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    Bill Would Change Motorcycle Helmet Law

    Posted 1:31 PM 4/23/2014 by Morgan Uber, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Motorcyclists in Missouri may soon have a choice whether to wear a helmet if they are over the age of 21. The Missouri House has endorsed a bill that would allow motorcyclists to make the decision for themselves. 

    Current Missouri law requires motorcyclists to pay a $25 (More)

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    Mo. Senate Backs Potential for Preschool Ratings

    Mo. Senate Backs Potential for Preschool Ratings

    Posted 1:29 PM 4/23/2014 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri senators have endorsed legislation that could lead to the development of a preschool rating system by private or nonprofit groups.

    The bill given initial approval Wednesday comes two years after a law was enacted barring the creation of a preschool rating (More)

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    Mo. Lawmakers Mull Changes to Alternative Unemployment Program

    Posted 1:02 PM 4/23/2014 by Jay Wallis, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Missouri senators discussed Wednesday the broadening of a certain alternative unemployment program.

    The Shared Work law was created in 1987 and gives employers an alternative to laying off employees when forced to make cuts due to lack of production or for other reasons. Workers (More)

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    Grand Jury Indicts Illegal Immigrant on Meth and Gun Charges

    Grand Jury Indicts Illegal Immigrant on Meth and Gun Charges

    Posted 12:54 PM 4/23/2014 by Mark Bergin, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    JEFFERSON CITY - The United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri announced Wednesday a federal grand jury indicted a Russellville man for being an illegal immigrant in possession of firearms and methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

    U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson said a (More)

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    Columbia Police Identify Homicide Victim

    Columbia Police Identify Homicide Victim

    Posted 12:26 PM 4/23/2014 by Mark Bergin, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    COLUMBIA - Columbia police identified a 44-year-old man Wednesday they said was shot and killed Tuesday on 920 West Texas Ave.

    The Columbia Police Department confirmed the identity of the deceased man as Derrick Brookins.

    Authorities say someone drove a second subject to the (More)

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    Mo. House Endorses June Primary Election Date

    Mo. House Endorses June Primary Election Date

    Posted 12:04 PM 4/23/2014 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The Missouri House gave initial approval to legislation that would move the state's primary elections to June.

    Party primaries for Congress, the state Legislature and statewide offices are currently held in even-numbered years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in (More)

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    Mo. House Endorses Motorcycle Helmet Law Change

    Mo. House Endorses Motorcycle Helmet Law Change

    Posted 11:59 AM 4/23/2014 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The Missouri House has endorsed a bill that would allow motorcyclists over the age of 21 to forgo wearing helmets while travelling on the road.

    Current law requires motorists to wear helmets or face a fine of up to $25 for each offense.

    Supporters say adults (More)

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    Restaurant Sues Ex-Cardinal Edmonds Over Name

    Restaurant Sues Ex-Cardinal Edmonds Over Name

    Posted 11:19 AM 4/23/2014 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Cincinnati restaurant owner is suing former Cardinals outfielder Jim Edmonds over the name of the Precinct, a restaurant he co-owns in downtown St. Louis.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Jeff Ruby filed a federal lawsuit against Edmonds' business late last year. (More)

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    Spirit Airlines to Begin Flying Out of Kansas City

    Spirit Airlines to Begin Flying Out of Kansas City

    Posted 11:10 AM 4/23/2014 by The Associated Press

    KANSAS CITY (AP) - Spirit Airlines will begin offering five daily flights out of Kansas City in August.

    The low-budget airline announced Wednesday that it would offer flights to Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Las Vegas, beginning Aug. 7. A roundtrip flight to Houston will begin Aug. (More)

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    KC Restaurant JJ's Reopening Across the Street from Former Site

    KC Restaurant JJ's Reopening Across the Street from Former Site

    Posted 11:02 AM 4/23/2014 by The Associated Press

    KANSAS CITY (AP) - A popular upscale Kansas City restaurant that was destroyed by a gas explosion last year plans to reopen this summer across the street from its previous location.

    The Kansas City Star reports JJ's will open a 4,800-square-foot restaurant and bar on the south side of the (More)

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    Plans for Homeless Veterans Campus Unveiled

    Plans for Homeless Veterans Campus Unveiled

    Posted 11:00 AM 4/23/2014 by Meg McLeod, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - A proposed housing project would provide temporary and semi-permanent housing for homeless veterans in mid-Missouri. 

    The Columbia Housing Authority (CHA), Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital and Welcome Home Inc. teamed up to build a campus for veterans in (More)

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    St. Louis Museum Board Member Quits Over Conflict of Interest

    St. Louis Museum Board Member Quits Over Conflict of Interest

    Posted 10:13 AM 4/23/2014 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - A member of the St. Louis regional Zoo-Museum District has resigned amid conflict of interest questions over the award of a building design contract to her architectural firm.

    Pat Whitaker resigned on Tuesday, the same day the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that local (More)

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    Harris-Stowe State University Names New President

    Harris-Stowe State University Names New President

    Posted 9:42 AM 4/23/2014 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - Harris-Stowe State University has named a 37-year-old college administrator in Florida as its next president.

    The university's Board of Regents on Tuesday announced the hiring of Dwaun Warmack, senior vice president for administration and student services at (More)

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