Mid-Missouri News

Mexico couple arrested on drug charges


Two people are arrested for a variety of drugs in Mexico, Missouri. Authorities say when they searched a home on Pollock Road late Monday evening they found methamphetamine, marijuana, hashish oil, psilocybin mushrooms, prescription pills, a handgun, and drug paraphernalia. Jermie and Candice Pine (left), both age 34, were arrested …

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Hartzler bashes SCOTUS ruling on Texas abortion clinic regulations


A mid-Missouri Congresswoman calls Monday’s Supreme Court ruling striking down Texas abortion clinic regulations “a real tragedy.” The ruling says the limits unconstitutionally restrict a woman’s right to an abortion. “I don’t think it’s too much to ask that a clinic where surgery is performed be required to meet the …

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Two arrested for central Columbia shots fired


Two men have been arrested for the shots fired near Garth Avenue and Business Loop 70 last week. Quenten Hurt (right) and Darryl Troy were taken into custody early Saturday at Budget Host Inn on Vandiver. Their charges were announced on Monday. Police say Hurt and Troy were in two …

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Spanish national arrested on child sex charges


A man from Spain is in the Boone County Jail on child sex charges. Police arrested Brandon Caliwara on Sunday afternoon on Vandiver Dr. near Rangeline. He’s accused of having sex with a runaway juvenile girl. He also allegedly traded nude pictures with her. Caliwara is charged with possession of …

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Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion clinic regulations


(AP) – The Supreme Court has struck down Texas’ widely replicated regulation of abortion clinics in the court’s biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter century. The justices voted 5-3 Monday in favor of Texas clinics that protested the regulations as a thinly veiled attempt to make it harder for …

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Missouri Gov. Nixon vetoes gun rights bill


UPDATE: Gov. Nixon on Monday morning announced he had vetoed the bill.   ORIGINAL STORY: (AP) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he’ll veto a sweeping gun rights bill passed by the Republican-led Legislature. Nixon, a Democrat, told The Associated Press and St. Louis Post-Dispatch late Sunday he’ll veto the …

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UPDATED: Columbia death ruled homicide, victim identified


UPDATE (published 9:26 a.m. Sunday): Police have identified the victim as 25-year-old Edmond “Ricky” Randolph, Jr., of Columbia. They still haven’t said how he died, yet. UPDATE (published 7:30 p.m. Saturday): Columbia police said Saturday night that they’re ruling the death on Leeway Drive a homicide. The department said in a …

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Lightning strike, highway closure during Sunday storms


Investigators say a lightning strike caused a west Columbia house fire. It started at about 4:46 p.m. Sunday during the storms storms on Crown Point near Broadway and West Boulevard. Crews quickly got the heavy smoke and flames in the attic under control, and rescued a cat. The owners were …

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(AUDIO) Hawley bashes Schaefer attack ad


Hawley hits back hard, on ad allegations from his Republican attorney general opponent. Columbia state Senator Kurt Schaefer (left) recently ran an ad accusing Josh Hawley of suing the government so a prisoner could “practice radical Islam.” Hawley says Schaefer knows that claim is bogus. “This is the worst kind …

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West Virginia residents brace for more rain


(AP) – More rain is ahead for West Virginia, where flooding already has cost at least 25 people their lives. The National Weather Service is telling residents in more than 20 counties to be on the lookout for flash flooding today. Heavy rains are possible in many areas already ravage …

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Highway 24 buckles during heat


Moberly Police reported Highway 24 buckled during the heat on Saturday. It happened on the west edge of town near the Howard Hils Athletic Complex. MoDot told 93.9 The Eagle all lanes had re-opened as of Sunday.

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Click appeals denial of Missouri unemployment benefits


(AP) – The University of Missouri is fighting a former assistant professor’s effort to collect unemployment benefits after she was fired for conduct during campus protests. Melissa Click, an assistant professor, was fired in February after a videotaped confrontation of her calling for “some muscle” to remove a student videographer …

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Can Democrats claim Missouri in Presidential race?


(Missourinet) A Democratic presidential candidate has not carried the state of Missouri in this century, but some Republicans fear having Donald Trump at the top of the ticket may help Democrats here and give Hillary Clinton a chance to carry the state like Bill Clinton did in 1992 and 1996. …

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Fitzwater celebrates Fulton state hospital improvements

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The Fulton state hospital has been around since 1851. It’s entering a new era with the celebration of a building a few days ago. “To open up the energy center, the service area where they will make the food for the clients, it’s really, really impressive,” Rep. Travis Fitzwater says. …

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Bridge work continues in Jefferson City


Just give it a couple more months…by that time you won’t have to cope with one-bridge-only traffic over the Missouri River. “This contractor actually just came off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge,” MoDot’s Terry Imhoff says. “If everything goes right, we’d have the traffic back on the westbound bridge by the …

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Tiny Home Fest kicks off in CoMo


Big celebration, little houses. The first annual National Tiny Home Festival runs from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday on the grounds of the ARC on Ash Street in Columbia. Manufacturers of the compact houses will be on the scene, and speakers are scheduled …

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Driver hit by train


A driver is injured after his car is hit by a train in Boonville. The highway patrol says 73-year-old Donald Wood’s car came to a stop on railroad tracks Friday night, when a train hit it. Wood suffered moderate injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The …

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Nixon signs ag bills

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation to expand a state program aimed at serving locally grown food in school cafeterias. The bill Nixon signed Friday would connect state farmers to prisons, hospitals, and military bases, along with schools. The legislation also deals with tax …

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Mexico man sentenced for child sex abuse


A Mexico man finds out his sentence for 28 counts of sexually abusing underage girls. A judge sentenced Darran Boston Friday to 527 years for his crimes. Boston was convicted in April on charges of repeatedly abusing two victims from 2013 to 2015. Boston also took numerous photographs of the abuse. He …

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Overnight shooting in Columbia

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Someone got shot in the leg overnight in Columbia. Police say the 27-year-old male victim was taken to the hospital soon after the shooting at about midnight Friday on Hirth Avenue near West Worley. No arrests reported yet. Investigators found several shell casings in the road and on the front …

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