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    New study shows increase in e-cigarette use among adolescents

    Posted 4:08 PM 4/17/2015 by Melody Myers and Jenna Baker, KOMU 8 Reporters

    COLUMBIA - Recent federal data reported the use of e-cigarettes among middle school and high school aged kids tripled from 2013 to 2014. The same report said use of traditional cigarettes declined from 16 percent to 9 percent over a three-year period from 2011 to 2014.

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    Parents guilty of caging autistic son

    Parents guilty of caging autistic son

    Posted 3:18 PM 4/17/2015 by The Associated Press

    ST. CHARLES (AP) - A St. Charles County husband and wife have been found guilty of child endangerment for putting their autistic son in a makeshift cage.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a jury reached the guilty verdict Friday for 45-year-old Terry Smith and his 44-year-old wife (More)

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    Missouri S&T begins to use crowdfunding

    Missouri S&T begins to use crowdfunding

    Posted 3:12 PM 4/17/2015 by The Associated Press

    ROLLA (AP) - The Missouri University of Science and Technology has started a crowdfunding website, and its first project is to send students to a Mars rover design competition.

    As of Friday afternoon, more than $9,800 had been donated. The ultimate goal is raise $15,000 to send students (More)

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    Columbia airport receives grant for runway improvements

    Posted 2:57 PM 4/17/2015 by Nicole Shaddy, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia Regional Airport is one step closer to beginning infrastructure improvements. The airport received a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation on (More)

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    Appeals court upholds convictions in KC restaurant arson

    Appeals court upholds convictions in KC restaurant arson

    Posted 2:56 PM 4/17/2015 by The Associated Press

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of three men who were involved in 2008 arson fire that destroyed an iconic Kansas City restaurant.

    The Kansas City Star reports the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected all of the claims by Rodney (More)

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    St. Louis-area foot doctor gets 366 days prison for fraud

    St. Louis-area foot doctor gets 366 days prison for fraud

    Posted 2:47 PM 4/17/2015 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - A suburban St. Louis foot doctor has been ordered to spend a year and a day in federal prison and pay $1.75 million for his role in submitting bogus health care claims.

    Sixty-six-year-old Dr. Lawrence Iken of Chesterfield was sentenced Friday in St. Louis, where Iken and (More)

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    Late Missouri auditor's campaign returns $480,000 to donors

    Late Missouri auditor's campaign returns $480,000 to donors

    Posted 2:19 PM 4/17/2015 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Records show late Republican Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich's campaign for governor has returned more than $400,000 to donors.

    Campaign finance reports released this week show the committee has given back $480,000 in contributions.

    Schweich amassed more than $1 (More)

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    Fayette man charged with kidnapping after woman found beaten

    Fayette man charged with kidnapping after woman found beaten

    Posted 1:28 PM 4/17/2015 by Jieyang Zheng, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    FAYETTE - A Fayette man is charged with kidnapping and assault after a woman was found in his father's house "severely beaten" and bruised.

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    MU's Jesse's Hall set to reopen May 18

    MU's Jesse's Hall set to reopen May 18

    Posted 11:50 AM 4/17/2015 by Taylor Esler, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - MU Campus Operations showed off renovations to Jesse Hall Friday, nearly a year after they started.

    Campus officials said the work was designed to increase the longevity of the mostly wood building and improve safety. The renovation added 1400 sprinklers heads and 404 smoke (More)

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    Female winner of St. Louis marathon stripped of title

    Female winner of St. Louis marathon stripped of title

    Posted 11:40 AM 4/17/2015 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Missouri woman who finished a St. Louis marathon third last year and was the female winner of it this year is being stripped of the title after officials concluded she didn't run the full course either year.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that officials determined (More)

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    Organizations urge university to protect Jewish students

    Organizations urge university to protect Jewish students

    Posted 11:32 AM 4/17/2015 by The Associated Press

    COLUMBIA(AP) - Sixteen national organizations are asking the University of Missouri to ensure the safety of Jewish students after anti-Semitic messages were found last week.

    The organizations sent a letter to Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin Thursday about graffiti found at the Mark Twain (More)

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    Shots fired at two locations on Rice Road

    Shots fired at two locations on Rice Road

    Posted 9:34 AM 4/17/2015 by Jieyang Zheng, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department announced Friday morning it dispatched officers to investigate two separate shots fired incidents on Rice Road Thursday night. 

    The first shots fired report at 10:36 p.m. near 4511 Rice Road led officers to 2113 Carol Drive, where they found (More)

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    Missouri Senate approves change to license office bidding

    Missouri Senate approves change to license office bidding

    Posted 8:49 AM 4/17/2015 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The Missouri Revenue Department would be blocked from considering how much a contractor would pay back to the state for running license offices under a proposal moving forward in the Legislature.

    The Missouri Senate gave unanimous approval Thursday to a measure that (More)

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