• Senate passes bill supporters say will help dairy farmers

    Posted 3:35 PM 1/29/2015 by Brea Love, KOMU 8 Reporter

    JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Senate passed the Dairy Revitalization act of 2015 (32- 2) Thursday afternoon.

    Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, said the bill is a good thing for dairy farmers.

    "The Farm bill is a very important bill. It's a piece of legislature that we passed last year. The (More)

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  • St. Louis seeks more police with recent increase in crime

    St. Louis seeks more police with recent increase in crime

    Posted 3:25 PM 1/29/2015 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis officials want to spend nearly $10 million to hire and train 160 additional police officers in response to a recent spate of violent crime that the mayor and police chief blame on a "Ferguson effect."

    Mayor Francis Slay and Police Chief Sam Dotson acknowledge (More)

  • Man accused of attacking amputee with a hammer

    Man accused of attacking amputee with a hammer

    Posted 3:15 PM 1/29/2015 by The Associated Press

    SCOTT CITY (AP) - A southeast Missouri man is facing charges for allegedly beating an amputee in the face with a hammer and stealing his prescription medications.

    The Southeast Missourian reports that 27-year-old Dustin Smith of Scott City is charged with first-degree assault, armed (More)

  • Payment for St. Louis stadium consultants authorized

    Payment for St. Louis stadium consultants authorized

    Posted 3:10 PM 1/29/2015 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - The public board that operates the Edward Jones Dome has given the go-ahead to pay consultants as part of the effort to build a new open-air stadium along the Mississippi River toward the goal of keeping the NFL in St. Louis.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the (More)

  • Sheriff Michael Dixon on job after peace officer's license revoked

    Sheriff Michael Dixon on job after peace officer's license revoked

    Posted 2:54 PM 1/29/2015 by Katie Grunik, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    COLUMBIA - Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon remains at work following the loss of his peace officer's license Monday. 

    Osage County Presiding Commissioner David Dudenhoeffer confirmed Dixon has not resigned despite being asked to. Dudenhoeffer said Dixon has 30 days from the day his (More)

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  • Pay raise for Missouri lawmakers, state officials blocked

    Pay raise for Missouri lawmakers, state officials blocked

    Posted 2:24 PM 1/29/2015 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri lawmakers and state elected officials will not receive a raise.

    State senators on Thursday voted 31-3 to block a pay increase for themselves that was recommended by a state commission.

    The commission in November recommended $4,000 more for legislators (More)

  • Education leaders discuss idea of free community college

    Posted 1:20 PM 1/29/2015 by Conner Handel, KOMU 8 News

    JEFFERSON CITY - Free community college available to students is part of Missouri's new higher education plan discussion. Organizations from across the state are giving suggestions on how to improve the plan.

    The Missouri Community College Association said at the Jan. 29 public hearing in (More)

  • Columbia living costs below national average in 2014

    Columbia living costs below national average in 2014

    Posted 12:52 PM 1/29/2015 by Christina Santiago, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    COLUMBIA - Living costs in Columbia were 5.3 percent below the nationwide average in 2014, according to the ACCRA Cost of Living Index provided by the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER).

    Columbia received a composite index (More)

  • Suspect pleads not guilty in Springfield officer's shooting

    Suspect pleads not guilty in Springfield officer's shooting

    Posted 11:42 AM 1/29/2015 by The Associated Press

    SPRINGFIELD - The man charged with shooting and seriously wounding a Springfield police officer pleaded not guilty during his first court appearance.

    During a hearing Thursday, a Greene County judge ordered 32-year-old Joshua Hagood be held without bond on charges of felony assault on an (More)

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  • Missouri man found guilty in death of 3-year-old

    Missouri man found guilty in death of 3-year-old

    Posted 10:50 AM 1/29/2015 by The Associated Press

    HARRISONVILLE - A central Missouri man has been convicted in the abuse death of a three-year-old boy that was reported as a fatal hit-and-run accident.

    A Cass County jury found Thomas Presley guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder and child abuse in the February 2012 death of his (More)

  • Custody dispute cited in St. Charles Chuck E. Cheese's shooting

    Custody dispute cited in St. Charles Chuck E. Cheese's shooting

    Posted 10:12 AM 1/29/2015 by The Associated Press

    ST. CHARLES - A custody dispute is being blamed for a shooting inside a Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant in suburban St. Louis.

    Authorities say 20-year-old Aesian Anunique Clay told her boyfriend to bring a gun to her one-year-old daughter's birthday party in St. Charles Monday night. The (More)

  • Missouri man charged with felony after alleged racial slur

    Missouri man charged with felony after alleged racial slur

    Posted 10:05 AM 1/29/2015 by The Associated Press

    MARYVILLE - A white northwest Missouri man is charged with felony assault after he allegedly confronted a black waitress Sunday as she served him breakfast.

    Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rice said Wednesday he charged 65-year-old Tommy Dean Gaa, of Maryville, with felony (More)

  • Columbia woman sentenced for mortgage fraud, embezzlement

    Columbia woman sentenced for mortgage fraud, embezzlement

    Posted 9:35 AM 1/29/2015 by Christina Santiago, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    JEFFERSON CITY - A Columbia woman has been sentenced in federal court for a $576,000 mortgage fraud and embezzlement scheme.

    U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes sentenced Terri Lynn Johnson, 50, to two years and six months in federal prison without parole Wednesday. The court also ordered (More)

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