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  • #TwinBill — #Royals, Rangers honor Ventura. Carpenter homers for #STLCards
    Prior to the start of their Cactus League opener, the Royals and Texas Rangers paid tribute to Yordano Ventura. Before the game, Gomez & Beltre placed flowers on the mound in honor of Yordano Ventura & we observed a moment of silence. #Ace30 pic.twitter.com/OcZyOH1XDa — Texas Rangers (@Rangers) February 25, 2017 Surprise city official Wayne […]  Sun, 26 Feb 2017 01:10:21 +0000

  • Missouri State dealt big blow by Shockers on Senior Day
    No. 25 Wichita State (27-4, 17-1 MVC) clinched a share of the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship Saturday with an 86-67 win over Missouri State on senior day for the Bears at JQH Arena. WSU’s inside-out combination of Shaquille Morris and Landry Shamet combined for 20 and 23 points, respectively, with Shamet snagging a team-high […]  Sat, 25 Feb 2017 23:19:27 +0000

  • Road woes continue for #Mizzou basketball
    Make it 34 straight games without a road victory for the Missouri Tigers men’s basketball team after their 80-77 loss at Ole Miss on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers were down 58-47 with just under ten minutes to play and hit 13 of their next 15 field goal attempts to pull themselves back into the game. […]  Sat, 25 Feb 2017 23:15:29 +0000

  • Missourinet 5 p.m. Newscast 2-24-2017
    Top stories: A northeast Missouri company is expanding. Republicans are gathering in southwest Missouri this weekend for an annual bash. Alisa Nelson reports.  Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:14:16 +0000

  • Mid-Missouri man charged in alleged terror plot being held without bond
    A Columbia man who allegedly prepared to launch a terrorist attack with people he believed were members of ISIS is being held in federal custody without bond, after pleading not guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City. 25-year-old Robert Lorenzo Hester Jr. was indicted by a federal grand jury this week, for his […]  Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:11:18 +0000

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  • United Airlines appears ready to come to Columbia
    United Airlines appears ready to come to Columbia

    COLUMBIA — United Airlines flight schedules posted to its website Saturday night showed two new flights out of Columbia Regional Airport.

    Passengers can book United Airlines service to Chicago O'Hare Airport beginning Aug 1. Passengers can also book flights to Denver starting Aug. 2.

    Neither United Airlines nor Columbia Regional Airport have confirmed that United Airlines will begin service to Columbia.

    KOMU 8 News reached out to both United Airlines and interim Airport Manager Mike Parks Saturday evening, but neither had responded Saturday night. 

    The city of Columbia has a news conference scheduled for Monday morning to "make an announcement regarding" the airport.

    United Airlines would be a new airline for Columbia, which has operated exclusively with American Airlines since Frontier Airlines left in May 2013.

    United flights to and from Columbia would appear to include morning departures to Chicago O'Hare and Denver, and a second, afternoon departure to Chicago.

    American Airlines currently operates flights to Chicago and Dallas. Chicago would be the only route out of Columbia where two airlines directly compete.

    Passenger traffic at Columbia Regional Airport has trended steadily upward since 2007. 

    KOMU 8 News spoke with Parks Wednesday for a story about the airport's planned improvements.

    When asked about the possibility of a new airline starting service to Columbia, he said, "The airport is always looking at other air carriers, looking at other destinations, and additional routes which people submit and request."

    The city's news conference about the airport is expected to start at 10 a.m. Monday.


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  • Trial set for man accused of child sodomy
    Trial set for man accused of child sodomy

    LACLEDE COUNTY — A man accused of assaulting and sexually abusing his 5-month-old daughter nearly eight years ago finally has a trial date, kicking an unusually long-lasting case into high gear.

    Aaron Fisher, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to two counts of forcible sodomy, but later recanted, is scheduled for a jury trial in Laclede County on April 10, according to court documents.

    In 2009, Fisher's daughter was admitted to an emergency room in a southern Missouri hospital with signs of abuse. Medical staff transferred her to University Hospital due to internal injuries stemming from sexual assault. The girl had an apparent skull fracture and broken bones.

    In 2015, a Cole County judge dismissed charges in the case, leading a state lawmaker to call for an investigation of the decision. The judge believed Fisher had not been granted a fair and speedy trial — Rep. Rocky Miller, R-Lake Ozark, didn't buy it, questioning the judge's logic.

    The case has lasted for so long that in 2014, Fisher had to get a new public defender. After five years on the job, his previous counsel had retired. 

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      Sat, 25 Feb 2017 9:31:32 PM

  • Sen. Blunt relocates Columbia office
    Sen. Blunt relocates Columbia office

    COLUMBIA — U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., announced Saturday that his local office space will be relocated from its current downtown premises to a new location near Business Loop 70.

    According to a news release, the move will take effect beginning Monday, when the new location will open under normal business hours.

    The new office will be located at 1123 Wilkes Blvd., Suite 320 — near the intersection of College Avenue and Business Loop 70.

    Blunt and his staff operate six regional offices throughout Missouri and in Washington, D.C.

    The release says constituents are encouraged to visit the office in person for help dealing with federal agencies, questions regarding specific bills or to seek information on grant applications.

