Missouri State Capitol completes mural restoration project
Posted on 15 December 2018 at 4:26pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri State Capitol has recently completed an effort to restore and conserve the building's murals that provide visitors with snapshots of the state's history.
Neosho-born artist Thomas Hart Benton's "A Social History of the State of Missouri" was a focus of the preservation project, the Joplin Globe reported . Benton's murals give visitors a chronological guide through the lives of Missouri residents, from fur trading and early farming to a political gathering. Some of the artwork captures uglier parts of the state's history, such as slavery and the 1838 expulsion of Mormons from the western part of Missouri.
Trump says Interior Secretary Zinke leaving administration
Posted on 15 December 2018 at 9:53am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke , who's facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will leave the administration at year's end.
Trump tweets that Zinke "accomplished much during his tenure" and that a replacement would be announced next week. The Cabinet post requires Senate confirmation.
Tax credit helps YMCA expansion
Posted on 15 December 2018 at 8:48am
ASHLAND - The Southern Boone Area YMCA will build a new 15,714 square-foot facility in the next two years, if they receive more funding.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development (MoDED) announced it will give $7.57 million to non-profit organizations this month, and the YMCA is one of the benefactors.
Man shot in Illinois suspected of fleeing to Missouri
Posted on 15 December 2018 at 8:12am
ALTON, Ill. (AP) — Authorities are looking for a man who is suspected of fleeing to Missouri after officers shot him during a struggle in Illinois.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that police identified the man as 34-year-old Todd Lockhart. Police officers in Alton, Illinois, tried to arrest him early Friday after a domestic disturbance call. Police confronted him while he was in a car in the street. They tried to arrest him and pull him from the vehicle, but he drove off.
Ex-coroner, already in prison for theft, convicted again
Posted on 15 December 2018 at 8:09am
PERRYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A former county official from southeast Missouri already in prison on a conviction of exploiting the elderly has pleaded guilty to a new theft charge.
Former Perry County coroner Herbert Miller entered the plea Wednesday. Sentencing is Jan. 29.
New Bloomfield prepares for police contract deadline
Posted on 14 December 2018 at 10:47pm
NEW BLOOMFIELD - The Holts Summit Police Department has offered to include New Bloomfield in its coverage area for the next year.
At a Thursday work session, the New Bloomfield Board of Aldermen reviewed the proposal, a year-long $35,000 contract.
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.