• One fatality in car wreck on State Road Y Posted on 16 December 2017 at 5:19pm

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

    The two cars crashed on State Road Y near County Road 365, catching the vehicles on fire. The identity of the victim is not yet confirmed.

  • 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 about 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.” 
    But the 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.

  • After-prison prescription meds program coming to Kansas City Posted on 16 December 2017 at 12:25pm

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — People returning to Kansas City after being released from prison will get a 90-day supply of prescription medications instead of a 30-day supply under an expanded grant-funded program.

    The Kansas City Star reported Friday that the Healthy Transitions program started last year in St. Louis will be expanded to Kansas City.

  • Boone County Fire responds to shed fire on Highway 40 near Rocheport Posted on 16 December 2017 at 11:04am

    BOONE COUNTY - Firefighters responded to a shed fire off of Highway 40 near Rocheport Saturday morning.

    Boone County Fire Protection District officials said when they got to the scene, a group of hunters were using garden hoses to keep the fire away from the house next to it.

  • UMKC engineering center construction to begin next summer Posted on 16 December 2017 at 9:16am

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Officials with the University of Missouri-Kansas City say students will soon have access to state-of-the-art 3-D technology, analytics labs and other innovations provided by a $32 million education and research center on the university's Volker campus.

    The Kansas City Star reports that UMKC will start construction on the expansion of the School of Computing and Engineering by late summer 2018.

  • Cat cafe might come to mid-Missouri Posted on 16 December 2017 at 8:36am

    COLUMBIA - Cat cafes have popped up across the world in cities including New York City, London and Tokyo, and one man is working to bring one to mid-Missouri.

    Ryan Kennedy wants to open Papa's Cat Cafe. He started a Kickstarter campaign Thursday to help him fund the business, and as of Saturday, it has raised more than $1,000 out of his $15,000 goal.

  • Highway Patrol fires Trooper Anthony Piercy in Ellingson drowning Posted on 15 December 2017 at 9:42pm

    COLUMBIA - The Missouri State Highway Patrol has confirmed it has fired Trooper Anthony Piercy.

    KOMU 8 spoke to Capt. John Hotz, who confirmed the termination, effective Friday.