CMU students call for accountability for sexual misconduct

Anna Pendergrass is a sophomore at Central Methodist University. She shared her story about her sexual assault Wednesday afternoon during a protest on campus.

"It took way too long for something to be done about it," Pendergrass said. "And what was done was nothing more than a conversation about what you shouldn't do and a slap on the wrist."

She said her story has made an impact on others, especially other victims. 

"I know that the few times that I had told my story to my friends in the past, it was really impactful," Pendergrass said. "I knew that it helped other girls come forward."

United Way's #WeCare tributes honor healthcare workers on the frontline

#WeCare is a locally supported, grassroots effort to lift up all healthcare heroes, especially those on the frontline in our community, according to a news release.

The first tribute was held outside Capital Regional Medical Center, followed by one at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital.

Ann Bax, President of United Way of Central Missouri, was appreciative of everyone who came out to the tributes. She understands the difficulties healthcare workers have everyday fighting the COVID-19 virus.

"You're not inside the walls and seeing the work of our hospital workers and our frontline workers and all our health care workers," Bax said. "But we know how important their work is."

FDA backs Pfizer COVID-19 boosters for seniors, high-risk CDC to vote on same topic Thursday 

The U.S. has moved a step closer to offering booster doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to seniors and others at high risk from the virus.

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday signed off on such shots as a way to shore up protection in those groups.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is set to vote on the same topic Thursday. 

Columbia Farmers Market named No. 1 market nationwide

The Columbia Farmers Market has been recognized as the No. 1 farmers market in the nation.

The market was ranked No. 1 "People's Choice" in the nation, No. 1 in the Midwest region, and No. 1 in Missouri.

"I'm very excited and really grateful for the support this community has showed us," Columbia Farmers Market Executive Director Corrina Smith said.

The voting for this accomplishment was part of the 13th annual America's Farmers Market Celebration, which ran from June 21 through Sept. 19.

Missouri State Fair looking to expand size of fairgrounds

The Missouri State Fair is looking to possibly expand the fairgrounds by around 200 acres.

The fair, which already sits on 375 acres, is looking to split the adjacent 400 acres of land west of the fairgrounds with State Fair Community College. The college, the state, Pettis County, the city of Sedalia and the fair itself will all work together on the possible acquisition of the land. 

Carolyn Crooker from the Sedalia Area Convention and Visitors Bureau says the Sedalia area makes a $75 million impact yearly on tourism. 

"Expanding means being able to get national events or national rallies. It just means that much more and affects so many different aspects of daily life in Sedalia," Crooker said.

Roots N Blues: What you need to know before attending this weekend's festival

This weekend's Roots N Blues Festival will have multiple COVID-19 protocols and some changes to the event. 

Preparations for this year's festival have already begun, and those attending should prepare themselves for the changes taking place.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24 with the first performance sounding off at 5 p.m. The festival's music hours have also adjusted in respect to Stephen Lake Park's residential neighbors.


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