• How a simple backpack can help a foster child

    How a simple backpack can help a foster child

    Posted 4:33 PM 10/30/2014 by KOMU 8 Reporter, Sara Pang

    COLUMBIA - Residents have an opportunity Sunday to give foster children something many don't have: belongings to call their own. The Columbia Adoption Project is providing empty (More)

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  • Telemarketer banned from calling Missourians

    Telemarketer banned from calling Missourians

    Posted 4:32 PM 10/31/2014 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A pair of telemarketing firms that repeatedly violated Missouri's no-call law have agreed to a permanent ban on calling any Missourians.

    Attorney General Chris Koster announced results of a lawsuit against the firms on Friday.

    The lawsuit named Kim Bascom and (More)

  • Smart Decision 2014: Amendment 2 involves child sex cases

    Do you in favor or oppose Amendment 2, which would allow prosecutors to use a suspect's criminal history in child sex cases?

    Posted 2:37 PM 10/30/2014 by Shannon O'Brien, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - One issue on the November ballot has attorneys at odds. 

    If Missouri voters pass Amendment Two, it (More)

  • Three sentenced for selling bad computer parts to Army

    Three sentenced for selling bad computer parts to Army

    Posted 3:00 PM 10/31/2014 by The Associated Press

    KANSAS CITY (AP) - A 71-year-old Missouri woman has been sentenced for her role in a conspiracy to sell counterfeit and modified computer equipment to the U.S. Army.

    Virgie Dillard of Lee's Summit was sentenced Friday to five years of probation. Her employee at Missouri Office Systems and (More)

  • Wife dead, husband hospitalized in possible Columbia shooting

    Wife dead, husband hospitalized in possible Columbia shooting

    Posted 2:10 PM 10/31/2014 by Genevieve Reaume, KOMU 8 Reporter and Drew Whiteman, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    COLUMBIA - Police are investigating a death in south Columbia. Officers said Friday they got a 911 call from a woman who said she found her mother dead in her home of a possible gunshot wound. Police added the husband was sent to the hospital, but wouldn't confirm the nature of his injuries. (More)

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  • Missouri National Guard short funds for resiliency center

    Missouri National Guard short funds for resiliency center

    Posted 2:38 PM 10/31/2014 by Lee Anne Denyer, KOMU 8 Reporter

    JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri National Guard Foundation needs funding to finish construction on a resilience center at the Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City.

    The facility will provide a place for veterans, servicemen and women and their families to receive mental, spiritual (More)

  • Obama issues disaster declaration for northern Missouri

    Obama issues disaster declaration for northern Missouri

    Posted 2:36 PM 10/31/2014 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A federal disaster declaration has been issued for 20 northern Missouri counties raked by violent weather in early September.

    Gov. Jay Nixon's office requested the declaration last week and says President Barack Obama issued it Friday.

    The declaration allows (More)

  • Prosecutors soon to get report on police shooting

    Prosecutors soon to get report on police shooting

    Posted 2:25 PM 10/31/2014 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis police chief says a new unit that investigates police shootings will soon send its report on an 18-year-old's death to prosecutors.

    Police chief Sam Dotson said Thursday the Force Investigation Unit will submit its report on the October killing of VonDerrit (More)

  • Below-average temperatures will cause chilly Halloween night

    Below-average temperatures will cause chilly Halloween night

    Posted 2:05 PM 10/31/2014 by Jack Korte, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - If you go trick-or-treating for Halloween tonight, make sure you pick a warm costume.

    The average temperature on October 31 in Columbia is 41 degrees. Tonight, temperatures will drop down to 34 degrees by 10 p.m.

    This is especially low when compared to last year, when the (More)

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  • "Halloweenie" brings trick-or-treating downtown

    Posted 7:36 AM 10/31/2014 by Christina Santiago, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Dozens of businesses in downtown Columbia are offering tricks and treats to kids in costume Friday.

    Ruth LaHue owns The Secret Garden, a floral shop on east Broadway. She and her employees decorate the "secret garden" behind the store to create a spooky garden tour. Lahue said (More)

  • Sedalia's historic Jennie Jaynes Stadium to be replaced

    Sedalia's historic Jennie Jaynes Stadium to be replaced

    Posted 4:39 PM 10/30/2014 by Alex Brown, KOMU 8 Reporter

    SEDALIA - Cheerleaders and the marching band formed a tunnel onto the field at Jennie Jaynes Stadium. The Smith-Cotton Tigers football team took a few steps and then burst through the end of the tunnel to the sound of hundreds of cheering fans in the stands. 

    In what was most likely (More)

  • Boil order in effect for part of Camden County

    Boil order in effect for part of Camden County

    Posted 11:33 AM 10/31/2014 by Drew Whiteman, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    CAMDENTON - City of Camdenton officials have issued a boil order for some Camdenton residents and businesses after they said air entered the city's water main while a contractor was working on a private water system. 

    The precautionary boil order is anticipated to lift on Tuesday (More)

  • Petro-Mart armed robbery is third masked robbery this week

    Posted 10:22 AM 10/31/2014 by Drew Whiteman, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    COLUMBIA - Police said Friday morning they've made no arrests in connection to an armed robbery at the Petro-Mart on Stadium Boulevard near the I-70 interchange. 

    The report said the suspect entered through the back door of the Petro-Mart at (More)

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