Kansas City sees increase in firearm thefts
Posted on 17 October 2017 at 10:17am
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Police records show there has been an unprecedented spike in gun thefts in Kansas City, Missouri.
Police data obtained by the Kansas City Star show the number of annual firearms thefts sharply increasing between 2015 and 2016. Police received just more than 800 gun theft reports in Kansas City last year, compared to less than 600 the year before.
New software could help with Jefferson City property violations
Posted on 17 October 2017 at 4:31am
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City inspectors have issued more than 3,000 property violations so far in 2017, and a new software could help them to work more efficiently.
Property violations can be anything from tall weeds to an excess amount of trash.
Semi truck crashes over guard rail on US-63
Posted on 17 October 2017 at 12:57am
COLUMBIA- A semi truck crashed over a guard rail on U-63 by E. Friendship Church Rd. late Monday night.
The semi-truck was traveling southbound on US-63. The 63-year-old driver, from Shelbyville, was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries. The semi-truck was carrying sugar beet pellets.
Crash on Highway 63 sends two to the hospital
Posted on 17 October 2017 at 12:50am
COLUMBIA - A crash on Highway 63 South left two drivers in the hospital Monday night.
The crash happened at Highway 63 South and New Salem at approximately 11p.m. Monday.
City council approves two roundabouts near Columbia elementary school
Posted on 16 October 2017 at 9:20pm
COLUMBIA – City council members approved the construction of two new roundabouts near Mill Creek Elementary School following a public hearing.
Multiple Columbia residents voiced their concerns on the now-approved intersections on Nifong Boulevard and Sinclair Road and Nifong Boulevard/Vawter School Road and Old Mill Creek Road/Country Woods Road. The intersection on Nifong and Sinclair is currently a four-way stop and is next to Mill Creek Elementary. The roundabouts will be single lane and 120 feet in diameter.
MoDOT begins concentrated effort on Buckle Up Phone Down initiative
Posted on 16 October 2017 at 9:00pm
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Transportation and Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety are challenging drivers this week to sign up for its “Buckle Up Phone Down” pledge this week.
The initiative is designed to get drivers throughout Missouri to wear their seatbelts and avoid texting or talking on their cell phones while driving.
McCaskill, Blunt pitch Missouri cities for Amazon HQ2
Posted on 16 October 2017 at 8:32pm
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's U.S. senators are pitching the Kansas City and St. Louis metropolitan areas as potential sites for Amazon's second headquarters.
Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and Republican Sen. Roy Blunt touted the state's infrastructure, central location and hiking trails as big pluses in a copy of a letter to Amazon provided by McCaskill's office Monday.
Local group organizes court observers to combat racial disparities in policing
Posted on 16 October 2017 at 8:27pm
COLUMBIA - Race Matters, Friends is currently seeking out volunteers to sit in on, take notes on and observe court cases to ensure the defendant is getting treated and represented fairly.
Peggy Placier, member of Race Matters, Friends, said, "So do they get good representation and are they treated fairly as the court case proceeds? Or is there any evidence of bias in the, in everything, from what they're charged with, if there's a the jury, jury selection. There's just so many elements of the criminal justice system where issues could arise."
Westminster College hires new president
Posted on 17 October 2017 at 4:45pm
FULTON - Westminster College has announced Dr. Fletcher Lamkin will take over as president later this year.
Lamkin previously worked at Westminster from 2000-2007 in administration, which included record fundraising. Lamkin is currently the president at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.
Local business fundraises for Virgin Islands hurricane relief
Posted on 16 October 2017 at 8:05pm
COLUMBIA - One local business is helping raise money to donate to the Virgin Islands after Hurricanes Irma and Maria struck the Caribbean almost one month ago.
Logboat Brewing Company and Virgin Islands resident Patrick Wilson wanted the residents of St. Thomas, Water Island, St. Croix, and St. John to know they haven’t been forgotten.