• Royals star catcher Salvador Perez to become US citizen Posted on 23 January 2020 at 9:03am

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Royals star catcher Salvador Perez is about to become a U.S. citizen.

    Perez passed his citizenship exam earlier this month and will be be joined by Chief U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips on the Royals FanFest main stage Friday at the Kansas City Convention Center to take the oath of allegiance, the Royals said in a news release.

  • Missouri lawmakers push long prison sentences for fentanyl Posted on 22 January 2020 at 9:08pm

    JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers on Wednesday moved to enact strict penalties for people caught with the highly lethal opioid fentanyl.

    The House gave the bill initial approval in a voice vote.

  • Winter weather causes decrease at The Food Bank Posted on 22 January 2020 at 7:37pm

    COLUMBIA - Fewer families came out to the Food Bank's Mobile Pantry to pick up free groceries.

    "The line was shorter than usual. It's usually like four times longer than it is now. It's the rain and the cold, people don't like standing out in the cold," The Food Bank's Program Coordinator Grace Borhart said.

  • Businesses benefit from cold weather Posted on 22 January 2020 at 7:33pm

    COLUMBIA - For some businesses, winter weather brings a new type of precipitation. James Magley, an employee for Voss Land & Tree, said snow means money.

    “It’s money falling out of the sky as soon as it starts snowing,” he said.

  • MUPD called after a stranger entered Mizzou dorm Posted on 22 January 2020 at 5:25pm

    COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri Police Department was called early Wednesday morning to a report of an unknown person entering a dorm room.

    MUPD responded to a call at 4 a.m. after a stranger entered a student's dorm room on the 1000 block of Virginia Ave.

  • Chinese city stops outbound flights, trains to fight virus Posted on 22 January 2020 at 3:21pm

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say the city of Wuhan is shutting down outbound flights and trains as the country battles the spread of a new virus that has sickened hundreds and killed 17.

    The official Xinhua News Agency said Thursday that the city also asked people not to leave Wuhan without specific reasons.

  • Royals sign veteran OF Alex Gordon to $4M contract for 2020 Posted on 22 January 2020 at 3:18pm

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals signed outfielder Alex Gordon to a $4 million contract for next season, giving the rebuilding club a veteran presence in what is expected to be a young lineup under new manager Mike Matheny.

    The Royals designated right-hander Heath Fillmyer for assignment Wednesday in a corresponding roster move.

  • MU testing new attendance app Posted on 22 January 2020 at 3:12pm

    COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri is testing a new way to monitor student class attendance.

    Spotter was released in 2016 by former MU basketball coach Rick Carter, who developed it as a way to ensure his athletes were attending their classes. The app works through Bluetooth rather than GPS.

  • Ashland police officer recognized after December shooting Posted on 22 January 2020 at 3:03pm

    ASHLAND - Ashland Police Officer George Roberson was recognized at last night's Ashland Board of Alderman meeting for his actions after being shot at while on duty late on December 17, 2019.

  • Raising Cane's granted conditional-use permit for drive-thru by City Council Posted on 22 January 2020 at 2:29pm

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council voted 5-1 to allow Raising Cane's the conditional-use permit necessary to build a drive-thru facility along Providence Road.

    The property in question is located south of the Lucky’s Market parking lot and southwest of the Providence Road and Locust Street intersection. Access to the drive-thru would be from the section of Locust Street west of Providence Road that also accesses the Lucky's lot.