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    CoMo Connect sees increase in ridership during first weeks

    CoMo Connect sees increase in ridership during first weeks

    Posted 1:22 PM 8/21/2014 by Matt Kalish, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Works is reporting an increase in riders during CoMo Connect's first two weeks.

    11,276 riders used the new bus service the first week, a 42 percent increase compared to last year, while 11,609 riders used the system last week, a 34-percent increase (More)

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    Of 163 arrests since shooting, 7 from Ferguson

    Of 163 arrests since shooting, 7 from Ferguson

    Posted 12:57 PM 8/21/2014 by The Associated Press

    FERGUSON (AP) - Police records show that 163 arrests have been made in the Ferguson protest zone since the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, but just seven are residents of the St. Louis suburb.

    Brown was killed Aug. 9 by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson, spurring widespread (More)

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    St. Louis police release video of shooting

    St. Louis police release video of shooting

    Posted 12:55 PM 8/21/2014 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis police chief has released 911 audio, surveillance video and cell phone video of the fatal shooting of a knife-wielding man, acknowledging that tensions in nearby Ferguson have created a need for greater transparency on officer-involved shootings.

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    Short causes fire, evacuation at Two-Mile Prairie Elementary

    Short causes fire, evacuation at Two-Mile Prairie Elementary

    Posted 12:16 PM 8/21/2014 by Matt Kalish, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    BOONE COUNTY - Columbia Public Schools officials said a short inside a radiator caused a fire and led to the evacuation of Two-Mile Elementary School students and staff Thursday morning.

    Columbia Public Schools spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said the fire started when someone accidentally turned the radiator on. Baumstark said the radiator has been capped until crews can fix the issue.

    All students and staff are safe and were back inside the school by noon Thursday.

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    Two Columbia residents arrrested on drug, weapons charges

    Two Columbia residents arrrested on drug, weapons charges

    Posted 11:33 AM 8/21/2014 by Matt Kalish, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    CENTRALIA - Officers from the Centralia Police Department arrrested two Columbia residents on Tuesday night on drug and weapons charges.

    Terri Stratton, 37, and Jonathon Peppersack, 41, were arrested after a routine traffic stop in Centralia. Police said they became suspicious after (More)

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    MU School of Medicine Receives $2.4 million gift

    MU School of Medicine Receives $2.4 million gift

    Posted 11:03 AM 8/21/2014 by Matt Kalish, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    COLUMBIA - A Texas man has donated $2.4 million to the University of Missouri School of Medicine to establish and fund a professorship for oncology.

    Mark McAndrew, of McKinney,Texas, made the donation in honor of an aunt who was a patient at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center in Columbia. (More)

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    Domionte Cheatum sentenced to 40 years for Unger murder

    Domionte Cheatum sentenced to 40 years for Unger murder

    Posted 10:55 AM 8/21/2014 by Matt Kalish, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    COLUMBIA - A Boone County judge sentenced Domionte Cheatum to 40-years in prison Thursday for killing Anthony Unger after a botched drug deal off Conley Road in Columbia. A jury convicted Cheatum June 12.

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    Nebraska man charged in chase through 3 states

    Nebraska man charged in chase through 3 states

    Posted 10:34 AM 8/21/2014 by The Associated Press

    MARYVILLE (AP) -A Nebraska man is charged in Missouri after a police chase that wound through parts of three states before ending in northwest Missouri.

    Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rice on Tuesday charged 37-year-old Neal Alan Ulfers, of Lincoln, Nebraska, with tampering and (More)

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    Pet food factory opens in Joplin

    Pet food factory opens in Joplin

    Posted 10:18 AM 8/21/2014 by The Associated Press

    JOPLIN (AP) - A pet food company has opened its first $90 million factory in Joplin.

    The Joplin Globe reports the Heartland Pet Foods Manufacturing plant opened Wednesday.

    Blue Buffalo Co. is the parent company of Heartland Pet (More)

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    Jamestown man dies in California ATV crash

    Posted 9:42 AM 8/21/2014 by Matt Kalish, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    CALIFORNIA - A man died Thursday morning after troopers said a car driving northbound was going through a green light and colling with the all-terrain vehicle the man was driving westbound. Firefighters said it happened near the intersection of Buchanan Street and Oak Street in the city limits of (More)

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    Cyclist killed in collision in Northeast Arkansas

    Cyclist killed in collision in Northeast Arkansas

    Posted 8:29 AM 8/21/2014 by The Associated Press

    SUCCESS, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State Police say a Missouri man is dead after crashing his bicycle into an oncoming vehicle in northeastern Arkansas.

    State police say the crash happened Wednesday at Arkansas 328 and U.S. 67 in Clay County. According to a preliminary report, 72-year-old (More)

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    Columbia school board meets to talk about taxes

    Posted 8:00 AM 8/21/2014 by Jeffrey Militzer, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia Public Schools Board of Education had a special meeting Thursday to talk about the anticipated increased income from a proposed tax in the city manager's budget. Voters would consider the tax in November.

    The increase would raise the school tax by 0.06 cents per (More)

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    Employee shot during robbery at insurance office

    Employee shot during robbery at insurance office

    Posted 6:59 AM 8/21/2014 by The Associated Press

    INDEPENDENCE (AP) - Independence police are looking for a man who shot an employee while robbing an insurance office.

    Police spokesman Tom Gentry says the shooting occurred Wednesday afternoon at the Dingeldein Insurance Group building.

    He says the man brandished a gun and demanded (More)

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