• African American Heritage Trail markers unveiled in Columbia Posted on 16 October 2019 at 6:48pm

    COLUMBIA - The Sharp End Heritage Committee unveiled seven new markers Wednesday that will be placed on the African American Heritage trail. The markers have information on historic African-American people and institutions that had an impact on Columbia.

    The committee chair, James Whitt, said adding the markers was part of the plan when the trail was first created.

  • Man sentenced for failing to register as a sex offender Posted on 16 October 2019 at 3:42pm

    MILLER COUNTY - A Tuscumbia man has been sentenced to 15 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for failure to register as a sex offender.

    Leonard Wilson pleaded guilty to the felony of failing to register as a sex offender and sodomy Tuesday in court.

  • New campaign teams up with gun dealers to prevent suicides Posted on 16 October 2019 at 6:45pm

    COLUMBIA - In an effort to decrease the number of suicides across the state, a non-profit group is teaming up with gun retailers.

    Safer Homes Collaborative, the non profit group, has approached nearly 550 gun stores across the state of Missouri about displaying materials with information about how to spot suicidal behavior and how to help.

  • Three former Cole County EMS employees claim discrimination Posted on 16 October 2019 at 3:33pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - Three former Cole County Emergency Medical Services employees filed lawsuits against the county on Monday, claiming discrimination by former Deputy Chief Jerry Johnston. 

    The lawsuits, filed separately, claim Johnston discriminated against the plaintiffs for their age. Each lawsuit says Johnston "would frequently socialize with younger employees in and out of work, while excluding older employees."

  • Precautionary boil water advisory issued in Jefferson City Posted on 16 October 2019 at 3:16pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - A precautionary boil water advisory has been issued for Missouri American Water customers in Jefferson City after a contractor broke a 12-inch water main on Missouri Boulevard between Bolivar and Highway 50.

    The break caused a pressure drop in the water system and is strictly a precautionary measure with no evidence of contamination, according to a press release.

  • Class-action lawsuit filed in response to Hyvee data breach Posted on 16 October 2019 at 2:31pm

    COLUMBIA - A Pennsylvania law firm has filed a class-action lawsuit against Hy-Vee.

    The lawsuit comes after the grocery store chain announced a data breach across select stores.

  • GM and union reach tentative deal that could end strike Posted on 16 October 2019 at 12:05pm

    DETROIT (AP) — Bargainers for General Motors and the United Auto Workers have reached a tentative contract deal that could end a monthlong strike that brought the company's U.S. factories to a standstill.

    The deal, hammered out Wednesday after months of bargaining, won't bring an immediate end to the strike by 49,000 hourly workers. They will likely stay on the picket lines for at least two more days as two union committees vote on the deal. Then members have to approve it.

  • Cole County man dies in tractor crash Posted on 16 October 2019 at 10:53am

    COLE COUNTY - A St. Thomas man is dead after a tractor crash Tuesday evening.

    According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, 83-year-old Robert Luebbering was driving a 1967 John Deere 3020 at the time of the incident.

  • Racist message mimicking Gentry Middle School home page appears on Google Posted on 15 October 2019 at 10:24pm

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia school district is investigating after a racist image imitating the web site of Columbia's Gentry Middle School showed up on Google.

    Viewers sent a screenshot of the image to KOMU 8 on Tuesday.

  • MUPD: Sexual assault reported near campus Posted on 15 October 2019 at 8:53pm

    COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri Police Department (MUPD) is investigating a sexual assault that happened over the weekend near the MU campus. 
    According to a news release, officers received a report saying a sexual assault happened at a house in the 400 block of Burnam Avenue. This is in the University of Missouri's Greek Town.
    MUPD provided few details, stating a female was the victim of a sexual assault by a male acquaintance.

    The department is asking anyone with information to contact MUPD at 573-882-7201 or call Crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS