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Posted: Mar 12, 2011 10:48 AM by Sarah Hill and Robert Kessler
Updated: Mar 12, 2011 11:50 AM

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In an effort to make a story relatable, we made an important fact error on this story. On September Fourth we covered the story of Kelsi Poe, the 19-year-old who fell from a staircase inside Quinton's bar and grill in downtown Columbia. In the story, we said poe had a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit. A KOMU viewer made a valid point about our coverage of this story. Here is part of the email we received.

"I cannot help but notice that you and your co-workers keep referring to the young woman who fell as having had a blood alcohol content of 4 times the legal limt. I am sorry but there is not a legal limit for someone who is underage. Correct me if I am wrong, but my understanding is that she is 19 years old. She should not have been consuming alcohol. You may consider this a small detail but it relevant to the story," read the email.

Executive producer Randy Reeves said, "Well the police first reported to us that it was four times the legal limit and I think what we should have done is gone that extra step and asked them what her exact blood alcohol level was and reported it that way, because it's true, there is no legal limit for 19."

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