• Missouri Veterans Commission director resigns Posted on 13 December 2017 at 11:37pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The director of the Missouri Veterans Commission has resigned amid complaints about care at the St. Louis Veterans Home.

    New commission chairman Tim Noonan after a closed meeting Wednesday announced Executive Director Larry Kay's immediate resignation. Kay didn't immediately respond to a request from The Associated Press for comment after the meeting.

  • Former CPD officer Rob Sanders heading back to court in May Posted on 13 December 2017 at 11:03pm

    SALINE COUNTY - Former Columbia Police officer Rob Sanders will head back to the courtroom in May 2018 as he continues to fight to get his job back. For six years, he's been trying to return to CPD as a canine officer.

    "It's staggering to me that something like this can last this long," Sanders said, Wednesday. "It's taken nearly seven years to muddle through this."

  • Task force considers state transportation recommendations Posted on 13 December 2017 at 8:12pm

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia Chamber of Commerce hosted the ninth and final public hearing by the 21st Century Missouri Transportation System Task Force Wednesday. The task force heard the concerns of the public regarding state transportation, funding, safety and infrastructure.

    The task force will take the recommendations from the meeting and draft a formal list of recommendations for the legislature on how it will begin to address the state's transportation needs. 

  • Task force responds to growing prison population, repeat offenses Posted on 13 December 2017 at 7:53pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - The Justice Reinvestment Task Force took its first step Wednesday when it comes to addressing mental health, substance abuse and other issues in the state. 

    Gov. Eric Greitens created the task force to help confront Missouri’s trends in its criminal justice system. The task force has been working with The Council of State Governments Justice Center to closely examine criminal justice-related needs in the state and how to make better use of the department's resources with the goal of reducing repeat offenses. 

  • Missouri ranks second-worst state for preventing tobacco use in young people Posted on 13 December 2017 at 7:15pm

    COLUMBIA - Missouri is among the worst states nationwide at preventing its young people from smoking and using tobacco, according to a new study released on Wednesday.

    The report by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids shows nearly 30,000 high school students in Missouri smoke or use tobacco. Smoking costs Missouri nearly $3 billion in yearly health care costs, the study says.

  • Jefferson City water treatment plant receives updates to sustain water for years to come Posted on 13 December 2017 at 6:33pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri American Water is making changes to the aging Jefferson City Treatment Plant with the goal of improving the purification process and ensuring customers always have drinkable water.

    The Jefferson City Water Treatment Plant is a 6.5 million-gallon-per-day surface water treatment plant, which takes water from the Missouri River and serves 11,000 customers in the Jefferson City area.

  • Geminid meteor shower promises dazzling views around midnight Posted on 13 December 2017 at 5:47pm

    The Geminid meteor shower begins Wednesday night and viewing conditions may be the best in several years!

    This annual meteor shower occurs in December when the Earth moves into the orbital path of 3200 Phaethon, an asteroid thought to once have been a comet millions of years ago.

  • Audrain County fire destroys home Posted on 13 December 2017 at 5:45pm

    AUDRAIN COUNTY- A fire burned down a home and a truck on Wednesday while the owner was away in Moberly buying groceries.

    Boone County Assistant Chief Gale Blomenkamp said the fire started in the shed behind the house.

  • Missouri city official accused of teasing co-worker with gun Posted on 13 December 2017 at 5:07pm

    POPLAR BLUFF (AP) — A city official in the southeast Missouri town of Poplar Bluff faces criminal charges for allegedly pumping a shotgun to tease a liberal co-worker.

    Poplar Bluff Streets Superintendent Denis Kearbey is charged with unlawful use of a weapon and is free on $25,000 bond. He pleaded not guilty Monday.

  • UPDATE: Authorities give all clear in Hearnes Center bomb threat Posted on 13 December 2017 at 4:53pm

    COLUMBIA - Authorities have given the all clear after investigating a possible explosive device around the Hearnes Center shuttle bus stop.

    MU Alert previously sent out notifications, saying there was a bomb threat near the bus stop, and authorities evacuated the area.