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    Education debate reaches north Africa

    Education debate reaches north Africa

    Posted 5:40 PM 10/29/2014 by James Packard, KOMU 8 Reporter

    MEKNES, Morocco - As the debate over Amendment 3 in mid-Missouri reaches its decision point, a nationwide labor strike in Morocco Wednesday left many classrooms empty as teachers joined throngs of other workers in taking a day off.

    The strike was an attempt to bring attention to what (More)

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    St. Louis man sentenced to life for Andre Hudson killing

    St. Louis man sentenced to life for Andre Hudson killing

    Posted 5:01 PM 10/29/2014 by Ben Wilson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    JEFFERSON CITY - A St. Louis man has been sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years for his involvement in the December 2012 shooting of Andre Hudson.

    36-year-old Calvin Hutson was sentenced Wednesday in Cole County on four separate counts.

    The counts include life imprisonment for (More)

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    Game six reminded Royals fans of a specific moment in history

    Posted 5:00 PM 10/29/2014 by Alex Brown, KOMU 8 Reporter

    KANSAS CITY - With the World Series back at Kauffman Stadium for Game 6 and 7, fans took the opportunity to reflect on a previous big game in Kansas City.

    "I was at the game," Michael Diamond said, referring to the 1985 World Series when the St. Louis Cardinals battled the Royals in Game (More)

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    "Smart911" aims to protect trick or treaters for Halloween

    Posted 4:50 PM 10/29/2014 by Maddison Hill, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA- Columbia parent Mendy Diel's 11-year-old daughter will transform into Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games when she goes trick-or-treating this Halloween.

    Diel said parents in her neighborhood take a couple precautions when trick-or-treating.

    "We pair up into groups," (More)

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    Ameren Missouri guides customers in wake of latest scam

    Ameren Missouri guides customers in wake of latest scam

    Posted 4:18 PM 10/29/2014 by Ben Wilson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    COLUMBIA - Ameren Missouri released several new tips Wednesday after a recent scam targeted its customers.

    The latest scam involved a thief who called Ameren Missouri customers and claimed to represent the company. The scam artist mentioned a usage report that is sometimes sent to Ameren (More)

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    Top 10 by 20 education plan is updated despite some opposition

    Posted 4:14 PM 10/29/2014 by Julia Avery, KOMU 8 Reporter

    JEFFERSON CITY - The State Board of Education approved the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's (DESE) Top 10 by 20 plan Tuesday night. The statewide improvement plan launched in 2009 and aims for student achievement in Missouri to rank among the top 10 states by the year (More)

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    Check scam uses homeless people to do the dirty work

    Posted 3:45 PM 10/29/2014 by Jessica Mensch, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department is investigating a check scam in which the culprits are bribing homeless people to front the crime.

    Detective Steve Wilmoth, head of the investigation, said a group from out of town has been stealing local business checks to get bank routing (More)

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    Two armed robberies lead to worried customers

    Posted 3:39 PM 10/29/2014 by Marcel Clarke, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Two armed robberies happened Tuesday night at La Quinta Inn & Suites and Patricia's grocery store. The Columbia Police Department a man wearing a Halloween mask and carrying a handgun carried out the robberies.

    The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money at both (More)

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    Suspect admits robbing two central Missouri banks

    Suspect admits robbing two central Missouri banks

    Posted 3:28 PM 10/29/2014 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A former Kansas City man faces up to 40 years in federal prison after admitting he held up two central Missouri banks in 2010.

    The U.S. Attorney's office says 45-year-old Brian Dewitt Unthank pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of bank robbery.

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    Missouri man's execution on hold indefinitely

    Missouri man's execution on hold indefinitely

    Posted 2:21 PM 10/29/2014 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The execution of a Missouri man who killed a woman and her two children is on hold indefinitely as the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether to review the case.

    The court on Tuesday issued a late stay of execution just hours before Mark Christeson was scheduled to die by (More)

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    Smart Decision 2014: Amendment 10 could change state politics

    Do you favor or oppose Amendment 10, which would allow lawmakers to counter Governor Jay Nixon when he freezes budget funds.

    Posted 2:16 PM 10/29/2014 by Michael Doudna, KOMU 8 Reporter

    JEFFERSON CITY - Next Tuesday voters will decide whether or not to change the system of checks and balances in state government.

    Amendment 10, would put more powers in the hands of state lawmakers by putting another check on Governor Jay Nixon. The amendment would allow lawmakers to (More)

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    Death penalty sought in Jewish center shootings

    Death penalty sought in Jewish center shootings

    Posted 1:16 PM 10/29/2014 by The Associated Press

    OLATHE, Kan. (AP) - Defense attorneys for a Missouri man accused of killing three people outside of two Jewish centers in Kansas say prosecutors are planning to seek the death penalty against him.

    Kansas Death Penalty Defense Unit attorney  said in a motion for a continuance filed (More)

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    Woman pleads guilty to $450,000 tax fraud

    Woman pleads guilty to $450,000 tax fraud

    Posted 1:08 PM 10/29/2014 by The Associated Press

    KANSAS CITY (AP) - A former Kansas City woman pleaded guilty to a scheme to receive more than $454,000 in illegal income tax refunds.

    Thirty-three-year-old Chiquita Tyler, also known as Chiquita Robinson, pleaded guilty Wednesday to making a false claim to a federal agency and identity (More)

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