• Police investigate death of Versailles man, girlfriend arrested Posted on 14 August 2018 at 2:45pm

    VERSAILLES - The Morgan County Sheriff's Office said a man died from a gunshot wound on Sunday, and Versailles police arrested a woman in connection with the incident.

    Officers found 29-year-old Justin Wittrock at a home on Williamson Street at around 7 p.m. Sunday, according to a press release. It's unclear whether the gunshot was self-inflicted or not. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday morning.

  • Parents worry about overcrowding in Columbia Public Schools Posted on 14 August 2018 at 2:44pm

    COLUMBIA - With school starting today for Columbia Public Schools students, some construction projects are finished while others are just getting started. 

    Class size is a concern for parents as the population of Columbia and CPS enrollment increases. 

  • Driver injured in car crash on Missouri River Bridge Posted on 14 August 2018 at 12:48pm

    Jefferson City - One person was injured in a car crash on the Missouri River Bridge on Tuesday. 

    The driver of a Chevrolet HHR, Samuel Greenline, said he may have fallen asleep while driving to work, causing him to crash into a Chevrolet pickup truck, according to a Jefferson City Police press release.

  • Judge rules in state's favor over fuel tax ballot issue Posted on 14 August 2018 at 12:34pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - An Osage County judge ruled in favor of Missouri Secretary of State Jay Aschroft on Tuesday in the legal battle over a ballot issue to raise the state fuel tax.

    In July, Rep. Mike Moon, R-Lawrence, and activist Ron Calzone filed a lawsuit over House Bill 1460, which authorizes a tax deduction for prizes or awards won by Olympic medalists. It also included a referendum to increase the fuel tax.

  • Highway patrol investigating Macon County deputy-involved in shooting Posted on 14 August 2018 at 11:32am

    BEVIER - The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating a deputy-involved shooting in Macon County.

    The man whom a deputy shot survived and is at a Columbia hospital for treatment.

  • Several fires reported along railroad in Mexico Posted on 14 August 2018 at 10:59am

    MEXICO - Authorities responded to several small fires along railroad tracks running through town on Monday.

    Norfolk Southern Railroad employees said one fire was caused by sparks from a rail grinder operated by maintenance workers. The crew was already working on putting the fire out when responders arrives.

  • The Latest: Compound defendants to be released pending trial Posted on 14 August 2018 at 9:06am

    TAOS, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on 11 children found living in a filthy, makeshift compound in New Mexico (all times local):

    6:30 p.m.

  • Nebraska poised to carry out first execution since 1997 Posted on 14 August 2018 at 7:06am

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska is preparing to carry out its first execution since 1997 on Tuesday in a bewildering about-face driven largely by the state's Republican governor.

    Carey Dean Moore, 60, is scheduled to be executed at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln with a never-before-tried combination of drugs. Moore was condemned to die for the 1979 shooting deaths of two Omaha cab drivers, Maynard Helgeland and Reuel Van Ness Jr., and is one of the nation's longest-serving death row inmates.

  • Missouri Senate candidates weigh in on ballot initiatives Posted on 14 August 2018 at 6:58am

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill says she supports measures on Missouri's November ballot to increase the state's minimum wage and hike the gas tax.

    McCaskill recently told reporters that she also supports medical marijuana. She said she "couldn't be more enthusiastic" about another proposal that would change redistricting and limit lobbyist gifts to state lawmakers, among other things.

  • Board of Education approves increase in operating tax rate ceiling Posted on 13 August 2018 at 9:00pm

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved a 9-cent increase in the operating tax rate ceiling Monday.

    The Board increased the ceiling from 56 cents to 65 cents, the maximum amount approved by voters in the April 2016 municipal election.