Mid-Missouri News
Trafficking paddlefish caviar lands man in hot water

A covert investigation titled “Operation Roadhouse” ends with a man pleading guilty to trafficking…. Paddlefish. (AP) - A Colorado man has pleaded guilty to illegally trafficking caviar from paddlefish that were caught in western Missouri. The U.S. attorney's office says ...Read More

Latest Ferguson protests are smaller, more subdued

(AP) - Police and protesters in Ferguson have shared the streets again at night, putting aside for at least a few hours some of the hostility that had filled those hours with tear gas and smoke. The St. Louis suburb ...Read More

Key Ferguson shooting witness has local warrant

Local police thought there was something familiar about the so-called key witness in the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson. Turns out Dorian Johnson, who was walking with Brown when he was killed, is wanted on a Jefferson City warrant for ...Read More

MU System President signs contract extension

The leader at MU gets a contract extension. The University of Missouri Board of Curators announced Wednesday a new agreement with President Tim Wolfe through June 2018. Wolfe’s original contract was going to end next February. The terms aren’t changing. ...Read More

Official: Boone Co. Fairgrounds will close Jan. 1st

You won’t be going to any events at the Boone County Fairgrounds next year, and an official says it’s probably your fault. Boone County Commissioner Janet Thompson says with the failure of Proposition EPIC, the Central Missouri Events Center will ...Read More

CPS enrollment up slightly

The Columbia Public Schools report a smooth start after their first day of classes Tuesday. Unofficial enrollment totals show a very small increase for the student body, from 18,136 to 18,178, compared to this time last year. Rock Bridge High ...Read More

CoMo Connect draws some complaints

Even a free ride isn’t making up for recent changes to the bus system in Columbia for some riders. "Wabash Station has been closed. There's bus shelters that have been down. That just doesn't take away the convenience, but we're ...Read More

You could be paying more to keep the lights on soon

Be ready to pay more on your electric bill in Columbia if a proposed use hike passes the council. City Manager Mike Matthes says the mild summer meant people used much less energy than expected, which put the utilities department ...Read More

Embezzlement by public officials is priority for Schweich

He calls his office the taxpayer’s watchdog. Missouri auditor Tom Schweich says on The Eagle’s Wake Up Columbia embezzlement is on the rise, including with the government officials and agencies he watches. "Finding embezzlers I think is our number one ...Read More

“War on Poverty” marks 50th anniversary

(Missourinet) The War on Poverty began half a century ago when President Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act fifty years ago this Wednesday.   It created the Job Corps, VISTA, and the Community Action program.  Another bill signed eleven days later ...Read More

Knife-Wielding man shot and killed by STL Police

(AP) - A crowd in St. Louis had largely diminished within several hours of a police shooting that left a knife-wielding man dead after a reported convenience store robbery. The shooting Tuesday happened just a few miles from Ferguson, where ...Read More

Cries for transparency in Ferguson investigation

(AP) - More than a dozen civil and human rights groups are appealing for openness in the investigation of the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Coalition members, including the ACLU and National Bar Association, have filed lawsuits seeking ...Read More

Police, protesters collide again in Ferguson

(AP) - The National Guard has arrived in Ferguson but kept its distance from the streets where protesters have again clashed with police in the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer. Protesters filled ...Read More

Murray pleads to lesser charge

A lesser charge is given to a man with ties to the murder of a Columbia teen. Joshua Murray pleaded guilty Monday to felony assault and second degree burglary. The 19-year-old had been charged with murder in the death of ...Read More

Fatal accident shuts down I-70 for nine hours

One man is dead and two more in the hospital after an accident on I-70 that had the highway shutdown for more than nine hours Monday. Boone County Fire Chief Gail Blomenkamp says the accident at 10:25 a.m. involved three ...Read More

Downtown student housing dominates Columbia council meeting

More student housing is coming to the downtown Columbia area, but just how much? The city council early Tuesday morning agreed to repeal a development agreement with Opus on a large student housing complex at Eighth and Locust, after a ...Read More

Columbia Public Schools start new year

It’s time to hop back on the yellow bus, and give an apple to the new teacher. Classes start Tuesday for most Columbia Public School students. New superintendent Peter Stiepleman says patrons will notice about $48 million worth of improvements ...Read More

First Amendment Issues Raised in Ferguson Unrest

At least three journalists were arrested Monday night, reporting on the Ferguson protests after police told them to leave. David Cullier with the Society of Professional Journalists says now that almost every person carries a recording device of some sort, ...Read More

Judge rules Cole committed fraud in Mamtek case

(AP) - A federal judge has ruled that former Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole committed fraud to obtain almost $1.3 million from bond funds that were to be used to build an artificial sweetener plant in Moberly. In a ruling issued ...Read More

Moberly Hospital Operating Company hit by cyber attack

(AP) -- Hospital operator Community Health Systems said a cyberattack took information on more than 4 million patients from its computer network earlier this year. The Franklin, Tennessee, company said Monday that no medical or credit card records were taken ...Read More