• Missouri highway fatalities down overall, up in mid-Missouri

    Posted 5:04 PM 12/18/2014 by KOMU 8 News, Meredith Miller

    JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports fatality rates are down about 40 percent from 2005, but central Missouri rates have increased from last year.

    As of right now Missouri highways have seen 500 fewer fatalities on the roads compared to the 1,257 deaths in (More)

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  • Increased number of mid-Missouri youth using e-cigarettes

    Posted 3:16 PM 12/18/2014 by Shay McAlister, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - New information released Thursday reveals more teenagers are choosing to smoke e-cigarettes instead of tobacco cigarettes nationwide. Local experts said the same trend is happening among mid-Missouri youth. 

    Dr. Kevin Everett, with MU Family and Community Medicine, said he (More)

  • Missouri pares back revenue projections

    Missouri pares back revenue projections

    Posted 3:13 PM 12/18/2014 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri officials are ratcheting back their expectations for the state's finances while forecasting modest growth for the future.

    Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday that he has agreed on new revenue projections with budget leaders from the Missouri House and Senate. That (More)

  • Missouri governor to act for home care raise

    Missouri governor to act for home care raise

    Posted 3:07 PM 12/18/2014 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon intends to issue an administrative rule to ensure home care workers get a hike in pay.

    The Office of Administration on Thursday confirmed the governor's plans after home care workers earlier that day caroled outside his mansion to request his (More)

  • MU Chancellor encourages enterpreneurship at MU Extension sites

    Posted 2:58 PM 12/18/2014 by Amanda LaBrot, KOMU 8 Reporter

    FULTON - MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin met with alumni and Fulton business and community leaders to discuss a new proposal to bring money into the university.

    Loftin has been traveling around the state to gather input and information from community leaders about what he and the (More)

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  • Missouri truck driver convicted of sex trafficking

    Missouri truck driver convicted of sex trafficking

    Posted 2:19 PM 12/18/2014 by The Associated Press

    KANSAS CITY (AP) - A northwest Missouri commercial truck driver has been convicted of transporting a minor across state lines for prostitution.

    The U.S. attorney's office said 55-year-old Tony Eugene Wardlow, of St. Joseph, was found guilty Wednesday. The self-employed driver was (More)

  • Jefferson City Chamber holds ribbon cutting for road improvement

    Posted 1:08 PM 12/18/2014 by Jordan Bowen, KOMU 8 Reporter

    JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce members, local business owners and county officials gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday on behalf of Cole County Public Works to commemorate the completion of the Business 50 West Improvements Project.

    Cole County Engineer (More)

  • Missouri town gives rides home to drunk drivers

    Missouri town gives rides home to drunk drivers

    Posted 12:59 PM 12/18/2014 by The Associated Press

    COTTLEVILLE (AP) - A suburban St. Louis police chief says a policy that allows officers to give suspected drunk drivers rides home is a community policing strategy designed to build citizen trust.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the three-year-old city policy has been an informal (More)

  • Anheuser-Busch subsidiary expanding in Arnold

    Anheuser-Busch subsidiary expanding in Arnold

    Posted 12:52 PM 12/18/2014 by The Associated Press

    ARNOLD (AP) - Anheuser-Busch will spend $150 million to expand the facility for its subsidiary, Metal Container Corp., in the St. Louis suburb of Arnold, creating about 70 new jobs and doubling the brewer's aluminum bottle capacity in the United States.

    Plans for the expansion were (More)

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  • Homeless teen receives full Stephens College scholarship on Today

    Posted 12:15 PM 12/18/2014 by Rachel Wittel, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - A homeless eighth-grader is getting the chance to become a college grad after she received a full scholarship Thursday to Stephens College on the Today Show.

    Dominique Victor is 14 years old and lives with her mother in a New York homeless shelter. 

    Today show anchor (More)

  • Ferguson-Florissant district faces lawsuit

    Ferguson-Florissant district faces lawsuit

    Posted 11:52 AM 12/18/2014 by The Associated Press

    FERGUSON (AP) - One of the school districts for students from Ferguson is facing a lawsuit alleging school board elections discriminate against black residents.

    The American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP announced the suit Thursday against the Ferguson-Florissant School District. It (More)

  • State sues 13 St. Louis County municipal courts

    State sues 13 St. Louis County municipal courts

    Posted 11:21 AM 12/18/2014 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - The state is suing 13 St. Louis County municipal courts over what it calls fiscal failures.

    The state says the cities of Beverly Hills, Breckenridge Hills, Pagedale, Pasadena Park and Upland Park didn't file required annual financial reports to ensure they didn't exceed a (More)

  • Snow preparation pays off for Columbia

    Posted 10:49 AM 12/18/2014 by Jordan Bowen, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Works began preparations on Monday for the predicted snow that fell Thursday.

    Columbia Public Works Public Information Specialist Steven Sapp said the department has been paying close attention to the weather and have been keeping tabs on the current (More)

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