• Leaders to decide use of funds for downtown spots disrupted by construction Posted on 18 October 2017 at 6:33pm

    COLUMBIA - The Downtown Leadership Council met Tuesday to decide how to spend fees paid by developers to compensate businesses for the inconvenience caused by construction.

    "The funds will also provide signage to let customers know that the business is still open," council chair Scott Wilson said.

  • Man sentenced for bomb threats against Missouri courthouse Posted on 18 October 2017 at 5:31pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — An Arkansas man who made bomb threats to a county courthouse in Missouri so his court hearing would be canceled has been sentenced to 2.5 years in federal prison without parole.

    Federal prosecutors said 36-year-old Phillip Ray Robison Jr., of Hartford, Arkansas, was sentenced Wednesday for making the threats against the Cedar County Courthouse because he didn't want to go to jail for a case in that county.

  • Five MU teams awarded Coulter Grants Posted on 18 October 2017 at 4:14pm

    COLUMBIA - Six years after being one of the first 16 schools to incorporate the Coulter Awards, MU has become the first school in the nation to fully fund the awards internally. 

    The Coulter Award is a grant given to projects at the University designed to accelerate academic health care innovations by helping biomedical researchers turn their projects into real products and services that can improve patient care. 

  • Judge fines Missouri prosecutor for denying public records Posted on 18 October 2017 at 3:52pm

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge has fined a central Missouri prosecutor more than $12,000 for failing to provide records to a man doing research for the marijuana activist group Show-Me Cannabis.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the fine stems from records Aaron Malin sought from Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson in 2015 in an effort to show how the drug war is fought in the state.

  • Rep. Vicky Hartzler wants to make it easier to work at VA hospitals Posted on 18 October 2017 at 3:24pm

    COLUMBIA – Rep. Vicky Hartzler, (R)-Missouri, presented a new piece of legislation she says is aimed at getting more people working at Veterans Affairs hospitals.

    The VA Fairness in Hiring Act (HR 4037) would provide some relief to the VA by exempting medical professionals who seek employment at the VA from entering into non-compete agreements in private practices.

  • Report details Missouri hospital's handling of patients Posted on 18 October 2017 at 3:13pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A new report sheds light physical confrontations between a Missouri hospital's staff and patients that put the facility at risk of losing Medicare funding.

    A spokeswoman for Mercy Hospital Springfield tells the Springfield News-Leader that the August report resulted in the firing of a dozen employees and the threat of losing funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

  • Remains found in March identified as Missouri woman Posted on 18 October 2017 at 3:08pm

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Mo. (AP) — Authorities have confirmed that remains found in March in southern Missouri are a woman who has been missing since September 2015.

    The remains were identified as Elisabeth Hornbeck of Mountain View, Missouri. The remains were found about two miles west of Mountain View by a person searching for scrap metal.

  • MU begins search for new Civil Rights official Posted on 18 October 2017 at 2:20pm

    COLUMBIA- The MU community made its voice heard Wednesday, laying out the characteristics, qualities and experiences it's looking for in a new Assistant Vice Chancellor for Civil Rights, Title IX and ADA.

    The search committee for the position, comprised of 16 people representing several groups on campus, held an open forum to seek input from all university stakeholders, including administrators, professors and students.

  • Rep. Hartzler meets with farmers ahead of 2018 Farm Bill discussion Posted on 18 October 2017 at 1:16pm

    BOONE COUNTY -As the U.S. House starts working on the 2018 Farm Bill, mid-Missouri's congressional representative talked with agricultural producers and farmers to get their thoughts on what it should include.

    Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Missouri, talked with farmers as part of a summit held by MU.

  • Local group addresses need for volunteers at Welcome Home Posted on 18 October 2017 at 1:06pm

    COLUMBIA - VALOR pulled into the parking lot at Welcome Home on Wednesday, ready to fill the organization's need for volunteers. 

    VALOR is a group of volunteers who work for U.S. Cellular in Columbia. The name stands for "Veteran Associates Leading Organizational Results."