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  • Mules stay alive with shutout win over Franklin Pierce at D-II baseball championships
    The Central Missouri Mules baseball team kept their national title hopes alive with a 6-0 win over Franklin Pierce at the NCAA D-II National Championships in Durham, NC on Tuesday afternoon. Ethan Westphal threw seven shutout innings, giving up five hits, three walks and four strikeouts. Taylor Ross pitched two shutout innings. Bennett Oliver went […]  Tue, 31 May 2016 21:32:30 +0000

  • Seven killed in Memorial Day weekend crashes in Missouri
    Seven people died in traffic crashes on Missouri roads during the Memorial Day weekend. That’s one fewer than during the same period last year. Between 6 p.m. Friday and midnight Tuesday morning, the Patrol worked 347 road crashes that injured 128 people and included six fatalities. The seventh occurred in a crash investigated by Springfield […]  Tue, 31 May 2016 19:46:39 +0000

  • Missourinet Noon News 5-31-2016
    A group is verifying petition signatures hoping voters in November can approve the use of medical marijuana. Bill Wise reports.  Tue, 31 May 2016 17:05:49 +0000

  • Blues get “Hitched” for another year. Coach comes back for 2016-17 season
    St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the Blues have signed Head Coach Ken Hitchcock to a one-year contract.  Hitchcock was originally hired by the Blues on Nov. 7, 2011, and will enter his sixth season with the Blues. This past season, Hitchcock was on the hot-seat after three-straight first-round playoff […]  Tue, 31 May 2016 16:50:57 +0000

  • UMKC’s Rozner finishes 8th at NCAA D-I men’s golf championships
    UMKC men’s golfer Antoine Rozner tied for eighth in the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon.  Rozner had rounds of 70-72-70-70 70 to finish at 2-over for the tournament.   “I hope to leave a strong legacy at our school,” Rozner told UMKCKangaroos.com.  “UMKC deserves much better recognition nationwide. There are […]  Tue, 31 May 2016 13:22:33 +0000

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  • Family and friends hold vigil to remember Tipton teenager
    Family and friends hold vigil to remember Tipton teenager

    TIPTON - Family and friends gathered outside at a local park Tuesday night to honor 18-year-old Robert Ashbaugh, who was shot and killed over the weekend.

    Dozens of people gathered at Tipton City Park to remember Ashbaugh for who he was.

    Ashbaugh was shot and killed over the weekend during what police call "horseplay."

    Della Huff attends the church where Ashbaugh's father is a pastor and said everyone is still in shock.

    "This is a terrible tragedy for us. Our church is completely torn to pieces and [his parents] are devastated," Huff said.

    When asked about Ashbaugh's character, Huff could not help but smile.

    "Well, he was a fine boy. A fine Christian boy and we're going to miss him. We have a lot of little kids in our church. We've got two or three children and they run the minute he comes in. I think it sometimes embarrassed him but he never pushes them away. He always had time for them," Huff said.

    During the vigil, people gathered hands and prayed. People wrote messages on balloons, and at the end let them go into the sky. 

    Those who attended also wore camouflage in honor of him.

    Joshua Ashbaugh, Robert's uncle, spoke with KOMU 8 Monday and said he was well liked by everyone.

    "He was well respected...he was looking forward to his senior year. He worked hard academically to make sure he was eligible for the upcoming track and field season. He was just a very talented young quarterback in the making," his uncle said.

    Ashbaugh attended Calvary Lutheran High School in Jefferson City, and ran track and field for the school.

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  • Truman Hotel owner works on new proposal for redevelopment
    Truman Hotel owner works on new proposal for redevelopment

    JEFFERSON CITY - The Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Commission held a meeting on Tuesday to set up an extended public hearing date for a new Truman Hotel & Conference Center redevelopment proposal after Jefferson City Public Schools officials showed their concerns. The original proposal includes tearing down the existing Truman Hotel site on Jefferson Street and building two new hotels, plus refinishing the restaurant and conference area.

    "We've been working on finding solutions. We've been working with the developers as well as school district and some other folks as well and trying to get a solution that we hope that is going to work for everybody," Drew Hilpert, the city counselor for Jefferson City, said.

    Developers who seek help from a TIF need to figure out how much their property would produce in terms of property tax and sales tax before they begin. After the project, the developers could go back in to see how much increase there has been in sales tax and property tax, and that increase would be used to pay for the part of the development.

    "The critical point on TIF is that there's also a 'but for analysis' which says you basically pay, you know, smart people to tell you whether or not this project could happen without tax payers' support. If it can't, then it's eligible for TIF; if it can, then it's not," Hilpert said.

    After the original proposal, JCPS Chief Financial Officer Jason Hoffman brought up some concerns about financing too heavily by property tax, and not enough by sales tax.

    "The original proposal is certainly heavy on that - it's like 90 percent-ish on the property tax," Hilpert said.

    The JCPS is working with the developer and the city to look for some equitable split. Hoffman said the new proposal might try to take some taxes that the city was collecting and put that into the TIF, which then would reduce the reliance on property tax.

    "The school district we operate mostly of a property tax, so all of our local funds come to us basically through property taxes. We don't have sales tax, we don't have other types of revenue generated locally. And the original proposal would have the school district not getting any new revenue from this development for 23 years," Hoffman said.

    The developer proposed $56 million for the whole project including the construction costs, but Hilpert said there's no tax increases for the public.

    "No one would notice this at all. And the theory on the TIF is that the increase in property value and sales tax generated from project will pay for itself. And the risk in this case is all on the developer," Hilpert said. 

