• Mental health clinic coming to Eldon and Jefferson City Posted on 4 December 2019 at 8:00am

    JEFFERSON CITY - It's been almost seven months since a tornado tore through Eldon and Jefferson City, but trauma for children in the area may just be setting in.

    The National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, is hosting two community meetings to help parents learn how to help their children as they work through issues they may be facing after the tornado.

  • Get ready, the U.S. could soon be facing a french fry shortage. Here's why: Posted on 3 December 2019 at 4:51pm

    (CNN) -- Winter is coming — for our French fries.

    Unusually cold and wet weather during the potato harvest season has left some growers in the US and Canada unable to harvest a significant portion of their crop.

  • MU football attendance rises for the first time since 2014 Posted on 3 December 2019 at 3:26pm

    COLUMBIA - Despite a disappointing end to the year, MU football has reasons to be optimistic for the future.

    MU football attendance increased by 5% in 2019.

  • Unicorn puppy will stay with Missouri rescue mission Posted on 3 December 2019 at 2:49pm

    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A dog who was dubbed the unicorn puppy because of a tail-like growth between his eyes will remain with the founder of a Missouri rescue group, despite more than 300 offers to adopt him.

    The beagle-mix puppy, named Narwhal the Little Magical Furry Unicorn, was rescued in November by Mac’s Mission in southeast Missouri. He drew international attention when his picture hit social media, prompting all the adoption offers but also some negative attention, including death threats, said Rochelle Steffen, founder of the Mac’s Mission in Jackson.

  • Judge rules 1851 law doesn't apply in duck boat case Posted on 3 December 2019 at 2:25pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that an 1851 maritime law does not protect a company from making payments to families of people aboard a tourist boat that sank on a Missouri lake, killing 17 people.

    After the July 2018 sinking at Table Rock Lake near Branson, multiple lawsuits were filed against Ride the Ducks International, which owned the boat before Ripley Entertainment bought it.

  • Prosecutor files seven child sex crime charges against Camden County man Posted on 3 December 2019 at 1:34pm

    CAMDEN COUNTY - Prosecutors filed charges on November 27 against a man deputies say committed numerous child sex crimes.

    Andrew Helm, 44, faces four counts of statutory sodomy and three counts of child molestation. According to court documents, the crimes happened between 2008 and 2014.

  • Kamala Harris ends Democratic presidential campaign Posted on 3 December 2019 at 1:13pm

    Kamala Harris is ending her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. She told supporters in an email Tuesday that she "simply doesn't have the financial resources we need to continue.

    Harris launched her campaign in front of 20,000 people at a chilly, outdoor campaign launch in January.

  • Interest in medical marijuana use exceeds Missouri estimates Posted on 3 December 2019 at 1:10pm

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Interest in medical marijuana use has far outpaced expectations only five months into Missouri’s new program.

    Missouri issued close to 22,000 medical marijuana cards since July 4, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Researchers with the University of Missouri’s Economic and Policy Analysis Research Center previously estimated that the state wouldn’t reach that many patients until 2021.

  • Tips to ward off "porch pirates" this holiday season Posted on 3 December 2019 at 12:28pm

    COLUMBIA— Holiday season is around the corner and it is of no surprise that the Columbia Post Office is seeing an increase in traffic of incoming and outgoing mail.

    With an increase in packages, comes the risk of people stealing items after delivery on people's porches.

  • UPDATE: More divers help in day three of search for missing woman [embedded content] Posted on 3 December 2019 at 7:41am

    COOPER COUNTY - Authorities spent the better part of Tuesday and Wednesday searching an area of the Lamine River for missing Columbia woman Mengqi Ji Elledge. 

    The Columbia Police Department joined forces with several other mid-Missouri law enforcement agencies for day two of the Lamine River.