• Medical student returns to thank University Hospital doctors after "miraculous" recovery Posted on 6 May 2016 at 4:07pm

    COLUMBIA – With a tearful smile and walking on two legs, 26-year-old Sydney Priest returned to University hospital Friday to thank the doctors who helped her recover just a few months after having a rare stroke. Priest, a former student at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, spent two weeks in the neuroangiography suite after having a basilar artery occlusion, the worst kind of ischemic stroke.  There were smiles laughter as she hugged hospital staff.

    “I’m extremely thankful. I wouldn’t be here today,” Priest sobbed.

  • 4 injured when Six Flags St. Louis ride suddenly stops Posted on 6 May 2016 at 3:01pm

    EUREKA (AP) — A ride at Six Flags St. Louis is shut down for inspection after four people suffered minor injuries when the ride stopped mid-point.

    Officials at the amusement park say the Boomerang ride stopped suddenly around 11:30 a.m. Friday. Guests were able to safely exit, but four people were taken for medical evaluation.

  • Black bear killed in eastern Missouri; citation issued Posted on 6 May 2016 at 2:45pm

    HILLSBORO (AP) — A citation has been issued for a suspect who shot and skinned a black bear in eastern Missouri.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the bear was found dead Monday in Jefferson County. Missouri Department of Conservation spokesman Dan Zarlenga declined to name the suspect, who was issued a citation for a misdemeanor.

  • University of Missouri awarded $2M to study cattle genetics Posted on 6 May 2016 at 2:12pm

    COLUMBIA (AP) — The University of Missouri has received a $2 million grant to study cattle genetics.

    The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the grant is part of $16.5 million in federal funding meant to increase food availability, safety and sustainability.

  • Riverview Gardens backers speak out at public hearing Posted on 6 May 2016 at 1:06pm

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Parents, students and graduates of a St. Louis-area school district are making the case for shedding an unaccredited designation, which allows students to transfer to better-performing schools.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education officials heard Thursday from backers of the Riverview Gardens School District.

  • Jefferson City man arrested, accused of punching police officer Posted on 6 May 2016 at 12:47pm

    JEFFERSON CITY — Jefferson City police said a man was arrested Friday after punching an officer and running away.

    Aaron Mosley, 24, had two active warrants for his arrest.

  • Commission will investigate complaint against Schaefer Posted on 6 May 2016 at 12:06pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Ethics Commission will investigate whether state Sen. Kurt Schaefer pressured the University of Missouri to block Josh Hawley from running for Missouri attorney general.

    The announcement Thursday reverses a decision made last week by James Klahr, executive director of the commission. He had said the commission didn't have the power or resources to investigate the complaint.

  • Judge strikes down St. Louis County policing measure Posted on 6 May 2016 at 11:58am

    CLAYTON (AP) — A St. Louis County judge has ruled that the county cannot require police departments in 57 cities and towns to adhere to a set of standards for use of force, vehicle pursuits and other matters.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Circuit Judge Robert S. Cohen issued a summary judgment Wednesday in favor of a challenge by several larger cities in the county, who called the measure "illegal and unconstitutional."

  • Columbia Fire Department rescues trapped therapy dog Posted on 6 May 2016 at 11:49am

    COLUMBIA — The Columbia Fire Department staged an animal rescue late Thursday night after a therapy dog was found trapped in the bottom of a trench.

    The department arrived at 602 Norwalk Drive in north Columbia to find the dog stranded at the bottom of a 20-foot hole. Crews said they could see cracked soil on either side of the hole.

  • Vargas inaugurated as Southeast Missouri State president Posted on 6 May 2016 at 10:19am

    CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) — Southeast Missouri State University's new president says colleges and universities need to remove obstacles in the way of student success.

    Carlos Vargas-Aburto was inaugurated Thursday as the Cape Girardeau-based university's 18th president, though he's been on the job since last July.