• "Christmas Countdown" gives opportunity for last minute shopping Posted on 17 December 2017 at 10:21am

    JEFFERSON CITY - The first ever "Christmas Countdown" Sunday is giving Jefferson City an opportunity for some last minute Christmas shopping.

    The Capital Event Center is hosting the event, which features over 15 vendors displaying a wide variety of items.

  • Man charged in St. Louis County shooting that killed 4 Posted on 17 December 2017 at 12:15am

    COLUMBIA (AP) — Police say they have arrested a man charged in an August quadruple homicide that occurred in St. Louis County.

    Police say 20-year-old Ja'Vonne Dupree was arrested Friday in in Columbia.

  • Gifts 4 Guns attempts to increase awareness and decrease gun violence Posted on 16 December 2017 at 9:04pm

    COLUMBIA - An event in Columbia today addressed the prevalence of gun violence and misuse of firearms by offering gift cards in exchange for guns.

    Gift 4 Guns offered local Mid-Missourians the opportunity to turn in guns, no questions asked.

  • Jefferson City boy holds hot chocolate stand for local charities Posted on 16 December 2017 at 7:51pm

    COLUMBIA – A six-year-old held a hot chocolate stand Saturday outside of a Hy-Vee in Jefferson City to help two local charities.

    Hudson Patrick asked for donations for Toys for Tots and The Pantry. According to both organizations, the items that are most in need are infant toys and toys for ages six through eight, Ziploc bags, and cream of wheat.

  • UPDATE: One fatality, two injured in car wreck on State Road Y Posted on 16 December 2017 at 9:15pm

    NEW BLOOMFIELD - A two-vehicle car wreck Saturday left one dead and two others injured, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

    The two cars collided head-on on State Road Y near County Road 365, engulfing the vehicles in flames.

  • Largest class of recruits in years joins Columbia Police Department Posted on 16 December 2017 at 5:03pm

    COLUMBIA - On Friday, the Columbia Police Department inducted eight new recruits, the largest class of officers in years.

    The new officers include Albert Howard, Regenia Minks, Jordan Payne, Corinne Raney, Ryan Tarrants, Jacob Waldrup, Brittany Williams, and Matthew Wright. 

  • Wreaths placed throughout Jacksonville State Veterans Cemetery Posted on 16 December 2017 at 4:31pm

    JACKSONVILLE - An estimated 400 people attended a wreath laying ceremony Saturday at the Jacksonville State Veterans Cemetery.

    It was one of about 1,200 ceremonies at cemeteries across the United Sates and overseas.

  • Columbia College graduate speaks on living life to the fullest Posted on 16 December 2017 at 3:47pm

    COLUMBIA – Graduation day is long awaited by many and Amy Kiso Bledsoe is no exception. 
    Bledsoe was one of the fist student graduation speakers at Columbia College Saturday.
    “I just want everybody to realize no matter what we’re struggling with individually day to day, it doesn’t have to be a complete struggle,” Bledsoe said. “It’s so important to focus on what you can do and obviously here I am, stage IV cancer looking at the end and I’m still going. Very strongly!”
    That’s the message she decided to share with 346 of her fellow graduates. 
    With 16 family members cheering her on, Bledsoe graduated from Columbia College with her masters of Business Administration.
    “I’m really thrilled that it’s finally here,” Bledsoe said.
    Bledsoe has also earned two other degrees from Northwest Missouri State and Lincoln University. But this degree means more than the others. 
    “I did not walk in the other two,” Bledsoe said. “The first one, I was a relief house parent for a group home for adults with disabilities and they had tickets to go the circus on graduation day. So, I went to the circus with them instead of graduation.” 
    Her second graduation didn't go as planned either.
    “The second graduation from Lincoln, I had my cap and gown, I was ready to walk but my second child was born a little earlier than I wanted him to be so I was not able to walk for that one,” she said.  
    But this graduation is also special for another reason. Bledsoe was diagnosed with cancer for the second time in March. She was diagnosed with stage IV terminal breast cancer. Despite her prognosis, Bledsoe continues to live her life to her fullest and be a light for other around her. 
    “With everything she’s ever done and having the diagnosis of cancer twice, she’s finished this and she’s done it with dignity and grace and she’s always smiling,” Lorie Kiso, Amy’s sister, said. 
    "None of us ever know when we're going to expire," Bledsoe said. "With my cancer I honestly didn't expect to live this long after I was diagnosed so that's huge. I'm glad everybody is here to celebrate with me," she said. 

  • St. Louis hard hit by opioid epidemic Posted on 16 December 2017 at 2:10pm

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — As Missouri struggles with the epidemic of opioid abuse, no place in the state has been hit harder than St. Louis.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports there were 23 heroin deaths per 100,000 city residents from 2012 to 2016, the highest rate in Missouri and nearly double the rate in Jefferson County, which had the second-highest rate.

  • Furnace fire damages trailer on Prathersville Road Posted on 16 December 2017 at 1:05pm

    BOONE COUNTY - A furnace malfunction caused a fire in a trailer home on Pratherville Road Saturday morning.

    Gale Blomenkamp with the Boone County Fire Protection District said firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire. The damage was contained to the furnace room.