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    Developer Threatening to Sue Columbia for Millions

    Posted 2:07 PM 4/18/2014 by William Joy, KOMU 8 News Reporter

    COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia could face a lawsuit worth millions of dollars if it allows a petition blocking downtown development to continue.

    On March 31, the Columbia City Council voted in favor of an agreement for Opus Development Group to build a new housing project on the north (More)

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    Haith Introduced as Head Tulsa Men's Basketball Coach

    Haith Introduced as Head Tulsa Men's Basketball Coach

    Posted 1:30 PM 4/18/2014 by Sam Hustis, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter

    TULSA, Okla. - University of Tulsa President Steadman Upham announced in a news conference Friday that former Missouri men's head basketball coach Frank Haith will be taking over as Tulsa's 30th men's head basketball coach.

    "This is a very big day in the history of TU basketball," Steadman (More)

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    Springfield Murder Suspect Wants Statements Thrown Out

    Springfield Murder Suspect Wants Statements Thrown Out

    Posted 1:26 PM 4/18/2014 by The Associated Press

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) - An attorney for a Springfield man suspected of kidnapping and killing a 10-year-old girl want statements he made to police after his arrest to be suppressed.

    Attorney Patrick Berrigan writes in court documents that Craig Michael Wood was suffering from intoxication (More)

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    Mo. Man Arrested in Kentucky for Montgomery City Bank Robbery

    Mo. Man Arrested in Kentucky for Montgomery City Bank Robbery

    Posted 11:46 AM 4/18/2014 by Mark Bergin, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    MONTGOMERY CITY - The Montgomery City Police Department announced Friday authorities arrested a 28-year-old New Florence man who allegedly committed an armed robbery earlier in the week.

    The FBI and Lexington, Ky., police arrested Joshua Raymond Kelly Thursday afternoon.

    Authorities believe Kelly is a suspect in Wednesday's armed robbery of the First Bank branch in Montgomery City.

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    St. Louis Priest Suspended After Second Arrest

    St. Louis Priest Suspended After Second Arrest

    Posted 11:18 AM 4/18/2014 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis priest who was previously charged with felony child endangerment and witness tampering in Lincoln County has been arrested again on suspicion of having sex with a minor.

    St. Louis prosecutors are reviewing the Thursday arrest of the Rev. Joseph Jiang and expect (More)

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    Tax Credit Bill Would Help MO Food Pantries and Pregnancy Centers

    Posted 10:42 AM 4/18/2014 by Katie Moeller, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Food pantries and pregnancy resource centers may soon receive more donations if a Missouri Senate tax credit bill passes.

    The bill raises the cap on tax credits for donations to food pantries from $1.25 million to $1.75 million. Pregnancy resource center tax credits would also (More)

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    "Orange is the New Black" Author Calls for Prison Reforms

    "Orange is the New Black" Author Calls for Prison Reforms

    Posted 9:56 AM 4/18/2014 by Lee Anne Denyer, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - More than a thousand people packed into Jesse Auditorium Thursday night to hear Piper Kerman share her story of the 15-months she spent behind bars. The author of "Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison" explored issues of race and power and told of her transformation (More)

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    Smartphone Technology Plan Lauded by Victim's Father

    Smartphone Technology Plan Lauded by Victim's Father

    Posted 9:42 AM 4/18/2014 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - The father of a former Saint Louis University volleyball player killed for her cellphone says he is grateful that major makers have agreed to put so-called kill switches in new smartphones next year to deter thefts and robberies.

    Megan Boken of Wheaton, Ill., was shot in (More)

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    Investigation Continues After Missouri Deputy Shoots and Kills Dog

    Investigation Continues After Missouri Deputy Shoots and Kills Dog

    Posted 9:28 AM 4/18/2014 by The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) - An investigation continues after an eastern Missouri deputy shot and killed a dog.

    The Washington Missourian reports that Franklin County deputies went to a home on Monday to serve a search warrant. Sheriff Gary Toelke says they had been to the home many times before for (More)

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    Joplin Prepares to Open Several New Safe Rooms

    Joplin Prepares to Open Several New Safe Rooms

    Posted 9:20 AM 4/18/2014 by The Associated Press

    JOPLIN (AP) - Joplin officials say some safe rooms to protect residents during storms are expected to open in the next few weeks.

    Joplin school officials say final inspections will be conducted within a few days at community safe rooms at Cecil Floyd, Stapleton, McKinley and Eastmorland (More)

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    Plant Sale Aims to Raise Funds for Building Preservation

    Posted 8:36 AM 4/18/2014 by Eduardo Gonzalez, KOMU 8 Reporter

    ROCHEPORT- The nonprofit Friends of Rocheport will be selling trees this weekend. The sale aims to raise funds for the preservation of historic buildings in the community, like the Myriam Green building and the museum.

    Friends of Rocheport board member, Betty Sullins, said the plants (More)

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    MU Pushing for Participation in Music Therapy Program

    Posted 8:25 AM 4/18/2014 by Jordan Locke, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - MU Women and Children's Hospital is pushing for more kids to take part in its music therapy program.

    MU said music therapy helps children cope with their illnesses. Therapists said music stimulates the brain in ways that activities like watching TV cannot. Music, they said helps (More)

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    Former State Prison to Reopen for Tours

    Posted 8:19 AM 4/18/2014 by Hanna Battah, KOMU 8 Reporter

    A former Missouri prison will be reopened soon for public tours.

    Last year, the Missouri State Penitentiary closed when officials discovered high levels of mold in some of the buildings.

    Jefferson City and the state agreed to share an estimated $2 million repair cost to remove the (More)

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