• Prescription drug database up again in Missouri House Posted on 8 February 2016 at 4:12pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker is pushing for a program that would track prescription drugs and let doctors and pharmacists know when similar prescriptions for potentially addictive drugs have been filled.

    A bill by GOP Rep. Holly Rehder is on the House debate calendar this week. Part of its goal is to stop abuse by so-called doctor shoppers trying to resell the drugs or feed their own addictions.

  • Body found under Highway 63 bridge identified Posted on 8 February 2016 at 2:29pm

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department announced Monday they identified a body found near the Highway 63 and I-70 interchange on Friday.

    38-year-old Levi Edward Monie-Turnbow was found under a Highway 63 bridge at Hinkson Creek.

  • CPS middle school math proficiency numbers drop Posted on 8 February 2016 at 2:17pm

    COLUMBIA - Middle schoolers beginning of the year math proficiency scores dropped for the second year in a row, according to Columbia Public School district's student achievement report.

    The Columbia Board of Education plans to review the report at its meeting Monday night.

  • Man fatally struck on I-44 was taking pictures, police say Posted on 8 February 2016 at 12:24pm

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a 24-year-old man who was struck and killed on Interstate 44 last week was taking pictures of two friends who were in the median.

    Will Miner was fatally struck at 3:50 a.m. Feb. 2. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Weekly Wellness: Attention to the Pressure Posted on 8 February 2016 at 12:56pm

    COLUMBIA – High blood pressure, also known as HBP or hypertension, is a widely misunderstood medical condition. Some people think that those with hypertension are tense, nervous or hyperactive, but hypertension has nothing to do with personality traits. The truth is, you can be a calm, relaxed person and still have HBP.

    The basics of blood pressure: your body’s organs need oxygen to survive. Oxygen is carried through the body by blood. When the heart beats, it creates pressure that pushes blood through your veins and arteries. Your blood pressure is the result of two forces: the force of the blood pumping out of the heart and into the arteries; and the force created as the heart rests between heart beats. These two forces represent the two numbers of your blood pressure. The tissues that make up your arteries stretch like elastic when the heart pumps your blood through them. The more force needed to pump the blood, the more the arteries stretch to allow the blood to flow easily. Over time, if the force of the flow is often high, the tissue can become stretched and damaged causing vascular weakness, scarring, blood clots, plaque build-up, among other potential health issues.

  • Man suspected of using road flares to set St. Louis fires Posted on 8 February 2016 at 8:23am

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Federal agents in St. Louis say security cameras helped lead to the arrest of a serial arsonist.

    Authorities say 47-year-old Michael Naro is facing four felony counts of second-degree arson and one count of reckless burning or exploding for a series of fires in south St. Louis. Police tell KMOV-TV that Naro used road flares to set garages and trash bins on fire in his neighborhood. One garage burned to the ground.

  • Independence police officer shoots, kills man after chase Posted on 8 February 2016 at 8:20am

    INDEPENDENCE (AP) — Authorities have identified a man who was shot and killed by Independence police after a chase.

    Kansas City police said in a news release the man killed was 47-year-old Harless Scott. The chase started in Independence late Thursday and eventually went into Kansas City, where stop sticks disabled the fleeing vehicle.

  • 31-year-old man dies in Springfield shooting Posted on 8 February 2016 at 8:18am

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Authorities are investigating a fatal shooting in southwest Missouri.

    Police said in a news release that 31-year-old Corey Kesner was shot Friday night outside a Springfield shopping center. Police say he was rushed to a hospital, where he later died.

  • Rock Hill police officer struck, injured by vehicle Posted on 8 February 2016 at 8:15am

    KIRKWOOD (AP) — A Rock Hill police officer has been taken to a hospital after being struck by a vehicle.

    City administrator Jennifer Yackley said Sunday that Officer Steve Sperber was stable at a hospital, suffering from a head injury sustained when he was hit by a car about 11:30 a.m. that morning.

  • Kansas City man charged in fatal shooting Posted on 8 February 2016 at 6:20am

    KANSAS CITY (AP) — A 29-year-old man accused in the January shooting death of another man in Kansas City has been charged with murder.

    Twenty-nine-year-old Lorenzo D. Washington was charged Saturday with first-degree murder and one count of armed criminal action. Prosecutors say 52-year-old Thomas E. Kuzila Jr. was found shot to death in an alley early Jan. 30.