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    Columbia Public Schools to address gender identity issues

    Posted 3:54 PM 9/2/2015 by Caileigh Peterson, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools will talk about new policies on gender at the Board of Education meeting on September 14.

    Currently CPS has a policy against discrimination and has gender-neutral bathrooms for transgender students to use.

    Proposed amendments would add "gender (More)

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    New emergency directors aim to strengthen ties to community

    Posted 6:10 PM 9/2/2015 by Katie Hynes, KOMU 8 Reporter

    BOONE COUNTY - The Boone County Commission announced Chad Martin will serve as the director of 911 operations, and Terry Cassil will serve as the director of Boone County Emergency Management Agency.

    The last person to hold Martin's position stepped down within four months. Martin said his (More)

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    Study finds overhydration just as harmful as dehydration

    Posted 5:44 PM 9/2/2015 by Nicole Shaddy, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - School is back in session, and that means high school sports have started up again for the year. As athletes return to the field while the summer heat sticks around, dehydration is a concern.

    However, one new report shows that overhydration in young athletes can be just as (More)

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    Late taxes can now be repaid without interest or penalties

    Posted 8:42 PM 9/1/2015 by Amber Smith, KOMU 8 Reporter

    JEFFERSON CITY - Individuals and businesses that are behind on tax payments now have the opportunity to pay back taxes without penalties or interest during Missouri's temporary amnesty program.

    The program, authorized by a Missouri  (More)

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    Moberly man charged with 20 counts of sexual misconduct

    Moberly man charged with 20 counts of sexual misconduct

    Posted 4:34 PM 9/2/2015 by Ashton Day and Kylie Callura, KOMU 8 Digital Producers

    MOBERLY - Moberly police said Alonzo Thorpe turned himself into the Moberly Police Department Tuesday after being accused of multiple instances of sexual misconduct of a child.

    A warrant for Thorpe's arrest was issued on August 31.

    The 20 charges include statutory sodomy, child (More)

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    Columbia named the healthiest city in Missouri

    Posted 3:44 PM 9/2/2015 by Alex Farkas, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Columbia is the healthiest city in Missouri, according to a recent study published by USA Today.

    The statistics considered in the study are: the unemployment rate (4.1 percent) (More)

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    Man gets 50 years for killing father with hammer

    Man gets 50 years for killing father with hammer

    Posted 3:30 PM 9/2/2015 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS - A suburban St. Louis man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for beating his father to death with a hammer.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 34-year-old Laderic McDonald of Richmond Heights was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and (More)

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    Jefferson City man arrested in arson fire that injured firefighter

    Jefferson City man arrested in arson fire that injured firefighter

    Posted 3:28 PM 9/2/2015 by Ashton Day, KOMU 8 Digital Prodcuer

    JEFFERSON CITY - A Jefferson City man has been charged with arson after a fire injured a firefighter and destroyed a home Sunday.

    Jefferson City Police arrested James Stude, 31, for allegedly setting a fire at 1207 East McCarty Street around 1:40 a.m. 

    According to (More)

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    Debate on overtime expansion reaches Columbia

    Posted 2:59 PM 9/2/2015 by Ashley Holt, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - The president of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce is getting local businesses involved in the national debate on overtime.

    The U.S. Labor Department is proposing a change in the base salary required to receive overtime. It (More)

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    Security firm to pay $50,000 to customers for deceptive practices

    Security firm to pay $50,000 to customers for deceptive practices

    Posted 2:49 PM 9/2/2015 by Ashton Day, KOMU 8 Digital Prodcuer

    JEFFERSON CITY - Attorney General Chris Koster announced Vivint, Inc. agreed to pay $50,000 to 50 Missouri consumers who were harmed by the company's deceptive business practices, as well as $15,000 in civil penalties.

    Vivint is a Utah-based company formerly known as APX Alarm Security (More)

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    New study calls "authenticity" of Mexican food into question

    Posted 2:26 PM 9/2/2015 by Collin Ruane, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - A new study released Wednesday calls into question the authenticity of Mexican food, and how it is perceived in the United States.

    MU sent out a (More)

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    Boone County announces new emergency directors

    Boone County announces new emergency directors

    Posted 1:17 PM 9/2/2015 by Annie Rice, KOMU Digital Producer

    COLUMBIA—The Boone County Commission announced Wednesday that Terry Cassil will serve as director of the new Boone County Emergency Management and Chad Martin as director of Boone County Joint Communications. 

    Cassil works as chief of operations and response branch manger for (More)

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    Judge: Missouri right-to-farm doesn't cover growing weed

    Judge: Missouri right-to-farm doesn't cover growing weed

    Posted 12:04 PM 9/2/2015 by Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY—A Missouri judge has ruled that a right-to-farm constitutional amendment doesn't protect a woman who allegedly grew marijuana in her basement. 

    The Jefferson City Police arrested Lisa A. Loesch in 2012. Her public defender said the judge should set aside a grand (More)

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