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    Ignition entrepreneur event draws business owners to Columbia

    Posted 9:34 PM 2/27/2015 by Zack Newman, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - More than 250 business tycoons and entrepreneurial hopefuls gathered Friday at the Fifth Ignition Entrepreneurial summit to network and learn new strategies.

    The event's co-producer, Keith Politter, said the gathering was designed to get ideas flowing.

    "Ignition is about (More)

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    DHS gets one-week funding extension, shutdown still looms

    DHS gets one-week funding extension, shutdown still looms

    Posted 9:10 PM 2/27/2015 by The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Department of Homeland Security will stay open, at least for another week.

    Congress passed a bill funding the department for another seven days.

    It was tense few hours in Washington, as the department was set to run out of money at 11 p.m. Friday night.

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    Missouri gun murder rate second highest in U.S.

    Posted 7:23 PM 2/27/2015 by Spencer Wilson, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - In the aftermath of the homicides in Texas County, Missouri, KOMU 8 took a look into the statistics regarding firearm related murders in the state.

    In the annual (More)

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    Whiskey Wild Saloon to reopen as original owner returns

    Posted 4:28 PM 2/27/2015 by Brittany Rendak, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Whiskey Wild Saloon is in the process of reopening after a four-month vacancy involving unpaid assets and employees.

    Many former workers met at the saloon Thursday night to start preparing for a pending grand re-opening.

    Whiskey Wild Saloon will no longer be open to the (More)

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    FCC passes historical ruling for net neutrality

    Posted 4:11 PM 2/27/2015 by Melody Myers, KOMU 8 News

    COLUMBIA- A historic decision this week proved a victory for consumers using the internet.

    The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 for net neutrality, allowing the agency to prohibit Internet service providers from granting faster access to companies that pay for the privilege.

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    Nixon appoints John Watson as Missouri Auditor

    Nixon appoints John Watson as Missouri Auditor

    Posted 4:09 PM 2/27/2015 by Colleen Menadier, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Nixon appointed John Watson as Missouri State Auditor after the death of Tom Schweich Thursday.

    Watson will serve as the state auditor until Nixon makes a permanent appointment. 

    Under Missouri law, the governor must immediately appoint the auditor to fill (More)

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    Funeral for Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich set for Tuesday

    Funeral for Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich set for Tuesday

    Posted 3:42 PM 2/27/2015 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A memorial service for Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is scheduled for Tuesday in his hometown of Clayton.

    Schweich fatally shot himself Thursday in what police are calling an apparent suicide.

    His spokesman Spence Jackson says the service will be held at the (More)

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    Police reform discussed at MU Ferguson symposium

    Police reform discussed at MU Ferguson symposium

    Posted 3:33 PM 2/27/2015 by Chris Gothner, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - The University of  Missouri School of Law hosted a Ferguson symposium Friday that discussed, among other things, policing and the justice system and how it responded to the shooting of Michael Brown. 

    One panel, "Policing: Policies from Profiling to Militarization," (More)

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    Appalachian State hires Douglas Gillin as Athletic Director

    Appalachian State hires Douglas Gillin as Athletic Director

    Posted 2:55 PM 2/27/2015 by KOMU 8 Digital Staff & The Associated Press

    BOONE, North Carolina (AP) - Appalachian State has hired Douglas Gillin as its athletic director. Chancellor Sheri N. Everts announced the hiring Friday and says Gillin will begin April 6.

    Gillin comes to Appalachian State from Missouri, where he has been its deputy athletic director since (More)

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    Shooter and victims indentified in Texas County homicides

    Posted 2:50 PM 2/27/2015 by Colleen Menadier, KOMU 8 Digital Producer and Sara Maslar-Donar, KOMU 8 Reporter

    TEXAS COUNTY - Missouri State Highway Patrol released the names of four of the shooting victims killed in multiple homicides in Texas County Friday morning.

    The four victims identified are 52 year old Garold Dee Aldridge, 47 year old Julie Ann Aldridge, 50 year old Harold Wayne Aldridge (More)

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    Governor Nixon cancels Cuba trip following Schweich's death

    Governor Nixon cancels Cuba trip following Schweich's death

    Posted 1:50 PM 2/27/2015 by James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Jay Nixon's office announced Friday the governor will not visit Cuba as planned.

    Nixon was scheduled to travel to Havana  March 1-4 with members of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba, USACC. First Lady Georganne Nixon will instead travel to the country (More)

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    Fire destroys building at Lake of the Ozarks

    Posted 1:41 PM 2/27/2015 by Genevieve Reaume, KOMU 8 Reporter and James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    SUNRISE BEACH - A Thursday night fire at a vacation home near the Lake of the Ozarks completely destroyed the four-unit building.

    Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District Chief Dennis Reilly said the call came in between 11:30 p.m. and midnight, and firefighters were on the scene within a (More)

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    Two Columbia private schools set plans for expansion

    Posted 1:15 PM 2/27/2015 by Quinn Cochran, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - In the year 2000, Columbia was home to roughly 86,000 people. By 2013, the city had grown to a population of about 115,000, making it one of the fastest growing cities in Missouri. This growth in population has led to the opening of Battle High School and the current construction of a (More)

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