• Judge rules President Trump can't block critics on Twitter Posted on 23 May 2018 at 8:10pm

    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that President Donald Trump is violating the First Amendment when he blocks critics on Twitter because of their political views.

    U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan stopped short in her written decision of ordering Trump or a subordinate to stop the practice of blocking critics from viewing his Twitter account, saying it was enough to point out that it was unconstitutional.

  • Federal court rules in favor of transgender Missouri inmate Posted on 23 May 2018 at 6:48pm

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal district court in St. Louis has ruled that the Missouri prison system must provide hormone therapy for a transgender inmate serving a murder sentence.

    The ruling Tuesday was in a lawsuit filed on behalf of Potosi Correctional Center inmate Jessica Hicklin. Hicklin, 39, is in prison for life, without the possibility of parole. She was convicted of first-degree murder in 1995, at age 16, for killing a man in a drug-related crime in Clinton. Hicklin went by her birth name, James, at the time of the crime.

  • NFL owners say players must stand for the National Anthem Posted on 23 May 2018 at 6:36pm

    (CNN) - NFL players must stand during the National Anthem this season, team owners decided Wednesday, a reaction to fierce backlash against some who took a knee in symbolic opposition to the systemic oppression of people of color, including by police.

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said during a news conference at the meeting in Atlanta that teams whose players and personnel do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem will be fined by the league.

  • Homemade explosives found in Cole County man's home and car Posted on 23 May 2018 at 4:54pm

    COLE COUNTY - The sheriff's department said it found pipe bombs, a detonation cord and drug paraphernalia in a Cole County man's home and car.

    Charles McBrearety was pulled over Wednesday night after backing out of his driveway and almost hitting a Cole County patrol car. 

  • Gov. Greitens makes appearance at gun competition Posted on 23 May 2018 at 4:40pm

    HALLSVILLE - The NRA Bianchi Cup happens every year in Missouri, however this year, embattled Gov. Eric Greitens made an appearance.

    The Green Valley Rifle and Pistol Club in Hallsville hosted the shooting competition, drawing people from all over the world. Competitors of all backgrounds and ages practice multiple disciplines of shooting. 

  • House special committee continues reading of witness transcript Posted on 23 May 2018 at 4:12pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - The House Special Investigative Committee continued reading the transcript of the testimony of the woman involved in the affair with Gov. Greitens.

    The committee started reading the 700-page report on Wednesday, which included sexually graphic details about the encounters between the governor and the woman, known as "K.S."

  • Tax credit revision could bring more amateur sporting events to Mid-Missouri Posted on 23 May 2018 at 4:04pm

    JEFFERSON CITY- A revision to Missouri's amateur sports tax credit program could bring more sporting events to Mid-Missouri.

    The revision to the credit program was passed last Friday. The program sets aside three million dollars to help Missouri in landing large-scale amateur sporting events.

  • Former California police chief accused of stealing, forgery Posted on 23 May 2018 at 3:15pm

    CALIFORNIA - The Moniteau County prosecutor filed criminal charges against the former California police chief Wednesday.

    Former police chief Michael Ward, 47, faces two counts of stealing and one count of forgery. The charges come following an investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

  • Federal audit cites potential conflict over Missouri grant Posted on 23 May 2018 at 3:11pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A top official at Missouri's Department of Public Safety had a potential conflict of interest when the agency awarded a $2.7 million grant to an organization where he once served on the board of directors, according to an audit by the U.S. Department of Justice.

    At issue is a federal grant program for crime victim services that was previously managed by the state's public safety agency. The Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys was among organizations that applied for a share of the grants in 2016. According to the federal audit, both peer and internal reviewers determined the association's application did not meet state and federal requirements and recommended that they be denied funding.

  • Live-music industry changes as collectors drop hammer on royalty fees Posted on 23 May 2018 at 2:53pm

    LAKE OZARK-  Businesses in mid-Missouri face a steep choice when it comes to having live entertainment -- lose the music or pay a steep royalties fee of not hundreds, but thousands of dollars.

    "You have to stick out in the market and give the folks not only a reason to come but also stay," Dog Days Bar and Grill manager Luke Hagedorn said.