Mid-Missouri News

State of emergency declared for Mo. flood threats


(MISSOURINET) A series of severe storm systems this week continue to move through Missouri, prompting Governor Jay Nixon (D) to declare a state of emergency. More flooding is expected, especially in areas where levees may be overtopped in west-central Missouri. Since Tuesday, storms in Missouri have caused high winds, heavy …

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Man injured in Columbia shooting


A 22-year-old Columbia man is taken to the hospital after getting shot on Sylvan Lane Friday night. Police were called to the scene shortly before 6:30 p.m. Our news partner ABC 17 reports the victim was shot in the neck area. Officers say his injuries were non-life threatening. No suspects have …

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MU law dean named in Sunshine suit resigns


COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – The University of Missouri Law School dean is stepping down. Dean Gary Myers announced Friday that he’s resigning effective Aug. 14. A university spokesman says his move is not related to a lawsuit filed two days earlier against Myers and the university over a public-records request. …

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Osage Co. Sheriff Dixon resigns


The Osage County Clerk confirms Sheriff Michael Dixon has resigned. The official tells 93.9 The Eagle that Dixon submitted his letter of resignation late Thursday afternoon. Dixon faces a felony gun charge in Boone County for allegedly getting drunk and pulling out his firearm in a Hartsburg bar in March. …

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Mexico man sentenced for child molestation

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A Mexico man will serve 30 years in prison for child molestation. Gary Johnson, Sr., got his sentence on Friday. Prosecutors say Johnson, 55, molested three Audrain County children from 2013 to 2015. He was convicted on a similar charge in 1986.

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Traffic stop allegedly turns up illegal drugs and guns


Illegal drugs and guns have been reported during a Columbia traffic stop. An automated license plate reader tipped off deputies to a man with active warrants in the middle of town at about 9:00 p.m. Thursday. They pulled Elias Lucas over on Worley Street near McBaine, and say they found …

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Iowa man injured in Lake of the Ozarks boat accident

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An Iowa man suffers serious injuries in a Lake of the Ozarks boating accident. The Highway Patrol says Timothy Dietiker could not get his vessel around an island in the water on the main channel near the 13.5 mile marker at about 10:45 p.m. Thursday, running the boat aground. The …

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Columbia man charged in September double homicide


Charges have come down for an east Columbia double murder. Prosecutors officially said Thursday that Darious Lucas is the man who shot and killed James Richardson of Columbia, and Kenneth Long of Mexico, at the old El Ray Trailer Park on East Mexico Gravel Road last September (more here). The …

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(AUDIO) CPS superintendent on transgender directive


While several states gear up to fight the feds over a new directive about transgender bathroom use in schools, Columbia has quietly wrapped up its first year with a similar policy. The CPS board last September agreed to add gender identity and expression to its non-discrimination policy. Superintendent Peter Stiepleman …

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President Obama visits Hiroshima


(AP) – President Barack Obama says the world has a shared responsibility to ask how to prevent the suffering that took place in Hiroshima more than 70 years ago from happening again. Obama spoke today at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Japan, making him the first U.S. sitting president to …

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Airshow planned for Memorial Day weekend


You might remember that first ‘little’ Columbia Air Show almost 30 years ago. “We started in 1989 with a few warbirds, and that was it,” Jessica Houston said. “We’ve grown exponentially since then, and tons of volunteers all come together to pull this thing off. Houston says this year, demo …

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(AUDIO) Local Sentinel on “The Unknowns”


You can learn more about a select group of soldiers this Memorial Day. “The Unknowns,” a movie about the Sentinels at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington DC, airs Monday in Columbia. Centralia native, and former Sentinel, Ryan Ball says it’s an experience that never leaves you. “There’s …

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Tornadoes, other severe weather slam Missouri

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Severe storms avoid Columbia, but make their mark in other parts of the state. A confirmed tornado touched down near Whiteman Air Force Base on Thursday. No reports of injuries. Officials at Kansas City’s airport recorded 3.87″ of rain, a record for Thursday’s date. In Laurie, near the Lake, crews …

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Attorney General candidate Hawley faces lawsuit


A candidate for Missouri attorney general is facing a new lawsuit. The Daily Tribune reports a former state lawmaker is suing Josh Hawley, the University of Missouri Board of Curators, and others, claiming Hawley is using state resources for his campaign. Hawley is a Mizzou law professor. His camp claims …

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Sex scandal brings down coach and president

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(AP) – Baylor University has fired football coach Art Briles, placed athletic director Ian McCaw on probation and reassigned President Kenneth Starr in response to questions about the school’s handling of sexual assault complaints against players. The moves come after a law firm hired by Starr found that football coaches …

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State legislative committee reviewing Missouri veterans homes


A state committee will spend the summer studying the best way to improve the homes for some of our veterans. Mo. Sen. Mike Cunningham tells Missourinet not everyone is on board with spending money on an eighth veterans home in Missouri. “That is not been made a priority by the …

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National Spelling Bee ends in tie for 3rd year


(AP) — The Scripps National Spelling Bee has ended in a tie for the third year in a row. Thirteen-year-old Jairam Hathwar (JAY’-rahm HATH’-wahr) and 11-year-old Nihar Janga (NEE’-hahr JANG’-uh) were declared co-champions Thursday night after a roller-coaster finish. Each will receive a trophy and $45,000 in cash and prizes. Nihar, …

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Planned Parenthood document review begins


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A Missouri Senate staffer has begun reviewing Planned Parenthood’s internal records, including procedures for fetal tissue disposal. Republican attorney Todd Scott began examining the documents Thursday at the office of Planned Parenthood’s attorney. He checked the documents earlier this month to verify they were all …

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Two men burglarize Mexico home


Mexico authorities are searching for a burglar. A woman tells investigators two masked men busted into her home on Howell Manor Court at about 3:45 a.m. Thursday. The suspects took her TV and handbag and ran off. No one was hurt.

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Apparent lightning strike hits Columbia tree

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An apparent lightning strike does some damage in southwest Columbia. Witnesses reported flames coming from a tree at about 5:45 a.m. Thursday next to a house on Royal Aberdeen near Nifong and Forum. Crews noticed slight gas and smoke odors inside the house, and worked on that. Investigators estimate about …

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