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Business is good for Snow Creek ski resort in Weston near Kansas City. Guest Services Specialist Darin Pond tells Missourinet the school and business closings this week have increased traffic at the slopes in Platte County. “The parents are stuck home with kids that want to go skiing,” says Pond. “So, on those days that […] Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:04:10 +0000
A seven-year-old girl is in stable condition from being accidentally shot in the chest by her six-year-old brother at a home near Springfield early this morning. Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott says the boy was playing with the gun after an adult visiting the home unknowingly dropped it. Arnott says thankfully, the victim’s injuries don’t […] Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:40:55 +0000
Attorneys representing Greene County Commissioners in Southwest Missouri have been working with the state Ethics Commission in an investigation over whether the county commission misused public funds for an election campaign. The county’s Kansas City based law firm is providing the ethics commission with documentation as it pertains to the probe. Presiding Commissioner Bob Cirtin […] Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:59:43 +0000
>>Duffy Enters Guilty DUI Plea Royals left-hander Danny Duffy pled guilty to driving under the influence on August 27 in Overland Park, Kansas, a Kansas City suburb. He was fined one thousand, two hundred and twenty dollars and placed on probation. He must avoid alcohol and illegal drugs for a year, while being subject to […] Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:31:48 +0000
Governor Greitens posts his 2nd apology on social media. Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:59:01 +0000
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's unemployment rate has edged up slightly.
Data released Wednesday by the state Department of Economic Development show the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate went up to 3.5 percent in December. It was 3.4 percent in November.
The unemployment rate was at 4.4 percent a year ago in December 2016, a little less than 1 percent higher.
Employment in December dropped by about 18,000 jobs while the seasonally adjusted civilian labor force also lost about 16,000 people. The labor force counts people with jobs and those who are on unemployment but looking for work.
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 7:26:31 PM
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Citing new testimony from a state school board member, a Springfield teacher is asking a judge to overturn the Missouri Board of Education's controversial removal of the state education commissioner.
Teacher Laurie Sullivan filed a lawsuit in November accusing the board of violating the state's open meetings law before it fired Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven.
In filings presented to a Cole County judge Tuesday, Sullivan argued a deposition from board member Eddy Justice indicates the board discussed issues in two closed meeting late last year that should have been public business. Justice said the board discussed several issues in closed session, including Vandeven's firing.
Sullivan's attorney, Duane Martin, argues the Sunshine Law violation makes all actions taken by the board during those two meetings invalid. That would include Vandeven's dismissal.
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 7:22:57 PM
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Professional hair braiders would face fewer regulations under a bill passed by the Missouri House.
House lawmakers voted 131-17 Wednesday to pass the bill and send it to the Senate. If made law, the bill would repeal a requirement that braiders be licensed by the state Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners. That can take considerable time and money.
Instead, hair braiders would be required to pay a $25 state registration fee and complete a self-test about scalp diseases and infection control.
Sponsoring Republican Rep. Shamed Dogan says repealing licensing requirements could mean more jobs in the state.
The Institute for Justice has said Missouri is among 13 states that require hair braiders to obtain some form of cosmetology or hairstyling license.
The bill is backed by Gov. Eric Greitens.
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 7:15:17 PM
COLUMBIA - Some Special Olympics athletes are ready for prom after choosing their perfect dress from more than 100 that were donated.
Dannie Coates, the Special Olympics coordinator, created the event.
“A lot of our athletes don’t have a very big income, so finding, like, a nice prom dress isn’t really in their budget or they are not able to do that," she said. "So, I figured if other people are and they have them and they're sitting in the basement, give them to someone who could use it.”
She said many of the athletes are older and living in homes.
"They don’t really have an opportunity like this to come and be spoiled and have the opportunity to look and pick out dresses,” Coates said.
She said she couldn’t believe so many dresses were donated.
“To put this on for them, they are going to be so excited. And that's what makes me so happy, because I know they are going to be so happy,” Coates said.
One athlete said she enjoyed saying yes to her dress.
“I feel pretty,” Alisa Aganovic said.
Another athlete said she can’t wait to wear her dress for the prom.
“ I look forward for the party. I can’t wait to see my friends and everybody there” Ruth Cook said.
Coates said the evening will be special.
“Night To Shine is going to be even better for them because they can find a dress that they love and don't have to worry about a budget because all of this is free,” she said.
Coates said she hopes to add a selection for male athletes next year.
Night To Shine will be take place on Feb. 9 from 7-9 p.m at Compass Church.
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 7:04:50 PM
COLUMBIA - The next step in construction of a new middle school in Columbia is a public vote scheduled for April.
The Columbia City Council approved the purchase of the land Tuesday. Now the public must decide whether to approve a bond issue for Columbia Public Schools.
It will total at about $30 million, $5 million of which will go to the construction of the school, according to CPS spokesperson Michelle Baumstark.
The new middle school would be located near Mill Creek Elementary. The land is east of Sinclair Drive and south of Chesterfield Drive. There are still gaps in the sidewalk that CPS plans to improve, if the bond issue is approved.
"We've been working with the city on getting platted, on some shared work for a park, and looking at road improvements and sidewalk enhancements in that area in order to be able to have the site development ready to go for construction," she said.
Gentry Middle School is the only school in south Columbia. It was originally built for 600 to 650 students, but currently more than 900 students attend.
"We've been managing for that school by adding trailers, we currently have 13-plus trailers, in order to be able to manage the student population," Baumstark said. "So definitely a new middle school is needed in south Columbia."
CPS is showing an early design of the middle school in the Aslin Administrative Building. It will be holding an open meeting there Thursday at 7:30 a.m. to talk about the bond issue.
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 7:00:06 PM
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A federal judge followed through on his promise Wednesday and blocked abortion-restricting rules in Missouri, saying he's bound by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and that the state is denying abortion rights "on a daily basis,… Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:27:00 -0500
The city will solicit resident feedback on proposals to increase ridership on the city's bus system, in part by increasing how often buses arrive at each stop. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:00:00 -0500
American Outdoor Brands will save nearly $2.8 million over a decade after the Boone County Commission unanimously approved tax breaks for the shooting and hunting equipment company on Tuesday. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:00:00 -0500
Boone County deputies will conduct at least one sobriety checkpoint between Thursday and Sunday, according to a news release. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:00:00 -0500
A Missouri State Highway Patrol DWI checkpoint in Moniteau County led to several arrests Friday, the agency said in a news release. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:00:00 -0500