KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Top Stories Top Stories en-us Copyright 2018, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 23 Oct 2018 HH:10:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Columbia restaurant ends Election Day promo that would have violated voter law https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-restaurant-ends-election-day-promo-that-would-have-violated-voter-law/ https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-restaurant-ends-election-day-promo-that-would-have-violated-voter-law/ Top Stories Mon, 22 Oct 2018 2:39:32 PM Sydney Kalich, KOMU 8 Reporter Columbia restaurant ends Election Day promo that would have violated voter law

COLUMBIA - A downtown Columbia restaurant discontinued an Election Day incentive after realizing it could be violating voter laws.

In a Facebook post on October 13, Sycamore announced they would be offering half priced sandwiches to anyone between the ages of 18 and 30 if they came into Sycamore wearing an "I voted" sticker. 

On Monday, Sycamore announced they no longer planned to do the promotion "due to the threat of legal action." 

Sycamore is one of the many restaurants both locally and nationally who do election day incentives for people who voted. But the issue of legality comes up when companies tie it to the act of voting. 

“The thing that makes it iffy is that it is tied to your voting. The law is supposed to provide an incentive to not buy people’s votes," said Brianna Lennon, a Columbia-based lawyer who is also running for Boone County Clerk. "If it were something more like it's Election Day and everything is available to everyone, regardless if you voted or showed your I voted sticker. That’s fine." 

Sycamore's co-owner, Sanford Speake, said that he was unaware that this was against the law and he wanted to reach out to a population of people that was both not a major part of his customer base but would also be socially positive. Ultimately the risk of a potential lawsuit made him end the promotion. 

"There was no explicit threat. Not one person came out and said if you do this I will sue you," Speake said. "The reality of it is it is a possibility so we don't want to take that chance."

Josh Kezer was the first person to leave a comment on the Facebook post, drawing attention to the illegality of the action, after questioning whether or not the deal could be offered to specific groups of people. 

"The more I looked into it, I decided to engage the post," said Kezer. "I am very grateful and thankful that the owners of Sycamore decided to respond very civilly and politely. They looked into and came to the same conclusion." 

In both Missouri and federal law, it is the act of tying it to voting, not the act of offering the deal to specific people, that is against the law. 

Kezer said the reason he looked into this was voter integrity and making sure people aren't influenced to vote based off of bribery.

"The last thing we should need to do is pay people a 50 percent bonus to go out and vote," Kezer said. "We are in a town of higher education so people should be encouraged to actually go out and become educated. And vote based on the issues, not on a discount." 


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Three air conditioners taken from Discovery Church https://www.komu.com/news/three-air-conditioners-taken-from-discovery-church/ https://www.komu.com/news/three-air-conditioners-taken-from-discovery-church/ Top Stories Mon, 22 Oct 2018 6:01:59 PM Arielle Cadet, KOMU 8 Reporter Three air conditioners taken from Discovery Church

COLUMBIA - Three air conditioning units were stolen from Discovery Church in Northeast Columbia Tuesday night. The pastor of the church, Max Jennings said he thinks the burglars wanted to steal the copper out of the units.

Jennings said he got a call on Wednesday night from one of the members of the congregation that the units were removed and dismantled in the back of the church.

“The police were called and they did take pictures of where the units were set and where they were all disassembled and will give us a report sometime mid-week that we could submit to insurance,” Jennings said.

Jennings said there were pools of oil and wires cut in the location where the air conditioners were. He said the cost to replace the three units would be about $11,000. Jennings said, according to an electrician at the church, the copper value of the units would have been less than $60.

Discovery Church moved locations to Northeast Columbia about five years ago. Jennings said he believed this particular location in Columbia needed a church. Throughout their time in this location they have given back to the community by providing a blessing box in the front of their church.

The blessing box is filled with non-perishable food for the community to take as they please. Jennings said he is disappointed that he has given to the community and they have taken from him.

“There was a disconcerting thought in my heart to know we’ve been violated after wanting to give, wanting to share and then [to be] taken advantage of in that level,” Jennings said.

Despite this, Jennings said he and his congregation are still pushing through and will continue to serve the community.

“We want to love and carry on and just hope through this experience the church can demonstrate the love of Christ in a positive way and many in this community will know we will keep on going,” Jennings said.


