• Historical black community honored with trail marker Posted on 17 October 2017 at 3:53pm

    COLUMBIA - A local committee dedicated an African American Heritage Trail Marker on Tuesday.
    The Sharp End Heritage Committee serves to recognize the contributions of the Sharp End community, as well as educate Columbia residents on the community’s impact.
    “The Sharp End was a historical black community,” James Whitt, Sharpe End Heritage Committee Chairman, said. "The first business location in the Sharp End was recognized in about 1915.”
    The marker’s location, across from Douglass Pool, celebrates the Third Street Market, Blue and White Cafe, and the Harvey House.
    “From the 1930s through the 1960s, the two buildings located on the west side of 3rd Street between Pendleton and Switzler were a hub for family and commerce in Columbia’s black community,” the marker reads.
    Whitt said Columbia wanted to redevelop the city because of urban renewal in the late-1960s, which wiped out Sharp End.
    “It left a really bad taste in the mouth of black people during that time frame,” he said. "Some of that urban renewal money was supposed to go to developing the businesses that were located in that area, and that was not the approach that was taken.”
    James Gray, Sharp End Heritage Committee member, said the marker gives young people, regardless of race, the ability to understand the history of Columbia.
    “You’ve got to be willing to go that extra mile to tell the story,” he said. "We got to tell the story, because if we don’t tell the story, nobody else will. And it’s been well overdue.”
    Whitt said people need to understand the history of minority-owned businesses before the community can move forward. He said the history of Columbia’s black community was absent when he moved here.
    "What about the black community? I mean, what about people like me? What is the history of Columbia?” he said.
    Tuesday’s marker is one of 15 that will commemorate Sharp End, with the next dedication coming in Spring of 2018.

  • C-SPAN interactive bus visits state capital Posted on 17 October 2017 at 3:49pm

    JEFFERSON CITY- C-SPAN arrived in Jefferson City on Tuesday to meet with local and state politicians and middle school students as part of its “50 Capitals Tour.”

    C-SPAN rolled out its new customized bus, which visited Lewis and Clark Middle School and Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Jefferson City Tuesday.

  • Federal inmate spared death penalty for fourth murder Posted on 17 October 2017 at 1:27pm

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A federal inmate with end-stage renal disease has been spared the death penalty for his fourth murder conviction and the second committed while imprisoned.

    The Springfield News-Leader reports that federal jurors couldn't reach a unanimous decision Monday in the case against 61-year-old Ulysses Jones Jr. Defense attorney Shane Cantin says that means the slowing dying man will receive another life term when he's sentenced.

  • Appeals court tosses $72 million award in talcum powder case Posted on 17 October 2017 at 1:19pm

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri appeals court has thrown out a $72 million award to a woman who claimed talcum powder made by Johnson & Johnson contributed to her ovarian cancer.

    The Missouri Eastern District court ruled Tuesday that Missouri was not the proper jurisdiction for a lawsuit filed by 62-year-old Jacqueline Fox, of Birmingham, Alabama, who died in 2015 of ovarian cancer.

  • 3 missing Kansas foster children found safe; man detained Posted on 17 October 2017 at 11:09am

    TONGANOXIE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man and found three sisters whose disappearance in August from their Kansas foster home touched off a larger debate about runaway foster children.

    Tonganoxie police chief Jeffery Brandau says police in Kansas City, Missouri, arrested the 48-year-old man early Tuesday, hours after identifying him as a "person of interest" and saying the 12-, 14- and 15-year-old girls would be "in danger" if they were with him. Brandau says the man is being detained on a 24-hour investigative hold.

  • Man charged with shooting St. Louis detective in shoulder Posted on 17 October 2017 at 11:02am

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man has been charged with shooting a St. Louis police detective in the shoulder last week.

    Twenty-seven-year-old Johnzell Moorehead Jr. was charged Sunday with first-degree assault, armed criminal action and resisting arrest. Some court records spell his first name with an "e'' on the end. No attorney is listed for him in online court records. Bail is set at $100,000.

  • Deputies shoot, wound armed man in southwest Missouri home Posted on 17 October 2017 at 10:55am

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Authorities say deputies have shot and wounded a man after he pointed a gun at them in a southwest Missouri home.

    KYTV reports that the shooting happened Monday night after a Greene County sheriff's deputy responded to a call from a woman with bullet holes in her house. Greene County Sheriff's Maj. Phil Corcoran says a deputy was inspecting the damage when he saw more gunshot holes in a neighboring house and a woman peering out a window.

  • Missouri Senate staffer new University of Missouri lobbyist Posted on 17 October 2017 at 10:50am

    COLUMBIA (AP) — The University of Missouri is hiring the top Missouri state senator's chief of staff to be the four-campus system's lead lobbyist.

    University of Missouri System President Mun Choi on Monday announced Dusty Schnieders will start Nov. 1. He's currently chief of staff to Republican Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, one of the most powerful state lawmakers.

  • Ethics panel to review complaint against Missouri lawmaker Posted on 17 October 2017 at 10:44am

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House Ethics Committee is reviewing a complaint against a lawmaker who called for the vandal of a Confederate monument to be hanged.

    Members agreed Monday to hold a preliminary hearing later on the complaint against Republican Rep. Warren Love. They did not announce a date.

  • Authorities searching for 2 escaped Missouri inmates Posted on 17 October 2017 at 10:31am

    CARUTHERSVILLE (AP) — Authorities are searching for two inmates who escaped Sunday from the Pemiscot County jail.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Monday that 27-year-old William J. Carter is charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of his estranged wife and a man.