JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The chairman of the Missouri House Budget Committee is announcing a proposal to reduce the financial hit to higher education outlined in Republican Gov. Eric Greitens' 2019 budget proposal.
House budget leader wants reduced higher education cuts
Posted on 22 February 2018 at 1:36pm
Macon police ask for help identifying subjects
Posted on 22 February 2018 at 12:30pm
MACON - Police are asking for help identifying two male subjects thought to be related to an ongoing shoplifting investigation.
If anyone can assist in identifying the subjects or has any information about them, Macon Police Department asks that they call MPD at 660-385-2195 or the MPD tip line at 660-395-1111.
Man with weapons in car at school faces a federal charge
Posted on 22 February 2018 at 9:26am
ARNOLD (AP) — A man who went to pick up a relative from a suburban St. Louis high school with numerous weapons in his car faces a federal charge, although authorities say there's no indication he intended harm, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Twenty-three-year-old Dustin Lockwood was taken into custody Tuesday at Fox High School in the town of Arnold and charged Wednesday with possessing a firearm in a school zone. Lockwood told authorities he was picking up his sister and was about to pawn the rifle in his car.
Missouri charity exec indicted in Arkansas bribery scheme
Posted on 22 February 2018 at 9:14am
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A former Missouri charity executive has been indicted in a conspiracy that has ensnared a former Arkansas state representative.
The nine-count federal indictment was unsealed Wednesday after the arrest of 56 -year-old Milton Russell Cranford, of Rogers, Arkansas. Cranford was a lobbyist and served as an executive of a Springfield, Missouri, nonprofit's operations in the state of Arkansas.
Drug case court documents describe Coffee Zone owner's criminal history
Posted on 22 February 2018 at 1:28am
COLUMBIA - Federal court documents filed Tuesday give details into the past of Coffee Zone's owner. This comes after police arrested 48-year-old Osama Yanis and his 23-year-old son, Nader Yanis, accusing the pair of trafficking drugs hidden in a shipment of filters.
Osama Yanis faces federal charges including possession of marijuana to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crime. According to court documents filed by the FBI, Osama told detectives he had the gun to protect himself after the homicide of Augustus Roberts at the Old Hawthorne neighborhood. Columbia police stated Roberts' death was drug-related.
Columbia mayor proposes audit for residents to see spending
Posted on 21 February 2018 at 8:32pm
COLUMBIA - The city is considering an additional audit of Columbia. Every year an audit takes place to make sure the city is spending money the way it said it would, but calls for transparency are leading to the idea of another outside audit.
City council member, Michael Trapp, said some residents distrust city government, but an audit might change that.
Proposed sales tax designed to fund public safety in Centralia
Posted on 21 February 2018 at 7:56pm
CENTRALIA - A bill that would give the city of Centralia the opportunity to increase sales tax by a half cent could keep two police officers on patrol at all times, supporters say.
Voters could see the bill on the ballot as soon as November, according to Centralia City Administrator Matt Harline.
Industrial hemp bill faces final vote in House
Posted on 21 February 2018 at 7:22pm
JEFFERSON CITY – A bill to legalize the industrial production of hemp in Missouri will face a final vote before it will be sent to the Senate.
The bill will legalize the industrial production of hemp that contains no more than three-tenths of one percent of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, also found in marijuana.
Missouri Senate bill could boost payments to nursing homes
Posted on 21 February 2018 at 6:47pm
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Senate has endorsed a bill that could boost Medicaid payments for nursing homes.
Missouri Legislature moves forward on drug take-back program
Posted on 21 February 2018 at 6:43pm
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Both the Missouri House and Senate have given initial approval to bills that would create a drug take-back program.