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Fact Check: Hartzler's stance on Right to Work https://www.komu.com/news/fact-check-hartzler-s-stance-on-right-to-work/ https://www.komu.com/news/fact-check-hartzler-s-stance-on-right-to-work/ Top Stories Mon, 22 Oct 2018 5:28:45 PM Abby Dodge, KOMU 8 Reporter Fact Check: Hartzler's stance on Right to Work

COLUMBIA - Renee Hoagenson and Vicky Hartzler are running against each other for a seat in the House of Representatives. Hoagenson recently released an attack ad against Hartzler criticizing her stance on “Right to Work.”

The ad claims Hartzler was a co-sponsor of the national Right to Work bill during the last legislative session.

KOMU 8 looked through all 128 sponsors and found the claim to be true.

The next claim states Hartzler’s own district, Congressional District 4, defeated right to work by 35 percentage points. In all of the counties included in District 4, 61 percent of voters voted no on Proposition A during the August primary election.

On the other hand, 31 percent of voters in Hartzler’s district were for Proposition A.

We find the second claim to be false. The difference between the two sides is 22 percentage points, not 35 as stated in the ad, according to information on the Secretary of State's website.

Hartzler’s campaign manager would not specifically respond to this ad, but the candidate herself seems to have flipped her stance on the issue when KOMU spoke with her about the race.

"I do and have supported that a person should be able to work without being forced to join a union, and paying dues to something they don't believe in," Hartzler said in a recent interview previewing the race. "But, the voters did say and speak very loudly in August, their thoughts about that, and I will not be co-sponsoring legislation in that regard anymore." 

This race will be decided on Election Day, November 6.


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UPDATE: Charges filed in deadly weekend crash in Columbia https://www.komu.com/news/update-charges-filed-in-deadly-weekend-crash-in-columbia/ https://www.komu.com/news/update-charges-filed-in-deadly-weekend-crash-in-columbia/ Top Stories Sun, 21 Oct 2018 12:47:36 AM Daniel Perreault, KOMU 8 Reporter and Caroline Watkins, KOMU 8 Digital Producer UPDATE: Charges filed in deadly weekend crash in Columbia

COLUMBIA - Prosecutors filed charges Monday against the driver of a car which crashed late Saturday, killing one person.

William Lalka, 28, faces charges of driving while intoxicated(causing the death of another), driving while intoxicated (causing serious physical injury), and leaving the scene of an accident.

The crash happened on North Stadium Boulevard (State Route E) near Blackfoot Road. According to police, Lalka was driving north when his car left the road and went airborne before hitting several trees and a utility pole.

Andrew Helmreich, 28, died from his injuries. Celena Shearin, 26, was hurt but is expected to recover. Everyone in the car was wearing a seatbelt, according to a press release.

After the crash, Lalka reportedly ran off. Officers found and arrested him within a couple of hours. According to police, he told medics he "had a beer" before getting into his car. Court documents said officers tested Lalka's breath about three hours after the crash, which showed a blood alcohol content of 0.107%. 

Troopers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol and a K-9 unit from the Boone County Sheriff's Department were on scene.

Although alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the crash, the investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.

Lalka is scheduled to be arraigned by video at 2 p.m. on Monday.


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Missouri GOP sends 10,000 voters wrong ballot information https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-gop-sends-10-000-voters-wrong-ballot-information/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-gop-sends-10-000-voters-wrong-ballot-information/ Top Stories Mon, 22 Oct 2018 10:31:27 AM The Associated Press Missouri GOP sends 10,000 voters wrong ballot information

KANSAS CITY (AP) — The Missouri Republican Party says a miscommunication caused 10,000 voters in the state to receive mailers with incorrect information about when their absentee ballots are due.

Ray Bozarth is the party's executive director. He tells The Kansas City Star that there was a miscommunication between the party and the vendor that printed the postcards. The mailers say mail-in ballots must be returned by Oct. 30, but they're not due until election day on Nov. 6.

Bozarth says the mailers were sent to likely Republican voters as part of the party's get-out-the-vote efforts. He says mailers with corrected information will be sent out soon.

Bozarth says the party has in the meantime directed people to the secretary of state's website and a voter turnout webpage run by the Republican National Committee for the correct information.


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Trolley owner, witness react to fatal trolley crash in Hermann https://www.komu.com/news/trolley-owner-witness-react-to-fatal-trolley-crash-in-hermann/ https://www.komu.com/news/trolley-owner-witness-react-to-fatal-trolley-crash-in-hermann/ Top Stories Sun, 21 Oct 2018 10:01:42 PM Travis Breese, KOMU 8 Reporter Trolley owner, witness react to fatal trolley crash in Hermann

HERMANN - Neighbors in the town of Hermann, Missouri are still grieving after a fatal accident involving a trolley killed a 55-year-old woman Saturday.

