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    Children's grief awareness day aims to bring hope to kids

    Children's grief awareness day aims to bring hope to kids

    Posted 1:52 PM 11/20/2014 by Tiege Dooley-Panko, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Teachers and students at a local school wore blue shirts with the phrase #BLUE4KIDS to celebrate children's grieving day Thursday. 

    "Our children are the most disenfranchised population of grievers," said Dr. Tashel Bordere. 

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    Former crack addict talks about beating the addiction

    Former crack addict talks about beating the addiction

    Posted 1:35 PM 11/20/2014 by Genevieve Reaume, KOMU 8 Reporter

    Columbia - A Columbia man who has beat an addiction to drugs says he is hoping to show others there is a way out.

    "I think in 1989 I started crack cocaine," Larry McBride said. "When I started crack cocaine it took me to another dimension of getting high."

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    Schweich considering race for Missouri governor

    Schweich considering race for Missouri governor

    Posted 12:54 PM 11/20/2014 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich confirmed he is considering a run for governor and will announce a decision early next year.

    Schweich told The Associated Press on Thursday that he believes he has the qualifications, commitment and financial support to run but wants to (More)

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    MU Health Care won't hire smokers starting in 2015

    MU Health Care won't hire smokers starting in 2015

    Posted 12:52 PM 11/20/2014 by Amanda LaBrot, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - MU Health Care announced it won't hire smokers starting on Jan.1, 2015.

    The new nicotine-free hiring policy exempts current employees, but all new applicants will be asked if they use nicotine products. If the applicant says "yes," they'll be given tobacco cessation information (More)

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    Principal accused of taking test for student

    Principal accused of taking test for student

    Posted 12:40 PM 11/20/2014 by The Associated Press

    POPLAR BLUFF (AP) - A Missouri high school principal is charged with forgery for allegedly taking a college placement test for a former student.

    The Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic reported that 53-year-old Doniphan High School principal Ronald McCutchen is accused of taking the (More)

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    After nights of calm, protest and arrests in Ferguson

    After nights of calm, protest and arrests in Ferguson

    Posted 11:41 AM 11/20/2014 by The Associated Press

    FERGUSON (AP) - With the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case drawing near, several nights of relative calm were broken by a raucous protest at police headquarters in Ferguson.

    St. Louis County police made five arrests Wednesday night - four for blocking traffic and one for being (More)

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    Police: Man accused in Columbia kidnapping had pipe bomb, rope

    Police: Man accused in Columbia kidnapping had pipe bomb, rope

    Posted 11:08 AM 11/20/2014 by Eric Kelly, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Police say a man accused of kidnapping also had an active pipe bomb, hanging noose, zip ties and duct tape in his trunk.

    On Tuesday, Columbia Police Officers went to 1 Keene Street, the Columbia Orthopedic Group, due to a disturbance. An investigation found that a domestic (More)

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    KSDK reports possible Ebola case in Jefferson County

    KSDK reports possible Ebola case in Jefferson County

    Posted 11:05 AM 11/20/2014 by Lee Anne Denyer, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    CRYSTAL CITY - St. Louis station KSDK reported Thursday morning doctors a Crystal City hospital are treating a patient for a possible case of Ebola. 

    KSDK reported Mercy Jefferson (More)

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    Graco recalls strollers after faulty hinge leads to amputations

    Graco recalls strollers after faulty hinge leads to amputations

    Posted 10:36 AM 11/20/2014 by Lee Anne Denyer, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    ATLANTA - A major stroller manufacturer voluntarily recalled several makes of its strollers Thursday after it received reports of finger amputations and lacerations caused by a malfunctioning hinge.

    The malfunctioning hinge dangerously pinched children's fingers, which led to amputation in (More)

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    Columbia looks to find a daytime home for the homeless

    Posted 10:04 AM 11/20/2014 by Madison Conklin, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Rain, sleet or snow, Jonathan Smith sits at the corner of 9th and Cherry Streets barricaded between trash and recycle bins every day.

    He is part of the homeless community in Columbia, and has been for the past seven years.

    "Everyone's got their own (More)

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    Luncheon encourages positive body image for professional women

    Luncheon encourages positive body image for professional women

    Posted 8:23 AM 11/20/2014 by Christina Santiago, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - More than 100 professional women will be discussing body image and its influence on work life at a Columbia Chamber of Commerce (More)

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    Police: Springfield man dies from shooting injury

    Police: Springfield man dies from shooting injury

    Posted 5:39 AM 11/20/2014 by The Associated Press

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Springfield police say a man who was wounded in a pay-by-the-week motel shooting that killed three others has died from his injuries.

    The Springfield News-Leader reports 24-year-old Christopher Freeman of Springfield had been in critical condition since he and the (More)

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    Missouri hosting more foreign college students

    Missouri hosting more foreign college students

    Posted 4:19 AM 11/20/2014 by Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The number of foreign students attending class at Missouri colleges and universities is on the rise.

    New figures from the Institute of International Education show there were 18,205 international students enrolled at Missouri higher education institutions during (More)

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