Ozark reconsiders removing Christian cross from holiday display
Posted on 11 December 2018 at 6:17pm
OZARK, Mo. (AP) — The southwest Missouri city of Ozark that had said it was removing a Christian cross from its holiday display is reconsidering.
Ozark officials originally said Tuesday that the cross would come down after the city received a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which said the display violates the principle of separation of church and state.
Police investigating a death in downtown Columbia
Posted on 11 December 2018 at 5:44pm
COLUMBIA- The Columbia Police Department is investigating a death downtown.
CPD announced the investigation on Twitter just after 4 p.m. Tuesday. The department says that Sixth St has reopened, after it was closed for at least an hour.
Warrenton doctor sentenced for illegal opioid prescriptions
Posted on 11 December 2018 at 3:48pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — An eastern Missouri doctor has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for prescribing fentanyl and other opioids to women with whom he had personal relationships who had no medical need for the drugs.
The doctor, 62-year-old Philip Dean of Warrenton, pleaded guilty in August to federal charges of illegally distributing opiate medications and making a false statement to the Medicare program. He was sentenced Tuesday.
Man stopped by police says he was "about to kill someone"
Posted on 11 December 2018 at 3:42pm
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City man who told officers he was planning to kill someone and was "kinda glad you guys got me" because "I was about to go away for a long time" has been convicted of a federal firearm crime.
The Kansas City Star reports that 36-year-old Seneca Harrison was found guilty Monday. Blue Springs police stopped him in April for traffic violations and suspicion of driving under the influence.
Political expert calls Hawley investigation "unusual and unfortunate"
Posted on 11 December 2018 at 3:41pm
JEFFERSON CITY - As Missouri's Secretary of State waits for a response from the State Auditor, a political expert weighed in on the investigation of the Attorney General's office.
Last week, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced he would launch an investigation of the Attorney General's office, after November brought claims that Josh Hawley was misusing state resources.
Walgreens provides new way to dump opioids any time
Posted on 11 December 2018 at 3:02pm
JEFFERSON CITY - Walgreens is giving Missouri a new tool in the fight against opioid abuse, and it's a simple metal bin.
Customers can go to a Walgreens at any time and drop unused prescription pills into medication disposal kiosks, then Walgreens will properly dispose of drugs. Walgreens revealed the bins in Missouri on Tuesday. There are 14 kiosks in the state right now, but Walgreens said it plans to expand. There are already more than 1,000 kiosks across the country.
No one injured in Blair Oaks school bus in accident
Posted on 11 December 2018 at 1:19pm
TAOS - A school bus holding 38 students ranging from K-12 was hit head-on Tuesday morning while stopped on Dove Lake Road, according to a news release from Blair Oaks School District.
None of the students or bus driver were injured in the accident, and the bus only received minor damage to its front bumper.
Missouri Sens. demand answers about death of veteran
Posted on 11 December 2018 at 11:58am
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Both U.S. senators from Missouri are demanding answers about the death of a veteran after an apparent altercation at the Kansas City VA Medical Center.
The Kansas City Star reports that Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt sent a joint letter to U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie last week. They urged him to release any information that can be made public about the death in May of Dale Farhner of Kingston, Missouri.
Buildings hit by gunfire near Blue Ridge Elementary School on Tuesday
Posted on 11 December 2018 at 11:39am
COLUMBIA - Gunfire in the neighborhood around Blue Ridge Elementary School led to a modified lockdown Tuesday afternoon, and police said some buildings in the area were damaged.
Officers began investigating reports of shots fired shortly after 10 a.m. in the area of Woodland Drive and Leeway Drive. The Columbia Police Department said there were no witnesses at the time of the incident.
Capital City High School hires first head football coach
Posted on 11 December 2018 at 10:55am
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City Public Schools has named the first football head coach for the new Capital City High School.
Shannon Jolley will be the school's new coach. He is currently an assistant football coach and physical education teacher at Jefferson City High School.