Paula Heidemann was driving a Hyundai Tucson SUV when state troopers said she pulled out from a private driveway onto Highway 100 into the path of a trolley car. It happened just south of Hermann.

Hermann Trolley Company owner, Kevin Sanderlin, said there were 24 people on the trolley at the time of the accident. Seven of them, including the trolley driver, suffered minor or moderate injuries, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report. 

Two of Heidemann's grandchildren, 13-year-old Autumn Kibbons and 8-year-old Grace Sullivan, were in the car with her. Kibbons was transported to Women's and Children's Hospital in Columbia and Sullivan was transported to University Hospital. 

Their injuries are considered not life threatening, according to MSHP.  

"It was a bad scene. It was very very bad," Sanderlin said. He said he was driving a trolley himself when he got the call. One of his other drivers picked him up and took him to the scene.

"It's not good for Hermann," Sanderlin said. "There's two young girls out here without a grandma and it doesn't matter whose fault it is or what happened. They don't have a grandma anymore."

Sanderlin's trolleys take tourists to attractions in town, mostly wineries. He said he feels like he employs designated drivers for the town.

Tessa Eldringhoff was eating lunch at Dos Primos Mexican Restaurant on Saturday when she saw something happening outside.

"The accident didn't look bad at all, but it was really concerning just because there was so many people," Eldringhoff said. "We were afraid that someone did pass away."

Eldringhoff said word spread quickly after the accident because of the size of Hermann and because the trolleys are so important to the tight-knit community.

"It's a small town so when things like this happen there's going to be so many mixed feelings especially because it's something like the trolleys that is so big in our town," Eldringhoff said.

Sanderlin said he knew Heidemann personally and he is really going to miss her.

"She was a friend of mine. I knew her, I knew her personally and so did a lot of other people and a lot of my drivers did," Sanderlin said. "Good lady, it's terrible that these things happen."


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Chain reaction crash kills 1 near Arrowhead Stadium https://www.komu.com/news/chain-reaction-crash-kills-1-near-arrowhead-stadium/ https://www.komu.com/news/chain-reaction-crash-kills-1-near-arrowhead-stadium/ Top Stories Mon, 22 Oct 2018 7:48:15 AM The Associated Press Chain reaction crash kills 1 near Arrowhead Stadium

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Police say one person died and three people were injured when an off-duty Kansas City police officer driving a department van hit another vehicle.

Police spokesman Capt. Lionel Colon said the crash occurred Sunday afternoon on Interstate 435 near Arrowhead Stadium as Kansas City Chiefs fans were arriving for the team's game.

Colon says the police van ran into a vehicle involved in slow traffic lining up to turn into the stadium. That vehicle hit a second vehicle, which hit a third car.

The driver of the van that was hit by the police vehicle was killed. The person's identity has not been released.

The Kansas City Star reports police staff often are on-call and use police vehicles while off-duty so they can quickly respond if needed.


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Missouri's Jontay Porter to miss season after knee injury https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-s-jontay-porter-to-miss-season-after-knee-injury/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-s-jontay-porter-to-miss-season-after-knee-injury/ Top Stories Sun, 21 Oct 2018 7:34:47 PM Mark Powers KOMU 8 Digital Producer Missouri's Jontay Porter to miss season after knee injury

COLUMBIA - The Missouri men’s basketball program suffered a crushing blow Sunday night when it was announced that sophomore power forward Jontay Porter will miss the entire 2018-2019 season after tearing the ACL and MCL in his knee. The injury occurred during a closed scrimmage with Southern Illinois.

Porter averaged 9.9 points and 6.8 rebounds as a freshman sixth man last season. He was named to the SEC all – freshman team and the co - SEC sixth man of the year. The 6’11 forward entered the draft initially, but opted to return to school for another year after testing the NBA Draft waters. Porter was projected by some as a sure-fire lottery pick in the 2019 NBA draft prior to the injury.

After a bounce back season last year that included the biggest boost in attendance nationally and a NCAA tournament appearance, the Missouri men’s basketball team was expecting big things this season with Porter leading the charge.  6’10 forward Jeremiah Tilmon and Porter were expected to be one of the top tandems of big men in college basketball this season.  Tilmon’s ability to be a more traditional back to the basket big man complemented Porter’s outside shooting and playmaking.

