KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Continuous News Continuous News en-us Copyright 2020, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 17 Feb 2020 HH:02:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Battlehawks suffer first loss in franchise history https://www.komu.com/news/battlehawks-suffer-first-loss-in-franchise-history/ https://www.komu.com/news/battlehawks-suffer-first-loss-in-franchise-history/ Continuous News Sun, 16 Feb 2020 8:05:04 PM Jack Soble, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Battlehawks suffer first loss in franchise history

HOUSTON - After a week-long run of dominance, the St. Louis Battlehawks' all-time franchise win percentage dropped 50 points on Sunday evening with the worst loss in franchise history, a 28-24 defeat in Houston at the hands of the now 2-0 Roughnecks.

Of course, it was also St. Louis's first loss in franchise history. In the second game of the team's existence, costly turnovers plagued the Battlehawks. Quarterback Jordan Ta'amu, a former Ole Miss standout, completed 30 of 37 passes for 284 yards - a solid 7.7 YPA - but threw two interceptions, including one in the fourth quarter that all but sealed the game.

The Battlehawks ran a deep passing play on 2nd and 14, and Ta'amu threw it down the right sideline to a receiver who was never open. Cornerback Jeremiah Johnson picked it off and ran it back to the St. Louis's six yard line.

Three plays later, Roughnecks quarterback PJ Walker found receiver Cam Phillips in the end zone on a designed roll-out. The score was Phillips' third of the game and the subsequent extra point gave Houston a 28-18 lead, from which St. Louis would not recover.

The game did not end before a Missouri Tiger made his mark on the scoresheet, however. Former Mizzou receiver L'Damian Washington took a quick screen pass 36 yards for a touchdown with 1:41 left in the fourth quarter, but by then it was too little, too late. Walker and the Roughnecks got the ball back and were able to run out the clock.

Football will return to St. Louis for the first time since 2015, after which the Rams left for Los Angeles, on Sunday, February 23. The Battlehawks will host the New York Guardians at 2:00 p.m. at The Dome at America's Center.


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Blues allow late goal, lose to Predators again https://www.komu.com/news/blues-allow-late-goal-lose-to-predators-again/ https://www.komu.com/news/blues-allow-late-goal-lose-to-predators-again/ Continuous News Sun, 16 Feb 2020 8:01:19 PM Jack Soble, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Blues allow late goal, lose to Predators again

NASHVILLE - After gathering a loose puck along the left boards of his offensive zone, Predators center Kyle Turris worked his way into a crowded slot and snapped a shot past the glove of Blues goalie Jordan Binnington, giving Nashville a 2-1 lead with 2:12 to go in the third.

That goal proved to be the difference in the game on Sunday evening in Nashville, capping off a back-to-back sweep for the Predators over the Blues. St. Louis is now tied for first place in the Central Division and the Western Conference after the Dallas Stars earned a critical point in Ottowa, falling to the Senators in overtime.

Turris sniped the game-winning goal past Binnington, but the Predators owe this close victory to the impeccable third-period play of goaltender Pekka Rinne. The Blues came at Rinne with a flurry of scoring opportunities at the front of the net, many involving second and third rebound chances, but the 14-year veteran stopped them all.

Throughout the night, Rinne withstood a 39-shot barrage from the Blues, a total that dwarfed the 24 that Binnington faced. Their only tally was a Tyler Bozak pass to the front of the net that deflected off a Nashville defender and in.

With two wins in two nights over St. Louis, the Predators positioned themselves incredibly well for a playoff push. Nashville remains a single point behind the Arizona Coyotes for the second wild card spot in the West, but they have three games in hand.

The Blues are back in action on Tuesday, when they return home to face the last place New Jersey Devils.


