Mid-Missouri News
Former councilman bashes property tax hike proposal

It’s all about priorities, for former Columbia city councilman Larry Schuster. He's against Proposition 1 on Tuesday, the property tax hike for more police and firefighters. He says on The Eagle’s Wake Up Columbia the city just needs to find ...Read More

Supreme Court sets execution date for another murderer

(AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court has set an execution date for a man convicted of sexually assaulting a 63-year-old woman and beating her to death with a hammer. The state Supreme Court on Thursday scheduled the execution of 47-year-old ...Read More

Child Pornography charges land Columbia man in jail

A Columbia man is behind bars on charges of having child pornography. The Boone County Cyber Crimes unit was alerted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The group told police an e-mail belonging to someone in Columbia ...Read More

Funeral details for Mizzou legend John Kadlec

A fixture at Mizzou athletics for more than 40 years has died. John Kadlec passed away early Wednesday morning at age 86. Kadlec started his time with the football Tigers as an all-conference lineman in 1947. He’s also been an ...Read More

(VIDEO/PODCAST) Tom takes on Boone County K-9 unit

Two K-9 units from the Boone County Sheriff's Department came into the studio to offer a bite demonstration for Tom and the crew on Wake Up Columbia. Then Tom decided someone needed to "go for a ride" and try it ...Read More

Prosecutor wants to send message on Hutson sentencing

A man convicted of a 2012 drug-killing in Jefferson City is sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years. Calvin Hutson was convicted of second degree murder for killing Andre Hudson. Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson admits it took jurors ...Read More

Sheriff “shocked” execution put on hold

The Maries County Sheriff says he’s shocked a convicted triple-murderer got a stay of execution. The U.S. Supreme Court made the ruling late Tuesday, just hours before Mark Christeson’s lethal injection. Sheriff Chris Heitman says the victims’ family came from ...Read More

AG Koster investigated in New York Times article

(Missourinet) - A New York Times investigation into the lobbying of Attorneys General has focused a great deal on Missouri’s Attorney General. The Times reports that lobbyist’s firm, its clients and its partners have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars ...Read More

Body cameras have prosecutor asking for more help

It’s an unintended consequence of all Columbia Police officers wearing body cameras on the street now. Assistant Chief John Gordon says the county prosecutor has asked for a couple more people in next year’s budget to organize all the video ...Read More

Councilman says Prop Two spreads costs fairly

A supporter of Columbia’s Proposition Two says it’s about fairly spreading around the infrastructure costs. If passed on Tuesday, it would double, triple, or quadruple new development fees, depending on what type of business it is. Councilman Ian Thomas says ...Read More

Columbia and JC bank robber could get 40 years

(AP) - A former Kansas City man faces up to 40 years in federal prison after admitting he held up two central Missouri banks in 2010. The U.S. Attorney's office says 45-year-old Brian Dewitt Unthank pleaded guilty Tuesday to two ...Read More

Halloween-style armed robberies in Columbia

Halloween troublemakers have started early in Columbia. Police report two armed robberies involving a man wearing a mask normally used by trick-or-treaters. The suspect went into Patricia’s IGA on Keene St. (near I-70 and Highway 63) at about 8:45 p.m. ...Read More

Check Scam hits Columbia Businesses

Check forgery might sound like a low-tech crime in today’s world, but Officer Latisha Stroer says it’s happening in Columbia. Stroer says a group of scammers will steal checks from the mailboxes of local businesses before going to KC or ...Read More

Special prosecutor for man who crashed into Addison’s

A special prosecutor will look into the case of the man who crashed into Addison’s restaurant over the weekend, hurting four people. KMIZ reports Boone County Prosecutor Dan Knight has made the request, pointing to his professional relationship with Shayne ...Read More

(AUDIO) Mayor supports property tax hike for more police

Columbia’s population is growing, and sales tax collections are dropping because of e-commerce. Mayor Bob McDavid says on The Eagle’s Wake Up Columbia that’s why he supports Proposition One, a property tax increase for more police officers and firefighters. "What ...Read More

Missouri man charged in cellmate’s death

(AP) - An inmate at Missouri's maximum-security prison in Jefferson City has been charged with murder in the beating death of his cellmate. The Jefferson City News Tribune reports a Cole County grand jury on Tuesday indicted 33-year-old Randy Teter ...Read More

New lease on life for death row inmate

(Missourinet) The United States Supreme Court has blocked the execution of condemned triple-killer Mark Christeson less than three hours before he was to die. Christeson and prison officials got the word shortly before 10 o’clock last night that the court ...Read More

Hartzler preaches tax cuts to get economy back on track

Vicky Hartzler is going for a three-peat. The Missouri Congresswoman, whose district includes Boone County, faces Democrat Nate Irvin and Libertarian Herschel Young in Tuesday’s election. The Republican says the way to boost the economy is by increasing your take-home ...Read More

Gephardt says negative feelings towards congress are fading

Why does everyone hate Congress so much? Former powerful Missouri representative Dick Gephardt says voters are historically mad because of the recession. "A lot of people lose their job, lose their house, lose their pension, they get angry, understandably, and ...Read More

Study: Missouri discriminates in offering granting contracts

(Missourinet) - A lengthy study concludes discrimination on the basis of race or gender continues in state government’s choice of companies getting contracts with the state. View the study hereThe study has looked at fourteen different kinds of contracts the ...Read More