Missouri has four other scholarship forwards on the roster, but Porter’s shoes will be tough to fill. Tiger fans can expect it to be a team effort as they try and fill Porter’s expected production. The Mizzou men’s basketball team begins the season November 6th when Central Arkansas visits Columbia.


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Mega Millions jackpot rises to record level https://www.komu.com/news/mega-millions-jackpot-rises-to-record-level/ https://www.komu.com/news/mega-millions-jackpot-rises-to-record-level/ Top Stories Sun, 21 Oct 2018 10:33:26 PM McKenna Alexander, KOMU 8 Reporter Mega Millions jackpot rises to record level

COLUMBIA -The next Mega Millions drawing will take place the night of Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. central time.

After no winner came forward on Oct. 19, the jackpot now sits at 1.6 billion, with a cash option of $904 million.

This makes the jackpot the largest in history. Before this, the record was held by the 2016 Powerball drawing of 1.586 billion.

At just two dollars a ticket, players all throughout Mid-Missouri are racing to get their chance to win.

"It was pretty busy, everyone kept coming in, asking for the Mega Millions tickets," Break Time employee Curtis Robinson said.

The drawing, which can be played in 44 states, has gained popularity since officials tweaked the game last year. Lottery officials said they changed the gameplay to offer fewer small winners, but larger jackpots.

Players now choose five numbers from one to 70 and a Mega number of one to 25. That makes the odds of winning this record-breaking jackpot at one in 302,575,350. 

The Missouri Lottery advertises its earnings as going toward public education. According to the official Missouri Lottery website, only four percent of lottery contributions actually goes toward that funding. For the 2017 fiscal year, close to $298 million was given to state proceeds. Compare that to the near 1.34 billion sales made by the lottery that year, the highest amount of sales yet. That comes to about 2.2 percent of earnings given back to the state in 2017.

Compare this to other states, such as Kansas, which gave $75.2 million to the state out of its $258 million made in sales during the 2017 fiscal year, according to its official website. That's nearly 30 percent of lottery sales given back to the state.

Minimal information is given by the Missouri Lottery's official website as to where revenue goes besides education. 


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MU Homecoming fun leads to plenty of clean up https://www.komu.com/news/mu-homecoming-fun-leads-to-plenty-of-clean-up/ https://www.komu.com/news/mu-homecoming-fun-leads-to-plenty-of-clean-up/ Top Stories Sun, 21 Oct 2018 10:34:24 PM Eric Graves, KOMU 8 Reporter MU Homecoming fun leads to plenty of clean up

COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri's 107th Homecoming has come and gone, but left behind a lot of clean up.

Students across MU's campus and Columbia spent the day scrubbing windows, taking apart floats and deconstructing scaffolding from campus decorations.

On Broadway, two MU freshman were rushing to get paint off of the front windows of Swank Boutique.

“So, now since the festivities are starting to end, we’re cleaning these windows up,” said Robbie Wallace.

Wallace was working with Ben Maune, both are members of Student Hall Government at MU.

Other Student Hall Government members painted the windows, so Wallace and Maune got stuck with the clean up.

Wallace said MU's homecoming is unique, from what he's seen.

"I've been to a couple of homecomings and I've never seen the downtown of any of the schools painted on windows or having a parade, so that was really cool," Wallace said.

As a freshman, Wallace felt like homecoming makes MU feel more like home.

"It really makes the city feel like it's your own," Wallace said. "You know since you come up to college and not everyone grew up here, but then it makes you feel pretty homey and makes the adjustment a lot better."

At the end of the day, Wallace is ok with the chore.

“It is definitely worth the clean up,” he said.


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UPDATED: One killed, several injured in Hermann trolley crash https://www.komu.com/news/updated-one-killed-several-injured-in-hermann-trolley-crash/ https://www.komu.com/news/updated-one-killed-several-injured-in-hermann-trolley-crash/ Top Stories Sat, 20 Oct 2018 5:32:27 PM Madison Wright and Juliana Tornabene, KOMU 8 Digital Producers UPDATED: One killed, several injured in Hermann trolley crash

HERMANN - One person was killed and several people were injured in a crash involving a trolley, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. 

