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    Appalachian State hires Douglas Gillin as Athletic Director

    Appalachian State hires Douglas Gillin as Athletic Director

    Posted 2:55 PM 2/27/2015 by KOMU 8 Digital Staff & The Associated Press

    BOONE, North Carolina (AP) - Appalachian State has hired Douglas Gillin as its athletic director. Chancellor Sheri N. Everts announced the hiring Friday and says Gillin will begin April 6.

    Gillin comes to Appalachian State from Missouri, where he has been its deputy athletic director since (More)

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    Shooter and victims indentified in Texas County homicides

    Posted 2:50 PM 2/27/2015 by Colleen Menadier, KOMU 8 Digital Producer and Sara Maslar-Donar, KOMU 8 Reporter

    TEXAS COUNTY - Missouri State Highway Patrol released the names of four of the shooting victims killed in multiple homicides in Texas County Friday morning.

    The four victims identified are 52 year old Garold Dee Aldridge, 47 year old Julie Ann Aldridge, 50 year old Harold Wayne Aldridge (More)

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    Governor Nixon cancels Cuba trip following Schweich's death

    Governor Nixon cancels Cuba trip following Schweich's death

    Posted 1:50 PM 2/27/2015 by James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Jay Nixon's office announced Friday the governor will not visit Cuba as planned.

    Nixon was scheduled to travel to Havana  March 1-4 with members of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba, USACC. First Lady Georganne Nixon will instead travel to the country (More)

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    Fire destroys building at Lake of the Ozarks

    Posted 1:41 PM 2/27/2015 by Genevieve Reaume, KOMU 8 Reporter and James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    SUNRISE BEACH - A Thursday night fire at a vacation home near the Lake of the Ozarks completely destroyed the four-unit building.

    Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District Chief Dennis Reilly said the call came in between 11:30 p.m. and midnight, and firefighters were on the scene within a (More)

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    Two Columbia private schools set plans for expansion

    Posted 1:15 PM 2/27/2015 by Quinn Cochran, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - In the year 2000, Columbia was home to roughly 86,000 people. By 2013, the city had grown to a population of about 115,000, making it one of the fastest growing cities in Missouri. This growth in population has led to the opening of Battle High School and the current construction of a (More)

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    The state and Columbia dispute plastic bag bans

    Posted 12:56 PM 2/27/2015 by Conner Handel, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - One Missouri bill has upset some Columbia city council members. The city has been working for about five months on an ordinance to ban plastic bags at grocery stores. But just one month before the vote a state representative introduced a bill that would prevent any paper and plastic (More)

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    New light shed on possible reasons behind Tom Schweich's suicide

    Posted 12:56 PM 2/27/2015 by Michael Doudna KOMU 8 Reporter

     JEFFERSON CITY - New information behind Missouri State Auditor Tom Schwiech's death is coming out one day after he committed suicide in his home.

    Initial reports say Schweich died Thursday of a self inflicted gunshot to the head, just a month after he announced his campaign for (More)

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    Auditor's office open for business following Tom Schweich's death

    Auditor's office open for business following Tom Schweich's death

    Posted 11:55 AM 2/27/2015 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The Missouri auditor's office is carrying on with business after the death of Auditor Tom Schweich.

    Schweich fatally shot himself Thursday at his suburban St. Louis home in what police describe as an "apparent suicide."

    His office was open for business Friday (More)

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    Deputies find meth after high speed chase in Osage County

    Deputies find meth after high speed chase in Osage County

    Posted 10:52 AM 2/27/2015 by James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    LINN - The Osage County Sheriff's Office said Friday deputies arrested a man in possession of suspected meth after a high speed chase.

    Deputies were on their way to an unrelated call Thursday evening when a sports car began driving recklessly. The deputies began pursuing the car (More)

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    Nixon, McCaskill issue statements on mass homicide

    Nixon, McCaskill issue statements on mass homicide

    Posted 10:40 AM 2/27/2015 by James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Jay Nixon and Senator Claire McCaskill issued statements Friday morning following a mass homicide in Texas County. Nine people are dead, including the apparent shooter.

    Governor Nixon said "this is a horrific tragedy, and our hearts go out to the victims of these (More)

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    Deputies arrest Osage County man on meth and marijuana charges

    Deputies arrest Osage County man on meth and marijuana charges

    Posted 10:21 AM 2/27/2015 by James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    LINN - The Osage County Sheriff's Office said Friday it arrested a man for having methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

    Deputies arrested Charles Buddemeyer, 32, of Belle, and booked him at the Osage County Jail.

    The Sheriff's office said it and the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement (More)

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    Highway Patrol reveals new details in south-central MO homicides

    Highway Patrol reveals new details in south-central MO homicides

    Posted 9:20 AM 2/27/2015 by Miranda Craig, KOMU 8 Reporter

    TEXAS COUNTY - The Missouri State Highway Patrol held a news conference Friday morning on a mass homicide that happened overnight near Tyrone.

    Sgt. Jeff Kinder confirmed nine people were deceased. Of the nine, seven are suspected homicides. Authorities said the suspected shooter shot (More)

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    9 people found dead in south-central Missouri

    9 people found dead in south-central Missouri

    Posted 8:37 AM 2/27/2015 by Miranda Craig, KOMU 8 Reporter

    TYRONE - Nine people were found shot to death Friday morning at four separate crime scenes according to local news sources. The shooter is believed to be among those found at one of the scenes.

    The Houston Herald reports Texas County Sheriff James Sigman said there are four confirmed crime (More)

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