• ABB bought by Hitachi, impact on Jefferson City site unclear Posted on 18 December 2018 at 5:53pm

    This week Hitachi announced a takeover of ABB, worth a purchase price of $11 billion.

    It's unclear what impact the announcement will have on ABB's Jefferson City plant. ABB is the sixth-largest employer in the city with 700-plus employees.

  • Former city employees are frustrated with salaries, lack of action Posted on 18 December 2018 at 4:18pm

    COLUMBIA - Retired employees of the Columbia Electric Utilities are frustrated with the city for its lack of action in implementing better policies towards their employment and salaries.

    On Monday, the group released a report stating the changes they'd like to see made, and why they are essential. In the report, they expressed how they believe this matter to be crucial towards Columbia’s overall infrastructure and asked the city why no action has been taken.

  • Activists concerned by prosecutors joining police union Posted on 18 December 2018 at 3:40pm

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Supporters of criminal justice reform are questioning a move by assistant prosecutors in St. Louis County to join a police union, as well as the timing of the vote just weeks before a change-minded prosecutor takes office.

    Assistant prosecutors and investigators voted Monday to join the St. Louis Police Officers Association, a union known for its fierce and unyielding loyalty to officers.

  • Missouri approval for Grain Belt Express power line still uncertain Posted on 18 December 2018 at 2:34pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Public Service Commission held the first of two formal hearings to determine whether an interstate power transmission project meets requirements of convenience and necessity. 

    The hearings come after the Missouri Supreme Court sent back the Grain Belt Express Clean Line case to the commission for its approval. The hearings are a chance for the parties involved to address any changes on the evidence in the case. 

  • Trump administration moves to ban bump stocks Posted on 18 December 2018 at 1:28pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration moved Tuesday to officially ban bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms, and has made them illegal to possess beginning in late March.

    The devices will be banned under a federal law that prohibits machine guns, according to a senior Justice Department official.

  • Charles Erickson seeks release from prison for Kent Heitholt murder Posted on 18 December 2018 at 11:16am

    BOWLING GREEN - Charles Erickson, who is serving time in prison for the 2001 murder of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt, says his detention is unlawful and he should be set free.

    Erickson filed a petition on December 11 in Pike County, where he is being held at the Northeast Correctional Center, seeking a writ of habeas corpus, a legal method to determine whether detainment is lawful or not. He was convicted in 2004 for Heitholt's murder, along with Ryan Ferguson. Ferguson's conviction was later vacated in 2013.

  • Columbia man convicted of assaulting relatives files motion of acquittal Posted on 18 December 2018 at 10:05am

    COLUMBIA - A man awaiting sentencing for attacking his grandparents filed a motion Friday, seeking acquittal on one of the three assault charges he faces.

    A jury found Brian Kelley guilty in late November of three counts of domestic assault; Kelley was found not guilty of conspiring to commit murder. Authorities arrested him after learning about an apparent plot to kill Kelley's grandparents and hide their bodies.

  • Man accused in death of infant son pleads guilty Posted on 18 December 2018 at 9:55am

    CALIFORNIA - A Fortuna man pleaded guilty Friday to charges related to the 2017 death of his young son.

    Matthew Hamm was charged with murder and abandonment of a corpse after deputies found the child's body in Hamm's home. Court documents said the body had been burned.

  • Missouri woman who drove car into Kansas River pleads guilty Posted on 17 December 2018 at 7:34pm

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Missouri woman who told police she intentionally drove into the Kansas River while trying to kill herself and her two young children pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

    Scharron Dingledine, 26, of Columbia, entered the plea Monday in Douglas County Court in Lawrence, Kansas. As part of the plea, she won't be eligible for parole for 25 years, The Lawrence Journal-World reported .

  • Denico Crawley sentenced to 105 years Posted on 17 December 2018 at 7:06pm

    COLUMBIA- Denico Crawley, the man convicted of murder stemming from the case of Quenten Hurt, was sentenced to 105 years in prison today.

    A jury found Crawley guilty of second-degree murder, armed criminal action, assault and drug possession in November.