jobs.
"I've learned a lot from the group, and a lot from my job," Zawadski said. "I learned self employment and other skills."
Katie Kinder, secretary of People First, thought of and coordinated the Walk and Roll a Thon. She said she knew the group would have a lot of fun, and shes happy to see the event increase in size this year. Not only is it good for the group members, but its also good for the community, Kinder said.
"I joined the group because I wanted to be able to advocate for others, but I've also realized that by helping others I've helped myself," Kinder said.

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LIVE BLOG: Missouri at No. 4 Georgia Football http://www.komu.com/news/live-blog-missouri-at-no-4-georgia-football/ http://www.komu.com/news/live-blog-missouri-at-no-4-georgia-football/ Top Stories Sat, 14 Oct 2017 4:20:58 PM Joey Schneider and Ben Burke, KOMU 8 Sports Reporters LIVE BLOG: Missouri at No. 4 Georgia Football

ATHENS, Ga. - Just one week removed from their own homecoming, the Missouri Tigers (1-4, 0-3 SEC) travel to Sanford Stadium to take on the No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs (6-0, 3-0 SEC) in their homecoming matchup.

Mizzou has lost their last three games against Georgia with just one victory against the Bulldogs since moving to the SEC in 2012. Georgia leads the all-time series 5-1, with the only other win coming in 1960.

The Tigers are coming off a 40-34 loss to the Kentucky Wildcats. Mizzou's last road conference win came in November 2014 when they defeated the Tennessee Volunteers, 29-21.

Tweets in this live blog will appear with the newest posts first. Follow KOMU 8 reporters Joey Schneider (@joeyschneider95) and Ben Burke (@Ben_J_Burke) following the game for postgame coverage.

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Arrow Rock opens window to the past with heritage festival http://www.komu.com/news/arrow-rock-opens-window-to-the-past-with-heritage-festival/ http://www.komu.com/news/arrow-rock-opens-window-to-the-past-with-heritage-festival/ Top Stories Sat, 14 Oct 2017 2:51:45 PM Ethan Illers, KOMU 8 Reporter Arrow Rock opens window to the past with heritage festival

ARROW ROCK - A window to the past was opened at the 49th annual Arrow Rock Heritage Festival. Over 70 talented artisans, merchants, crafters and food vendors lined Main Street to give attendees a blast from the past.

The popular festival is one of the most enduring heritage craft festivals in the state of Missouri; it showcases crafters, who dressed in period attire, demonstrating skills and artistry that were once an essential part of daily life for our ancestors. Some of these skills include spinning, weaving, pottery, woodworking, blacksmithing and more. 

Attendees had the opportunity to visit with the reenactors at the Arrow Rock Stock and Trade Company encampment, watch Wild West shootouts performed by the South Fork Regulators and observe demonstrations of gun smithing and herbal medicine. They also got to take in guild shows featuring quilting, weaving and painting, tour historic buildings, and listen to the music of performers that included Tanner Lee, Lem Sheppard and Paul Fotsch. All of the attractions, both educational and exciting, were made possible through support from the Missouri Arts Council and Friends of Arrow Rock.

This is Dan Auman's fourth year as the organizer and manager of the festival. He is always amazed at the amount of people that flock to the tiny village.

"It's kind of crazy for us because a town that only has 52 residents now...there are usually 3,000 people here for both days of the show," Auman said. "So, it's pretty crazy. There's a lot of management involved."

Organizers start planning and laying the ground work for the festival a year in advance. Auman is very thankful for the help he receives each year.

"We have a lot of help because the state takes care of all the parking and logistics and stuff like that," Auman said. "And then we look for better vendors year after year after year, but that doesn't seem to be a problem."

Katie Kurtz, an 11-year-old, is a regular at the festival. She enjoys all the creativity that is present each year. 

"I like walking around and seeing what other people have in their heads," Kurtz said. "Like different ideas and really cool things...the music and then the acts that they have down in the street. That's most of it."

