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  • Southwest Airlines to begin daily service from St. Louis to Cancun in March
    Southwest Airlines has announced expanded service to Cancun from St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL). Lambert spokesman Jeff Lea says the schedule, which begins in March, includes an expansion to daily service from single-day, Saturday service from St. Louis to Cancun. That Saturday service begins in November, and Lea tells Missourinet Southwest has been selling […]  Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:00:56 +0000

  • McCaskill: NAFTA renegotiations could lead to retaliation against agriculture
    Some U.S. lawmakers, including Senator Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, say agriculture could suffer by renegotiating a trade bloc agreement with Canada and Mexico. McCaskill says President Trump’s push to make changes to the pact known as NAFTA makes some Republicans and Democrats nervous. “If we begin moving the needle as it relates to other products, I […]  Thu, 27 Jul 2017 19:36:25 +0000

  • Missouri Congresswoman happy President Trump is making her amendment unnecessary
    Missouri’s 4th District Republican Congresswoman is a fan of President Trump’s decision to ban transgender service in the armed forces. Vicky Hartzler pushed an amendment in the U.S. House this month that would have banned defense dollars from going to medical treatment tied to gender transition. It barely failed to pass. “I was very pleased […]  Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:46:24 +0000

  • The Bill Pollock Show–#STLCards sweep of the Rox puts GM in tough spot. #Mizzou recruiting update (PODCAST)
    The Royals and now the Cardinals are in that tough trade deadline position of whether they should sell off prospects or veterans that could help build their future or stand pat and roll with your current roster. Now KC has certainly bolstered their bullpen by adding three pieces, but the Cardinals have the Dodgers and […]  Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:10:47 +0000

  • Missourinet 7 a.m. News 7-27-17
    Top Stories:  A corrections officer is recovering after being attacked at the Northeast Correctional Center in Bowling Green yesterday.  And Another attempt is underway to try and restore cuts to in-home and nursing home care for more than 8,000 Missourians.  Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:05:13 +0000

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  • Former MU student files lawsuit against fraternity
    Former MU student files lawsuit against fraternity

    COLUMBIA - A former University of Missouri student filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity, the Alpha Kappa Chapter and several members for injuries he claims he suffered as a pledge last fall. 

    On the night of September 27-28, 2016, then-freshman Brandon Zingale said he was forced to drink excessive amounts of alcohol by active members until he was incapacitated. Zingale was found the next morning unconscious, barely breathing and drenched in urine, foaming from his mouth.

    Zingale arrived at the hospital 10 hours after he initially began drinking. At the hospital, his blood alcohol count was 0.41; for comparison, the legal limit for driving in Missouri is 0.08. Zingale suffered from alcohol poisoning as well as other serious injuries.

    The lawsuit claimed that KA and the MU Chapter were aware that the dangerous drinking tradition still existed, but didn't take any effective measures to manage it.

    MU investigated the fraternity and found it had violated many regulations. As a result, the university withdrew the chapter's recognition for a five year period. 

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  • Local businesses discuss plans for Nifong improvement project
    Local businesses discuss plans for Nifong improvement project

    COLUMBIA - Local businesses heard plans for the Nifong Boulevard Improvement Project at a meeting Thursday. 

    The project is part of the city's larger capital improvement project, with this project spanning along Nifong Boulevard from Providence Road to Forum Boulevard. 

    The project is funded by the Capital Improvement Sales Tax which passed in 2015.

    Plans include adding two more through lanes, bike lanes and expanding sidewalks. 

    The traffic signals at Bethel Street and Forum Boulevard would be replaced. 

    Thursday's meeting focused on the businesses in the east end of the project. 

    Jay Lindner, owner of the Nifong Shopping Center, said an expansion of Nifong Boulevard is a long time coming.

    "We're excited about the fact that Nifong is finally gonna finally get widened. I know it's still a few years away, but the traffic on this road has justified it for quite a long time, so it's nice to see that we're finally moving forward with the project," Lindner said.

    Project manager Allison Anderson said the next step is an interested party meeting, where plans for the rest of the project will be discussed.

    After the interested party meeting, city council will hear the plans and vote on final plans before construction starts. 

    If the project clears the remaining hurdles, construction would start in 2020.


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  • McCaskill trying to end ban on poultry trade with China
    McCaskill trying to end ban on poultry trade with China

    CENTRALIA - Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, joined a bipartisan collective of senators with the goal of ending China's ban on the purchase of American poultry products.

    The senators released a statement saying terminating the ban would have a positive impact on rural America. 

    "The poultry industry provides thousands of high quality jobs in our rural communities and the re-opening of the Chinese market would provide a huge boost for these rural areas," the senators said. 

    China established the poultry ban in 2015 when it detected a wild duck with highly pathogenic avian influenza from an American shipment. 

    This isn't the first time McCaskill has pushed for increased trade of American agriculture. 