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Blind Missourians presenting 2020 agenda to lawmakers https://www.komu.com/news/blind-missourians-presenting-2020-agenda-to-lawmakers/ https://www.komu.com/news/blind-missourians-presenting-2020-agenda-to-lawmakers/ Continuous News Sun, 16 Feb 2020 7:34:39 PM Marisa Rios, KOMU 8 News Reporter Blind Missourians presenting 2020 agenda to lawmakers

JEFFERSON CITY - Members of the National Federation of the Blind of Missouri will spend two days at the capitol, presenting their concerns and advocating for the blind.

Dacia Cole, Columbia chapter vice president, said there are 7-8 chapters all around Missouri coming to Jefferson City. Cole said they all bring their concerns each year around this time. There is a full agenda, but the group has a few main concerns.

"Every year, the annual review is sent as a certified piece of mail and currently that's a problem because a lot of blind people live on their own or even if they don't, they don't always have someone who comes and brings their mail everyday," Cole said. "If you get a certified mail sticker on the front door or stuck in the mailbox, and the mailman doesn't ring the doorbell to notify, then the blind person has to go to the post office and that isn't always convenient."

Cole said a lot of blind people don't have a way to get to the post office. In this case, they may have to pay for an Uber or hire a friend, which costs extra money. Cole wants to change this with a policy that wouldn't require certified mail. 

One of the issues the NFB wants to discuss is ensuring children have the right to braille literacy. 

"Only 10 percent of most blind read braille and that's because they're not taught braille because school districts fight teaching it," Cold said. "We're fighting to make it so that children can be taught braille because a lot of times their vision will deteriorate. If they don't learn braille, they can become illiterate."

NFB member Gary Wunder is attending the annual event Monday and Tuesday. He said their group will also support House Bill 1540, a bill that would allow the recording of IEP meetings. Wunder said another concern involves being able to vote independently and privately. 

"In some situations, we have to either bring somebody with us or get a judge from the Republican Party and a judge from the Democratic Party to listen to how we vote," Wunder said. "There are machines that can do this, but they only get rolled out for federal elections. We are looking for them to be rolled out on all elections."

Cole said their main reason for going down is to be equal with everyone and have the same opportunities as everyone else. 

"As a whole, it's our goal to fight for that person to have the right to say I need this," Cole said.

The National Federation of the Blind of Missouri won't stop its fight here. It will continue to keep in touch with legislators after this, and have its message heard across many platforms. 


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Rock Bridge students start discussion on gun violence https://www.komu.com/news/rock-bridge-students-start-discussion-on-gun-violence/ https://www.komu.com/news/rock-bridge-students-start-discussion-on-gun-violence/ Continuous News Sun, 16 Feb 2020 7:07:35 PM Sara Moyers, KOMU 8 Reporter Rock Bridge students start discussion on gun violence

COLUMBIA – Members of Rock Bridge High School’s Students Demand Action group hosted a forum Sunday where local leaders answered questions about gun violence and the status of gun legislation in Missouri. 

Community leaders in attendance included Rep. Martha Stevens, Rep. Kip Kendrick, and Health Policy Officer at the Missouri Foundation for Health, Jessi LaRose.

As Friday marked the two-year anniversary of the Parkland shooting, many acknowledged the importance in the timing of this conversation.

During the forum, Rock Bridge High School principal Jacob Sirna explained how the Columbia school district is adjusting policies to increase students’ safety. 

“I think Columbia Public Schools is absolutely taking this seriously,” he said.

Recent changes to school protocol at Rock Bridge have included reducing available entrances during school days, hiring staff to oversee the entrances, reinforcing windows to make them shatterproof and updating security cameras.

“There’s this really important job that we have to do to educate all the students that come into our building. And we cannot do that if we do not feel safe coming into a school,” Sirna said. 

In addition to addressing gun violence in schools, Stevens and Kendrick acknowledged their interests in various gun violence reforms.

“We have legislators that have filed legislation to address this issue: to get guns out of the hands of folks that are domestic violence abusers,” Stevens said.

Kendrick also addressed the possibility of using funds for Boone County Children’s Services to better serve victims of gun violence in the area. 

