Mid-Missouri News

Mizzou diversity chancellor stepping down

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Mizzou’s chief administrator in charge of diversity efforts steps down. Our news partner ABC17 reports Chuck Henson is leaving his position as Vice Chancellor of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity. He’ll return to teaching at Mizzou’s law school. Henson was appointed to the vice chancellor position in November, after student protests over …

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Drug raid turns up marijuana

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Columbia Police say a raid turned up 23.5 pounds of high-grade marijuana, and an 11-month-old. Michael Williams, 32, was arrested for drugs and endangering the welfare of a child at about 11:45 a.m. Thursday on Rothwell Drive near Broadway and Scott Blvd. Officers say a search turned up weed, guns, …

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Mo. River Bridge lane closures start soon

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You’ll notice preparations picking up Friday evening for a big transportation project in Jefferson City. The westbound Missouri River Bridge is closing until about September 1st for painting and repairs. That traffic will share the eastbound lanes during the work. MoDot says, depending on the weekend rain, the bridge closure …

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Senate sponsor not giving up on SJR 39

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(Missourinet) A same-sex marriage proposal has failed in a House committee, but with enough support the issue could come up on the House floor this session. By a split vote, the measure failed in committee Wednesday with three Republicans voting against it – Ann Zerr, Caleb Rowden and Jim Hansen. The …

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Callaway murder victim was accused child molester

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The investigation into the double homicide in Callaway County continues, with word that the man shot to death by Dale Horton was an accused child molester. Court documents show that Joshua Griffith was charged with sex crimes involving a young girl in Cole County last December. Griffith is Horton’s brother-in-law. …

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Anti-Trump protests in CA

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(AP) – The latest anti-Donald Trump rally started off peacefully enough but turned rowdy. Trump gave a speech Thursday night inside the Pacific Amphitheater in Orange County, California, where dozens of protesters spilled into the streets after the Republican candidate’s remarks were concluded. At least four people were arrested and …

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(AUDIO) Boone Co. Cyber Crimes Det. Tracy Perkins

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The leader of the Boone Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Cyber Crimes Task Force, Det. Tracy Perkins, joined us Thursday on Wake Up Columbia. The task force was founded in 2007, and goes after internet bad guys in Boone, Randolph, Audrain, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, and Howard counties:

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Chiefs trade down in NFL Draft

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(Missourinet) The Kansas City Chiefs traded their first round pick to the San Francisco 49ers to gain additional picks within the first 100 players that will be selected in the early rounds of the NFL Draft. The Chiefs traded the 28th overall pick and a seventh-round pick to for the 49ers …

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McCaskill pushing back on retaliation against military sex assault victims

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(Missourinet) U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) proposes making professional retaliation against sexual assault victims and whistleblowers in the military a crime. She’s co-sponsoring the legislation with U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), who’s a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Army National Guard. “This legislation is separate and distinct from ongoing efforts …

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Sen. Brown drops out of race for Missouri treasurer

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(AP) – Republican Missouri state Sen. Dan Brown is dropping out of the race for state treasurer. Brown said in a statement Thursday he’s endorsing fellow Republican Sen. Eric Schmitt, who now faces no primary challenger. Brown says it’s important for Republicans to win in November. Brown, of Rolla, was …

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Missouri lawmaker asks students to rethink going to Mizzou

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(AP) – A Missouri lawmaker is urging students to reconsider attending the University of Missouri in Columbia following campus turmoil last year. Democratic Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis of Ferguson said in a statement Thursday he’s concerned about the welfare of minority students. His warning follows student demonstrations at the Columbia …

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3 tied to terror shooter deny sham-marriage plot

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(AP) – The Latest on warrants served in a marriage fraud investigation stemming from the December terror attack that killed 14 in San Bernardino (all times local): 5:45 p.m. Three people with close family ties to the couple responsible for the San Bernardino terror attack have pleaded not guilty to …

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Dad: Man shot at TV station thought world was ending

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(AP) – The father of a man shot and wounded by police after walking into a Baltimore TV station wearing an animal costume and a fake bomb says his son believed the world was ending and might have been trying to get the message out. Edward Brizzi of Elkridge, Maryland, …

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Cole County Commission discussing raises

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Another group of Mid-Missouri government workers may be up for a pay raise. Cole County Presiding Commissioner Sam Bushman says they’re actively studying whether raises are do-able. “Then you stick the benefits on every month, and you’ve got an extra $6,000+ in benefits per year per employee,” Bushman said. Bushman …

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Centralia man accused of child molestation

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A Centralia man is now in jail with $400,000 in bonds, accused of molesting a young girl. Deputies learned at least two attacks allegedly happened over the last couple years, possibly starting in 2013, at homes in Centralia and rural Boone County. Wednesday, authorities arrested 29-year-old Jonathan Robinson. The victim …

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Mexico Taco Bell robbed by masked gunman

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Investigators are looking at an overnight armed robbery at a local fast food place. It happened at about 1:20 a.m. Thursday at the Mexico Taco Bell on West Monroe. Employees say the masked suspect climbed into the drive-thru window, pointed a gun at them, and demanded money as they were …

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Contested Missouri religious-objections measure, SJR 39, voted down

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(Missourinet) Three Republicans sided with Democrats in voting to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment regarding same-sex marriage. St. Charles representative Anne Zerr is carrying the Boeing incentive proposal in the House. The amendment would have blocked penalties and lawsuits against businesses and religious organizations who deny services in same-sex marriages. …

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Two arrests for Callaway County double murder

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Investigators now say a Columbia man murdered his own mother in Callaway County, and his girlfriend helped. Dale Horton and Jennifer Grayson have $5 million bonds in the deaths of Sherry Horton and Joshua Griffith on Tuesday at about 5:30 p.m. on County Road 324 near Fulton. The Callaway Co. …

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Voter ID measure stalled in Missouri Senate

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(AP) – A proposal to require Missouri voters to show photo ID at polling places is stalled in the state Senate. Democrats filibustered the bill for about six hours Wednesday night. The Senate paused its business shortly after midnight for lawmakers to meet off the floor, and the chamber adjourned …

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