    Missourians can also call the Columbia office at (573) 442-8151.

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      Sat, 25 Feb 2017 9:11:50 PM

  • Community comes together for Loos family home makeover
    Community comes together for Loos family home makeover

    COLUMBIA — This weekend Missourians came together to give the Loos family a home makeover.

    Rhyan Loos, 7, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2015.

    Rhyan, her siblings Brady and Charli, and parents Brad and Jennifer live in Columbia. Brad Loos is the assistant coach of the Missouri Tigers men's basketball team.

    Family friend Amy Dirks and HGTV Design Star winner Jennifer Bertrand organized the makeover. They received donations from places like Flooring America and Sporting Kansas City to make the project happen.

    The Loos family lived in the house for about six months before Rhyan's diagnosis, so Dirks said some projects went unfinished as they began treatment. Rhyan regularly travels to New York for treatment.

    Volunteers from Kansas City to Columbia joined Dirks and Bertrand to paint, decorate, build and reorganize the Loos house. 

    They caught the attention of many Missourians through their Facebook page: "Installing Happiness for Loos Family."

    The project will be finished on Sunday and revealed to the Loos family at 6 p.m. 

    As they move through the project, Dirks and Bertrand need many different things to help this family. If you are interested in donating in any way, email Amy Dirks at amydirks@gmail.com or message the Facebook page. 

    Amy Dirks and Jennifer Bertrand would like to thank those who came to help or donated items to the project: Dave Griggs from Flooring America, artist Teresa Dirks, Victory Project Sporting KC, Ryan Comment from Bootlace Design and Build, Elisa Williamson, Mara Cohara, Shannon Crim, Jamie Redeker Sieland, Nancy Lane, Dawn McMullin Classen, Megan Evans Schoeck, Cindy Ellis, Annemarie Daiker and family, Melissa Anderson, Kim Hotchkiss, Kelli Johnson, Gayle Dugdale from Main Street Goods Liberty, Tood Maxwell from Embassy, Ashley Cross Footer and Rick Footer, Mari-Lynn Schritter Poskin, Amanda Thomas, Lisa Nicholson, Lisa Rope, Amy Andruska, Amanda Allen, Nicole Bell, Holly and Tyler, Amy Epple, Dan Gauvin, Jake and Mami Chambers, Deanna Brown-Hood, Keith Henry Caldwell from Caldwell Painting and More, James Krajsa, Brian Fleming, Xochilt Galindo-Salas from J and L Cleaning, Lacy Preismeyer, Hayley Russell, Carol Karle, Karl and Kim Jarrell, Brandon Byer, Nick Healy, Sarah Seegal, Emily Brown, Katie Peacock, Holley Dow, Steve Long and Kaylynn Hood.

    Dirks said the people that helped and showed their support are the most important part of this project.

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      Sat, 25 Feb 2017 7:21:23 PM

  • Toys for Tots hosts first charity concert
    Toys for Tots hosts first charity concert

    JEFFERSON CITY — People from all over mid-Missouri gathered at the Miller Performing Arts Center Saturday to listen to local musicians and raise money for Toys for Tots. 

    This is the event's first year.

    The Event Coordinator Harold Faughn said for every ticket bought, it's helping three children receive a toy for Christmas. 

    He said the Toys for Tots season is normally in October, November and December, but they are getting a head start on raising money so more children are able to receive gifts during the 2017 holiday season. 

    Noren Access, Sweet Adelines, David Baker and Sylvia Ferguson were some of the acts scheduled to perform for the charity event. Each of the acts are local and volunteered to perform for the event.

    Ferguson said performing on behalf of Toys for Tots is something she couldn't have turned down. 

    "There are so many kids out there that actually need love and support," she said. "One way to show a child love is to give them a toy to hold on to." 

    Another major group scheduled to perform is an acapella group called Six. The group, composed of six brothers, headlines the charity concert. 

    Faughn said all the proceeds made from ticket sales for the charity concert will go directly to Toys for Tots. 

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      Sat, 25 Feb 2017 4:00:10 PM

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  • Giving a child a smile
    Mercedes Glanville holds her son Devon, 4, as Nichole Curry, marketing director for Noodles & Company, gives him a teddy bear Friday at University of Missouri Women’s and Children’s Hospital.  Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:00:00 -0600

  • Harrisburg superintendent set to retire June 30
    Lynn Proctor is retiring as Harrisburg superintendent. The school board has hired Harrisburg High School Principal Steve Combs to replace her.  Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:00:00 -0600

  • Kendrick: Ethics bills would uphold campaign promises
    Missouri House Democrats filed a series of ethics bills this year meant to uphold several promises made by Gov. Eric Greitens during the campaign, state Rep. Kip Kendrick said Friday.  Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:00:00 -0600

  • Hartzler switches positions on town hall meetings
    In Vicky Hartzler’s run to a 2010 victory over U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, town hall meetings — those she held and those Skelton did not — were an asset to her campaign.  Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:00:00 -0600

  • Making Columbia into a 'medical destination'
    The Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau will lay out an action plan this spring that seeks to make the city a “medical destination,” based on recommendations from a recent task force report.  Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:00:00 -0600


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