Columbia saw a sharp increase in gun violence last fall which prompted both community members and lawmakers to push for change, but LaRose believes more research is needed before preventative legislation can have a larger impact.

“There’s been a lack of funding over the past several decades to study the impact of gun violence," she said. "So with that lack of funding and resources, there’s some gaps in what is known about what legislation is most effective.” 

LaRose said the Missouri Foundation for Health recently partnered with the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research to work on closing gaps and knowledge in research. 

Audience members also actively participated in the discussion and were able to further the discussion by asking personalized questions to the panel of community leaders. 


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Teen dies in Laclede County car accident https://www.komu.com/news/teen-dies-in-laclede-county-car-accident/ https://www.komu.com/news/teen-dies-in-laclede-county-car-accident/ Continuous News Sun, 16 Feb 2020 5:48:22 PM Chase Matteson, Digital Producer Teen dies in Laclede County car accident

LACEDE COUNTY- One teen died and three others suffered injuries in a single-car-accident Saturday afternoon.

The driver of the vehicle was identified to be Eva Grantham, 17, of Lebanon. The car travelled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree. The accident occured at 12:25 p.m. 

Grantham suffered serious injuries and was transported by helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Springfield.

The other three individuals involved were not identified by name on the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report.

It was a 16-year-old male that passed away in the accident. A 16-year-old female sustained serious injuries and a 15-year-old male sustained minor injuries. The 16-year-old female was taken from the scene with Grantham for treatment.

The 16-year-old male was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:00 p.m.

This is Troop I's fourth fatality in 2020.


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Various narcotics siezed from Vienna home, woman arrested https://www.komu.com/news/various-narcotics-siezed-from-vienna-home-woman-arrested/ https://www.komu.com/news/various-narcotics-siezed-from-vienna-home-woman-arrested/ Continuous News Sun, 16 Feb 2020 4:43:25 PM Chase Matteson, Digital Producer Various narcotics siezed from Vienna home, woman arrested

VIENNA- On Thursday, February 13, Task Force Officers, Vienna Police Department, and the Maries County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on a Vienna home. Inside the property, officers seized various narcotics and arrested a woman.

The city of Vienna covered the arrest in a Facebook post.

During the search of the property, officers found suspected methamphetamine, prescription drugs, marijuana and a variety of drug paraphernalia.

Laurie C. Pierce, 59, of Vienna was arrested by the Vienna Police Department and transported to the Maries County Jail. Pierce is being held without a bond until her first court appearance.

According to the post, Pierce was formally charged with two counts of Class D felony Possession of Controlled Substances, Class A Misdemeanor of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Class A misdemeanor of Possession of Under 35 grams of Marijuana.


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Police arrest 2 teens in connection with fatal shooting https://www.komu.com/news/police-arrest-2-teens-in-connection-with-fatal-shooting/ https://www.komu.com/news/police-arrest-2-teens-in-connection-with-fatal-shooting/ Continuous News Sun, 16 Feb 2020 4:00:28 PM The Associated Press Police arrest 2 teens in connection with fatal shooting

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (AP) — Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting last week, and authorities are pursuing a third teen.

St. Louis County authorities say a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old were arrested Saturday in connection with the fatal shooting of 30-year-old Patrick Leeper on Wednesday.

Authorities say the shooting in Uplands Park, Missouri, happened during a botched robbery. An arrest warrant accusing a 17-year-old of second-degree murder was also issued in connection with the case.

Details of the charges against the two teens in custody weren't immediately released. The two teens in custody are being held in St. Louis County Juvenile Detention.


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No injuries after fire at unoccupied home in Hallsville https://www.komu.com/news/no-injuries-after-fire-at-unoccupied-home-in-hallsville/ https://www.komu.com/news/no-injuries-after-fire-at-unoccupied-home-in-hallsville/ Continuous News Sun, 16 Feb 2020 2:19:37 PM No injuries after fire at unoccupied home in Hallsville

HALLSVILLE- A house fire broke out off North Frink Road Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters found a fire in the attic of an unoccupied home. Crews had to rip off the ceiling and parts of the roof to find the fire. Officials are currently investigating the cause of the fire. The fire crew confirmed nobody was in the house or hurt from the fire.

