• EXCLUSIVE: Family of veteran killed in weekend crash reflects Posted on 22 October 2018 at 10:40pm

    BOONVILLE - The uncle of the Columbia native who died in a car crash late Saturday night described his nephew as "the light" of his family's life Monday.

    Andrew Helmreich, 28, was a veteran of the U.S. Army. His uncle, John Graves, said Helmreich served in the Army for five years.

  • Three air conditioners taken from Discovery Church Posted on 22 October 2018 at 7:01pm

    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.

  • Fact Check: Hartzler's stance on Right to Work Posted on 22 October 2018 at 6:28pm

    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.

  • Gov. Parson names Missouri Medicaid program director Posted on 22 October 2018 at 6:40pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Parson appointed the new director of the Missouri Medicaid program, filling a permanent position after 22 months.

    Speaker of the House and attorney Todd Richardson will be director of MO HealthNet starting Nov. 1.

  • School poster depicting sexual orientation and gender causes controversy Posted on 22 October 2018 at 5:06pm

    COLUMBIA - A poster display regarding sexual orientation and gender identity at Gentry Middle School received mixed reviews from parents and alumni. 

    Facebook user Thomas Fenner is an alum of Gentry Middle School and supports the school's actions.

  • Porter faces mental battle with knee injury Posted on 22 October 2018 at 4:40pm

    COLUMBIA - Mizzou forward Jontay Porter will miss the entire 2018-19 basketball season after tearing both the ACL and MCL in his right knee. The sophomore NBA-prospect will have a major physical and mental obstacle.

    “The more education that we get about these ACL injuries, the more we are finding out it is a mental battle just as much as a physical one," athletic trainer Bryce Roark at said.

  • Columbia restaurant ends Election Day promo that would have violated voter law Posted on 22 October 2018 at 3:39pm

    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. 

  • Missouri man involved in Cub Scouts faces child sex charge Posted on 22 October 2018 at 3:32pm

    O'FALLON (AP) — A suburban St. Louis man who has served as a Cub Scout den leader has been charged with sexually abusing an 8-year-old boy.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 48-year-old Matthew Baker, of O'Fallon, was charged Friday with statutory sodomy involving a child under the age of 12. Baker is jailed in St. Charles County on $50,000 bond. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

  • Report says the UN's global 'war on drugs' has been a failure Posted on 22 October 2018 at 3:17pm

    (CNN) - The United Nations' drug strategy of the past 10 years has been a failure, according to a major report by the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), which has called for a major rethinking of global policy on illegal narcotics.

    The report claims that UN efforts to eliminate the illegal drug market by 2019 through a "war on drugs" approach has had scant effect on global supply while having negative effects on health, human rights, security and development.

  • Missouri GOP sends 10,000 voters wrong ballot information Posted on 22 October 2018 at 11:31am

    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.