Parson Won't Reinstate Low-Income Housing Tax Credits This Year

Jun 11, 2018

New Gov. Mike Parson said he has no plans to reinstate a popular low-income housing tax credit program.

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Former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens’ office parted ways with speechwriter and communications advisor Jimmy Soni in spring of 2017, just as Soni was coming under renewed fire over past sexual harassment allegations. But the two didn’t stay apart for long. Public records show Soni continued to be paid for work by Greitens’ campaign, even as accusations of the former governor’s own sexual misconduct began to catch up with him.

Missouri Republican Gov. Mike Parson has named a county prosecutor as general counsel to the governor's office.

Parson on Friday announced he picked Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Christopher Limbaugh for the job.

Former Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Limbaugh to be prosecutor in the southeast Missouri county in 2012.

The prosecutor is from a well-known legal family in Missouri.

He is the son of former Missouri Supreme Court Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. and a grandson of retired U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh.

A special prosecutor will not refile a felony invasion-of-privacy charge against former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced her decision Friday, one week after the Republican governor's resignation.

A St. Louis grand jury in February indicted Greitens, accusing him of taking an unauthorized and compromising photo of a woman with whom he had an extramarital affair in 2015, before he was elected.

If you've got a "stable heart," MU Health Care cardiologist DR. ANAND CHOCKALINGAM encourages you to try turning your ordinary exercise routine into combination of maximum intensity for four minutes, followed by moderate intensity for four minutes. And don't forget to smile. June 8, 2018

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley is making a 100-stop tour of Missouri businesses.

Hawley's next stops are Friday in Springfield and Conway. He says the goal is to highlight workers and what he described as the "collapse of the middle class."

Hawley is running for Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill's seat in a race that could determine party control of the U.S. Senate.

McCaskill last year held more than 50 town halls across Missouri.

Community Food Assessment Reveals Problems with Food Distribution, Accessibility

Jun 8, 2018

Data from the Community Food Assessment was presented to Columbia residents at the Activity and Recreation Center Thursday night. The community health survey was conducted through March 16 by Live Well Boone County and the Build This Town Campaign for the construction of the Agriculture Park.

The assessment, organized by the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, revealed problems in residents’ access to food. Some of the most prominent issues were grocery store distribution, availability of healthy and affordable food options and transportation to food sources.

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When South Sudan became a country in 2011, there was a lot of optimism in a nation where people had endured decades of conflict to win independence from Sudan.

But within three years, the country had descended into its own civil war – a war that continues to this day.

Today more than a third of South Sudan’s population has been forced from their homes. Children are used as soldiers and mass rape as a weapon of war.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at why the government and the main rebel group have been unable to make peace, and whether a policy shift by the Trump administration may lead to a deal.

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The Missouri House committee that had been investigating former Gov. Eric Greitens has dropped an attempt to get records related to a nonprofit group that supported him.

A Cole County judge had scheduled a hearing Thursday on whether to still enforce a House subpoena for records from Greitens' campaign and a pro-Greitens group called A New Missouri in light of his resignation last Friday.

But that hearing was canceled after a House attorney notified the judge Wednesday that it's withdrawing its request to enforce the subpoena.

Jesse Hall on a cloudy day.
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University of Missouri Chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright, Vice Chancellor Rhonda Gibler for Finance and Interim Provost Jim Spain announced budget cuts for the upcoming 2019 fiscal year, which begins July 1. This included a general revenue reallocation of $45 million, with cuts ranging from 5 to 12 percent across departments at MU.

If you've never been to Olivet Christian Church's annual chicken and mutton barbecue (dine in or drive thru!), you're really missing out on a "great experience." Find out why! Guests: JOE REEDER and RITA REEDER | Also, our consumer expert MEL ZELENAK wants to give back. If you're a young couple looking for advice when it comes to financial management, Mel is here to help - for free! Watch for details. (3:43) June 7, 201

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A second lawsuit has been filed against a guard at a Missouri women's prison alleging sexual assault of an inmate.

