• Amtrak suspends services between Kansas City and St. Louis Posted on 19 March 2019 at 10:59pm

    OMAHA - Amtrak service between Kansas City and St. Louis has been temporarily suspended due to increase freight train traffic on Amtrak's Union Pacific route.

    Historic flooding the midwest lead to an increased amount of freight trains traveling across the route. With increased amounts of freight trains, Amtrak has to suspend its passenger trains.

  • MU student featured in global ad promoting inclusive clothing Posted on 19 March 2019 at 8:13pm

    COLUMBIA - When Madison Lawson shops at a retail store, she tends to leave empty-handed.

    “I want to dress like any 22-year-old girl,” Lawson said. “But I have to constantly be reminded that I am different.”

  • Flooding causes cancellation of Jefferson City youth soccer games Posted on 19 March 2019 at 7:00pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - Youth soccer games with the Jefferson City Area YMCA scheduled for Saturday are canceled due to Missouri River flooding. 

    Craig Hall, the YMCA sports director, said the flooding at the facility near U.S. 63 and U.S. 54 is the worst he has seen in his eight-year tenure.

  • Parson moves forward to reorganize the government Posted on 19 March 2019 at 7:36pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Mike Parson announced Tuesday plans to restructure four state agencies and promote economic development is in the next phase. 

    "My administration is committed to continuing to demand greater efficiency and accountability from our state agencies and improve customer service to all Missourians," Parson said. 

  • DNA evidence connects Columbia man to 2002 rape case Posted on 19 March 2019 at 5:10pm

    COLUMBIA - A Columbia man went on trial Tuesday in a 2002 rape case that prosecutors say was cracked with DNA evidence.
    Jackie Jennings, 53, is charged with forcible rape and burglary. 
    A probable cause statement said the victim was leaving a downtown bar when she was approached by an unidentified man who offered her a ride. She told police she refused and drove home then went to sleep.
    The statement said the woman laid down and then woke up feeling ill, only to notice a man standing in her room. At that point, the court documents said, the man attacked her and she passed out, waking later to find her clothes were off.

    Investigators said they noticed a light bulb above the woman's front door had been unscrewed. They got fingerprints from that, and DNA from the scene went into a database.

    A defense attorney said when Jennings was placed on felony probation in a different case, he had to provide DNA, which was then matched to the rape case. He was indicted in 2017. 

  • Survivors of clergy abuse want more transparency about accused priest Posted on 19 March 2019 at 5:09pm

    COLUMBIA - Victims of clergy sexual abuse said the Jefferson City Diocese needs to be more open about a priest recently put under investigation for "boundary violations with a minor."

    Father Geoffrey Brooke has been barred from practicing while the diocese investigates the allegations. 

  • Columbia Public Schools announce changes to school calendar Posted on 19 March 2019 at 4:54pm

    COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools released a revised school calendar to make up five lost snow days without extending classes after Memorial Day.

    April 10 will be a full day. It had previously been scheduled as an early dismissal day for teacher collaboration.

  • Pence heads to flooded Midwest amid concerns about levees Posted on 19 March 2019 at 4:39pm

    KANSAS CITY (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence was expected to visit the Midwest on Tuesday to view flooding caused by heavy rains and snowmelt that damaged hundreds of homes and inundated tens of thousands of acres with water.

    Flooding is expected throughout the week in several states as high water levels flow down the Missouri River. Swollen rivers have already breached more than a dozen levees in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • MU police officer fired over photo showing him in blackface Posted on 19 March 2019 at 3:10pm

    COLUMBIA - The MU Police Department announced Tuesday it had fired an officer after a photo of him in blackface surfaced.

    According to a news release, Marcus Collins admitted the photo was him and the incident happened before he was an employee with MUPD.

  • Targeted at Central Pantry: Man reacts to being taken by insurance scammer Posted on 19 March 2019 at 2:30pm

    COLUMBIA - A man who says he was conned by someone he met at the Central Pantry in Columbia feels lucky he didn't lose more money.

    "This is a guy that preyed on people when they were already vulnerable," said Andrew Liebig, a 20-year-old Columbia resident. "You got people that go to the food pantry, some of them are homeless. You got some of them that go and, like me, are low income, and this guy preyed on us."