Ethan Stein, KOMU 8 Reporter, was on the scene and talking to neighbors. Witnesses said there were about nine firefighter trucks on site and there was a large smoke cloud.


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Missouri police chief arrested, charged with assault https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-police-chief-arrested-charged-with-assault/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-police-chief-arrested-charged-with-assault/ Continuous News Sun, 16 Feb 2020 11:32:00 AM Andrew Havranek, KY3 Missouri police chief arrested, charged with assault

CAMDEN COUNTY — Linn Creek, Missouri Police Chief Greg Berry was arrested Saturday afternoon by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. His arrest stems from an off-duty incident on Oct. 10, 2019.

Berry had been suspended from his Chief of Police position since Oct. 11.

During an interview in December, Linn Creek Mayor Jeff Davis said the incident happened while Berry was off duty. The investigation was handed over to the Attorney General's Office.

"Anytime it involves - especially with it being a chief of police - any information that would normally go to the Camden County prosecutor's office or such is probably going to be turned over to a higher court," Davis told KY3/KSPR's Andrew Havranekin December.

Berry has been charged with fourth degree domestic assault, a misdemeanor. He is out of the Camden County Jail on an own recognizance bond.


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Two in serious condition after early morning crash https://www.komu.com/news/two-in-serious-condition-after-early-morning-crash/ https://www.komu.com/news/two-in-serious-condition-after-early-morning-crash/ Continuous News Sun, 16 Feb 2020 10:41:12 AM Claire Colby, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Two in serious condition after early morning crash

COLUMBIA — Two women were seriously injured after head-on collision between a Prius and a semi-truck early Sunday morning, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol crash reports. 

The crash happened at about 12:55 a.m. on Interstate 70 near Midway. 

Sara McCahon, 27, and Elizabeth McCarthy, 23, both of Columbia, were transported to University Hospital with serious injuries. 

Howard Salickram, 68, of Orlando, Florida, was not injured, but the semi-truck he was driving faced serious damage. 

Boone County Fire Protection District, Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Columbia Fire Department and Mizzou EMS all helped respond to the crash. 


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New Go COMO's Blue Route begins Monday https://www.komu.com/news/new-go-como-s-blue-route-begins-monday/ https://www.komu.com/news/new-go-como-s-blue-route-begins-monday/ Continuous News Sun, 16 Feb 2020 10:00:26 AM Elyse Schoenig, KOMU 8 Reporter New Go COMO's Blue Route begins Monday

COLUMBIA - A new route and a new bus shelter will be added at the intersection of Rice Road and Ballenger Lane Monday. Go COMO hopes the new adjustments will satisfy riders' needs and provide a safer boarding experience.

Several residents living along Rice Road said they use public transportation to get to work everyday. Many of them agree the new route will bring important changes.

"With the weather the way it is, it's too cold to walk several miles," said Montrel Banks.

He said he thinks the new route will benefit him and his neighbors who rely on public transportation.

"I can't go to work soaking wet. I can't get home from work at 12 at night, I have to walk," he said.

Banks and other residents said they hope the city will also consider expanding hours of service.

"Not only do they need to expand the bus route, but they need to extend the hours," Banks said. "There are people that work all times of the day and all times of the night."

Previous stops at Meadowvale Court and Ballenger Lane will be removed.

Schedule books with new route information provided by Go COMO are available at Wabash Station, 126 N. 10th St.


