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Top Stories: Springfield’s Drury University swimming and diving coach Brian Reynolds will help lead a task force to outline best practices to combat hazing. And a state Senate committee will be asked Wednesday whether the legislature should allow the creation of educational savings accounts for students. Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:00:39 +0000
Mizzou never trailed after the opening tip, won it’s third game in a row and in the process handed head coach Robin Pingeton her 450th career win as the Tiger women took care of Arkansas, 60-46, on Monday night in Fayetteville, Ark. Mizzou (14-7, 4-3) clinched its first road victory at Arkansas since Dec 21, […] Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:09:13 +0000
Missouri lawmakers heard a detailed farm report Monday afternoon at the Capitol in Jefferson City, a report which notes Missouri agriculture employs nearly 400,000 people statewide. Acting Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) Director Chris Chinn tells lawmakers that agriculture is an $88 billion industry in Missouri. She delivered a presentation Monday to a joint Senate-House […] Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:45:06 +0000
Missouri lawmakers will consider a proposal to hike the state’s motor fuel tax and transfer control and maintenance of lettered highways to counties. The measure would provide the jurisdictions with funding equal to the amount the state has spent over a three-year period to maintain the roads. The Missouri Transportation Department estimates it’ll cost about […] Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:30:39 +0000
Legislation is being considered today by the Missouri House Economic Development Committee that would require public employees’ annual permission before union dues could be taken from their paychecks. The proposal is sponsored by Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa). The committee is chaired by Rep. Holly Rehder, who is the sponsor of a so-called Right-to-Work bill, which […] Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:26:33 +0000
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department said it arrested two armed robbery suspects Monday.
Detectives said they arrested 26-year-old Quantrell Brookins and 28-year-old Oscar Brookins Monday evening after an investigation into a previous attempted armed robbery.
The attempted robbery happened Friday at the I-70 Eagle Stop. Police said the suspects fled the scene after noticing an on-duty security guard.
Officers said they found evidence of the crime in the Welcome Inn Motel parking lot. Police said they then identified the suspects by watching surveillance video of the parking lot.
While Quantrell Brookins and Oscar Brookins were detained, authorities said they searched the suspects' home. Officers found evidence associated with a separate armed robbery at a Break Time on January 9, police said.
Authorities said both suspects are facing robbery and armed criminal action charges.
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:40:53 PM
COLUMBIA - One person was hospitalized after being shot in north Columbia Monday evening, according to the Columbia Police Department.
Authorities said the shooting happened during a cell phone sale on the 1500 block of Riva Ridge Court. The seller shot the buyer in the leg after he allegedly ran into the woods without paying for the phone, police said.
"I heard a gun shot which could've been fireworks, a car backfiring, I didn't know at the time," eyewitness Mason Craig said. "I looked outside, and I saw two people running behind the duplex's farther up on the cul-de-sac."
Craig said he saw the people running in between two houses on Riva Ridge Court and saw them run behind the top of the cul-de-sac.
The Boone County Sherriff's Department along with its K-9 unit helped in the search for the buyer in the woods. Authorities said the buyer later showed up at the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Officers said they detained the seller at the crime scene, but there were no arrests.
There were no other injuries or property damage.
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 8:47:12 PM
COLUMBIA- A recent study from researchers at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University show sedentary lifestyles negatively impacted the genetics of elderly women.
Almost 1,500 women ages 64 to 95 took part in the study. Their activity level was recorded, and the lengths of the caps of their DNA were measured. These caps, called telomeres, prevent DNA from deteriorating.
The researchers found the DNA of women who lived sedentary lifestyles were aged 8 years older than their counterparts. They also found the women were more prone to be obese, have a history of chronic illnesses and suffer from high blood pressure.
"Telomeres are what keep your DNA young," Dr. John Mruzik, a clinic doctor of the Boone Medical Group, said.
"[When telomeres are shortened] you start thinking about mal-functioning cells, cancer, aging."
Mruzik explained that lack of exercise along with the usual culprits of poor eating, excessive drinking and smoking are responsible for telomere shortening. He said exercise gets rid of damaged cells and improves almost all human functions.
"It can be anything through stretching, even some functional chores," Tori Sisson, Director of Therapy Operations at Rusk Rehabilitation Center said.
Sisson said over 50% of the patients the Rusk Rehabilitation Center sees are over 65. A large number of them are sedentary due to falls or other preventable accidents.
"People in the community who exercise for just 30 minutes a day can really decrease their risk of being sedentary," Sisson said. "Thirty minutes a day isn't too much, something I think almost everyone can work on."
Sisson explained Rusk Rehabilitation uses a variety of methods from practicing getting dressed to getting into cars to get their sedentary patients back on their feet. She highlighted group workout sessions are sometimes the best method, but stressed patients should consult physicians before working out.
Mruzik cited experimental medicines and procedures available to artificially lengthen telomeres, but they have yet to be peer-reviewed.
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 7:39:58 PM
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A 70-year-old man who told investigators after robbing a Kansas bank that he'd rather be imprisoned than with his wife has admitted carrying out the holdup.
Lawrence Ripple pleaded guilty Monday in Kansas City, Kansas, to a federal bank robbery count. He faces up to 20 years in prison.
Court documents show that Ripple gave a Kansas City bank teller a note in September demanding cash and warning he had a gun. Ripple grabbed nearly $3,000, sat in the lobby and told a guard he was the "guy he was looking for."
An FBI agent said Ripple had argued with his wife earlier and told her in writing he'd "rather be in jail than at home."
The Kansas City Star reported Ripple's wife accompanied him to court Monday.
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 7:15:01 PM
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's new Republican secretary of state has been defending his decision to appoint a securities industry insider to head a state watchdog division.
Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft in a Monday statement said new Securities Commissioner David Minnick's knowledge of the industry will help improve state investigations.
A statement from Ashcroft's office described criticism of Minnick as partisan.
Some Democrats have been calling on Ashcroft to ditch Minnick, who previously worked at St. Louis-based Stifel Financial Corp. The company is under investigation by the division Minnick now heads. It previously agreed to pay millions of dollars to settle with the state after past investigations.
Democratic Rep. Greg Razer of Kansas City on Monday said Minnick's appointment is an issue of "blatant corruption."
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 7:08:05 PM
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Crews were working to remove a private plane from a runway Monday evening at Columbia Regional Airport after its landing gear failed. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:34:00 -0600
The Boone County Courthouse was evacuated Monday afternoon after a child pulled a fire alarm in the building. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:12:00 -0600
GateHouse Media Inc. announced Monday its choice of an Alaska newspaper publisher to lead the Columbia Daily Tribune. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:00:00 -0600
Unlike in some cities in Boone County, Ashland’s mayor and board of aldermen receive no payment for their time. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:00:00 -0600
About 2,000 people attended a march and rally Saturday that coincided with the Women’s March on Washington, said Columbia Police Department Deputy Chief John Gordon. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:28:00 -0600