• Program teaching students with autism job skills holds open house Posted on 18 January 2018 at 8:22pm

    COLUMBIA – Some students were “striving” for a new learning experience Thursday night. 

    Parents of students with autism gathered at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment Disorders on January 10 to learn about a program called “STRIVE.” It stands for “Self-Determined Readiness Through Individual Vocational Experiences.”

  • Callaway County turns drug money into a benefit for Missouri schools Posted on 18 January 2018 at 8:08pm

    FULTON - The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office is using more than $16,000 seized during a 2013 drug investigation for a public schools state fund.

    “It’s probably the biggest case I’ve had,” Callaway County Treasurer Debbie Zerr said.

  • Missouri Senate approves 3 Greitens' department directors Posted on 18 January 2018 at 6:01pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Several department directors for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens have finally won Senate confirmation for their jobs.

    Social Services Director Steve Corsi, Economic Development Director Rob Dixon and Labor and Industrial Relations Director Anna Hui all had originally been announced by Greitens last spring.

  • St. Louis, Kansas City fail to make final list for Amazon HQ Posted on 18 January 2018 at 5:57pm

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Amazon has announced its list of 20 cities for a second headquarters, and both big cities in Missouri failed to make the cut.

    St. Louis and Kansas City were among 238 cities making a bid to be the site of a second headquarters. The 20 finalists were announced Thursday.

  • Cold weather means increase in frozen pipes Posted on 18 January 2018 at 4:48pm

    COLUMBIA – This season’s frigid temperatures mean a rise in frozen pipes around the city.

    Lucia Bourgeois, communications specialist for Columbia Water and Light, said “On average we usually have between one and two every one or two weeks. This winter we have seen as many as 6 in one day. We didn’t have the same kind of cold as we did last year.”

  • Macon County Jail torn down Posted on 18 January 2018 at 3:07pm

    MACON - Crews tore down a 100-year-old piece of Macon's history Thursday. Four years ago, courts condemned the old Macon County Sheriff's Office and Jail as unsafe, due to structural problems.

    The county built a new jail and sheriff's office and moved in the space in early 2017. According to Macon County Sheriff Kevin Shoemaker, this was the right call.

  • Greitens releases outline for tax reform plan Posted on 18 January 2018 at 2:28pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Eric Greitens released an outline of his plan for state tax reform on Thursday. The outline focuses on the main principles that Greitens and his team hope to include in the final, more detailed tax reform plan.

    According to a press release, some of the principles include cutting taxes for working families, lowering taxes for business and ending loopholes that benefit big businesses and high earners.

  • 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.

  • UPDATE: Two men booked into jail for alleged murder plot on Facebook Posted on 18 January 2018 at 11:45pm

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

    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. The Boone County Sheriff's Department says the men planned to carry out the attack on Kelley's grandmother and grandfather.

  • 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.