Health officials warn of tick season ahead of holiday weekend
Posted on 24 May 2018 at 9:21pm
COLUMBIA- May is known for Mother’s day, Memorial Day and in Missouri, the start of tick season.
“May, June and July are our prime months for tick-borne illness in Missouri," said Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
Columbia Regional Airport to add new security screening line
Posted on 24 May 2018 at 9:12pm
COLUMBIA- On Thursday, the Airport Advisory Board announced they have been approved for a second TSA screening line.
TSA calculated numbers based on how busy the single line currently gets and one of their ideas was to add a second screening line.
East Columbia residents concerned after study suggests home demolition
Posted on 24 May 2018 at 8:11pm
COLUMBIA – The Columbia City Council discussed a recent engineering study today centering on increasing traffic flow east of Columbia.
The study suggests tearing down homes on Grace Lane to increase traffic access to 1-70, through an extension of Stadium Boulevard. The extension will connect with the interstate.
MU settles defamation lawsuit involving Athletic Director Jim Sterk
Posted on 24 May 2018 at 5:54pm
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a lawsuit filed after Athletic Director Jim Sterk said fans of the South Carolina women's basketball team used racial slurs and spit on his players after a game in January.
South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley sued for defamation saying Sterk's comments suggested she promoted a racist atmosphere.
Family planning group says new Trump administration rule is a "gag order"
Posted on 24 May 2018 at 4:56pm
JEFFERSON CITY – The U.S. Department of Health and Senior Services made changes to a family planning program, which the Missouri Family Health Council says will “undermine” its ability to fully brief patients on their options.
“This proposed rule essentially gags providers from giving medically accurate information to their patients,” said Michelle Trupiano, the council's executive director. “This jeopardizes patient care and undermines medical ethics.”
Missouri rape kit audit finds thousands of untested kits
Posted on 24 May 2018 at 4:23pm
JEFFERSON CITY - A report on a statewide rape kit audit shows that there are at least 4,889 untested sexual assault kits in Missouri.
Attorney General Josh Hawley held a press conference announcing the number of untested kits and statewide changes that will come soon. Hawley said the audit was in response to a letter he received from a victim who had gone nearly 30 years without answers.
Advocates urge drivers to be safe this holiday weekend
Posted on 24 May 2018 at 2:28pm
JEFFERSON CITY - With the holiday weekend approaching, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Save Our Air Medical Resources (SOAR) teamed up to remind Missouri residents about the increased dangers on Missouri roads this summer.
“This is a great opportunity for us to remind the community that, with the upcoming Memorial Day holiday and all of the summer plans that everyone’s going to have throughout the summer months, if your plans do include alcohol please always remember to have a designated driver,” said Meghan Carter, executive director of MADD Missouri.
Testimony at Greitens hearing centers on recording, $100,000 cash payment
Posted on 24 May 2018 at 4:54pm
JEFFERSON CITY - In sometimes heated testimony, members of a Special House Investigative Committee looking into the Eric Greitens scandals heard about $120,000 in cash payments related to the release of the recording at the center of the blackmail allegations.
Attorney Al Watkins represents the ex-husband of the woman Greitens said he had an affair with in 2015, before his election. The ex-husband secretly recorded a conversation with his then-wife, during which she described a sexual encounter with Greitens.
Trump cancels summit, citing 'open hostility' by North Korea
Posted on 24 May 2018 at 11:09am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he thinks Kim Jong Un wants to do "what's right" but says it's up to the North Korean leader to seize the opportunity.
Trump says the dialogue between the U.S. and North Korea was good until the North shifted back to its usual belligerent tone. The president says he understands why that happened, but declined to elaborate.
Killer in 2016 Moberly murder pleads guilty, gets life in prison
Posted on 24 May 2018 at 9:37am
RANDOLPH COUNTY - A Huntsville man pleaded guilty to murder on Tuesday and received a life sentence with no chance for parole as punishment.
Joseph Kertz, 29, killed Kevin McCuispon of Hallsville in October 2016. Police found McCuispon's body after going to a home for reports of gunfire. Inside, they had to extinguish a small fire, believed to have been set by Kertz.