The Latest: Compound defendants to be released pending trial
Posted on 14 August 2018 at 9:06am
TAOS, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on 11 children found living in a filthy, makeshift compound in New Mexico (all times local):
Nebraska poised to carry out first execution since 1997
Posted on 14 August 2018 at 7:06am
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska is preparing to carry out its first execution since 1997 on Tuesday in a bewildering about-face driven largely by the state's Republican governor.
Carey Dean Moore, 60, is scheduled to be executed at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln with a never-before-tried combination of drugs. Moore was condemned to die for the 1979 shooting deaths of two Omaha cab drivers, Maynard Helgeland and Reuel Van Ness Jr., and is one of the nation's longest-serving death row inmates.
Missouri Senate candidates weigh in on ballot initiatives
Posted on 14 August 2018 at 6:58am
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill says she supports measures on Missouri's November ballot to increase the state's minimum wage and hike the gas tax.
McCaskill recently told reporters that she also supports medical marijuana. She said she "couldn't be more enthusiastic" about another proposal that would change redistricting and limit lobbyist gifts to state lawmakers, among other things.
Board of Education approves increase in operating tax rate ceiling
Posted on 13 August 2018 at 9:00pm
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved a 9-cent increase in the operating tax rate ceiling Monday.
The Board increased the ceiling from 56 cents to 65 cents, the maximum amount approved by voters in the April 2016 municipal election.
Student's tweet goes viral after she warns other women of human trafficking
Posted on 13 August 2018 at 7:20pm
MACON – A viral tweet is prompting the Missouri State Highway Patrol to warn people to call 911 if they believe they are encountering possible sex traffickers.
Nineteen-year-old Makenzie Kleist says she was on the way to move into her UMKC apartment when she saw a black truck with no license plates following her on Highway 36. According to Kleist, the truck followed for several miles, never letting other cars in between them.
Violence concerns lead downtown business to close earlier
Posted on 13 August 2018 at 4:09pm
COLUMBIA - Living Canvas, a tattoo, body piercing and art gallery on Broadway, is shutting its doors earlier than it ever has before after the most recent shots fired incident happened right across the street.
The announcement was made on Living Canvas's Facebook page on Monday.
Columbia city leaders say there is a lack of revenue
Posted on 13 August 2018 at 3:21pm
COLUMBIA - Columbia City Council members said the city has reached a financial tipping point and now they have until the end of September to finalize the 2019 budget.
On Monday, city leaders met for their first work session. They discussed a wide range of topics from sales tax revenue to community policing
Missouri Democrats cut tenet on anti-abortion candidates
Posted on 13 August 2018 at 3:05pm
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Democrats have voted to ditch a recently added tenet aimed at welcoming anti-abortion candidates.
Party members in June had voted to amend the platform to state that the party welcomes "all Missourians who may hold differing positions on (abortion)" and sees diversified views as its strength. The state party committee on Saturday voted to strip that language from its platform.
Gov. Parson stops in Mexico to hear about farmer struggles
Posted on 13 August 2018 at 2:44pm
MEXICO - Gov. Parson is traveling through the northeastern part of Missouri this week and he started his travels in Mexico on Monday with a farmer-to-farmer discussion.
"There are real opportunities for the state of Missouri to do big things," Parson said at the beginning of the hour-long discussion.
UPDATE: Man talks about finding dog with legs and muzzle taped on highway
Posted on 13 August 2018 at 10:47pm
AUDRAIN COUNTY - A man who found a dog "hopping" along Highway 54 with his legs and muzzle taped says he can't believe anyone would do such a thing to a dog.
Mexico resident Carl Nowlin said, as soon as he saw the dog, he pulled over and got out.