• Authorities ID Missouri woman killed in Ohio hotel fire Posted on 24 May 2016 at 5:18am

    COPLEY, Ohio (AP) — Authorities have identified a Missouri woman who was killed over the weekend during an early morning hotel fire in Ohio.

    The fire at a Hawthorn Suites broke out just before 5 a.m. Saturday about 5 miles west of Akron in Copley.

  • Hundreds of veterans motorcycle across Missouri Posted on 23 May 2016 at 9:11pm

    COLUMBIA – Hundreds of bikers made the trek through mid-Missouri Monday on their way to Washington D.C. The riders are Vietnam War veterans participating in a cross-country ride called The Run for the Wall.

    A few hundred riders stopped at Mid-America Harley Davidson in Columbia, but when the group reaches their destination, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, they estimate a total of one million bikers will finish the ride. The ride starts in California and lasts about a week.

  • Imposter poses as the Boone County sheriff Posted on 23 May 2016 at 7:30pm

    COLUMBIA - Several people said they received phone calls Monday from an imposter pretending to be Boone County Sheriff Dwayne Carey.

    The caller told victims there were outstanding warrants for their arrests to be settled over the phone. He asked for debit and credit card information or told victims to purchase pre-paid money cards and call back with the number on that card.

  • Firefighters practice rescuing victims at fraternity house Posted on 23 May 2016 at 6:50pm

    COLUMBIA - Columbia firefighters practiced techniques in searching and removing victims from burning buildings on Monday at the Sigma Nu house. The practice specifically focused on helping people out of smoky fires.

    The Columbia Fire Department kicked off the practice session in the morning, and all 37 firefighters on duty participated in the training on Monday.

  • Missouri GOP committee backs closed primaries Posted on 23 May 2016 at 6:45pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Republican State Committee is backing closed primaries.

    Members during the state GOP convention this past week in Branson passed in a voice vote a resolution in favor of requiring primary voters to register with a party.

  • Gov. Nixon sets date for voter ID measure Posted on 23 May 2016 at 6:34pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Jay Nixon has set a date for the vote on a constitutional amendment ballot. 

    The ballot vote is set for the general election on Nov. 8, 2016 and if approved would place additional voter-identification requirements on Missourians.

  • Employers struggle to find workers who can pass drug tests Posted on 23 May 2016 at 6:06pm

    COLUMBIA - Economic growth is preventing some mid-Missouri employers from finding employees who can pass a drug test.

    Job Finders in Columbia hosts about 10 job fairs each month, screening each applicant for drugs. Vice President Guy Hulen says the drug screening failure rate within his company is the worst he's seen in 20 years.

  • Officer gets family home safely Sunday morning Posted on 23 May 2016 at 5:31pm

    COLUMBIA - One police officer can check good deed off his Sunday list.

    Officer Chris Williams safely drove a family home when Public Safety Joint Communications reported a woman and five small children under the age of five walking on the 3200 block of Clark Lane on May 22, 2016. 

  • Local doctor says prescribing opioids is declining Posted on 23 May 2016 at 5:24pm

    COLUMBIA - One local doctor says theres been a decrease in the amount doctors are prescribing opioids to their patients.

    Dr. John Mruzik explains that years ago it was very important that doctors and physicians aggressively treated chronic pain. Nowadays, he said that some medicines aren't needed and have been found to be misused by some.

  • Hippo to leave Springfield zoo after more than 30 years Posted on 23 May 2016 at 4:54pm

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield zoo is saying goodbye to a hippo that's been the centerpiece of the park for more than 30 years.

    The Springfield News-Leader reports that the Dickerson Park Zoo celebrated Henry the hippo's move to the Cincinnati Zoo this weekend with opportunities for guests to feed the animal. He will remain at the Springfield zoo until his move to Ohio in mid-June.