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    School Employee Charged with Statutory Rape

    School Employee Charged with Statutory Rape

    Posted 7:50 AM 4/16/2014 by The Associated Press

    CARTHAGE (AP) - Investigators allege a former southwest Missouri teacher's aide who is charged with one count of statutory rape had sexual contact with several students.

    Forty-year-old Janice Lorene Rusk, of rural Carthage, was charged Tuesday with second-degree statutory rape and (More)

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    SW Missouri Woman Charged in Husband's Death

    SW Missouri Woman Charged in Husband's Death

    Posted 7:38 AM 4/16/2014 by The Associated Press

    CLEVER (AP) - A southwest Missouri woman is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of her husband.

    Cherlynn Davidson of Clever was also charged Monday with second-degree domestic assault and two counts of armed criminal action in the death of her 56-year-old husband (More)

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    Triggerman Sentenced to Life in Joplin Homicide

    Triggerman Sentenced to Life in Joplin Homicide

    Posted 7:32 AM 4/16/2014 by The Associated Press

    JOPLIN (AP) - An Oklahoma man who shot a Joplin man to death during a robbery was sentenced to life in prison.

    Eighteen-year-old Daniel Hartman was sentenced Tuesday to two life sentences with the possibility of parole for the July 2012 death of 23-year-old Jacob Wages.

    The Joplin (More)

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    Man Charged with Marathon Hoax Due in Court

    Man Charged with Marathon Hoax Due in Court

    Posted 7:10 AM 4/16/2014 by The Associated Press

    BOSTON (AP) - Authorities say a man taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker is scheduled to appear in court.

    The Suffolk district attorney's office says the 25-year-old man from Wakefield is expected to be arraigned Wednesday in (More)

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    Missouri Universities Raise Funding Concerns

    Missouri Universities Raise Funding Concerns

    Posted 5:20 AM 4/16/2014 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Officials from Missouri's public universities are raising concerns about reduced revenues for education as state lawmakers consider an income tax cut.

    A statement signed by the governing board presidents of nine state universities cites concerns that legislation could (More)

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    House OKs Notification for Ending Fluoridation

    House OKs Notification for Ending Fluoridation

    Posted 5:17 AM 4/16/2014 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Public water systems could be required to notify Missouri customers before eliminating fluoride from drinking water.

    The Missouri House gave first-round approval Tuesday to the legislation. It would require notification at least 90 days before a vote to permanently (More)

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    Mo. Senate Bill Raises Benevolent Tax Credit Cap

    Mo. Senate Bill Raises Benevolent Tax Credit Cap

    Posted 5:13 AM 4/16/2014 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri could award additional tax credits for donations to pregnancy resource centers, food pantries and maternity homes under legislation endorsed by the Missouri Senate.

    Under the bill given first-round approval Tuesday, the current annual tax credit cap would (More)

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    New J-Turn Might Increase Emergency Response Times

    Posted 11:26 PM 4/15/2014 by Marissa Balmas, KOMU 8 Reporter,

    ASHLAND - The new addition of J-turns in Ashland could increase emergency response times for some areas.

    MoDOT has been adding J-Turns onto Highway 63. A study conducted by the University of Missouri said J-turns reduced fatal crashes by 100 percent.

    MoDOT engineer Mike Shoop says (More)

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    Construction on Route 63 Delays Traffic

    Posted 10:53 PM 4/15/2014 by Lexi Spivak, KOMU 8 News

    COLUMBIA - Maintenance work for various bridges on US Route 63 began Tuesday.  The project is one day behind schedule due to inclement weather Monday, when paint failed to stick due to the cold ground

    There are ten total bridges involved in MoDOT's project.  MoDOT will take (More)

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    Students Speaking English as a Second Language Rise

    Posted 10:40 PM 4/15/2014 by Paige Travis, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools implemented a new cluster program this school year to better serve a group of more than 900 CPS students who speak English as a second language.

    Twenty-two English Language Learners or (More)

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    Environment and Energy Commission Looking at New Fuel Model

    Environment and Energy Commission Looking at New Fuel Model

    Posted 10:01 PM 4/15/2014 by Spencer Wilson, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia Environment and Energy Commission is in the process of filing a report on how the city could lower its green house gas emissions and lower costs for fuel. The commission presented a rough draft of that report Tuesday night.

    The commission has several ideas (More)

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    Fulton Searching For Solution to Delinquent Utility Bills

    Posted 8:59 PM 4/15/2014 by Michael Doudna, KOMU 8 Reporter

    FULTON - The Fulton City Council met Tuesday to hear possible solutions which would prevent the city from losing more money on unpaid utilities.

    The city is losing an estimated $170,000 on utilities annually.

    The city's first plan was to have the city's landlords partially (More)

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    Tax Season 2014 Sees New Concerns

    Posted 8:28 PM 4/15/2014 by Courtney Kiley, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Tax season 2014 comes to a close Tuesday and tax preparations services are seeing residents come in with new concerns this year. 

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    Despite many tax preparation web services, many residents are coming in to (More)

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