The Kansas City Star reports the lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses Chillicothe Correctional Center officer Edward Bearden of sexually assaulting an inmate. The lawsuit also names two of Bearden's superiors and the Missouri Department of Corrections official responsible for preventing prison rape.


COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to disposing of a gun that was pulled before a guard fatally shot a man on New Year's Day at a Columbia restaurant.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that 20-year-old Jaylon Freelon, of Columbia, was sentenced Monday to five months in jail for evidence tampering and given credit for time served.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says he's keeping his predecessor Eric Greitens' ban on lobbyist gifts to executive staffers.

That means Parson also is now banned from accepting meals and other gifts. Parson previously served as lieutenant governor but was elevated to the state's top executive office when Greitens resigned amid personal and political scandal Friday.


COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a former Columbia Public Schools teacher has been charged with having sexual contact with a student.

Court records show the felony was filed Tuesday against Sean Diestel. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the probable cause statement says he is a former laser technology and vocational technology instructor at the Columbia Area Career Center, and is accused of having a sexual relationship with a student who was enrolled in his class last year.

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Set on a Minnesota farm, "The Wedding Present" is a drama-comedy about one man's trek to the alter, by way of a domineering mother-of-the-bride and a surprise guest. This two-week run at Talking Horse Productions will be the premiere of writer Matt Braaten's story. Guest: ED HANSON | Also, KIM SHELMADINE and ANN ANDERSON tell us about all the good Central Missouri Community Action's Foster Grandparent Program does for our community, and why you should get involved! (3:50) June 6, 2018

The fate of a Missouri death row inmate whose execution was halted last year after DNA evidence raised questions about his case is on hold as a result of former Gov. Eric Greitens' resignation.

Marcellus Williams, 49, was hours away from being put to death in August when Greitens halted the execution. Williams was convicted of fatally stabbing former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Lisha Gayle during a 1998 burglary at her suburban St. Louis home, but DNA evidence found on the murder weapon matched another unknown person.

A Columbia man who told authorities he accidentally kicked his 6-month-old daughter to death has been indicted on a second-degree murder charge.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that 20-year-old Cortavia Smith was arraigned Monday on the charge. The indictment, which was returned Friday, said his daughter died of blunt-force trauma to the head. His attorney didn't immediately return a phone message.

Authorities say an officer has fatally shot a man after he fired at police in a Springfield neighborhood.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the man was identified Tuesday as 40-year-old Joshua Stanford. Police said in a news release that Stanford shot at officers Monday at a neighborhood intersection while they were responding to a report that a package had been stolen from a front porch.

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As spring greening leans into summer color in Missouri’s outdoors, one native shrub is beginning to blossom this week.


The elderberry shrub (Sambucus canadensis) can grow to 5 – 12 feet tall, and in late summer, produces clusters of dark, berrylike fruits that feed dozens of bird species and other wildlife. This week, though, look for these shrubs’ showy umbels of white, fragrant flowers. 


The #Black panel discusses new releases from Cardi B, Drake and Janell Monae and what they say about race, sexuality, and music. 

On this month's #Black, the panel discusses immigration in the context of a man from Mali granted French citizenship after a heroic saving of a child, which caused some in the media to dub him "Spiderman." Also, they talk about the controversy surrounding Rosanne Barr, after her show was removed from ABC-TV after a racist tweet from the star. 

City Council Updates Anti-Discrimination, Animal-Tethering Laws

Jun 5, 2018
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Expanding and updating anti-discrimination protections, and placing further restrictions on how animals can be tethered were both on tap for the Columbia City Council’s meeting Monday night.

The council also heard from Columbia residents about traffic calming on Rollins Road, and the previously-approved Shepard-Rollins trail project.

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After Record Highs in May, Missouri Gears Up for Summer Safety Week

Jun 5, 2018

After a May of record-breaking temperatures, organizations in Missouri want people to know the risks associated with excessive heat.

The National Weather Service, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Missouri Department of Public Safety are promoting Missouri Summer Safety Week, which runs from June 18 to 24.

Columbia is among several cities in Missouri reaching all-time high average temperatures for May. It was also the warmest May on record for the state, MU Extension climatologist Pat Guinan said.