• Judges seek St. Louis County court reforms

    Judges seek St. Louis County court reforms

    Posted 12:09 PM 9/17/2014 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS - A committee that includes municipal court judges is working to reform St. Louis County's 81 local courts.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the effort is in response to criticisms and reforms proposed in Ferguson since an officer shot and killed an 18-year-old last (More)

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  • St. Louis-area robber uses pepper spray to blind victims

    St. Louis-area robber uses pepper spray to blind victims

    Posted 12:04 PM 9/17/2014 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS - St. Louis police said a female robber used an unusual weapon for her crimes - pepper spray.

    KMOV-TV reported 20-year-old Averia Smith was arrested Tuesday and is charged with two counts of robbery. She is jailed on $75,000 bond and does not yet have an attorney.

    Both robberies occurred in the Central West End area of St. Louis. Police said that in both cases, pepper spray was used to temporarily blind the victims, then their purses were stolen.

     

  • Prosecutor may release audio of Brown grand jury

    Prosecutor may release audio of Brown grand jury

    Posted 11:58 AM 9/17/2014 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS - A prosecutor said he'll immediately release transcripts and audio recordings of a grand jury investigation into the death of Michael Brown if the panel doesn't indict the suburban St. Louis police officer who shot him.

    Spokesman Ed Magee on Wednesday said St. Louis County (More)

  • Sierra Club endorses Grain Belt transmission line

    Sierra Club endorses Grain Belt transmission line

    Posted 11:32 AM 9/17/2014 by The Associated Press

    COLUMBIA (AP) - The Missouri Chapter of the Sierra Club endorsed a plan for a wind energy transmission line across the state, saying it would reduce the state's dependence on coal.

    The Grain Belt Express high-voltage transmission line would run across Buchanan, Clinton, Caldwell, Carroll (More)

  • Nuisance property ordinance tabled in Ashland

    Nuisance property ordinance tabled in Ashland

    Posted 10:40 AM 9/17/2014 by Lee Anne Denyer, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    ASHLAND - The mayor of Ashland said an ordinance that would make owning a nuisance home a misdemeanor offense in the city has been tabled, for now.

    Mayor Gene Rhorer said the ordinance is "a bit harsh." Rhorer said the ordinance may go to the Planning and Zoning Commission for restricting (More)

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  • Dropped wallet leads to MU basketball players' arrests

    Dropped wallet leads to MU basketball players' arrests

    Posted 10:23 AM 9/17/2014 by Lee Anne Denyer, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department released new information Wednesday morning about the weekend arrests of two Missouri basketball players.

    Officer Latisha Stroer said officers arrested Jakeenan Gant and D'Angelo Allen for assault early Sunday morning.

    Stroer said officers (More)

  • Meth blamed after man sets self on fire

    Meth blamed after man sets self on fire

    Posted 8:31 AM 9/17/2014 by The Associated Press

    SIKESTON (AP) - A southeast Missouri man is hospitalized and expected to face drug charges after accidentally setting himself on fire.

    The Sikeston Standard Democrat reports that a caller on Monday night told police that a (More)

  • Columbia talks about raising age to buy tobacco to 21

    Columbia talks about raising age to buy tobacco to 21

    Posted 4:50 AM 9/17/2014 by The Associated Press

    COLUMBIA (AP) - Columbia City Council members are studying whether to ban indoor use of electronic cigarettes indoors and raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products in the city to 21.

    The City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to send the proposal to a city health and substance abuse (More)

  • Drug take-back effort set in St. Louis County

    Drug take-back effort set in St. Louis County

    Posted 4:46 AM 9/17/2014 by The Associated Press

    CLAYTON (AP) - Preventing unused prescription drugs from becoming available for abuse is the goal of a drug take-back initiative planned for later this month in St. Louis County.

    St. Louis County police and the Drug Enforcement Administration are teaming up on the effort from 10 a.m. to 2 (More)

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  • Missouri mayor accused of stealing from town

    Missouri mayor accused of stealing from town

    Posted 4:41 AM 9/17/2014 by The Associated Press

    NEOSHO (AP) - The mayor and treasurer of a small southwest Missouri town is accused of writing checks on a village account for more than $9,000 worth of personal expenses.

    The Joplin Globe (More)

  • Special Olympics plans Columbia training center

    Special Olympics plans Columbia training center

    Posted 4:37 AM 9/17/2014 by The Associated Press

    COLUMBIA (AP) - Special Olympic athletes in Missouri could soon have a training center to rival those of their U.S. Olympic team counterparts.

    The proposed Training for Life Campus would offer year-round training at a 44,000-square-foot athletics complex off Highway 63 south of Columbia. (More)

  • Joplin tornado aid worker sentenced for fraud

    Joplin tornado aid worker sentenced for fraud

    Posted 4:32 AM 9/17/2014 by The Associated Press

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A woman who worked for a southwest Missouri disaster relief agency has been sentenced to prison for a fraud scheme following the deadly Joplin tornado.

    The U.S. attorney's office says Herlana Latham, of Memphis, Tennessee, was sentenced Tuesday to 14 months in federal (More)

  • Construction in downtown Columbia may cause delays

    Posted 3:08 AM 9/17/2014 by Kyle Jacoby, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Construction at the corner of Seventh and Locust Streets started at 7 a.m. Wednesday. It may cause delays in downtown Columbia.

    Lane shifts are needed down both Locust and Seventh Streets as construction continues on the Opus student housing development. Crews will also revamp (More)

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