• Highway Patrol plans to blanket roads during holiday week Posted on 17 November 2017 at 6:58pm

    COLUMBIA – The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be putting "all available troopers" on the roads over Thanksgiving week.

    The MSHP said those troopers will be keeping a close eye out for driving infractions, especially those related to impaired driving, driving over the speed limit, and seat belt/child restraint use.

  • Local volunteer organization to host 5K for Haitian relief Posted on 17 November 2017 at 5:12pm

    COLUMBIA - Gloomy weather and a possible chance of rain isn't going to stop one Columbia organization from throwing on their running shoes to make a difference. Happiness Now, a local non-profit organization is hosting a 5K race Saturday morning at Stephens Lake Park as part of their first fundraising event. 

    "It's to raise money for the building of a medical clinic in Los Cocos which is a village of Haitian refugees in the Dominican Republic," said Anna Sechrist, a volunteer for Happiness Now.

  • Ashland finally receives permit to build new sewage plant Posted on 17 November 2017 at 5:00pm

    ASHLAND - The approval process took several months, but the process of planning a switch to a new sewage treatment plant started back in 2012. City Administrator Lyn Woolford said that is when the city decided it needed to change from a sewage lagoon to a sewage treatment plant.

    "As the town grew, our lagoon was struggling to maintain compliance with Dept. of Natural Resources regulations as far as ammonia and other things that are involved with a lagoon," Woolford said.

  • Local elementary school raises money, honors fallen Marine Posted on 17 November 2017 at 4:51pm

    KINGDOM CITY - Hatton-McCredie Elementary’s 5th grade class donated $900 to Central Missouri Honor Flight, in honor of a late mid-Missouri Marine.

    Sergeant Talon Leach died in July, when a military plane crashed in Mississippi. Leach was aboard a KC-130 refueling tanker flying from a Marine installation at Cherry Point, North Carolina to a naval air field in El Centro, California when it crashed into a farm field in Mississippi.

  • Prosecutor declines to charge pilot accused of having gun Posted on 17 November 2017 at 4:41pm

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri prosecutor will not file criminal charges against a Southwest Airlines pilot arrested after Transportation Security Administration agents found a loaded handgun in his carry-on luggage before his flight left St. Louis Lambert Airport.

    Ed Magee, a spokesman for St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch, said Friday that the pilot will not be charged because there is no proof that he knowingly carried the firearm into the secure area of the airport.

  • Rep. Hartzler talks tax reform and what it means for Missourians Posted on 17 November 2017 at 4:24pm

    COLUMBIA- Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler met with the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Friday to discuss the new tax overhaul known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The House passed the nearly $1.5 trillion bill Thursday.

    Residents and local business owners showed up to ask questions about hot topics such as individual tax rates for low- and middle-income Americans, tax cuts for corporations, housing and education deductions and more.

  • Police arrest Columbia man for alleged sexual abuse Posted on 17 November 2017 at 3:42pm

    COLUMBIA - Police arrested a man Thursday after a woman said he had sexually assaulted her.

    According to police, the victim said she was with Connor Smith at a home watching TV. At one point, Smith apparently removed all his clothing except his underwear, and tried to kiss her.

  • State's cut of low-income housing tax credits meets opposition Posted on 17 November 2017 at 2:39pm

    COLUMBIA - The Missouri Housing Development Commission held a meeting with Missouri citizens to share the final decisions for the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program. 

    At the meeting, the commission decided to eliminate the low-income housing tax credits for the state of Missouri. Greitens' decision will prevent the state from issuing tax credits used to to develop affordable housing.

  • St. Louis' largest skyscraper is up for sale Posted on 17 November 2017 at 2:30pm

     ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis' largest skyscraper is on the market following foreclosure.

    The vacant 44-story office tower was formerly known as One AT&T Center. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the building was put up for sale Thursday by a brokerage firm without an asking price.

  • Pamela Hupp murder trial delayed again Posted on 17 November 2017 at 2:28pm

    ST. CHARLES (AP) — A judge has agreed to once again push back the trial date for a St. Louis-area woman accused of fatally shooting a man to shift attention away from herself in another killing.

    A new trial date for Pamela Hupp will be set within 10 days.