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15th Annual Chili Cookoff fundraises for Boys & Girls Club of Columbia https://www.komu.com/news/15th-annual-chili-cookoff-fundraises-for-boys-and-girls-club-of-columbia/ https://www.komu.com/news/15th-annual-chili-cookoff-fundraises-for-boys-and-girls-club-of-columbia/ Continuous News Sat, 15 Feb 2020 7:50:27 PM Avery Everett, KOMU 8 Reporter 15th Annual Chili Cookoff fundraises for Boys & Girls Club of Columbia

COLUMBIA - Thousands of people and more than 300 gallons of chili filled the Expo Center Saturday for the 15th Annual Rootin' Tootin' Chili Competition.

The competition, hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of Columbia, featured over 40 different chilis. From classic red to buffalo chicken, attendees and judges voted for their favorite to win top prizes. But, it wasn't all about the recipes. The biggest celebration was that all proceeds go directly back to the local Boys & Girls Club.

The Executive Director Valorie Livingston said the proceeds will fund after school and summer programs.

"Raising this money is what allows us to keep prices affordable," Livingston said. "Our goal this year is to raise $115,000."

This is the Boys & Girls Club of Columbia's biggest fundraiser every year since they started it 15 years ago. Last year, they raised over $100,000.

"We started this with the concept of four or five chili teams competing against each other, and now it has blossomed over the past 15 years to have 40 chili teams," Livingston said.

Ashley Taillon of First State Community Bank competed this year in the cook-off. She said the main reason she signed up to participate was to help support the club.

"The Boys & Girls Club is such a great group," Taillon said. "We definitely want to support them in anyway by raising any money we can."

Some of Taillon's competitors in the competition were children from the Boys & Girls Club. Taelen Kemp and Mikel Hall said their favorite part of the day was spending time in the kitchen. They will also see the donations go into effect firsthand.

"I'm excited for the Boys and Girls Club," Kemp said. While at the club, Kemp said he likes "to see my friends, have fun and also have time to do my homework."

Livingston said the best part of the event is the end result.

"The more money we can raise the more kids we can serve," Livingston said.


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Runners raise money for Multiple Sclerosis research https://www.komu.com/news/runners-raise-money-for-multiple-sclerosis-research/ https://www.komu.com/news/runners-raise-money-for-multiple-sclerosis-research/ Continuous News Sat, 15 Feb 2020 6:44:52 PM Marina Silva, KOMU 8 News Runners raise money for Multiple Sclerosis research

COLUMBIA — Runners braved the cold weather Saturday morning for the R.A.M.S 5K.

R.A.M.S is a nonprofit MU organization that raises money for people with Multiple Sclerosis. It stands for Rockin' Against Multiple Sclerosis.

According to MU Health Care, more than 400,000 people in the United States have MS. It affects the central nervous system.

R.A.M.S hosts multiple fundraisers from October to February to support those who struggle with the disease. 

This year the event was held on MU's campus, which is different from previous years when it is held at Stephen's Lake Park. The goal was to have more students come out to the event by having it on campus. This year, 200 more students showed up than in previous years.

"R.A.M.S is a campus run organization run by students," said Brock Winslow, one of the organization's directors. "There about 32 of us we are trying to raise $100,000 for MS clients." 

Their goal is to raise $100,000 this year.


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Mizzou baseball outlasts Jacksonville State in extra innings https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-baseball-outlasts-jacksonville-state-in-extra-innings/ https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-baseball-outlasts-jacksonville-state-in-extra-innings/ Continuous News Sat, 15 Feb 2020 6:44:14 PM Nick Swanson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou baseball outlasts Jacksonville State in extra innings

JACKSONVILLE, AL - The University of Missouri Tigers baseball team defeated the Jacksonville State University Gamecocks in extra innings on Saturday, 6-4.

Mizzou got off to a hot start, bringing in two runs in the first inning. Mark Vierling and Chad McDaniel both scored for the Tigers.

Jacksonville State brought three runs home in the fourth inning. Cole Frederick, Alex Webb and Isaac Alexander gave the Gamecocks the lead going into the fifth.

Alexander recorded another RBI after bringing Frederick home in the sixth inning to give the Gamecocks a 4-2 lead going into the seventh inning.