The crash happened at 1:35 p.m. Saturday, when a 2005 Hyundai Tucson attempted to turn onto Missouri 100 from a private driveway and pulled in front of a 1994 Blue Bird Trolley, according to the crash report. 

Troopers said 55-year-old Paula Heidemann was the driver of the car. She was pronounced dead at 2:40 p.m. by Gasconade County Coroner Ben Grosse. The crash report said she was not wearing a seatbelt.

Autumn Kibbons, 13, and Grace Sullivan, 8, were passengers in the car. Both had  serious injuries. Kibbons, of Pacific, was not wearing a seatbelt, the patrol said. She was taken to Women's and Children's Hospital in Columbia by ambulance.

Sullivan, of Pacific was taken to University Hospital in Columbia by ambulance.

Jeffrey Mueller, 51, the driver of the trolley, had minor injuries, troopers said. He was taken to Hermann Area District Hospital. 

Amy Bevill, Jessica Bucci, Savannah Everett, Emily Hahn, Rachel Hanson and Emily Wright were passengers on the trolley.

Bevill and Hanson were taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for minor injuries.

Bucci and Hahn were taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur for moderate injuries. 

Everett and Wright were taken by ambulance to Hermann Area District Hospital for minor injuries. 


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Missouri Task Force One Returns from Florida Panhandle https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-task-force-one-returns-from-florida-panhandle/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-task-force-one-returns-from-florida-panhandle/ Top Stories Sat, 20 Oct 2018 3:16:27 PM Daniel Perreault, KOMU 8 Reporter Missouri Task Force One Returns from Florida Panhandle

COLUMBIA – Nineteen members of Missouri Task Force One returned to Boone County Fire Protection District headquarters Saturday morning after spending ten days helping with the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in the Florida Panhandle.

“It’s great to be back,” Task Force mission leader Chuck Leake said. “I couldn’t be any prouder of the men and women that were with us on this mission.”

While deployed, the task force traveled to many different areas in the Florida Panhandle, including some of the hardest hit areas like Panama City and Mexico Beach.

“It is amazing to watch what Michael did to that state and the swath it took, starting at the beach and working its way up through the state,” Leake said. “A lot of areas that we saw, the entire infrastructure was down when we rolled in that first morning.”

Missouri Task Force One Logistics Manager Adam Stoffer said for many on the task force, it was surreal to see the destruction Hurricane Micheal left behind.

“It’s hard to believe when you drive down a street and see every power line and telephone pole on the ground,” Stoffer said. “You see the power of wind and what storms can do.”

For Stoffer, the past month has been hectic. He was also among the task force members who deployed to Hurricane Florence in North Carolina. He has only been home for ten days since Sept. 11.

“I have great support from my family to deploy back to back like this,” Stoffer said. “I love Missouri Task Force One and the people that I get to work with. It makes it easier to go back to back.”

For the ten days the members were deployed, their primary job was to go house to house and conduct welfare checks in areas other first responders hadn’t gotten to yet. In total, the team checked around 4,000 houses.

“Missouri Task Force One was proud to be one of the first folks to get to them and knock on their door and ask them if everyone is okay,” Leake said.

Stoffer said it is rewarding to help the folks who need it the most.

 “But it is hard knowing that they lost everything and all their belongings that they worked hard for," Stoffer said.

For some on the task force, the damage in places like Mexico Beach brought back flashbacks of one of their past deployments within the Show-Me State.

“There were some areas that reminded all of us of Joplin and how those communities and those areas were just gone,” Leake said. “When I see trees that are corkscrewed, and you look at the trunk of it and how they are twisted, you realize that was tornadic activity.”

Leake said Hurricane Michael should serve as a lesson for why people should prepare for what is coming.

“We are going to see more tornadoes in Missouri. Florida is going to get hit by the next Hurricane Andrew or Michael or keep on down the line,” Leake said. “When it does happen, Missouri Task Force One stands ready every time to do whatever it takes for citizens we are responding to help.”


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Trump says US is ending decades-old nuclear arms treaty with Russia https://www.komu.com/news/trump-says-us-is-ending-decades-old-nuclear-arms-treaty-with-russia/ https://www.komu.com/news/trump-says-us-is-ending-decades-old-nuclear-arms-treaty-with-russia/ Top Stories Sat, 20 Oct 2018 5:10:52 PM Kevin Bohn and Devan Cole, CNN Trump says US is ending decades-old nuclear arms treaty with Russia

(CNN) -- President Donald Trump announced Saturday that the US is pulling out of the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, a decades-old agreement that has drawn the ire of the President.

