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  • Bernie supporters announce their DNC arrival with rallies (VIDEO)
    As Democratic National Convention delegates arrived in Philadelphia Sunday, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz agreed to step down from her post as party chair after an email leak revealed what Bernie Sanders supporters had claimed throughout his campaign–the DNC tried to sabotage the senator’s chances.  This news incensed many staunch Bernie-crats, like Amy Powell of Springfield, who […]  Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:30:41 +0000

  • Missouri delegates help pay for DNC trip through GoFundMe
    Several Missouri delegates at this week’s Democratic National Convention have a GoFundMe page to help pay their way to Philadelphia, including Frederick Doss of Jefferson City. Delegates must pay for their own travel, hotel and other convention expenses, which is estimated to cost about $ 3,000. This is Doss’s second time as a national delegate. […]  Mon, 25 Jul 2016 08:55:05 +0000

  • Missouri lawmaker wants to boost fines on those who illegally spray pesticides
    A state lawmaker who represents the southeast Missouri region where there have been numerous pesticide complaints will pre-file legislation in December to address the issue. State Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville) will introduce a bill in January to increase penalties on those who illegally spray pesticides. The state Department of Agriculture told Rone and other lawmakers on […]  Mon, 25 Jul 2016 08:30:52 +0000

  • Royals drop below .500 for first time since mid-May
    Royals relief pitcher Luke Hochevar was burned by Delino DeShields who hit a go-ahead homer to left-center field, to give the Texas Rangers a 2-1 win at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals have now given up at least one home run in 11 straight games and with this loss, fall to 5-12 in their last 17 games and dropped to below .500 […]  Sun, 24 Jul 2016 21:49:11 +0000

  • Isaac Bruce and former Rams attract good crowd for final game at the dome
    Rams legends led by Isaac Bruce played in a flag football Saturday at the Dome to raise money for the Isaac Bruce Foundation and relive great memories from one of the most of exciting Super Bowl Champion teams. Bruce was joined by members of the Greatest Show on Turf including Kurt Warner, Dick Vermeil, Mike Martz, Torry […]  Sun, 24 Jul 2016 21:46:53 +0000

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  • Resale housing market in Columbia prospers as nation hits 9-year high
    Resale housing market in Columbia prospers as nation hits 9-year high

    COLUMBIA - The National Association of Realtors reported this week a 9-year high for sales of existing homes this past May. While this comes as good news for the American economy, with sales at their highest level since February 2007, in Columbia the real estate market has maintained steady growth over the past years.

    Following the housing bubble of 2008 that coincided with an economic recession, the national real estate market took a hit. However in Columbia, instead of sales decreasing, the market remained steady.

    The city has recently taken the title of fourth largest in the state. President Elect of the Columbia Board of Realtors Jim Meyer said various economic factors and population growth have allowed for the market to maintain steady growth. 

    "When I came to Columbia in 1977 the population was 40-some thousand, I was a third grader but I remember the signs...Now we are well over 100,000 so that's a sustainable rate of growth in the history of our market," Meyer said. 

    The national study attributes the success of the market to an increase in the number of households. It reported that more young adults are heading into the work force and older Americans are downsizing their homes for something smaller and more affordable. 

    "Well Columbia does have several engines of growth, our economy is mainly white collar so we don't have a boom and bust type industrial cycle, if you're in St. Louis area and a major employer like Boeing cuts back staff that's going to affect the real estate market." Meyer said. "The historic trend for Columbia has been growth." 

    The study also includes reports from economists that said builders will have to respond to the increase the construction of homes to keep up with buyer's demand. 

    Meyer said Columbia experiences a 3 to 5 percent rate of growth on average each year. He also said that June is his most profitable month. Since June of 2013 there has been a stagnant rate of existing home sales. 

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  • Wildwood crash kills 2, injures 4
    Wildwood crash kills 2, injures 4

    WILDWOOD (AP) — Two people were killed in a two-vehicle collision in eastern Missouri.

    St. Louis County police say the accident occurred early Saturday in Wildwood.

    Police identified the two people killed as 72-year-old Gary Osborne Sr., of Ellisville, and 35-year-old Paula Turpiano of New Haven. Police said Turpiano was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes on Highway 100 when her vehicle struck an SUV driven by Osborne Sr.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports four other people sustained injuries ranging from minor to serious.

