• Fulton man sentenced on child porn charges Posted on 20 February 2018 at 4:23pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - A judge sentenced Anthony Quin Hodges of Fulton on Tuesday for receiving and distributing child pornography.

    According to a news release, Hodges was sentenced to seven years and three months in federal prison without parole. He pleaded guilty on May 9, 2017, admitting he had been viewing and distributing child pornography for two to three years.

  • Southern Boone Superintendent explains heightened police presence in schools Posted on 20 February 2018 at 4:15pm

    ASHLAND - The Southern Boone County District superintendent said police presence in the district's schools is just a part of an ongoing effort to ensure safety.

    In a facebook post, the Ashland Police Department announced on Friday it would "be placing an officer in school buildings at various times during school hours."

  • Greitens visits veterans homes after state investigation into conditions Posted on 20 February 2018 at 4:10pm

    MEXICO - Gov. Eric Greitens visited the Veterans Home in Mexico on Tuesday, after releasing investigation results from an assessment of all Veterans Homes across the state.

    “The government has failed our veterans,” said Greitens as he addressed the media.

  • Advocacy group rallies against proposed gun bill Posted on 20 February 2018 at 3:23pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - Tuesday morning, a group of more than 300 advocates for gun control filled the state Capitol to rally against a House bill that seeks to lessen the number of gun-free zones.

    Several Missouri chapters of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America traveled from across the state to talk to legislators about the bill. The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Jered Taylor, R-Nixa, would allow people with concealed carry permits to have their firearms in more places. It would also make it easier for people to bring concealed firearms into private businesses and onto public university campuses.

  • Rural Missouri county going to privatized public defenders Posted on 20 February 2018 at 10:00am

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — One rural Missouri county is moving to a privatized system for public defenders, a system that some advocates would like to see become more common.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that starting March 1, people charged with crimes in Texas County who cannot afford an attorney will get private lawyers, with the state footing the bill. That's because the Missouri State Public Defender has decided to completely privatize the southern Missouri county, which has about 26,000 residents.

  • MU campus to welcome the creator of the Me Too campaign Posted on 20 February 2018 at 9:01am

    COLUMBIA – The “Me Too” movement may seem to be a recent phenomenon, but the creator, Tarana Burke, has dedicated 12 years of her life to it.

    Burke created the movement in 2006 to raise awareness about sexual harassment and sexual abuse in society. 

  • City council approves support for citywide community-oriented policing Posted on 20 February 2018 at 12:43am

    COLUMBIA - Columbia's city council approved a resolution Monday night in support of a citywide community-oriented policing program. This type of policing involves officers getting out of their cars and into the neighborhoods they serve, a proactive approach to policing rather than reactive.

  • Lawmakers hear bill that would require gifted student programs Posted on 19 February 2018 at 10:47pm

    JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri students may have access to programs for gifted children if a bill passes. A hearing was held Monday on a bill in the Missouri House of Representatives that would require school districts to provide its gifted students with necessary programs.

    School districts without enough gifted students would not be required to offer the programs. The exact number has not been determined.

  • Columbia landfill expansion plans would keep trash service costs low Posted on 19 February 2018 at 8:35pm

    COLUMBIA - Columbia's waste management department presented its plans for an expansion to the city's privately owned landfill Monday evening to city council. 

    There are only 20 landfills in the state of Missouri. Of those 20, five are owned by city governments, which helps keep residents trash removal services cost low. The rest are privately owned and cities have to pay to use them.

  • Missouri House votes to restrict child marriages Posted on 19 February 2018 at 7:54pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri House has passed a bill to ban marriages of children under 15 years old.