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    Boy, 12, accidentally hangs himself in back yard

    Boy, 12, accidentally hangs himself in back yard

    Posted 11:29 AM 9/16/2014 by The Associated Press

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS (AP) - Funeral services are Wednesday for a 12-year-old suburban St. Louis boy who died in an accidental hanging in his back yard.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Ethan Ivinson was playing Friday where a child's "pumpkin" seat was hanging by two ropes from a (More)

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    Judge extends grand jury in Ferguson case into January

    Judge extends grand jury in Ferguson case into January

    Posted 10:46 AM 9/16/2014 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - A judge has extended into January the term of the grand jury considering whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson should be charged in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

    The grand jury was due to have its four-month term expire Sept. 10, the same day St. Louis (More)

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    Utilities and parking costs on the rise in Columbia

    Posted 10:09 AM 9/16/2014 by Greg Dailey, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Changes to electric, sewer and parking rates in Columbia will take effect October 1.

    The Columbia City Council voted Monday night to increase electricity rates two percent.

    Columbia Water and Light spokesperson Connie Kacprowicz said the increase is due to the cost to (More)

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    Volunteers take 4 tons of trash out of Lake Taneycomo

    Volunteers take 4 tons of trash out of Lake Taneycomo

    Posted 10:08 AM 9/16/2014 by The Associated Press

    BRANSON (AP) - A volunteer cleanup of Lake Taneycomo shoreline turned up nearly 4 tons of trash, including broken docks, tires and several fishing poles.

    The volunteers swept over 10 miles of the shoreline on the lake near Branson in an annual cleanup effort. They worked between a park (More)

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    City Council passes new budget for next fiscal year

    Posted 7:20 AM 9/16/2014 by Jordan Bowen, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council passed a new budget for the 2015 fiscal year at Monday night's meeting.

    The budget cut spending to some programs, but also sees funding increases and changes to existing programs.

    Council members also passed a motion to continue a trash bag (More)

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    Missouri man gets 15 years for bank robbery

    Missouri man gets 15 years for bank robbery

    Posted 5:35 AM 9/16/2014 by The Associated Press

    CHARLESTON (AP) -- A Missouri man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for threatening to bomb Charleston schools to distract police while he robbed an area bank.

    A federal judge sentenced 26-year-old Deidrick Reed on Monday. He received eight years for the false bomb threat and seven (More)

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    1000 students transfer from St. Louis area schools

    1000 students transfer from St. Louis area schools

    Posted 5:30 AM 9/16/2014 by Tori Chamberlain, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) -- More than 1,000 students have transferred from two St. Louis area school districts that have been struggling to gain traditional state accreditation.

    Missouri law requires unaccredited districts to pay for students wishing to transfer to other nearby schools.

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    Westminster College takes learning beyond the classroom

    Posted 2:42 AM 9/16/2014 by Jenn Croft, KOMU 8 Reporter

    FULTON - Westminster College will present its annual Hancock Symposium Tuesday and Wednesday, with this year's theme: Arts and Culture. In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down, the title of the event is "So, You Say You Want a Revolution? Arts and Culture in Action."

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    Some concerned with fuel source of new gas station

    Posted 10:15 PM 9/15/2014 by Tiege Dooley-Panko, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - The new compressed natural gas station in Columbia is projected to save millions of dollars for the city, but some people are worried about the way the gas is being produced. Some fear hydraulic fracturing could be involved. 

    According to the (More)

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    Columbia considers audible crosswalks for visually impaired

    Posted 8:27 PM 9/15/2014 by Arial Ruffin KOMU 8 Reporter and Taylor Pecko-Reid KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - The uneasy game of stop-and-go while crossing the intersection of College and Broadway Avenues may be eliminated if the Columbia City Council approves the proposal for audible pedestrian crosswalks that beep when it is safe to cross the street.

    Currently, the intersection does (More)

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    2015 social services funding report helps determine funding

    Posted 8:27 PM 9/15/2014 by Spencer Wilson, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - As the weather is getting colder, one of the last things people want to worry about is where their next meal is going to come from.

    The 2015 social services funding report shows that 24 percent of Columbia residents live below the poverty level. The latest poverty line for (More)

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    Columbia ranks in top 100 places to live

    Posted 7:28 PM 9/15/2014 by Jeffrey Militzer, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Livability.com listed Columbia in the top 100 most livable cities in America. 

    Livability said its editors have broad experience studying and writing about factors that make a city a great place to live. Livability partnered with a research team from the Martin Prosperity (More)

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    Mizzou's Ray receives SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors

    Mizzou's Ray receives SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors

    Posted 6:42 PM 9/15/2014 by Tom Kackley, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer

    COLUMBIA - Mizzou defensive end Shane Ray has earned the SEC Defensive Player of the Week award one week after Maty Mauk received SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors.

    Ray was a disruptive force in Central Florida's offensive backfield, recording seven tackles, including four tackles (More)

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