• Missouri man charged after woman's body found in stream Posted on 20 October 2018 at 2:58pm

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A man has been criminally charged days after a woman's body was found near Fellows Lake at Springfield.

    The Springfield News-Leader reports that 35-year-old Joseph Ehlers has been charged with abandonment of a corpse in connection with the death of 21-year-old Elisa Ferguson.

  • Missouri woman sentenced to 7 years for crowbar death of man Posted on 20 October 2018 at 2:48pm

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield woman who killed her live-in boyfriend with a crowbar in 2017 has been sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty in a deal with prosecutors.

    The Springfield News-Leader reports that 47-year-old Jeanette Riddle pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter. She had originally been charged with second-degree murder after police say she fatally beat 44-year-old Michael Butts with a crowbar in February 2017, then cut her wrists in an attempt to take her own life.

  • St. Louis restored prairie in bloom but faces threats Posted on 20 October 2018 at 9:50am

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A restored St. Louis prairie of native grasses and flowers is in bloom, but the nature reserve's conservation is threatened by inaction and invasive plants.

    Biologists discovered the 25-acre (10-hectare) hidden prairie in the 1990s at Calvary Cemetery, where it was protected from agricultural development, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

  • McCaskill talks healthcare during Columbia visit Posted on 19 October 2018 at 8:35pm

    COLUMBIA - Sen. Claire McCaskill spoke about health care in Columbia on Friday at Laborers Local 955, as part of a campaign stop for her US Senate run.

    During the tour stop, called “Your Health Care, Your Vote,” McCaskill discussed insurance coverage of pre-existing conditions, calling out her Republican opponent, Josh Hawley. She criticized Hawley’s participation in a lawsuit that would repeal Obama’s health care overhaul. Republican attorneys general from 20 states filed the lawsuit in Texas. A repeal would include ending the requirement that insurers cover pre-existing conditions. If the health care overhaul was repealed, protection of pre-existing conditions coverage would require a replacement bill in order to remain. McCaskill was critical of the lawsuit.

  • FNF Week 9: High school football photos and videos Posted on 19 October 2018 at 6:20pm

    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.

  • FNF Week 9: High school football scores from around mid-Missouri Posted on 19 October 2018 at 6:16pm

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

    Mexico 7

  • Hy-Vee, food supplier recall products for Listeria, Salmonella concerns Posted on 19 October 2018 at 5:53pm

    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:

  • Toxicology tests: Boater was drunk before deadly crash Posted on 19 October 2018 at 4:41pm

    CAMDEN (AP) — Toxicology tests show that a boater was drunk when he slammed into a bluff at Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks in a crash in which the Kansas man and two others died.

    The Kansas City Star reports that 24-year-old Daniel Lewis, of Overland Park, Kansas, had a blood alcohol level of 0.088, which is just above the legal limit of .08.

  • Solidarity Walk promotes inclusivity in MU homecoming activities Posted on 19 October 2018 at 4:39pm

    COLUMBIA - The Legion of Black Collegians and the FourFront Marginalized Student Council held a solidarity walk Friday to show support for students who are excluded from Homecoming traditions at MU.  

    The group's Facebook event mentions marginalized communities have consistently been excluded from homecoming activities.

  • Missouri State Medical Association issues statement about medical marijuana Posted on 19 October 2018 at 3:50pm

    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.