• Group must subpoena Confide in suit over Greitens, staff use of app Posted on 19 June 2018 at 2:40pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - A Cole County judge says there are a few key legal questions to be answered before he can make a decision on whether former Governor Eric Greitens and his staff violated Missouri law when using a texting app that deletes messages.

    The Sunshine Project contends Greitens and his staff, by using the Confide App, destroyed public records. 

  • Missouri Democrats sue over lt. governor appointment Posted on 19 June 2018 at 12:10pm

    JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Democratic Party and a World War II veteran are suing to block the appointment of Mike Kehoe as lieutenant governor.

    The suit, announced in a press release Tuesday, reopens a longstanding legal debate over whether the governor has the power to appoint someone to the second-ranking executive position.

  • Group says Moberly autism directory not inclusive enough Posted on 19 June 2018 at 4:49pm

    MOBERLY - The Moberly Police Department has a new directory for people with autism, but some people think it shouldn't be limited to a single disability.

    The co-founded of Missouri Disability Empowerment, Robyn Schelp, said the autism directory isn't inclusive enough. The directory gives police details about community members with autism to help them interact appropriately if the need arises.

  • Two people facing child abuse charges in Mexico Posted on 19 June 2018 at 6:31pm

    MEXICO - The Mexico Public Safety Department arrested two people and accused them of child abuse in Mexico, Missouri, following an investigation by them and the Missouri Department of Social Services.
    The victims were 3, 11 and 12 years old, the sheriff's office said. 
    Audrain deputies arrested Omar Sykes, 23, on June 14 and he was charged with six counts of child abuse, three counts of child endangerment and two counts of domestic assault. 
    A day later deputies arrested Amparo "Sophia" Marshall, 32. She was charged with six counts of child abuse, three counts of child endangerment and three counts of domestic assault.
    Sykes and Marshall were taken to the Audrain County Jail and held on $75,000 bond.
    They are scheduled for arraignment June 22.

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    This story has been corrected to show it was Mexico Public Safety not the Audrain County Sheriff's Office that arrested the two on the warrants. 

  • Missouri senators push back on border family separation Posted on 19 June 2018 at 8:58am

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Trump administration policy to force separation of migrant children and parents at the U.S.-Mexico border is facing pushback from Missouri's U.S. senators.

    Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in a Monday statement said she'll work to stop what she described as a misguided policy. Republican Sen. Roy Blunt said that separating families doesn't "meet the standard of who we are as a country."

  • Local programs help pay utility bills during summer months Posted on 19 June 2018 at 6:54am

    COLUMBIA - Monday began Summer Safety Week and local programs are helping those in danger of not being able to pay their utility bills.

    With record-high temperatures early in the summer, more households are running the air conditioner. The Boone County/Columbia Department of Public Health and Human Services and Central Missouri Community Action have programs to provide funding for individuals and families’ utility bills.

  • Democratic ad slams Hawley over allegations against donor Posted on 19 June 2018 at 5:22am

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Democratic political action committee is targeting Republican Missouri Senate candidate Josh Hawley for not investigating allegations of corruption involving a past top donor to Hawley's attorney general campaign, although his authority to take action is limited.

    A Senate Majority PAC ad claims Hawley is "refusing to investigate an allegedly illegal pay-to-play scheme involving a donor who gave Hawley's campaign nearly $3 million." Pay-to-play in political circles means when someone donates money to a campaign or an elected official and in return receives government favors.

  • Trump announces plans for Pentagon to create 'Space Force' Posted on 18 June 2018 at 8:08pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Monday he is directing the Pentagon to create a new "Space Force" as an independent military service branch aimed at ensuring American supremacy in space — though he may have limited power to develop a new military command.

    While Trump has previously talked about his desire for a space unit, he seemed to take those musings one step further, specifically ordering the Pentagon to begin the creation of a sixth branch of the American armed forces.

  • Democrats call on Governor Parson to fire COO, cancel multi-million dollar contract Posted on 18 June 2018 at 7:49pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri democrats want Governor Mike Parson fire his chief operating officer and cancel a contract awarded to the COO's former employer. 

    Former Governor Eric Greitens created a COO position early in his administration and hired Andrew Erdmann.

  • Intense heat creates a rush for air conditioning repair shops Posted on 18 June 2018 at 6:16pm

    COLUMBIA - Mid-Missouri air conditioning companies are facing the busiest time of year amid a four-day heat advisory.

    Craig Nieder, who manages a local heating and cooling store and repair service, said overtime for workers is necessary at this time of year.