Brandt Belk hit an RBI single to bring McDaniel in for his second run of the day for the Tigers. Josh Holt Jr. recorded an RBI single to bring in Peter Zimmerman for the score to tie the game.

In the 12th inning, Belk hit a fielder's choice and brought in Vierling to take the lead for the Tigers, 5-4. Jackson Lancaster scored on a wild pitch to extend Mizzou's lead to 6-4.

Mizzou will face Jacksonville State one last time in the series on Sunday.


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73-year-old Missouri man killed; son arrested https://www.komu.com/news/73-year-old-missouri-man-killed-son-arrested/ https://www.komu.com/news/73-year-old-missouri-man-killed-son-arrested/ Continuous News Sat, 15 Feb 2020 5:28:45 PM The Associated Press 73-year-old Missouri man killed; son arrested

FESTUS (AP) — Police in eastern Missouri say a 73-year-old man has been shot to death, and his 42-year-old son was arrested and charged with killing his father.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office reports that someone reported the shooting Saturday morning inside a home in Festus. Sheriff's deputies who arrived at the home found the injured man, who has not yet been identified.

The man was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Officials say the man's son, Nathan Schweppe, who also lived at the home was arrested at the scene. He was later charged with first-degree murder and domestic assault.

Schweppe is being held on $750,000 bond.


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Blues fall victim to Predators https://www.komu.com/news/blues-fall-victim-to-predators/ https://www.komu.com/news/blues-fall-victim-to-predators/ Continuous News Sat, 15 Feb 2020 5:20:36 PM Nick Swanson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Blues fall victim to Predators

ST. LOUIS, MO - The St. Louis Blues fell to the Nashville Predators on Saturday, 4-3.

It was a bleak start for the Blues as they let up two goals in the first period. Viktor Arvidsson had the first goal of the day for the Predators after six and a half minutes. A few minutes later, Matt Duchene scored once again for Nashville.

Zach Sanford, coming off a 4 goal performance against Vegas, had the first goal for St. Louis in the second period. Kyle Turris of the Predators answered with a goal of his own less than thirty seconds later. Jaden Schwartz and Jordan Kyrou scored for the Blues a few minutes later to tie the game 3-3.

The lone goal in the third period came from Mikael Granlund of the Predators, to seal the game at 4-3.

The St. Louis Blues take on the Predators again on Sunday at 5 p.m. CT, this time in Nashville.


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Columbia College Men defeat Lindenwood-Belleville https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-men-defeat-lindenwood-belleville/ https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-men-defeat-lindenwood-belleville/ Continuous News Sat, 15 Feb 2020 4:57:57 PM Nick Swanson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Columbia College Men defeat Lindenwood-Belleville

BELLEVILLE, IL - The Columbia College Cougars Men's team defeated the Lindenwood-Belleville Lynx on Saturday, 77-66.

Columbia College took a ten point lead in the first half behind a strong offensive performance. The Cougars led 37-27 at halftime.

It was a much closer second half as the Cougars only outscored the Lynx by one  point. The deficit was too much for Lindenwood-Belleville to overcome as the Lynx fell to 5-20 on the season.

Adam Mennemeyer was the leading scorer for Columbia College with 19 points. Along with contributions from Braden Wendel and Thibault Benabid, the Cougars were able to have one of their most efficient games of the season. Christian McCoy had 15 points for the Lynx but it wasn't enough.

The Cougars will face St. Louis College of Pharmacy at home on Thursday.


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MSHP shares "important reminder" in Facebook post https://www.komu.com/news/mshp-shares-important-reminder-in-facebook-post/ https://www.komu.com/news/mshp-shares-important-reminder-in-facebook-post/ Continuous News Sat, 15 Feb 2020 4:44:44 PM Greta Serrin, KOMU 8 Digital Producer MSHP shares

COLUMBIA - One of Missouri State Highway Patrol's vehicles was struck by a semitruck late Thursday night.

