• The government just shut down. What happens next? Posted on 20 January 2018 at 6:00am

    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- In the final moments leading up to Friday's midnight deadline, Senate Republicans and Democrats were unable to agree on a stopgap funding measure to continue government services.

    So what happens next? Here's a rundown of what will happen if the government remains shut down.

  • CNN reports FBI opened inquiry into Gov. Eric Greitens Posted on 19 January 2018 at 10:19pm

    (CNN) - The FBI recently opened an inquiry into Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, two US officials told CNN, as he fights an allegation of blackmail and faces calls to resign just a year into his job.

    While the FBI has not commented on the existence of any inquiry or formal investigation into Greitens, the St. Louis circuit attorney's office announced last week that it is investigating Greitens' conduct following an explosive story that forced the Republican governor to acknowledge having had an extramarital affair and confront an allegation of blackmail.

  • Research finds berries effective in cancer treatment Posted on 19 January 2018 at 9:06pm

    COLUMBIA - A visiting MU researcher is working to fight cancer with blueberries - specifically the extract of the fruit.

    Dr. Yujiang Fang says a key component in blueberries is resveratrol, which can be used to treat cancer.

  • Poster campaign designed to fight human trafficking in Missouri Posted on 19 January 2018 at 7:43pm

    COLUMBIA - Some facilities in the state may be required to hang posters with information about human trafficking by the beginning of next year. 

    Missouri Rep. Patricia Pike, R-Adrian, sponsored House Bill 1246. It was recently passed. If it becomes law, places like truck stops, strip clubs, urgent care centers and airports would be required to hang posters with the number to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline. 

  • Current mental health screenings alone not enough to help students Posted on 19 January 2018 at 5:09pm

    COLUMBIA - Researchers at the University of Missouri have found that 80 percent of state students who needed treatment for serious mental health issues, did not receive sufficient public health support. According to the study, there was a high variance between mental health screenings performed by teachers and administrators for more than 97,000 young Missourians in 2015. 

    "We were looking at the accuracy of mental health screenings done for elementary students and we used data that reflected three different districts from across three different states and we're basically looking to try to understand how much of the variance between student ratings was coming from the students themselves or other sources,"  Melissa Maras, a research consultant at MU’s Assessment Resource Center.

  • Annual Molly Bowden blood drive comes at crucial time Posted on 19 January 2018 at 4:56pm

    COLUMBIA- The annual blood drive for fallen officer Molly Bowden came at a time when collecting blood is vital.

    The American Red Cross has paired with this specific drive since 2012 and a representative said the organization has cancelled 500 blood drives in 2018 due to weather.  

  • Essential services open if the government shuts down Posted on 19 January 2018 at 3:23pm

    COLUMBIA- While the government heads toward a possible partial shut down many government agencies in mid-Missouri will remain open. 

    In Washington, lawmakers are working to reach an agreement over a spending bill that would extend government funding for a short period of time. The bill passed in the House late Thursday with a 230-197 vote but still has to make it past the Senate. 

  • College students may soon be required to take civics test to graduate Posted on 19 January 2018 at 3:21pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - Rep. Dean Dohrman, (R-La Monte) has introduced House Bill 1528 to the Missouri Legislature. The bill requires that "any student attending a public or private institution of higher education score at least 70% of the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination as a condition of graduation from the institution."

    The exam would consist of between 50 and 100 questions and may be administered online. 

  • Greitens' attorney says "no truth" to resignation rumors Posted on 19 January 2018 at 2:21pm

    ST. LOUIS - Governor Greitens' attorney said Friday the rumors about Greitens possibly resigning hold "zero truth".

    Rumors of Greitens' resignation are all over social media, but his attorney, James Bennett, said, "There is zero truth to the rumor and the governor is at work and looking forward to serving our state."

  • Homeless teen charged in death of young Missouri mother Posted on 19 January 2018 at 10:56am

    SEDALIA (AP) — An 18-year-old staying at a Missouri ranch for homeless boys has been charged with killing a woman whose body was found in a trailer home with her two unharmed children.

    Noah Kelliker was arraigned Tuesday on charges of second-degree murder and three other felonies in the death of 21-year-old Cassandra White. Bond is set at $250,000. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.