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    Missouri backs off proposed scholarship change

    Missouri backs off proposed scholarship change

    Posted 4:26 PM 12/16/2014 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri higher education officials are backing off an attempt to make scholarships available to students at an online university.

    The Department of Higher Education has withdrawn a proposed rule change for scholarship eligibility that would have redefined what it (More)

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    St. Mary's Hospital holds ribbon cutting ceremony

    Posted 4:25 PM 12/16/2014 by Jordan Bowen, KOMU 8 Reporter

    JEFFERSON CITY - St. Mary's Hospital held an official ribbon cutting ceremony in Jefferson City Tuesday.

    Hospital board members joined Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce members and local business owners to help cut the ribbon.

    St. Mary's Marketing and Communications Consultant (More)

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    Morgan County Sheriff's Office releases names of fire victims

    Morgan County Sheriff's Office releases names of fire victims

    Posted 4:10 PM 12/16/2014 by Corey Miller, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    BARNETT - The Morgan County Sheriff's Office has released new information regarding a fire that claimed the lives of two individuals on Friday, Dec. 12.

    The Sheriff's Office stated 28 year old Joelle C. Lawson of Barnett and her two-year-old daughter died in the fire. Due to the age of the (More)

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    Holiday light recycling aims to help environment and create jobs

    Posted 4:07 PM 12/16/2014 by Courtney Kiley, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - The holiday season is in full swing and lights can be seen on houses all across the Mid-Missouri area, but a Randolph County business hopes to end up with the leftover lights once the season is over. 

    Randolph County Sheltered Industries (RCSI) is one of five workshops (More)

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    Police in charge of enforcement for smoking ordinance

    Posted 3:27 PM 12/16/2014 by Brea Love, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department is now responsible for enforcing the new additions to Columbia's smoking ordinance, according to the city. 

    Columbia Police Sergeant Robert Dochler said enforcement of the ordinance will involve compliance checks, where officers will send (More)

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    Young Columbia smokers go outside city limits to buy cigarettes

    Posted 2:50 PM 12/16/2014 by Lee Anne Denyer, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Some smokers found themselves, yet again, too young to buy cigarettes in Columbia Tuesday.

    The Columbia City council voted 6-1 Monday night to change the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. The ordinance restricts buying electronic tobacco products and (More)

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    Springfield man pleads guilty in large drug scheme

    Springfield man pleads guilty in large drug scheme

    Posted 2:01 PM 12/16/2014 by The Associated Press

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A 56-year-old man has pleaded guilty to helping to distribute $6.7 million in synthetic marijuana.

    Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that Douglas K. Franklin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and to conspiracy to commit money laundering.

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    NTSB investigation details fatal Boonville plane crash

    NTSB investigation details fatal Boonville plane crash

    Posted 10:58 AM 12/16/2014 by Drew Whiteman, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    COOPER COUNTY - The National Transportation Safety Board has released its investigation into a November 30 plane crash near Boonville that left the pilot dead and hospitalized three passengers.

    The report said the pilot was rerouting the original flight path from Chesterfield to Kansas (More)

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    Investigators seek witnesses of weekend balcony fall

    Posted 10:50 AM 12/16/2014 by Katie Link, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Investigators are looking for witnesses Tuesday after a man fell from a two-story balcony over the weekend.

    Rescue crews were called to the scene around 2:30 a.m. Saturday on the 500 block of South Fourth Street after 19-year-old Jack Lipp fell off a balcony at a party.

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    Smoking ordinance takes effect immediately

    Posted 9:46 AM 12/16/2014 by Greg Dailey, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Local tobacco sellers have to be more mindful to whom they sell their products.

    The new ordinance, which raised the minimum age of purchasing tobacco to 21, went into effect Tuesday.

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    Man imprisoned for Iraq transfers nears release

    Man imprisoned for Iraq transfers nears release

    Posted 7:59 AM 12/16/2014 by The Associated Press

    COLUMBIA (AP) - A Columbia man serving a three-year federal prison sentence for sending money to his relatives in Iraq in defiance of U.S. sanctions has been released to a local halfway house.

    The Columbia Missourian reports that Shakir Hamoodi will be eligible to complete his sentence (More)

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    New rules for tobacco purchases in Columbia to take effect

    Posted 7:02 AM 12/16/2014 by Jessica Mensch, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Young adults who want to purchase cigarettes will have to go outside of Columbia city limits, after City Council members approved a measure Monday night banning the sale of tobacco products to people under 21 years of age.

    The ordinance raises the minimum age to buy tobacco in (More)

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    New York man cycles across America, spends time in Columbia

    Posted 6:58 AM 12/16/2014 by Genevieve Reaume, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - A man biking from New York to Los Angeles made a stop in Columbia to volunteer his time.

    Courtney Bibb plans to stop in 20 different cities on his six-month trek that began on October 1. He will spend three days volunteering for a charity in each of those cities.

    "I just (More)

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