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    Energy assistance hard to come by in several Missouri counties

    Posted 3:47 PM 7/29/2015 by Tyler Hastedt, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Central Missouri Community Action has run out of funds for energy assistance this summer.

    The nonprofit organization in Columbia is one of many agencies that receive money from the state's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Information and Referral Specialist Colita (More)

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    160-pound python killed in rural Missouri neighborhood

    Posted 2:38 PM 7/29/2015 by The Associated Press

    JONESBURG (AP) - A resident of a Missouri neighborhood where a nearly 15-foot-long Burmese python was roaming for days has killed the snake.

    KTVI-TV reported a man shot the 160-pound snake about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in a rural area of Warren County, about 50 miles west of St. Louis. Neighbors (More)

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    Dogs struggle to keep themselves cool in summer heat

    Posted 4:34 PM 7/24/2015 by Mark Collins, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Summer months are usually a chance for people to get outside and enjoy the warm weather. The warmer temperatures also bring some dangers with them, though, especially for dogs.

    Humans have plenty of chances to keep themselves cool in the hot weather, but dogs aren't able to (More)

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    No new charges 21 years after initial Missouri abuse case

    No new charges 21 years after initial Missouri abuse case

    Posted 1:59 PM 7/29/2015 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Missouri man who spent nine months in prison in connection with an assault that left his 3-month-old son with brain damage won't face new charges now that his son has died.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports John M. Choate died last October as a ward of the state, 21 (More)

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    Renovated Missouri State residence hall won't open on time

    Renovated Missouri State residence hall won't open on time

    Posted 1:29 PM 7/29/2015 by The Associated Press

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) - Some Missouri State University students were set to be housed in hotels at the beginning of the school's semester in August.

    University officials said a $13 million renovation project of the Sunvilla Tower residence hall was taking longer than expected and not all of the (More)

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    More than 60 cigarette-recycling bins installed in St. Louis

    More than 60 cigarette-recycling bins installed in St. Louis

    Posted 1:23 PM 7/29/2015 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - Tired of discarded cigarette butts littering St. Louis streets and sidewalks, several organizations have partnered to install 62 recycling bins scattered across the city.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Downtown STL Inc., TerraCycle and Progressive Waste Solutions (More)

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    Missouri teen dies after being pulled from surf off NC beach

    Missouri teen dies after being pulled from surf off NC beach

    Posted 1:14 PM 7/29/2015 by The Associated Press

    EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (AP) - A 16-year-old Missouri youth has drowned after being pulled from the surf off a North Carolina beach.

    Police told local media outlets Marvin Scott of Cape Girardeau, was visiting Emerald Isle Beach on a church retreat at the time of the Tuesday evening (More)

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    Two Columbia men indicted for cocaine distribution ring

    Two Columbia men indicted for cocaine distribution ring

    Posted 12:30 PM 7/29/2015 by James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    JEFFERSON CITY - A U.S. Attorney said Wednesday two Columbia men, including the former owner of Midwest Audio Visions on Providence Rd., had been sentenced in federal court for their connection to a cocaine distribution operation.

    36-year-old Levi McLean Franklin Coolley and 36-year-old (More)

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    St. Louis man plays same numbers for 23 years, wins $70 million

    St. Louis man plays same numbers for 23 years, wins $70 million

    Posted 10:59 AM 7/29/2015 by James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    ST. LOUIS - The Missouri Lottery said Wednesday a St. Louis man won $70 million after two decades of playing the same Powerball numbers.

    62-year-old Tom Rea said he has been playing the combination of family birthdays for 23 years. Rea and his wife Cathy claimed their prize in Jefferson (More)

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    Columbia police arrest suspect in three robberies

    Columbia police arrest suspect in three robberies

    Posted 10:36 AM 7/29/2015 by James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department said Wednesday it arrested a man in connection to three robberies since Jun. 21.

    Officers said they arrested 42-year-old Willie Green, of Columbia, on Tuesday evening, in the area of Grand Avenue and West Business Loop 70.

    Green was (More)

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    Gerbes parent company Kroger recalls spices for salmonella

    Gerbes parent company Kroger recalls spices for salmonella

    Posted 9:48 AM 7/29/2015 by James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    COLUMBIA - Kroger, the company that owns the Gerbes grocery store chain, said four spices were recalled for possible salmonella contamination.

    The company said its Kroger Ground Cinnamon, Kroger Garlic Powder, Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper and Kroger Bac'n Buds might have been (More)

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    Two killed after car jumps curb in Springfield

    Two killed after car jumps curb in Springfield

    Posted 9:15 AM 7/29/2015 by The Associated Press

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) - Springfield police said two people were dead Wednesday after a two-vehicle crash.

    The Springfield News-Leader reports the accident occurred during the evening rush hour Tuesday when one vehicle jumped a curb and hit an SUV waiting at a light. Both cars then crashed into (More)

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    Columbia police investigating shots fired near Bodie Drive

    Columbia police investigating shots fired near Bodie Drive

    Posted 8:53 AM 7/29/2015 by Ross Terrell, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    COLUMBIA - Officers were investigating after they said shots were fired near Bodie Drive and Currituck Lane just after midnight Wednesday morning.

    The Columbia Police Department said officers were sent to the area and found three vehicles were hit. Officers said multiple shell casings were (More)

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