• Federal judge strikes down Affordable Care Act Posted on 14 December 2018 at 9:12pm

    (CNN) -- A federal judge in Texas said on Friday that the Affordable Care Act's individual coverage mandate is unconstitutional and that the rest of the law must also fall.

    "The Court ... declares the Individual Mandate ... unconstitutional," District Judge Reed O'Connor wrote in his decision. "Further, the Court declares the remaining provisions of the ACA ... are inseverable and therefore invalid."

  • Report ranks Missouri 48th in spending on tobacco-use prevention Posted on 14 December 2018 at 9:08pm

    WASHINGTON - A new report released Friday ranks Missouri 48th in the nation for tobacco use prevention programs.

    The report, assembled by several public health advocacy groups, says Missouri is spending $48,500 this year for tobacco prevention programs to stop children from smoking and help smokers quit. That's about 0.1 percent of the $72.9 recommended by the Centers for Disease control. 

  • Callaway County woman receives humanitarian award Posted on 14 December 2018 at 4:16pm

    FULTON - Connie Cashion is the 2018 winner for the city's Jane Bierdeman-Fike Humanitarian Award.

    The award goes to a Fulton or Callaway County woman who makes contributions to the community through "social justice, environmental justice, economic equality, community building, education, and diversity embracement," according to a press release.  

  • Adopt-a-Family program surpasses original volunteer number Posted on 14 December 2018 at 3:52pm

    FULTON - A Fulton nonprofit surpassed their volunteer goal and is able to give over 400 children a Christmas miracle.

    On December 3, the annual Adopt-a-Family program from SERVE, Inc. still had 103 children without an "adopter" for the holiday. Once that news spread across the county, that number disappeared and more children were helped.

  • Auditor Galloway to investigate claim against Hawley Posted on 14 December 2018 at 3:44pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - State Auditor Nicole Galloway will join the investigation into Josh Hawley's use of funds during his Senate race, Galloway's office announced Friday. 

    Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft asked for Galloway's help in investigating a complaint from the American Democracy League Fund. 

  • Udder surprise: Cow spotted on MU campus for graduation photos Posted on 14 December 2018 at 2:50pm

    COLUMBIA - Students walking around MU's famous Quad may have seen an unexpected visitor Thursday.

    MU student Massimo Montalbano brought a special guest along for his graduation photoshoot: Amelia the dairy cow. 

  • Lime scooters leave Columbia to work on agreement with city Posted on 14 December 2018 at 2:49pm

    COLUMBIA - The scooter company Lime announced it has taken its scooters out of Columbia for the immediate future.

    Lime told city officials it is looking to come to an agreement with the city and university.

  • Gun deaths in US reach highest level in nearly 40 years, CDC data reveal Posted on 14 December 2018 at 2:22pm

    (CNN) -- Nearly 40,000 people in the United States died by guns last year, marking the highest number of gun deaths in decades, according to a new analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's WONDER database.

    A similar analysis was first conducted by the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, a non-profit gun policy advocacy group.

  • Reuters: Johnson & Johnson knew about asbestos in its baby powder for decades Posted on 14 December 2018 at 12:46pm

    (CNN) -- Johnson & Johnson's (JNJ) stock fell as much as 11% on Friday — on track for its worst day since 2002 — after a Reuters report said the company knew for decades that asbestos was in its baby powder.

    The company has been grappling with lawsuits alleging some of its talcum powder products caused cancer. But the Reuters report cites documents and other evidence that indicate company executives, mine managers, scientists, doctors and lawyers knew about the problem and failed to disclose it to regulators or the public.

  • Bomb threat empties Sandy Hook school on attack anniversary Posted on 14 December 2018 at 12:39pm

    NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A bomb threat forced the evacuation of the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, a day of memorial services and moments of silence to mark the sixth anniversary of the massacre of 20 first-graders and six educators.

    Teachers and students at the school were sent home for the day after the threat was called in around 9 a.m., and police did a sweep of the building. But they said they did not believe the threat was a credible. Authorities said it specifically referenced the anniversary.