• Former Camden County deputy facing more child sex charges Posted on 18 January 2018 at 1:47pm

    CAMDEN COUNTY - A former sheriff's deputy already facing charges of child pornography and child molestation faces more charges in a separate incident.

    Prosecutors charged Leonard Wilson in late December with two counts of statutory sodomy and one count of child molestation. The charges stem from an incident in April 2017.

  • Two men booked into jail for alleged murder plot Posted on 18 January 2018 at 9:37am

    COLUMBIA - Deputies booked two men into the Boone County Jail on suspicion of various charges, including an apparent plan to kill an older couple.

    Prosecutors charged Brian Kelley, 20, and Jared Bears, 19, with conspiracy to commit murder; Kelley faces further charges of domestic assault and armed criminal action.

  • Man charged with filming teens with hidden camera Posted on 18 January 2018 at 9:14am

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri Department of Corrections employee is charged with using a hidden camera to film teenage girls getting out of the shower.

    The Springfield News-Leader reports that 35 -year-old Nathaniel Mares, of Licking, was charged this month in federal court with producing child porn. His attorney didn't immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press.

  • Missouri lawmaker participates in kidney donation chain Posted on 18 January 2018 at 9:00am

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A northwest Missouri lawmaker has donated a kidney as part of a transplant chain to help his ailing wife.

    KMBC-TV reports that Republican Rep. J. Eggleston, of Maysville, underwent surgery Wednesday. His wife, Cathie, has suffered from kidney failure for years. He wasn't a compatible donor for her.

  • Missouri unemployment edges up slightly Posted on 17 January 2018 at 8:26pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's unemployment rate has edged up slightly.

    Data released Wednesday by the state Department of Economic Development show the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate went up to 3.5 percent in December. It was 3.4 percent in November.

  • Amended lawsuit seeks to overturn Vandeven's firing Posted on 17 January 2018 at 8:22pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Citing new testimony from a state school board member, a Springfield teacher is asking a judge to overturn the Missouri Board of Education's controversial removal of the state education commissioner.

    Teacher Laurie Sullivan filed a lawsuit in November accusing the board of violating the state's open meetings law before it fired Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven.

  • Missouri House passes bill for fewer rules on hair braiding Posted on 17 January 2018 at 8:15pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Professional hair braiders would face fewer regulations under a bill passed by the Missouri House.

    House lawmakers voted 131-17 Wednesday to pass the bill and send it to the Senate. If made law, the bill would repeal a requirement that braiders be licensed by the state Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners. That can take considerable time and money.

  • Plans for new Columbia middle school await vote Posted on 17 January 2018 at 8:00pm

    COLUMBIA - The next step in construction of a new middle school in Columbia is a public vote scheduled for April.

    The Columbia City Council approved the purchase of the land Tuesday. Now the public must decide whether to approve a bond issue for Columbia Public Schools.

  • Fiscal cliff puts medical care for low-income and rural Missourians at risk Posted on 17 January 2018 at 7:46pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - With the Jan. 19 deadline looming for Congress to pass a federal spending bill and keep the government running, community health clinics in mid-Missouri and across the country face an uncertain financial future.

    Community health centers, like the Family Health Center in Columbia or the Community Health Center of Central Missouri in Jefferson City, are largely funded by federal government grants. According to the National Association of Community Health Centers, centers receive roughly 70 percent of their operating funds from the federal government.

  • Missouri gives individual schools authority in new act Posted on 17 January 2018 at 6:17pm

    JEFFERSON CITY – Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has signed off on Missouri's plans for implementing a new act that focuses on improving support and resources for historically under-performing student groups.

    It's known as the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA.