• Missouri creates office to address racial issues

    Missouri creates office to address racial issues

    Posted 1:53 PM 9/18/2014 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri will have a new government agency to help low-income and minority families after sometimes violent protests erupted earlier this year following a police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old.

    Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday signed an executive order creating (More)

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  • Funding issues leave residents in Ashland feeling unsafe

    Posted 8:36 PM 9/17/2014 by KOMU 8 Reporter, Julia Avery

    ASHLAND - Some residents of Lakeview Estates in Ashland said they feel unsafe with the turn to get into their neighborhoods.

    Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) recently took away cut-throughs along Highway 63 and added J-turns instead. Statistics show fewer accidents have (More)

  • Parents asking for change at Cosmo-Bethel Park

    Posted 1:32 PM 9/18/2014 by Shay McAlister, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Parents said they want to see a change in the safety precautions at Bethel-Cosmo Park. Some think its up to the city to make the change.

    Guardian Rachael Nolting said, "Its up to them to find a way to make the public feel safe again."

    This comes after shots were fired (More)

  • Dignitaries celebrate R. Bowen Loftin's inauguration

    Posted 12:50 PM 9/18/2014 by Tiege Dooley-Panko, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Dignitaries dressed from head to toe in traditional cap and gowns walked through the iconic MU columns to the Missouri Theatre Thursday afternoon. 

    The procession was part of the inauguration of Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin. Loftin has been in office since February after (More)

  • Officers fatally shoot man with rifle near St. Louis

    Officers fatally shoot man with rifle near St. Louis

    Posted 12:49 PM 9/18/2014 by The Associated Press

    JENNINGS (AP) - A police chief in suburban St. Louis said two officers fired 25 shots during the fatal shooting of a rifle-wielding man they chased on foot.

    The shooting happened Wednesday night in Jennings, less than 5 miles from the site of the fatal Ferguson police shooting of (More)

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  • St. Louis paralegal gets 15 months for bribery

    St. Louis paralegal gets 15 months for bribery

    Posted 12:44 PM 9/18/2014 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - A 27-year-old St. Louis paralegal has been sentenced to 15 months in prison in connection with a phony bribery scheme involving a client.

    Jillian Nichols was sentenced Thursday in a case that led to the resignation of a top St. Louis County prosecutor. She pleaded guilty (More)

  • MU debuts new tree species

    Posted 11:20 AM 9/18/2014 by Eric Kelly, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA- Mizzou celebrated 175 years on Thursday by debuting a rare tree called the Buck's Unlimited Oak at Peace Park.

    The oak became the last of 175 trees planted as part of Mizzou's 175th Anniversary.

    The event began with speeches about the benefits of tree planting (More)

  • Missouri State opens new academic center

    Missouri State opens new academic center

    Posted 11:14 AM 9/18/2014 by The Associated Press

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) - Missouri State University teachers, coaches and students are praising a newly remodeled academic center at the school in Springfield.

    So is the center's namesake, Mary Jo Wynn, who toured the center Wednesday. Wynn was honored by the naming after spending 45 years at the (More)

  • Black political leaders say they will withhold support at polls

    Black political leaders say they will withhold support at polls

    Posted 11:04 AM 9/18/2014 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - Some black Democrats said they won't support any candidate this fall who they believe hasn't shown respect for the African-American community on issues including education, jobs and racial profiling.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the Fannie Lou Hamer Democratic (More)

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  • Missouri income growth among tops in 2013

    Missouri income growth among tops in 2013

    Posted 10:53 AM 9/18/2014 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A new report ranks Missouri among the national leaders in the growth of household income, even though it remains below the national average.

    Figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau show Missouri's median household income was $46,931 based on a 2013 survey (More)

  • Columbia Police Department steps up DWI enforcement

    Columbia Police Department steps up DWI enforcement

    Posted 8:55 AM 9/18/2014 by Kellan Marvin, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department plans to improve road safety by cracking down on impaired driving with DWI enforcement patrols and a sobriety checkpoint September 19 through September 21.

    According to a news release from the City of Columbia, of the 757 people killed in Missouri (More)

  • Fair St. Louis to return to Forest Park next year

    Fair St. Louis to return to Forest Park next year

    Posted 7:29 AM 9/18/2014 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - Organizers of Fair St. Louis say the popular event during the July Fourth weekend will return to Forest Park next year.

    The festival was moved to Forest Park this year from its usual home near the Gateway Arch because of renovation underway there. (More)

  • Prison supervisor guilty of hiding guard attack

    Prison supervisor guilty of hiding guard attack

    Posted 7:01 AM 9/18/2014 by The Associated Press

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A lieutenant at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield is facing up to three years in prison after admitting that he persuaded an inmate not to report being assaulted by a prison guard.

    Federal prosecutors say 42-year-old James Myrick, of Nixa (More)

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