• Missouri court rules against man claiming anxiety hurt trial

    Missouri court rules against man claiming anxiety hurt trial

    Posted 3:58 PM 3/31/2015 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled against a man who appealed his death sentence for killing an elderly couple while burglarizing their home.

    The judges said Tuesday that Jesse Driskill failed to prove he was mentally unable to stand trial.

    The Lebanon (More)

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  • Jumping in an elevator could lead to a misdemeanor

    Posted 3:28 PM 3/31/2015 by Amanda LaBrot, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - New signs in a Columbia parking garage make it clear jumping in an elevator is illegal.

    Jumping is now included in Columbia's (More)

  • Missouri lawmakers pass bill to boost agriculture industry

    Missouri lawmakers pass bill to boost agriculture industry

    Posted 3:34 PM 3/31/2015 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A bill aimed at bolstering Missouri's agricultural industry is headed to the governor.

    Missouri senators on Tuesday voted unanimously in favor of the measure, which previously was approved 101-48 by the House.

    If signed into law by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, it (More)

  • Woman charged in southwest Missouri man's death

    Woman charged in southwest Missouri man's death

    Posted 3:31 PM 3/31/2015 by The Associated Press

    GRANBY (AP) - A southwest Missouri sheriff says a 65-year-old woman shot and killed a man who was trying to end their affair.

    Authorities say Connie Sanders-Ford, of Fairview, was charged Monday with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of 58-year-old John Jordon. He (More)

  • Meat company specializing in bacon coming to St. Joseph

    Meat company specializing in bacon coming to St. Joseph

    Posted 3:28 PM 3/31/2015 by The Associated Press

    ST. JOSEPH (AP) - A meat processing company that specializes in bacon plans to build a plant in St. Joseph and hire 212 workers in its first five years of operation.

    The St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday that Daily's Premium Meats, which offers "sliced-to-order" naturally (More)

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  • Family members of Spence Jackson release statement

    Family members of Spence Jackson release statement

    Posted 3:11 PM 3/31/2015 by Jenna Middaugh, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    SPRINGFIELD - Spence Jackson's family members released a statement Tuesday following Jackson's apparent suicide.

    Jeff Layman, spokesperson for Jackson's family members released this statement on their behalf: "We would like to express our gratitude for the overwhelming (More)

  • Two people plead guilty to distributing synthetic marijuana

    Two people plead guilty to distributing synthetic marijuana

    Posted 2:26 PM 3/31/2015 by Jenna Middaugh, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    JEFFERSON CITY - The United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri said Tuesday two people pleaded guilty in federal court to crimes related to the distribution of thousands of kilograms of synthetic marijuana.

    27-year-old Sharon Harrington from Bunceton and 44-year-old (More)

  • Columbia Public Schools update collective bargaining agreement

    Columbia Public Schools update collective bargaining agreement

    Posted 1:03 PM 3/31/2015 by Tiege Dooley-Panko, KOMU 8 Digital Producer and Micheala Sosby, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools released an update to all employees on Tuesday regarding the collective bargaining process with the teacher's union and the district. 

    According to Deputy Superintendent Dana Clippard, Columbia Public Schools cannot meet the $6.6 million compensation (More)

  • Police reveal contents of Schweich spokesperson's suicide note

    Posted 12:30 PM 3/31/2015 by Katie Link, KOMU 8 Reporter and Tiege Dooley-Panko, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    JEFFERSON CITY - During a brief news conference Tuesday, Jefferson City Police released the contents of the suicide note left by the late state auditor's spokesperson, Spence Jackson, who police said committed suicide over the weekend. They found his body in his apartment Sunday.

    According (More)

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  • Columbia man sentenced on child pornography charge

    Columbia man sentenced on child pornography charge

    Posted 12:12 PM 3/31/2015 by Tiege Dooley-Panko, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    COLUMBIA - Columbia resident, Jonathan Hillyard, 30, was sentenced Monday to 5 years to the Missouri Department of Corrections for 1 count of possession of child pornography. 

    The Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force arrested Hillyard October 24 following an (More)

  • Missouri House panel OKs added funds for Medicaid drug costs

    Missouri House panel OKs added funds for Medicaid drug costs

    Posted 10:38 AM 3/31/2015 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Despite concerns from Republican lawmakers about Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's withholding money from programs this year, most of his 2015 supplemental budget request is moving forward.

    A Missouri House panel on Tuesday approved additional spending for 2015, including (More)

  • Fulton names new school administrators

    Fulton names new school administrators

    Posted 8:48 AM 3/31/2015 by Brea Love, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    FULTON - According to the Fulton Public School District website, Jan Bailey and Chris Daily will be administrators for Fulton Middle School for the remainder of the school year.

    Monday, the Fulton Middle School Program Director confirmed via email Principal Christopher Cane was no longer (More)

  • Dry, dead vegetation causing fires

    Posted 6:57 PM 3/30/2015 by Jeremy Schrank, KOMU 8 Reporter

    BOONE COUNTY - Grass fires are prevalent this time of year due to a lack of water in plants and grass. At least four such fires were reported in Boone County yesterday due to dry, windy conditions around mid-Missouri.

    Fire crews responded to one controlled burn that got out of control and (More)

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