"Russia has violated the agreement. They've been violating it for many years," Trump told reporters before boarding Air Force One to leave Nevada following a campaign rally.

"And I don't know why President Obama didn't negotiate or pull out. And we're not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement and go out and do weapons and we're not allowed to," he said. "We're the ones that have stayed in the agreement and we've honored the agreement.

"But Russia has not, unfortunately, honored the agreement. So we're going to terminate the agreement. We're gonna pull out," he said of the agreement, which was signed in December 1987 by former President Ronald Reagan and former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachecv.

The Trump Administration has said repeatedly that Russia has violated the treaty.

Administration officials believe the treaty has put the US at a disadvantage because China does not face any constraints on developing intermediate-range nuclear missiles in the Pacific and does not allow the US to develop new weapons.

National Security Adviser John Bolton is expected to discuss the treaty with Russian officials on his trip next week.


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FNF Week 9: High school football photos and videos https://www.komu.com/news/fnf-week-9-high-school-football-photos-and-videos-97534/ https://www.komu.com/news/fnf-week-9-high-school-football-photos-and-videos-97534/ Top Stories Fri, 19 Oct 2018 5:20:13 PM Jack Lee and Micaela Dea, KOMU 8 Digital Producers FNF Week 9: High school football photos and videos

COLUMBIA - This is the last week of the regular season and it's a cold one.

Our game of the week features a battle of two 5-3 teams as the Moberly Spartans visit the Mexico Bulldogs. Both teams feature defenses that have had success in forcing turnovers over the course of the season.

On the other side of the ball, two high-powered offenses collide in the Boonville Pirates and Southern Boone Eagles. The Pirates have put up at least 30 points in every game they have played this year.

Be sure to tweet your game photos and updates to @komusports. This live blog will feature photos and videos from high school football games around mid-Missouri. Items are in reverse chronological order, with the newest on top.

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The De Smet Spartans aren’t relieving any pressure on Helias High School as # 2 Grant Stegman grabs another touchdown for De Smet! De Smet High School leads Helias High School 37-10 in the third quarter. @KOMUsports pic.twitter.com/lp1Awq2AYM

— Ben Beythoun (@TheBenBeythoun) October 20, 2018


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FNF Week 9: High school football scores from around mid-Missouri https://www.komu.com/news/fnf-week-9-high-school-football-scores-from-around-mid-missouri/ https://www.komu.com/news/fnf-week-9-high-school-football-scores-from-around-mid-missouri/ Top Stories Fri, 19 Oct 2018 5:16:20 PM Clint Davenport, KOMU 8 Digital Producer FNF Week 9: High school football scores from around mid-Missouri

COLUMBIA - Below are scores from football games around mid-Missouri. Final scores are in bold.

Mexico 7

Moberly 34

Hannibal 28

Battle 41

Oak Park 20

Hickman 17

Francis Howell 21

Rock Bridge  35

Boonville  27

SoBoCo  43

Rockhurst 41

Jeff City   8

Fulton  48

MMA 6

Helias  17

De Smet 51

S. Callaway 33 

N. Callaway  32

Paris  26

Westran  55

Clark County 6

Brookfield  32

Kickapoo  7

Camdenton  49

Cole Camp  21

Lincoln  28

Christian  42

Tolton 23

Knox County 6

Fayette  30

Marceline  49

Harrisburg  0

Hermann  6

Union  41

Macon  37

Centralia  20

Kirksville  26

Marshall  27

Montgomery County   58

Clopton Elsberry  56

St. Clair  49

Owensville  15

Rolla  74

Central  8

Schuyler Cty.  30

Salisbury  34

Strafford  55

Slater  14

Smith-Cotton  29

Center  6

Concordia  0

Tipton  0

Bowling Green 52

Van Far  30

Skyline  0

Warsaw  0

Parkview  56

Waynesville  16

Osage  12

Eldon  31

Versailles  24

Hallsville  39

California  7

Blair Oaks 65


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Hy-Vee, food supplier recall products for Listeria, Salmonella concerns https://www.komu.com/news/hy-vee-food-supplier-recall-products-for-listeria-salmonella-concerns/ https://www.komu.com/news/hy-vee-food-supplier-recall-products-for-listeria-salmonella-concerns/ Top Stories Fri, 19 Oct 2018 4:53:59 PM Leo Rocha, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Hy-Vee, food supplier recall products for Listeria, Salmonella concerns

COLUMBIA - Two Midwest companies issued separate food recalls this week for bacterial contamination concerns.

