• Wrongful conviction case headed to southeast Missouri judge Posted on 9 December 2017 at 2:13pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Lawyers seeking to overturn a southeast Missouri man's conviction in a 2000 killing have finished making their case for their client's innocence during a special evidentiary hearing.

    The Southeast Missourian reports that this week's hearing is part of a Missouri Supreme Court review of 49-year-old David Robinson's first-degree murder conviction in the shooting death of Sheila Box in Sikeston. Robinson is serving a life sentence, although another man has since confessed to the killing, and two witnesses have recanted. No physical evidence ties Robinson to the murder. Robinson says he was framed.

  • Missouri university to begin 'superscoring' applicants Posted on 9 December 2017 at 1:47pm

    ST. JOSEPH (AP) — A university in northwest Missouri says it's going to start allowing applicants to submit their best college admission test scores from different exam dates.

    The Kansas City Star reports that Missouri Western State University announced this week it will allow incoming freshmen next year to "superscore" their ACT results in an effort to boost the number of students eligible for academic scholarships.

  • No one hurt in second alarm fire at apartment complex Posted on 9 December 2017 at 1:21pm

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia Fire Department said a second alarm fire at a Grindstone Canyon apartment Saturday morning did not hurt anyone.

    Sixteen units responded just before 9:00 a.m. Firefighters removed parts of the apartment's wall and the ceiling to put out the fire and prevent it from spreading.

  • Battle High School students raise over $3,000 from craft fair Posted on 9 December 2017 at 1:05pm

    COLUMBIA - Dozens of people came out to Battle High School's Future Business Leaders of America holiday craft and vendor fair.

    FBLA member Baylee Eckles said students help fun the fair, and the proceeds help the orgainization.

  • Lathrop man pleads guilty to $1.7 million fraud scheme Posted on 9 December 2017 at 8:44am

    KANSAS CITY (AP) — A 46-year-old Missouri man has pleaded guilty to a $1.7 million fraud scheme involving the sale of his business.

    Federal prosecutors announced Friday that Todd Edwin Rood, of Lathrop, pleaded guilty to loan application fraud. Rood acknowledged that he made untrue statements about his assets and liabilities while trying to sell his business, Rood Machine & Engineering.

  • Santa brings giving, safety and treats to Columbia hospital Posted on 9 December 2017 at 7:51am

    COLUMBIA - Santa Claus came to town a little early Saturday, more specifically to MU Women's and Children's Hospital. 

    The hospital gave out doughnuts and hot chocolate in addition to giving families a free chance to meet and take pictures with Santa. Pediatric Injury Prevention Coordinator Sheila Robertson said she hopes children had a positive experience at the hospital's event in addition to having a joyful holiday.

  • Senator demands investigation into Greitens' use of Confide app Posted on 8 December 2017 at 11:14pm

    ST. LOUIS - Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Afton, sent a letter to Attorney General Josh Hawley Friday demanding an investigation into use of the messaging app Confide by Gov. Eric Greitens and his staff.

    No one in Greitens' office would comment again Friday on the use of the app, which deletes correspondence almost immediately after it is read.

  • MUPD supports dispatcher diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer Posted on 10 December 2017 at 10:28am

    COLUMBIA- Alyssa Schell joined the University of Missouri Police Department as a dispatcher in February, excited to be living out her dream.

    "I've always been interested in law enforcement," Schell said.

  • Auxvasse location becomes first Dollar General in country to unionize Posted on 8 December 2017 at 9:07pm

    AUXVASSE - After about a month of conversations, the Dollar General store workers in Auxvasse won a vote to unionize Friday night.

    It took less than five minutes to tally the votes, six "yes" and four "no,"making the Auxvasse location the first Dollar General store in the country to unionize.

  • Mid-Missouri's largest Magic Tree meant to show everyone "matters to God" Posted on 8 December 2017 at 9:04pm

    COLUMBIA - A third Magic Tree has sprouted roots in Columbia. The Crossing Church's Sycamore tree has nearly 200,000 lights and stands more than 85-feet tall, making it the largest in mid-Missouri.

    Pastor Keith Simon said the lights are not only meant to be beautiful, but also meaningful.