• MU enrollment, retention increases Posted on 20 August 2018 at 7:39pm

    COLUMBIA - MU's campus was more crowded Monday compared to recent years.

    Freshman enrollment has the highest increase in ten years with a 13.1% increase in students. The amount of students returning to MU increased with a 87.3% retention rate, setting a record for the highest in history.

  • Missouri teacher given suspended sentence for student affair Posted on 20 August 2018 at 6:59pm

    LEBANON (AP) — A 31-year-old Missouri teacher was given a suspended sentence in a case of sexual conduct with a student.

    Ozarksfirst.com reports Elizabeth Morgan, a Lebanon High School drama teacher, was sentenced Monday to one year of suspended and two years of tracking probation with Child Protective Services.

  • Police make arrests in connection to Eastland Circle shooting Posted on 20 August 2018 at 6:52pm

    COLUMBIA - Officers arrested two men in connection to a Monday shooting on Eastland Circle.

    Columbia Police officers responded to a shots fired call in the 1100 block of Eastland Circle around 1:30 p.m. They spoke to a non-life threatening gunshot wound victim who refused to go to the hospital.

  • Matt Garrett named KOMU 8 General Manager Posted on 20 August 2018 at 6:03pm

    COLUMBIA – Matt Garrett has been named general manager of KOMU 8 and Mid-Missouri’s CW. He has served in the role on an interim basis since November 2017.

    Garrett, a Columbia native, started his career at KOMU 8 in 1989. He was a production assistant, program manager and account executive before becoming the director of audience development in 2002. Since then, he has directed the station’s programming, marketing and community service initiatives.

  • Storm forces Army helicopters to land in St. Louis area Posted on 20 August 2018 at 5:56pm

    FESTUS (AP) — A U.S. Army helicopter was forced by bad weather to make an emergency landing at a restaurant parking lot near St. Louis.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports it was one of four CH-47 Chinook flying from California to Connecticut that landed briefly in the St. Louis area Monday afternoon because of low visibility. The Army uses Chinooks to transport troops and equipment.

  • Downtown quiet over weekend, businesses see more police Posted on 20 August 2018 at 5:29pm

    COLUMBIA – After three weekends in a row of gunfire downtown, this past weekend was relatively quiet in comparison. Since July 1, there have been five reports of shots fired in the downtown area. That’s compared to 18 total reports from Jan. 2012 to June 2018 combined, according to Columbia Police Department data. 

    “We need to come together to solve this thing,” Fuzzy's Taco Shop General Manager Julian Johns said. “Getting something done is only going to come from everyone putting their two cents in.”

  • Nurse pleads guilty to charges in connection to Carl DeBrodie case Posted on 20 August 2018 at 5:05pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - A nurse who falsely claimed to provide health care services to Carl DeBrodie pleaded guilty to a health care fraud charge on Monday.

    Melissa Denise DeLap, 49, of Columbia, waived her right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty in federal court.

  • Missouri man sentenced to life for attempted student rape Posted on 20 August 2018 at 4:49pm

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A judge has sentenced a man to life in prison for attempting to rape a Missouri State University student.

    The Springfield News-Leader reports that 55-year-old Stephen Goodwin was sentenced Friday for a first-degree attempted rape conviction. Goodwin entered an Alford plea, which allows defendants to acknowledge there is enough evidence to convict them without admitting to committing the crime.

  • Couple sues Springfield-Cape Girardeau Catholic diocese Posted on 20 August 2018 at 4:46pm

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A couple claims in a lawsuit that a former top lay official in the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Catholic diocese emotionally and sexually abused the woman, and the diocese did not intervene.

    The lawsuit was filed last week against the diocese and Troy Casteel, the diocese's former director of family ministry.

  • Ashcroft investigating why polling place opened late Posted on 20 August 2018 at 4:42pm

    O'FALLON (AP) — Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is investigating why a suburban St. Louis polling place opened 90 minutes late for this month's primary election.

    Ashcroft said Monday that doors at the polling place in O'Fallon remained locked 90 minutes past opening time for the Aug. 7 election. He says the problem could have impacted both the Republican and Democratic races in Missouri House District 102. Both were decided by less than half of 1 percent of the vote.