Posted: Mar 31, 2014 9:48 AM by Ashley Colley, KOMU 8 Sports Producer
Updated: Mar 31, 2014 12:30 PM
COLUMBIA - Junior guard Jordan Clarkson announced on Monday he will forgo his senior season at the University of Missouri to declare early for the 2014 NBA Draft. In an open letter to Mizzou fans, Clarkson said, "It wasn't an easy decision. I have so much respect for everyone here and the impact you have made on my life has been immense. However, it is a decision that I've thought through and discussed with my family on numerous occasions. Having their full support makes this decision much easier."
This season, Clarkson averaged 17.5 points per game and a team-high 3.4 assists per game. He reached double figures in 34-of-35 games, including a career high 31 points against Southern Illinois. His performance with the team earned him All-SEC second team honors from the Southeastern Conference head coaches.
Missouri head coach Frank Haith said, "It's been a challenging few months for Jordan and his family, but I am so proud of the way he has handled adversity and has really grown, not just as a basketball player, but as a young man. Jordan is a young man we can all be proud of. He is set to graduate from Mizzou this spring and has embraced this university and this community. While I hate to see him go, I hope he knows he will always have a home here at Mizzou."
Clarkson only played one year for the Tigers after transferring from the University of Tulsa and having to sit out due to the NCAA's eligibility rules during the 2012-13 season.
The 2014 NBA Draft is scheduled for Thursday, June 26.
Posted 2:03 PM 11/30/2015 by Michael Lindquist, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA - Monday's deadline to restore privileges to the Columbia Planned Parenthood doctor is quickly approaching.
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Posted 8:52 AM 11/30/2015 by Amanda Barnes, KOMU 8 Wellness Coach
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Posted 11:56 AM 11/30/2015 by Emma Henderson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri lawmakers were holding a hearing Monday about Syrian refugees living in the state.
The state legislature is not able to grant or block refugee access, but it has control over funding refugee programs.
Anna Crosslin with the International Institute testified (More)
Posted 12:09 PM 11/30/2015 by The Associated Press
LEASBURG (AP) — A state audit has uncovered financial and management concerns in the tiny eastern Missouri town of Leasburg.
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Posted 11:46 AM 11/30/2015 by The Associated Press
FLORISSANT (AP) — Authorities in suburban St. Louis have identified the 6-year-old girl who died in a Thanksgiving accident involving a suspected drunken driver.
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Posted 11:22 AM 11/30/2015 by The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Four Anheuser-Busch heirs say they worry that their brother, Billy Busch, will turn Grant's Farm into a subdivision.
Trudy Busch Valentine and Andy Busch say they have seen housing plat maps already drafted for the animal park.
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Posted 8:58 AM 11/30/2015 by Miranda Craig and Chris Gothner, KOMU 8 Digital Producers
COLUMBIA - Boone County deputies arrested two people after a chase that led them into Callaway County early Monday morning.
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Posted 9:02 AM 11/30/2015 by Deja Shelby, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA — With colder weather upon us, mid-Missouri residents may start to notice an array of brightly colored, domed-shaped beetles lurking in the corners of their homes.
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Posted 7:46 AM 11/30/2015 by The Associated Press
FERGUSON (AP) — The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis has been activated to investigate the death of a woman at a home in Ferguson.
KMOV-TV reports that police were called Saturday night to a home where a 23-year-old woman was found dead. Blood was found, but the cause of death has not been released.
Police said evidence suggests that the woman was the victim of a homicide.
Posted 4:53 PM 11/29/2015 by Alex Farkas, KOMU 8 News
COLUMBIA - Shoppers spent $10.4 billion at stores on Black Friday. However, according to Yahoo, sales at brick and mortar stores dropped more than $1 billion. One of the factors for the decrease is the increase in onlines sales.
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