• Mid-Missourian shares stories of asylum-seekers Posted on 18 September 2018 at 6:20pm

    COLUMBIA - After volunteering at a detention center for women and children seeking asylum in the U.S., one Jefferson City man is sharing his experience around mid-Missouri of the women he met.

    Native Spanish speaker Pedro Guerrero paired up with St. Louis lawyer Mark Timmerman and volunteered as part of the CARA Pro Bono Project in Dilley, Texas, in July. Guerrero translating Timmerman's legal advice for women and children seeking asylum.

  • Columbia teenager to spend 12 years in prison for deadly shooting Posted on 18 September 2018 at 4:35pm

    COLUMBIA - A teenager pleaded guilty Monday in connection with a deadly 2016 shooting on Claudell Lane.

    Navarro Scott, 18, pleaded to charges of involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action, and got 12 years in prison as a sentence. Prosecutors originally charged Scott with murder.

  • Sunrise Beach fire chief steps down; says district "under attack" Posted on 18 September 2018 at 4:23pm

    SUNRISE BEACH - Fire Chief Dennis Reilly announced his resignation due to harassment from a board member. 

    Reilly said in a press release that Bob Hemen, a board member, has "a personal agenda to create disruption in our organization and is antagonistic against our employees". 

  • Columbia line workers say slight pay increase not enough for retention Posted on 18 September 2018 at 4:13pm

    COLUMBIA - City employees are getting a raise in this year's budget, but some say it's not enough for line workers.

    On Monday, Columbia City Council approved a 45-cent pay raise for all city employees and an additional $2 an hour to trash collectors. The additional raise in the waste department is to help hire and retain employees, but Columbia Water and Light is having the same issue with line workers.

  • New lawn care app comes to Columbia Posted on 18 September 2018 at 3:16pm

    COLUMBIA - A lawn care app launched in Columbia to connect consumers with people who want to make extra money mowing lawns. 

    MowMagic has separate apps for providers and for buyers. A consumer can download the app, post the job and decide what to pay. Consumers can even choose if they want the yard trimmed or the grass blown. Providers get a notification and a satellite image of the property, and can then decide whether or not to take the job. 

  • Missouri National Guard member injured by gunshot during training Posted on 18 September 2018 at 2:40pm

    MACON - Deputies are investigating after a member of the Missouri National Guard was shot at a training site near Macon.

    The guardsman was driving a truck when a bullet came through the windshield and lodged in the truck's metal frame. Shrapnel from the frame hit the driver in the face. The driver was transported to a Columbia hospital and their condition is unknown. A passenger in the truck was unhurt.

  • ACLU says Facebook allows employers to post discriminatory ads Posted on 18 September 2018 at 12:06pm

    (CNN Money) -- Facebook's ad targeting system is being used by some employers to unlawfully discriminate based on gender, a new complaint says, the latest in a string of allegations of discrimination being allowed in Facebook ads.

    On Tuesday, the ACLU, law firm Outten & Golden, and labor union Communications Workers of America filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Facebook and 10 other employers for allegedly using Facebook ads to discriminate against potential job seekers.

  • Shooter in Missouri pursuit faces 20 years in plea deal Posted on 18 September 2018 at 11:41am

    NEOSHO (AP) — A southwest Missouri man has pleaded guilty to shooting at a sheriff's deputy during a chase.

    The Joplin Globe reports that 26-year-old Andrew Utley, of Webb City, agreed Monday to a plea deal in Newton County Circuit Court. Through the deal, he pleaded guilty to assault on a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action and a drug charge. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and resisting arrest.

  • Woman arrested in child abuse investigation Posted on 18 September 2018 at 11:11am

    COLUMBIA - A woman has been arrested on suspicion of abuse or neglect of a 4-year-old child.

    Police arrested Tabitha L. Sallee, 27, at Lakewood Apartments on Old Highway 63 and Walnut Street after an investigation. She was also cited for making a false police report.

  • Columbia Parks and Rec to discuss Lions-Stephens Park improvements Posted on 18 September 2018 at 8:52am

    COLUMBIA - A more than 25-year-old park shelter and playground could say goodbye soon.

    The replacement of those two items, as well as a few new additions to Lions-Stephens Park, will be discussed at a public input meeting Tuesday.