    Hilpert said the project helps to accomplish a couple of things for the city.

    "One is it eliminate blight. And if you go to that property it was dilapidated before shut down, and it's producing zero revenue now from the sales tax," Hilpert said. "It's really a high profile location in the city, so you can see it from a lot of places. So to have it all dilapidated building there is troublesome."

    June 23 is the date for the public hearing date.

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      Tue, 31 May 2016 8:04:23 PM

  • Missouri veterans organization forms to address employment and health care
    Missouri veterans organization forms to address employment and health care

    COLUMBIA - Memorial Day is just over, but the efforts to help the veterans community continue.

    The national Union Veterans Council and Missouri AFL-CIO co-hosted a rally of veterans at VFW Post 280 in Columbia to address their concerns and needs.

    At a meeting, a state-level Union Veterans Council in Missouri formed to educate both the union members and the veterans on political issues to make their lives better.

    "In order to make their life better both health care wise, economically for the families every way possible. They need to  know what the issues are," said Mike Louis, President of the Missouri AFL-CIO.

    Union Veterans Council Executive Director Will Fischer and Secretary of State Jason Kander addressed dozens of representatives of the Missouri veterans community at the meeting.

    Fischer said Missouri is home to some 500,000 veterans, and all of them are from and part of the working class.

    "What we wanna do is bring those folks together to really speak out together as veterans about our issues. And also let people know where our folks really are when it comes to our issues," Fischer said.

    Employment and health care will be the two focus areas of the union.

    Tuesday's meeting is the first in a series of events of the Missouri Union Veterans Council. Two meetings are scheduled in Kansas City and St. Charles on Wednesday and Thursday.




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  • Southern Boone County School District seeing record size classrooms
    Southern Boone County School District seeing record size classrooms

    ASHLAND - The school year just ended, but the Southern Boone School District is already looking ahead to next school year.

    The district is seeing larger class sizes than normal, and Superintendent Chris Felmlee said the growth has happened very rapidly.

    "We've seen lots of growth, kind of an unprecedented growth. Typically in August we have around 130 students and right now we are closing in at 140 students in kindergarten and it's not even August yet," Felmlee said.

    The increase in class size has lead to the district implementing a new classroom and teacher.

    "We've had six classrooms of kindergarten and this year we are expanding that to seven," Felmlee said. "We are usually around 23 or so per class. We are hiring an additional kindergarten teacher."

    But that new classroom will replace the music room for now.

    "[The music program] will be put on a cart. The teacher will bounce from classroom to classroom but next year she will have a new classroom," Felmlee said.

    That new classroom is going in because of a bond issue passed in April, which includes an addition of eight classrooms to the primary school, four classrooms to the elementary school and a new weight room to the high school.

    "I am confident we are budgeting enough to keep up with the growth we will have have the summer. We will still have high expectations and a strong curriculum," Felmlee said. "I'm not too concerned about the class overcrowding right now."

    Rick Lewis worked for Southern Boone School District for 25 years. He retired nine years ago but said class sizes have grown exponentially.

    "As far as I can tell, the classes are a lot bigger than when I started there in 1982. The senior class was around 60 students and now it's twice that," Lewis said.

    Lewis credits the growing class size to the location of Ashland.

    "It is an excellent school district with a great location between two larger cities. It may be a desirable place to move to with it still having that small town feel," Lewis said.

    Southern Boone School District is not the first school district to see overcrowding in schools. Last year, Columbia Public Schools decided to build a new elementary school.

    Felmlee said construction on the Southern Boone School District will be done by 2017.


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      Tue, 31 May 2016 4:39:17 PM

  • Missouri woman gets seven years in prison for foiled murder plot
    Missouri woman gets seven years in prison for foiled murder plot

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A southwest Missouri woman has been ordered to spend seven years and three months in federal prison for her foiled attempt to hire someone to kill her sister.

    Leta Faye Douglas, 52, of Houston, Missouri, was sentenced Tuesday in Springfield, where she pleaded guilty in January.

    Court documents indicate Douglas' ex-husband contacted authorities after she called him in January 2015 asking for help with the plot. The husband said Douglas' parents were in a home for the elderly and her sister was in charge of their finances. He believed she wanted access to her parents' estate.

    Douglas met with the undercover agent in Houston in February 2015 and gave him a map of her sister's home and the $2,000. She was arrested a few days later.

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  • State fire marshal investigating fire that destroyed mobile home near Fulton airport
    The Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a Monday morning fire that destroyed a mobile home near the airport in Fulton.  Tue, 31 May 2016 14:00:00 -0500

  • City thanks veterans at Memorial Day parade
    Drew Ibendahl looked over at his 2-year-old daughter, then to his 93-year-old grandfather, and the tears in his eyes glistened under the Memorial Day sun.  Tue, 31 May 2016 14:00:00 -0500

  • City manager explains tax concerns despite population boom
    As fast as Columbia has been growing — it’s now the fourth-largest community in Missouri — one might expect the city to be enjoying a windfall of tax revenue.  Tue, 31 May 2016 14:00:00 -0500

  • Columbia Housing Authority ready to review bids for Oak Tower renovations
    The Columbia Housing Authority was set to review bids Tuesday for the renovation of Oak Tower.  Tue, 31 May 2016 14:00:00 -0500

  • Boone County presiding commissioner injured during Callaway County crash
    Boone County Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill suffered moderate injuries Saturday afternoon in a car crash on Interstate 70 in Callaway County.  Tue, 31 May 2016 14:00:00 -0500


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