MSHP shared the photos of the vehicle on Facebook.

A trooper was helping a driver on I-35 at mile marker 100 when a semitruck hit MSHP's vehicle and continued driving, according to the post. The trooper was not injured. 

The department shared the post to remind drivers to move over for vehicles stopped on the side of the road. MSHP is asking anyone with information regarding the crash to contact Troop H at (816) 387-2345.


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Former City Manager Don Allard dies in Colorado https://www.komu.com/news/former-city-manager-don-allard-dies-in-colorado/ https://www.komu.com/news/former-city-manager-don-allard-dies-in-colorado/ Continuous News Sat, 15 Feb 2020 4:10:30 PM Columbia Missourian Staff Former City Manager Don Allard dies in Colorado

COLUMBIA - Don Allard, who served as Columbia’s city manager for 12 years, died Wednesday in Arvada, Colorado, after a battle with cancer. He was 90.

Allard served as city manager in Columbia from 1962 to 1974. In that role, he oversaw construction of the water treatment plant, the regional wastewater treatment plant, the Columbia Regional Airport and the implementation of a municipal trash collection system.

He moved to Arvada in 1974 where he was appointed deputy city manager and eventually city manager, according to the city of Arvada website.

In 1993, he was elected to the Arvada City Council, where he served for 24 years.

In addition to his role in city government, he also served on many local boards in Arvada, including the Arvada Urban Renewal Authority, the Arvada City Charter Review Committee, Metro Water Reclamation District Board, Colorado Municipal League and Colorado Association of Special Districts.

He was born March 3, 1929, in southeast Missouri as the second of two sons born to John and Edna Allard. He graduated from Poplar Bluff High School.

He then earned a bachelor’s degree in business and public administration from MU and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kansas.

Allard spent two years in the armed services during the Korean conflict. When his time in the military ended, Allard went back to Missouri and began what would become his 40-year career managing local governments.

During a retirement ceremony in November 2017, Allard was honored by current and former Arvada leaders and others who praised his integrity as a public servant.

He ended his speech that day with a variation of a quote made famous by Chief Joseph, stating: “I will do good government no more forever.”

He is survived by his daughters, Jane Allard and Beth Constantinou and her husband Nakies Constantinou, and grandsons Kai Constantinou and Herschel “Huck” Gray.

A celebration of life reception will be held Wednesday at the Arvada Center. He will be buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver.


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Two candidate forums planned in lead-up to Columbia School Board elections https://www.komu.com/news/two-candidate-forums-planned-in-lead-up-to-columbia-school-board-elections/ https://www.komu.com/news/two-candidate-forums-planned-in-lead-up-to-columbia-school-board-elections/ Continuous News Sat, 15 Feb 2020 3:41:38 PM Claudia Khaw, Columbia Missourian Two candidate forums planned in lead-up to Columbia School Board elections

COLUMBIA - Four candidates are running for three open seats on the Columbia School Board. Although there are less than two months left until the election, all four candidates will have a chance to promote themselves at two forums next week. 

The four candidates are Chris Horn, David Seamon, Jonathan Sessions and Helen Wade. Wade and Sessions are running for reelection. The election will be April 7.

The Columbia Missouri National Education Association, a local school union, will be hosting a School Board candidate forum Thursday, Feb. 20 at Paxton Keeley Elementary School. 

"It's a chance for Columbia Public School teachers, staff and the public to learn the positions of the candidates," said Monica Miller, a district teacher and coordinator for the event. "There will be a set of questions, but the audience is invited to write their questions on a card."

The event starts at 6:30 p.m., but there will be "mingle time" before it begins where Columbia residents will have a chance to get to know the candidates, Miller said.

The CoMo Special Education Parent Teacher Association will also be hosting a candidate forum Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 6:15 p.m. at the Daniel Boone Regional Library. This forum will provide an opportunity for those involved with students with special needs to talk to the candidates.

All four candidates have indicated they will be in attendance at both forums. 


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