Hy-Vee said its supplier, McCain Foods, recalled its caramelized mushrooms and fire-roasted tomatoes for possible Listeria and Salmonella contamination. These foods are used in six Hy-Vee products:

  • Hy-Vee Bacon Wrapped Cowgirl Chicken Grillers
  • Hy-Vee Fire Roasted Tomato, Spinach, Mozzarella Twice Baked Potato
  • Hy-Vee Cowgirl Chicken Griller Patty
  • Hy-Vee Gourmet Steakhouse Mushroom & Swiss Burger
  • Hy-Vee Ground Beef Sliders Mushroom & Swiss

Caito Foods said its corn supplier recalled the corn used in the company's ready-to-eat salad products for Listeria and Salmonella concerns:

  • good & deLISH sante fe style salad with chicken
  • Santa Fe Style Salad with Chicken
  • FRESH Garden HIGHWAY SALADS SANTA FE STYLE SALAD WITH CHICKEN
  • good to go! Chipotle Chicken Bowl
  • FRESH Garden HIGHWAY Santa Fe Style Salad with Chicken

Caito Foods supplies some Missouri grocery stores and has not yet said which stores received these products.

The companies said all of the products affected have a best by date of Oct. 21, 2018 or earlier.

So far, there have been no reported illnesses in connection to these products.

Customers are urged not to eat these products. Hy-Vee said it is offering full refunds for its affected products.


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Missouri State Medical Association issues statement about medical marijuana https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-state-medical-association-issues-statement-about-medical-marijuana/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-state-medical-association-issues-statement-about-medical-marijuana/ Top Stories Fri, 19 Oct 2018 2:50:37 PM Connor Snelson, KOMU 8 Reporter Missouri State Medical Association issues statement about medical marijuana

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri State Medical Association (MSMA), along with multiple medical associations, reaffirmed their opposition to the three medical marijuana ballot questions that will be offered to Missouri voters in November 2018.

MSMA said there are a limited number of patients who may receive limited relief from minor pain and nausea, but numerous studies have identified negative health effects for a large number of diagnoses.  

Jeff Howell, general counsel for the MSMA, said it there isn't enough research it yet.

“Marijuana is a schedule one drug, which means it’s strictly prohibited. You can't do any type of clinical trials on those drugs so without proper research into the effects of marijuana we feel it’s improper to legalize it for medical purposes at this time,” Howell said.

Until the DEA reclassifies marijuana to allow extensive scientific research, MSMA said Missourians will be gambling with their health using an unregulated drug.

Howell added some of the information out there is misleading.

“There is also a lot of information out there that medical marijuana, there’s not much medical to it. No physician is likely to recommend a patient smoke anything for medicinal purposes. There’s not much medicinal to it, so to speak,” he said.

People on the other side of the argument think quite differently.

Disabled Missouri veteran Joshua Lee says he was taking 27 pills a day in March of 2017 until he took a trip to Colorado.

"I was able to sit with my back to a door at a restaurant, mind blowing let me tell you, especially in a strange state I've never been to and then I faced the crushing reality when i came home to Missouri that my only choice was more pills," he said.

Lee said there is enough research out there.

“It’s mind boggling that there are organizations and groups fighting against it claiming we need more research. I was blown away by the testimonials and actual research coming out Canada, and Europe, and the U.K., and Israel,” he said.

Lee also thinks medical marijuana is less addictive than opiates.

“I accidentally went cold turkey from opiates I was being prescribed. It was tramadol. At the time I was prescribed it was a schedule 3 substance, non addictive no withdrawal potential, just like they said about Oxycontin in the 90s,” he said. “They bumped it up to schedule 2 and I thought it’s not going to affect me as I ate 8 a day. I went cold turkey off that stuff, I forgot to refill my order, it didn't come in the mail, I didn't have any. It kind of opened my eyes, 27 pills a day, but it doesn't matter because the doctor was prescribing me.

There will be three total ballot questions pertaining to legalizing medicinal marijuana.

Two of the ballot measures would change the state constitution, the third would become a statute.

Missouri voters will get to decide at the polls on November 6th.






