• Families search for the missing in the hurricane's aftermath Posted on 15 October 2018 at 9:44pm

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Joanne Garone Behnke has replayed every possible scenario in her mind a hundred times.

    Maybe her 79-year-old aunt sought shelter at the sturdy condo nearby that withstood Hurricane Michael's devastating winds. Maybe she was rescued and is lying in a hospital bed somewhere. The pile of rubble that was once her Mexico Beach home is shallow, too shallow for a body to go unnoticed, Garone Behnke tells herself.

  • Firms cite law in Missouri boat accident, seek mediation Posted on 15 October 2018 at 8:24pm

    (AP) - Two companies facing multiple lawsuits over a summer tourist boat accident in Missouri that killed 17 people have invoked an 1851 law that allows vessel owners to try to avoid or limit legal damages as they also seek settlement negotiations with victims' family members.

    Attorneys for Ripley Entertainment Inc., based in Orlando, Florida, and Branson Duck Vehicles of Branson, Missouri, cited the federal law in a filing Monday in federal court, where multiple lawsuits are pending.

  • Federal judge dismisses Stormy Daniels' defamation lawsuit against Trump Posted on 15 October 2018 at 7:57pm

    (CNN) - A federal judge has dismissed adult film star Stormy Daniels' defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump.

    Daniels sued Trump after he said in a tweet that her story of a man threatening her not to come forward with her story of her alleged affair with Trump was "a total con job."

  • Mexico teenager faces multiple counts of child sexual abuse Posted on 15 October 2018 at 7:39pm

    MEXICO - A Mexico teenager faces 27 counts of child sexual abuse.

    Probable cause documents allege 17-year-old Chandler Douse sexually abused four victims multiple times between September 2016 and May 2018, some of which are family members. According to court documents, the victims were between the ages of five and 11 at the time.

  • Columbia City Council looks into decreasing grease on the streets Posted on 15 October 2018 at 7:35pm

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council is looking into a way to decrease oil and grease storage on city streets from local businesses.

    Businesses downtown have a couple of different ways to dispose of their grease. Some businesses use privately owned and operated grease bins that are placed outside of their establishments. Other businesses have internal storage tanks where the liquids are stored inside and taken away by private companies.

  • Two Columbia residents arrested for meth at Fulton traffic stop Posted on 15 October 2018 at 6:27pm

    FULTON - Two Columbia residents were taken into custody at a traffic stop Monday charged with the possession and distribution of methamphetamine, according to the Fulton Police Department. 

    The Fulton Police Department was first notified of a report of drug paraphernalia in a guest room at a local hotel. 

  • Columbia city council to vote on two new roundabouts Posted on 15 October 2018 at 4:35pm

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council is talking about building two roundabouts on Nifong Boulevard in an attempt to reduce traffic delays and make traveling safer for pedestrians.

    The roundabouts would be built at the intersection of at Sinclair Road and Old Mill Creek Road. The project is estimated to cost $2.5 million dollars and would replace four-way stops with single lane roundabouts. The project also includes the installation of street lights and sidewalks. 

  • Former Senate Intelligence Committee staffer pleads guilty to lying to FBI investigators Posted on 15 October 2018 at 4:31pm

    (CNN) - Former Senate Intelligence Committee staff member James Wolfe pleaded guilty Monday to one count of lying to the FBI about his contacts with a reporter.

    Federal prosecutors accused Wolfe, a former security director for the Senate Intelligence Committee, of lying to FBI agents in December 2017 about his contacts with three reporters, including through his use of encrypted messaging applications.

  • Royal Inn walkway shows signs of collapsing; guests forced to evacuate Posted on 15 October 2018 at 3:58pm

    COLUMBIA – A walkway outside of the Royal Inn off I-70 showed signs of structural damage Monday afternoon and guests had to leave.

    Although the walkway did not collapse entirely, a building inspector determined there was enough damage to warrant an evacuation.  

  • 'We're going to rebuild somehow,' Hurricane Michael victim says. 'I just don't know how yet' Posted on 15 October 2018 at 3:30pm

    (CNN) - It's been five days since Hurricane Michael decimated Mexico Beach, and dozens of residents are still nowhere to be found.

    Search crews are sifting precariously through heavy rubble in search of about 30 to 35 people, the city's police chief said.