• Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick over sex abuse Posted on 16 February 2019 at 8:25am

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing confession and sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Holy See said Saturday.

    The punishment for the once-powerful prelate, who had served as the archbishop of Washington and had been an influential fundraiser for the church, was announced five days before Francis is set to lead an extraordinary gathering of bishops from around the world to help the church grapple with the crisis of sex abuse by clergy and systematic cover-ups by church hierarchy. The decades-long scandals have shaken the faith of many Catholics and threatened Francis’ papacy.

  • Jasper County teacher charged with having sex with student Posted on 15 February 2019 at 10:56pm

    SARCOXIE, Mo. (AP) — The Jasper County prosecutor on Thursday charged a 23-year-old English teacher at Sarcoxie High School with having sexual contact with a student.

    Baylee A. Turner, of rural Carthage, was arrested Wednesday night after an investigation by the Jasper County Sheriff's Department. She remained in custody Thursday with her bond set at $10,000 with a 10 percent cash requirement. The court also has ordered that she have no contact with anyone younger than 16 if she makes bond.

  • Some people shrug off winter conditions Posted on 15 February 2019 at 7:48pm

    COLUMBIA - Despite the treacherous conditions, some people have no choice but to drive in weather like Friday's.

    "My job requires me to do that. I do internet work and telephone work and it must be working so people can communicate and get online and do what they need to do," Shane Craig said. 

  • Wretched conditions: 42 dogs and cats rescued from trash and waste Posted on 15 February 2019 at 6:42pm

    COLUMBIA — The Humane Society of Missouri rescued 21 dogs and 21 cats from a property in western Missouri Friday.

    The animals were living in a small house full of waste and trash. They were left in crates full of multiple layers of feces and urine, and some crates were stacked on top of one another. Some of the animals were suffering from sicknesses and infections and some were even close to dying, the organization said. 

  • Treacherous driving in Missouri before another winter blast Posted on 15 February 2019 at 5:03pm

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Another winter blast hit Missouri Friday, causing multiple accidents, closing schools and leaving highway experts to warn motorists to avoid travel unless absolutely necessary.

    Several sections of Interstate 70 between Kansas City and Columbia were particularly treacherous. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said on Twitter that one person died in a crash involving at least 15 vehicles near Oak Grove, 27 miles west of Kansas City. The patrol did not immediately provide further information on the wreck.

  • Ameren: thousands of jobs coming to Missouri Posted on 15 February 2019 at 2:49pm

    JEFFERSON CITY — Ameren Missouri said several thousand jobs will be created as part of an effort to upgrade its infrastructure, the company said Friday.

    Ameren officials said these jobs are a result of its roughly 2,000 planned projects aimed toward a smarter grid and more reliable energy. They did not give a specific number of expected jobs.

  • Vehicle fuel economy drops in cold weather Posted on 15 February 2019 at 2:48pm

    COLUMBIA – The cold weather doesn't just affect road conditions, but fuel economy as well. According to the U.S Department of Energy, driving during cold weather can reduce your fuel economy significantly.

    It cites tests that said gas mileage is 12% lower in 20 degrees than 77 degrees for short city trips. For a car that does 20 mpg in the city, that is 2.4 gallons less in the winter. For very short trips - around two miles or less - U.S Department of Energy said it could drop to 22%. That is 4.4 gallons less.

  • Routine traffic stop leads to big drug bust Posted on 15 February 2019 at 4:04pm

    CALLAWAY COUNTY - A traffic stop for following too close led to troopers seizing oxycodone, THC wax, shatter, a product made from marijuana, and more than $26,000 in cash, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

    Troopers arrested 33-year-old Robbie Roberts, of Hope Mills, North Carolina, on suspicion of delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. 

  • Parents of 2 Ozarks boat crash victims file lawsuit Posted on 15 February 2019 at 2:14pm

    CAMDENTON (AP) — The parents of two suburban Kansas City victims of a Lake of the Ozarks boat crash have filed a lawsuit.

    The Kansas City Star reports that the suit was filed in Camden County, Missouri, Circuit Court on behalf of the families of 23-year-old Joseph LeMark, of Overland Park, Kansas, and 21-year-old Hailey Hochandel, of Olathe, Kansas.

  • LIVE BLOG: Snowfall impacts mid-Missouri Posted on 15 February 2019 at 1:20pm

    COLUMBIA - Agencies across mid-Missouri are responding to snowfall. 

    Updates appear here in reverse chronological order, with the newest on top.