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Project Homeless Connect provides care for Jefferson City https://www.komu.com/news/project-homeless-connect-provides-care-for-jefferson-city/ https://www.komu.com/news/project-homeless-connect-provides-care-for-jefferson-city/ Top Stories Fri, 19 Oct 2018 2:39:10 PM Makayla Looney, KOMU 8 Reporter Project Homeless Connect provides care for Jefferson City

JEFFERSON CITY - For the fourth consecutive year, Project Homeless Connect provided services Friday for people who are experiencing homelessness in the community.

Project Homeless Connect is a day out of the year where low-income and homeless people can get certain services done for free. Three churches - First United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church and First Christian Church - hosted the event.

People can get things done that they normally can't because of the cost. Some of the services include:

  • Flu Shots
  • Pregnancy Testing
  • Haircuts
  • Showers
  • Clothes shopping
  • Laundry
  • Bus Passes

Additionally, there is free transportation to get the people to the churches. Volunteer Amy Rogers said this event helps the whole community.

"The people that come here are sometimes nervous and scared," Rogers said. "But once they start talking with us and get food and other services, it brings smiles to their faces."

Organizer of Project Homeless Connect, Kristen Hilty has been a part of the project since the very beginning and loves every part of it.

"It's really heartwarming to see that a lot of people get things done today, that they've been waiting or putting off for a long time because they didn't have the funds to pay for it," Hilty said.

All of the people working the project were volunteers and students across the community.

Both Hilty and Rogers said this day is a way to give back to the community and help combat the amount of people that are going through this tough time.


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JCPD asking for help finding man who ran from traffic stop https://www.komu.com/news/jcpd-asking-for-help-finding-man-who-ran-from-traffic-stop/ https://www.komu.com/news/jcpd-asking-for-help-finding-man-who-ran-from-traffic-stop/ Top Stories Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:42:46 AM David Estrada, KOMU 8 News JCPD asking for help finding man who ran from traffic stop

JEFFERSON CITY - Police want the public's help finding a man who allegedly ran from a traffic stop after hurting an officer..

Officers stopped Bryce Efford, 25, Thursday night on Fairgrounds Road and learned his license had been revoked. When they tried to detain Efford, he reportedly resisted and hurt one of the officers. A second officer tried to use a Taser, but it didn't work, and Efford ran off.

Police tracked him through residential yards, the city fairgrounds and into the Covington Gardens subdivision. A K-9 tracked for nearly an hour, but the search ended without success.

Charges to be filed against Efford could include assault on a law-enforcement officer, resisting arrest and driving while revoked.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Jefferson City Police at 573-634-6400.


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Mega Millions jackpot reaches $1B as drawing nears https://www.komu.com/news/mega-millions-jackpot-reaches-1b-as-drawing-nears/ https://www.komu.com/news/mega-millions-jackpot-reaches-1b-as-drawing-nears/ Top Stories Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:10:59 PM Melody Cox, KOMU 8 Reporter and The Associated Press Mega Millions jackpot reaches $1B as drawing nears

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to an estimated $1 billion, as the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. lottery history gets even bigger.

Lottery officials increased the grand prize just hours ahead of the Friday night drawing. The prize climbed from $970 million.

Robyn Sinclair, a Columbia resident, said people are heading to gas stations and other locations to buy tickets because of the size of the prize. 

"They are hopeful, just very hopeful," Sinclair said.

Shannon Huffman said she made a special trip to the gas station today to buy a lottery ticket. She said if she wins, she would use the money to help her family. 

"I would take care of my family and some of the my friends, do some charity," Huffman said.

Sinclair thinks Mega Millions should be about more than just the money. 

"I don't care how small your family is, if you have a good heart, you're going to share," Sinclair said. 

Although the jackpot keeps increasing, the odds of winning remain stuck at a miserable one in 302.5 million.

Sinclair said she won't buy a lottery ticket to potentially win part of the prize. 

"That's just silly. There's no 'get rich quick' anything," Sinclair said. 

The prize has grown so large because no one has hit the jackpot since July 24, when a group in California won $543 million.

The $1 billion prize refers to the annuity option. Most winners opt for cash, which for Friday night's drawing would be $565 million.

Officials say that if there isn't a winner, the prize for Tuesday night's drawing would be $1.6 billion, tying the largest U.S. lottery prize.

According to the Missouri Lottery, sales for Mega Millions totaled more than $632,000 before 11 a.m. Friday morning. It says the number will continue to rise throughout the day and prior to the drawing.


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