    She was involved with a movement earlier this year that resulted in President Donald Trump finalizing agreements with China that allowed Missouri's rice and beef products to be exported China.

    She said the push to end the poultry ban is a continuation of her efforts to protect Missouri's agriculture industry. 

    Egg farmer Dustin Stanton said the lack of domestic demand is one of the biggest problem he faces as a farmer in Centralia, Missouri. 

    "We have more than enough food here in America to feed ourselves, so it would be really helpful if we could trade to China. Their population is four to five times the size of ours, that would be great," Stanton said. 


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  • Hot summer months partly to blame for lack of blood supply
    Hot summer months partly to blame for lack of blood supply

    COLUMBIA - The American Red Cross issued an emergency appeal earlier this month for eligible individuals to donate blood or platelets as they experience a nationwide shortage. 

    According to a news release from the American Red Cross, nearly 700 fewer blood drives were held the week of July 4 than an average week, which is the equivalent of the Red Cross not collecting blood donations at any blood drives for more than an entire day. Red Cross External Communications Manager for Missouri and Illinois Joe Zydlo said the Red Cross usually sees a drop in donors this time of year. 

    “There’s always this big shortage, and I think the challenge for us is just trying to find new donors,” Zydlo said.

    Zydlo said there were 61,000 fewer donations that were made nationwide in the months of May and June combined that led to the shortage. He said they usually see a shortage this time of year because schools are out and people go on vacation — he also said the heat is partly to blame. 

    “Extreme temperatures play a role as well, so all of those factors combined really led us to an emergency appeal," Zydlo said. "And we’ve had to continue that on even today and hope that people will come out and donate as soon as they can."

    Red Cross Biomedical Services President Shaun Gilmore said the decline in summer donations is causing a significant decrease of overall blood supply. 

    “We urgently need people to give now to restock hospital shelves and help save lives,” Gilmore stated in the news release. “Every day, patients recovering from accidents or those receiving treatments for cancer or blood disorders rely on lifesaving blood products regardless of the season.”

    According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. 

    Zydlo said, “With one blood donation, you could potentially impact up to three lives.” 

    Right now, there’s no telling how long the emergency will last. 

    “It really depends on how many donations we get,” Zydlo said. “It could go throughout the month of August. Right now, the last announcement that we sent out was through August 15. It could extend beyond that.” 

    To combat the shortage, centers have extended their hours. 

    “They may open an hour earlier or may stay an hour or two later so they can accommodate people who are coming to donate,” Zydlo said. “We will stay as long as we need to to make sure we take care of those people if they want to come in and donate.” 

    In addition to trying to get people to donate, the American Red Cross is giving out $5 Target Gift Card codes for those who donate from now until August 31. Zydlo said donating is very important. 

    “I meet so many people on a daily basis who say, 'I’ve never donated blood before, but it was my father, my mother, my friend' -- somebody had some type of an accident or surgery where they needed the blood products and that completely changed their mind," Zydlo said. "And I tell them, 'Don’t wait for something like that to happen. Do it because it’s the right thing to do.'” 

    To find a blood drive in your area, visit the American Red Cross website. 


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  • School bus company recruits new drivers, educates families
    School bus company recruits new drivers, educates families

    JEFFERSON CITY - Bus drivers from First Student transportation company say they have plenty of positive stories about their experiences Jefferson City routes.

    “It’s not as intimidating as it seems,” Randy Taylor said.

    Patty Rodwick said, “It’s like you’re a celebrity.”

    The drivers and other First Student officials were at the Capital Mall on Thursday to recruit, interview and possibly hire new drivers, as well as educate families on the safety benefits of school buses.

    First Student Location Manager Frank Underwood said people go through 52 hours of training before they can become drivers, and, after they start driving, they go through an additional 12 hours of training every month.

    In addition to learning how to drive and park the buses, drivers receive training in working with special needs students and learn how to handle emergency situations and bullying.

    Underwood said drivers go through the long training process because of the extra requirements of the job.

    “This isn’t just coming in and driving a bus, it’s coming in and building relationships with your students and building relationships with your schools,” Underwood said.

    A First Student press release said school buses are the safest way for students to travel to and from school.

    While not all students have seatbelts in First Student buses, Underwood said the compact structure of the seats protects student in the event of a crash. He said some buses have seatbelts available for disabled and younger students.

    Underwood said, with back-to-school season coming up, all drivers need to be cautious while driving.

    “It’s all of our responsibility to be aware. If you see a school bus, guess what, it may be stopping here anytime shortly. And so be aware, be conscious of what’s going on,” Underwood said.

    First Student hosts job fairs every month and said it hires people year-round, Underwood said.


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  • Judge blocks Missouri's abortion-restricting rules
    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

  • City seeks public input on bus system changes
    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

  • Boone County Commission approves tax incentives for American Outdoor Brands
    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

  • Sheriff’s department plans sobriety checkpoint
    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

  • Several arrested during DWI checkpoint
    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


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