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      Sun, 24 Jul 2016 3:52:10 PM

  • Dedication for prairie in southwest Missouri
    Dedication for prairie in southwest Missouri

    DIAMOND (AP) — Southwest Missouri has a newly dedicated prairie.

    The 163-acre George Washington Carver Prairie was dedicated Saturday. It's located near the town of Diamond, the birthplace of Carver, who became a well-known botanist and inventor.

    Carol Davit, executive director of theMissouri Prairie Foundation, told The Joplin Globe the foundation wanted the prairie to complement the nearby George Washington Carver National Monument.

    The foundation bought the land with part of a $750,000 grant that was part of a settlement with Asarco, a mining company, for environmental damage in the area.

    Bruce Schuette, the foundation's vice president of science and management, says before Carver was born in the 1860s there were at least 15 million acres of prairie in Missouri. Now there are fewer than 70,000 acres of native prairies.

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      Sun, 24 Jul 2016 3:01:01 PM

  • Democratic VP pick Tim Kaine has deeper ties to Mizzou
    Democratic VP pick Tim Kaine has deeper ties to Mizzou

    COLUMBIA - Tim Kaine has always been a leader.

    While as a student at the University of Missouri, he served as a Summer Welcome leader, helping the incoming freshman class learn the ins and outs of MU.

    When Kaine was announced as Hillary Clinton's vice president pick Friday, one current Summer Welcome leader felt proud.

    "I think regardless of what political party you're a part of, you should be happy for Tim Kaine because not only as a Summer Welcome alumni, but a Mizzou alumni in general, you should be proud," Summer Welcome student coordinator Darren Green said.

    Since being a Summer Welcome leader, Kaine has been a mayor, governor, and senator in Virginia, going 8-0 in elections. Green said his Summer Welcome days may have served as a precursor to his political career.

    "I think it helped Tim Kaine," Green said. "I don't know if this is the one thing that set him above everything else. But, I think the program did help."

    Kaine graduated from Missouri with a bachelors degree in economics in 1979. He became the mayor of Richmond, Virginia in 1998, the governor of Virginia in 2006, and a U.S. senator in 2013. Kaine was rumored to be President Barack Obama's vice presidential pick in 2008, before Obama selected Joe Biden.

    The Democratic National Convention starts Monday, July 25 in Philadelphia. Kaine is expected to speak and officially accept the nomination by Thursday.


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      Sun, 24 Jul 2016 1:37:17 PM

  • Missouri man acquitted in 2014 cemetery murder
    Missouri man acquitted in 2014 cemetery murder

    HARRISONVILLE (AP) — A western Missouri man has been found not guilty in a 2014 fatal shooting at a Cass County cemetery.

    A Cass County jury on Friday acquitted Tyler Smallwood of Peculiar in the June 2014 death of 25-year-old Forrest Fuller.

    The Kansas City Star reports that Smallwood was 18 when he was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the case, which was investigated by the Kansas City Metro Squad and included 30 investigators from 14 agencies.

    Fuller, of Cass County, was found shot to death at a rural cemetery in rural Peculiar, which is about 30 miles south of Kansas City.

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      Sun, 24 Jul 2016 1:25:37 PM

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  • Internal city communications show no sign of mayoral overreach
    Email exchanges between police Chief Ken Burton, City Manager Mike Matthes and members of the Columbia City Council show no evidence of a city charter violation.  Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0500

  • MU professor braves high temperatures, stiff competition in his first Show-Me State Games
    Chris Slaten said students who know about his pastime are indifferent, but his colleagues at the University of Missouri think he’s crazy.  Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0500

  • Dismal survey prompts police union, administrators to discuss potential shift adjustment
    Two days after the Columbia Police Officers’ Association released the results of a survey showing widespread discontent among officers, the association president and department officials met Wednesday  Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0500

  • Pork, politics mix at Boone County Fair ham breakfast
    The breakfast menu at the Peachtree Catering and Banquet Center on Saturday included ham, eggs and a side of politics.  Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0500

  • Mexico man suffers serious injuries in Audrain County crash
    A 42-year-old Mexico, Mo., man suffered serious injuries after crashing his motorcycle into a guardrail on Highway 54 in rural Audrain County.  Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0500


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