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A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper is being credited with saving a mother and child from their vehicle after a wreck in Jefferson County.

The accident happened just before 7 AM, the crash report says the van was upside down and submerged in a creek. When the officer arrived, he pulled the young child and mother from the van.

Investigators are trying to determine what caused the car to leave the road.
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 11:20
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HOLTS SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) - A central Missouri animal shelter is working to find room for more than 40 cats that lived at a home.

Holts Summit police and animal rescue volunteers began removing the animals from the home Monday morning and will continue to take more animals to the shelter Tuesday.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports the department began investigating the home after complaints from neighbors last year.

Officer Marc Haycook said the department tried to work with the homeowners to reduce the number of animals in the house but nothing was accomplished.

The local shelter will house the cats until they are ready for adoption.

The homeowners are scheduled to appear in Holts Summit Municipal Court Wednesday.

 

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 09:49
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A new cancer center at a Columbia hospital will be named for former Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart and his wife, Virginia.

Boone Hospital Center officials announced Monday that construction of the Virginia and Norman Stewart Cancer Center is expected to begin this year.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the $7.2 million center will include 32 private patient rooms. It is expected to be ready for patients by March 2014.

The Stewarts have been active in raising awareness and money for cancer prevention.

Stewart, who battled colon cancer in the 1989-90, established the "Coaches vs. Cancer" program, which has grown to a national program that has raised about $87 million for cancer research and education.

Stewart was Missouri coach from 1967 to 1999, winning 634 games.

 

  

 
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 09:06
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WARRENSBURG, Mo. (AP) - More than 1,300 Missouri students are expected to participate in the state archery contest March 23 at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Conservation Federation of Missouri are coordinating the contest.

Students who shoot a qualifying score will compete in the National Archery in the Schools Program world championships June 28-30 in St. Louis.

The program provides archery programs to fourth-through-12th grade students. The organization says more than 58,000 Missouri students from 266 schools participate.

 

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 07:04
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House committee is considering legislation that would eliminate a time limit for prosecuting cases that involve sexual offenses against children or teenagers.

Currently, prosecutions must start within 30 years after the victim turns 18. It does not apply to cases of forcible rape or forcible sodomy, attempted forcible rape or attempted forcible sodomy and kidnapping.

A House public safety committee considered a proposal Monday that would repeal the time requirement for sexual offenses that involve someone age 18 or younger. The legislation also would allow child abuse cases to be prosecuted at any time.

In January, a state task force focused on preventing child sex abuse recommended eliminating the statute of limitations for first-degree statutory rape and first-degree statutory sodomy.

   

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 06:35
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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments today in Creve Coeur-based Monsanto's soybean patent claim. The biotech giant will argue that the patent for Roundup Ready soybeans extends to the offspring of the beans.

The case dates back to 2007, when Monsanto sued an Indiana farmer for planting the progeny of the patented beans. Monsanto won in U.S. District Court, and in the U.S. Court of Appeals. But that farmer, 75 year old Vernon Hugh Bowman has appealed to the high court.

Court watchers say this case has implications beyond genetically modified seeds, extending to other new technologies.

Briefs from Monsanto supporters, like the University of Missouri and Microsoft argue that a decision against Monsanto would have a chilling effect on innovation. Bowman's supporters argue that that would extend patent claims to an unreasonable length.
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 02:56
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Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul shouldn't be impeached for trying to have a resident removed from a recent City Council meeting. That's according to the Ellisville Charter Enforcement Commission, which unanimously voted Monday night to dismiss a complaint against the mayor.

Mayor Paul has been at odds with several City Council members over a Walmart TIF project that he had opposed. Discussion over the TIF has led to several contentious council meetings, including the meeting in which Paul had tried to have a disruptive resident removed.

Last night's commission meeting wasn't without it's own drama. At one point, Mayor Paul's attorney, Lynette Petruska was removed from the meeting for allegedly disruptive behavior.

Still, the three-member commission sided with Paul. But it might not end there. The City Council could still vote to pursue the matter at Wednesday's meeting.
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 01:31
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A teenager shot and killed last week while allegedly trying to break into a south city home is the same teen charged in a "knockout game" attack that made headlines.

Fifteen year old Demetrius Murphy had been charged in the 2011 attack on Matt Quain, the man Mayor Francis Slay and his body guard had found bleeding at the curb along South Grand.

Murphy had been charged in the attack, but those charges were dropped after a young witness refused to testify in that case.

Quain spoke with Fox 2 News Monday night after learning about Murphy's death. "You know, I'm not happy that somebody died," Quain said. But he did say he wished the violence would end. "I wish there was more that people could do to put an end to it."

Murphy's alleged burglary accomplice, 17 year old Michael Bryant is facing murder charges in the 15 year old's death. The homeowner is not expected to be charged.
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 00:53
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Cities and counties would be able to resume collecting taxes on cars that were not purchased at Missouri dealers under a bill passed by the Senate.

The Senate voted 28-0 to send the bill to the House on Monday.

A Missouri Supreme Court decision last year has prohibited local governments from collecting sales taxes on cars bought from out-of-state dealers or from a private sale between Missouri residents.

The legislation would allow counties and cities to immediately collect local taxes on such sales. It would also require a vote between November 2014 and November 2016 in counties and cities on whether the tax should be kept.

Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a version of the bill last year that would not have required a public vote.
Monday, 18 February 2013 17:26
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Members of the Collinsville community held a vigil Monday afternoon for the victim of a fatal hit and run last week.

22-year-old Anthony Connors was found in a ditch a week ago. The Collinsville police were not available for an update today, but previously said they have narrowed their search to a pickup truck from the early 2000's. The vigil was held near the scene of the accident along Route 157 around 1PM.
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