• Missouri House wants more information on state legal costs Posted on 27 April 2017 at 8:48pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri House members want more information on how much money the state is paying in lawsuit settlements and judgments.

    House members voted 150-1 on Thursday to pass legislation to require the attorney general and administration commissioner to update lawmakers and others monthly on state legal expenses.

  • Missouri Senate passes proposal for new arts conservatory Posted on 27 April 2017 at 8:43pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Senate has passed a bond measure for a new music and dance conservatory at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

    Lawmakers voted in favor of the resolution Thursday. It will soon move to the governor's desk.

  • Columbia woman pleads guilty to embezzling from credit union Posted on 27 April 2017 at 7:12pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - A Columbia woman pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to embezzling $231,600 from her employer, Shelter Insurance Federal Credit Union.

    Debra L. Wenger, 62, waived her right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty charges she misappropriated funds, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

  • Deported Honduran man pleads guilty in kidnapping, rape case Posted on 27 April 2017 at 6:25pm

    CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A Honduran man who entered the United States illegally three times has pleaded guilty to kidnapping his estranged girlfriend who prosecutors say was raped her at knifepoint on a drive from Missouri to New Jersey.

    Jose Amaya-Vasquez entered the plea Thursday in Camden, New Jersey, to charges of kidnapping and interstate domestic violence. He had previously pleaded guilty to illegally re-entering the United States. He had been deported twice.

  • Missouri House passes bill to protect Airbnb, other rentals Posted on 27 April 2017 at 6:16pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Some Missouri lawmakers want to shield lodging websites such as Airbnb from local ordinances that could regulate the services out of business in the state.

    House members on Thursday voted 90-49 to pass a bill to do so.

  • University of Missouri system proposes tuition increases Posted on 27 April 2017 at 6:04pm

    COLUMBIA (AP) — The four-campus University of Missouri system is proposing raising tuition and required fees of in-state undergraduates by 2.1 percent for the fiscal year that begins in July.

    The Kansas City Star reports that system officials consider the increases announced Thursday "modest" and say they'd generate $14.4 million in revenues. The administrators cite "significant financial and budgetary pressures" on the campuses in Columbia, St. Louis, Kansas City and Rolla.

  • Woman accused of causing deadly southwestern Missouri wreck Posted on 27 April 2017 at 5:09pm

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A woman is accused in southwestern Missouri of drunkenly causing a fatal car crash in December.

    KOLR-TV reports that Greene County prosecutors have charged Melissa Mahan with first-degree involuntary manslaughter.

  • Columbia bank robbery leads to vehicle pursuit in Callaway County Posted on 27 April 2017 at 4:43pm

    COLUMBIA - A police chase in Callaway County ended in a crash and a foot pursuit Thursday.

    It started at 1:44 p.m., when police responded to The Callaway Bank's Lake of the Woods branch, located at 5600 Bull Run Drive.

  • Three arrested after camper, RV and truck are stolen Posted on 27 April 2017 at 4:15pm

    COLUMBIA - Three suspects were in custody Thursday afternoon on suspicion of stealing, following a joint investigation by the Boone and Montgomery county sheriff's departments. 

    On Monday, deputies responded to a theft at Pertech LLC on 51 N. Rangeline Road, where a camper was reported stolen, the Boone County Sheriff's Department said in a news release. On Wednesday, an RV was reported stolen from Commercial Truck Body and Paint, 7400 Drive I-70 Drive Southeast. 

  • Columbia Police Department kicks off its first community beat meeting Posted on 27 April 2017 at 11:24pm

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department beat commanders hosted their first beat meeting with the northeast Columbia community for the Building Stronger Beats series.

    The Building Stronger Beats meetings are held to help residents and police officers who are located in specific areas of Columbia work together to ensure stronger and inclusive neighborhoods.