Kurtz was also one of the vendors at the festival. Her booth contained magic wands that she had made and decided to sell; she says that her love for fiction and fantasy inspired her to craft wands. 

"[My family and I were] watching a movie, like a fiction movie, and it was about [wizardry] and magic," Kurtz said. "And my dad said something [like] 'that would be really cool if you made wands or something magical related to the movie,' and I was like, that's a really good idea. So I started making wands because of my love for fiction. That was the start of the business."

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Largest art show in mid-Missouri underway in downtown Columbia http://www.komu.com/news/largest-art-show-in-mid-missouri-underway-in-downtown-columbia/ http://www.komu.com/news/largest-art-show-in-mid-missouri-underway-in-downtown-columbia/ Top Stories Sat, 14 Oct 2017 2:44:45 PM Cameron La Fontaine, KOMU 8 Reporter Largest art show in mid-Missouri underway in downtown Columbia

COLUMBIA - For the 58th straight year, Central Bank of Boone County and the Columbia Art League teamed up for the Boone County Art Show. The bank is completely transformed for the weekend, as the first floor becomes a gallery filled with different kinds of artwork. 

"We have almost 200 works of art, which requires us to completely disassemble the whole first floor of the bank and turn it basically into an art gallery for the weekend," said Mary Wilkerson, a senior vice president at the bank. "We start on Friday taking things down. At 6 p.m. the art comes in and between six and 8 p.m. we hang it and it gets judged on Friday night before we open on Saturday."

While turning a bank into a gallery is a unique aspect of the show, artists and visitors also benefit from the fact that all pieces submitted are displayed. Most art shows are juried before displaying a selection of works that make the cut, but for this show, anyone 18 years of age or older can submit their work and have it displayed. 

Diana Moxon, the executive director for the Columbia Art League, has helped put this event on for 11 years. She said that allowing all works to be displayed can help artists just starting out get some confidence. 

"It’s a very non-threatening event," Moxon said. "If you’re an artist and you’re entering a work into a juried show, there’s a big chance that you might not get in. So, that fear of rejection is really significant if you’re just starting out. Shows like this, which are un-juried and un-themed, you can come along and put your work in, and you might not win an award or sell the piece, but it’s not going to get turned down and that’s a really great first step."

Moxon said she has seen this event turn people into artists that were just dabbling in art beforehand. 

"Over the years that I’ve run this, a lot of artists become artists at this show because this is the first time they hang their work," she said. "Maybe they get an award, maybe somebody buys their work and it’s like this little switch changes in their brain and they suddenly go ‘I’m an artist’ and it’s really transformative for a lot of people, and that’s what’s so great about a show like this."

The show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday at the downtown Columbia bank on the corner of 8th and Broadway. 

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Public comes to Governor's Mansion to 'Fall Into History' http://www.komu.com/news/public-comes-to-governor-s-mansion-to-fall-into-history-/ http://www.komu.com/news/public-comes-to-governor-s-mansion-to-fall-into-history-/ Top Stories Sat, 14 Oct 2017 2:28:55 PM Jacob Cavaiani, KOMU 8 Reporter Public comes to Governor's Mansion to 'Fall Into History'

JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Eric Greitens and First Lady Sheena Greitens welcomed the public to the Governor's Mansion Saturday for the Fall Into History Festival.

While similar events have happened over the years, this was the first year it focused on history, said Rebecca Gordon, executive director of Friends of the Missouri Governor's Mansion.

The event Saturday told the stories of the mansion, which was built in 1871, and the families who have lived there.

"The Missouri Governor's Mansion always shapes itself to the families that live here. What's great about this year is that it's really got a focus on the mansion itself and the history of the building," Gordon said. 

Attendees at the family-friendly event had the opportunity to listen to live music, play lawn games and paint pumpkins.

The governor and first lady spent the morning welcoming guests and participating in the activities, Gordon said. 

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