UPDATE: Gov. Greitens charged with felony over charity donor list
Posted on 20 April 2018 at 6:45pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis prosecutors on Friday charged Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens with a felony for his use of a charity donor list for his 2016 political campaign, adding to the first-term governor's legal woes.
The charge of tampering with computer data is in addition to an earlier charge alleging Greitens took and transmitted a nonconsensual photo of a partially nude woman with whom he had an extramarital affair in 2015. The new charge accuses Greitens of obtaining the donor list from The Mission Continues without permission from the St. Louis-based charity that Greitens founded. He previously paid a small fine to the state Ethics Commission for failing to report the list as a campaign contribution.
Unbound Book Festival authors promote literacy
Posted on 20 April 2018 at 4:42pm
COLUMBIA - Children filled school gymnasiums across Columbia for the second day of the Unbound Book Festival. The festival showcases authors from all genres but part of Friday was focused on youth literature. Authors Salina Yoon, Anthony John and more spent their time speaking to children about their personal experiences and how it led them to their writing careers.
"I was exposed to such few books especially at my home and so I thought it was important for kids to know regardless of being exposed to books at an early age or not, whether they're good reader or writers now or not, that there's hope and you can get past those struggles," Yoon said.
Teachers rally for safer schools and say "enough is enough"
Posted on 20 April 2018 at 4:26pm
COLUMBIA - April 20 marks the day of the Columbine school shooting, which claimed lives.
The Columbia Missouri National Education Association organized a rally in remembrance of those who lost their lives and to get more people aware of the importance of safety in schools.
Proposed fire station could decrease response times
Posted on 20 April 2018 at 4:21pm
COLUMBIA - A potential fire station project on an annexed lot in southwest Columbia could lead to quicker response times for residents.
The lot is near Route KK and Scott Boulevard, which is represented by Ward 5 city council member Matt Pitzer.
Importance of smoke alarms highlighted in wake of deadly fire
Posted on 20 April 2018 at 4:01pm
JEFFERSON CITY - After the deadly fire in Lake Ozark, officials from the Division of Fire Safety are working to remind people how important smoke alarms are and how they could save a life.
There have been more than 30 fatalities in Missouri from house fires in 2018. In all of these cases, only one had a working smoke alarm.
High schoolers call for gun reform in National School Walkout
Posted on 20 April 2018 at 3:04pm
COLUMBIA - It’s been a little more than two months since the Stoneman Douglas school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and high schoolers in Columbia are making sure Americans don’t forget about it.
“You know that happens in a lot of movements, it’s something where people gradually lose interest, gradually forget about it,” said walkout organizer and Hickman senior Catherine Saidi.
Off-duty officer involved in second shooting in St. Louis
Posted on 20 April 2018 at 2:35pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say a suburban St. Louis police officer fired at a would-be robber about four weeks after shooting a man outside a bar.
Police say the unidentified Velda City officer was found to be "in compliance with department policy" in the March 31 shooting in which he wounded a man while off-duty. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the shooting happened after the man threatened to stab a St. Louis bartender.
Unknown substance sent to Missouri lawmaker may be pesticide
Posted on 20 April 2018 at 2:31pm
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Lab tests on an unknown substance sent to a Missouri lawmaker suggest it was pesticide.
Department of Public Safety spokesman Mike O'Connell said Friday that lab results suggested that the green, granular substance leaking from an envelope may have been a pesticide sold over the counter to consumers.
Fourth graders get up-close experience with Missouri River
Posted on 20 April 2018 at 1:59pm
COLUMBIA- Slimy fish, boat rides, hiking and tasty leaves are a few things 4th grade students experienced on Friday.
The Missouri River Relief teamed up with Columbia Public Schools for "Missouri River Days." Missouri River Relief is a non-profit organization that does Missouri River days for three days in the fall and spring to give students hands-on experience in the environment.
Our Lady of Lourdes breaks ground on new building extension
Posted on 20 April 2018 at 1:21pm
COLUMBIA - Assistant Principal Katie Helfer said it has been a long time coming, but Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School broke ground on a new building extension Friday.
"We started looking at this project initially in 2007 doing some listening sessions, so it has been a while," Helfer said.