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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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 in Columbia. Project boosters with (More)

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    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)

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    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 street started at 7 a.m. Wednesday. It may cause delays in downtown Columbia.

    Lane shifts are needed down both Locust street and Seventh Street as the Opus student housing development continues construction. Crews will be (More)

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    Columbia Public Schools Foundation cuts ribbon on four new grants

    Posted 2:34 AM 9/17/2014 by Spencer Wilson, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Smithton Middle School is about to enter the future. 

    Thanks to a grant from the Columbia Public Schools Foundation, Smithton was one of a few middle schools in the area that will recieve grant money to buy new technology for learning purposes. Smithton, in particular, will (More)

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    Missouri basketball freshmen Gant, Allen arrested

    Missouri basketball freshmen Gant, Allen arrested

    Posted 9:26 PM 9/16/2014 by Corey Miller, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    COLUMBIA - Tuesday night, KOMU confirmed freshmen members of the Missouri men's basketball team, Jakeenan Gant and D'Angelo Allen, were arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of third-degree assault.

    They were arrested at their dorm room on MU property.

    Both were released from (More)

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    Senior citizens at greater risk of being scammed

    Posted 7:29 PM 9/16/2014 by Jenn Croft, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Every year, con artistis specifically target senior citizens, according to new information from the Mid-Missouri Better Business Bureau and Secretary of State (More)

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    Jefferson city residents learn how to prevent neighborhood crime

    Posted 7:18 PM 9/16/2014 by Brea Love, KOMU 8 Reporter

    JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Police Department hosted an event Tuesday to encourage residents to be active within their neighborhood watch programs.

    National Night Out is a chance for local law enforcement to visit different neighborhoods to discuss crime and prevention. This year (More)

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    Demonstrators feel their voices aren't heard for Opus project

    Posted 6:56 PM 9/16/2014 by Sara Pang, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Chants of "People's need, not corporate greed", and "We don't blame the workers, we blame the council" could be heard in downtown Columbia Tuesday amidst the beating of drums.

    About 20 protesters gathered for an hour on Locust Street to protest against the Opus student (More)

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    New barrier planned on College Ave. despite petitioners requests

    Posted 6:45 PM 9/16/2014 by Paige Travis, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council moved forward with a construction project Monday despite a petition with 200 signatures.

    The council passed a bill 5-2 to finalize the construction of the (More)

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