Flesh-eating drug, Uber launch: This week's ICYMI
COLUMBIA - Missed out on any of this week's local stories? KOMU 8 News has some picks to get you caught up in this week's "In Case You Missed It."
A complete lunar eclipse, commonly referred to as a "blood moon," emerged mid-Missouri skies Wednesday morning.
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon goes directly between the moon and the sun.
Angela Speck, director of astronomy at the University of Missouri, told KOMU 8 News the moon's red color comes from what the sun's light travels through.
"The sunlight is going through the Earth's atmosphere," Speck said. "So if you think about how what a sunset looks like, you have those lovely reds, and all of that light is what's going through and getting to the moon."
At about 6:30 a.m., both the setting moon and rising sun were visible in the sky at the same time. Viewers sent in around 40 photos from the event on our Facebook page.
Here are some of our viewer's photos:
According to NASA, the next total lunar eclipse will be visible from North America on April 4, 2015.
A homicide investigation is ongoing for a man found with possible stab wounds Monday afternoon.
Walter Lige, age 59, was found in the back yard of a home on Washington Avenue near Hickman High School. Lige was pronounced dead at University Hospital.
The Columbia Police Department announced Tuesday morning officers had arrested Anthony Lamarr Shegog, 57, at 3 p.m. Tuesday in connection to Lige's death. The department said Shegog, of Columbia, faces second-degree murder and armed criminal action charges.
The Boone County Medical Examiner's Office had not released the official cause of death as of early Tuesday afternoon.
Julie Davis, the homeowner, said police remained in her neighborhood for nearly 12 hours when they found Lige nearly dead in her backyard.
"I couldn't believe it, "she said. "I mean, I'm standing there and there they are trying to revive him."
Davis said she was at home Monday afternoon when she heard yelling outside her home. She said when her three dogs started barking she went to her back door to see what was happening. She said she was used to hearing arguments from the house.
"They're always going down there yelling and screaming, " she said. "I didn't think nothing of it."
Neighbors said authorities remained in the neighborhood until about midnight.
Many of the neighbors living nearby did not wish to comment on the homicide investigation.
Shegog remained at the Boone County Jail Tuesday afternoon.
A flesh-eating drug might be being sold on the streets in Fulton, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.
Fulton Police Chief Steve Myers said the department's drug informants found what they believe is the dangerous drug called crocodil.
"In the past few months we have had two reports of this crocodil being in mid-Missouri and possibly Fulton," Myers said.
Callaway County Sergeant Shannon Jeffries said he worries the drug could catch on in central Missouri due to the popularity of heroin use in many communities.
"With crocodil being made easily, made locally, and much cheaper than heroin, heroin users are going to go to it," Jeffries said. "And the side effects from crocodil are much more dangerous."
According to a report from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, crocodil damages blood vessels and soft tissue in the skin. Abusers of the drug might see their skin turn a greenish color and look scaled and rugged like a crocodile. These conditions usually lead to limb amputation or even death.
"It literally eats the user up from the inside out because of chemicals that are in it," Myers said.
The DEA said crocodil first surfaced internationally in 2002, and spread to as many as a million addicts in Russia.
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The popular personal car service launched in Columbia Thursday.
The app operates in cities across the country and abroad. It allows riders to request a car using GPS and pay straight from their cell phones.
Uber's General manager for regional expansion, Pooneet Kant, said while the company has been considering expanding to Columbia for a couple of months, it didn't have a specific start date.
"It's not like we've been planning for three months to launch on Oct. 9," Kant said. "It sort of depends on how many drivers are available in the system, so that's something we've had our eye on for a while. But we have started the conversation with the city, and we look forward to working closely with them."
Kant said county, multiple state and federal background checks are the first step for every driver. He said Uber has an overarching $1 million insurance policy and there are specific requirements for each driver's vehicle. Kant said the company's feedback system is the best way to ensure quality and safety.
"Honestly, the way we keep quality really high, beyond the background check process, is out two way feedback system," Kant said. "So after every ride, users are prompted to rate their drivers on a scale from one to five stars. We monitor those ratings in real time and take appropriate action if there's ever an issue that causes a low rating. That works both ways. Driver rate passengers and passengers rate drivers."
All shipments of injectable flu vaccine to the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services have been delayed.
Paxton Keeley Elementary School parents received an email Wednesday to inform them about the delay.
The email said school-based flu clinics will remain as scheduled, but FluMist nasal spray will be the only vaccine administered until the injectable vaccine becomes available.But some children and adults can't get the FluMist for medical reasons. Some people are only allowed to take the injectable vaccine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said someone should not take the FluMist for many reasons including: Children younger than two years, adults 50 years and older, people with a history of severe allergic reaction to any component of the vaccine, people who are allergic to eggs, pregnant women, people of any age with asthma, and more.
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