News for Friday, October 31, 2014



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Accident blocks eastbound U.S. 54

At least one person was taken to a hospital late Friday morning, following a three-vehicle accident on U.S. 54 near Missouri Boulevard.

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Cole County candidates meet with public, LU students

All eight candidates for contested Cole County offices on next Tuesday’s ballot spent more than two hours at Lincoln University Thursday night, explaining their candidacies and answering questions.

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Lunchtime reunion: Welcome home, Dad!

South Callaway fourth grader surprised when Air Force dad shows up

Just like every other day, Carson Russell, South Callaway fourth grader, sat down at a table in the school’s cafeteria Thursday and opened his bright green lunch box. Russell’s seemingly ordinary day quickly changed into what he describes as the “Number one best day ever.”

Backer, Fitzwater battle for 49th House District seat

Travis Fitzwater, Republican candidate from Holts Summit, and Gracia Backer, Democratic candidate from New Bloomfield, both have their eyes on the 49th House seat that represents western and southern portions of Callaway County and a small portion of Cole County.

Proposal divides legal community on child sexual abuse issue

Amendment 2 allows prior acts to be introduced at trial

It’s easy to agree about the brutality of sex crimes against children and the gut-wrenching emotions felt for victims. But opinions throughout the legal system vary on how to fairly seek justice in those cases.

Amendment 3 draws heavy opposition

Support vanishes for teacher rules, but educators still concerned

Although the campaign that placed Amendment 3 on Tuesday’s ballot has dissolved, opponents are still working furiously this fall to defeat the measure, which — if passed — would prohibit tenure and tie teachers’ salaries to students’ performance.

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Creek Trail opened to traffic

The new Creek Trail Drive opened earlier this week. The street goes under Missouri 179 and ties into Frog Hollow at Lecar Drive.

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State honors 3 for quality, productivity

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon presented three awards Thursday to state employees to honor their quality of work, efficiency and productivity.

Man gets probation for killing cat

A Jefferson City man has been placed on two years unsupervised probation for pleading guilty to misdemeanor animal abuse for shooting and killing a cat in March.

Prosecutor: Grand jury tweet in Brown case hacked

A tweet earlier this month suggesting insider information on the grand jury investigating the Ferguson police officer who shot Michael Brown was the result of someone hacking a woman’s Twitter account, St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch said Thursday.

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Fatima battles its way back to Final Four in volleyball

With all the adversity the Fatima volleyball team has faced this season, it should come as no surprise to the Lady Comets they’re heading into the Class 2 Final Four with some drama accompanying them.

A look at teams joining Fatima in the Final Four

Class 2 volleyball capsules

Here are capsule looks at the three volleyball teams joining Fatima in the Class 2 Final Four to be held today and Saturday at the Show-Me Center in Cape Girardeau:

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Helias making first trip to volleyball Final Four

After the Helias volleyball program got the monkey off its back and made it to its first Final Four, this season might have come as a surprise to some.

A look at teams joining Helias in the Final Four

Class 3 volleyball capsules

Here are capsule looks at the three volleyball teams joining Helias in the Class 3 Final Four to be held today and Saturday at the Show-Me Center in Cape Girardeau:

Nixon unveils jobs program in St. Louis County

Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision to not immediately visit Ferguson after an initial wave of violent protests that followed Michael Brown’s shooting death made him a target of critics, who called Nixon “silent Jay” and toted an oversized cardboard cutout of the two-term Democrat’s face to demonstrations.

Blair Oaks, Fulton feature plenty of speed

In tonight's district game

Don’t be surprised if tonight’s Class 3 District 6 semifinal football game turns into a track meet.

Jays feel sense of urgency in football playoffs

Host Jaguars tonight

Throughout practice this week, Jefferson City head coach Ted LePage and the rest of the Jays’ coaching staff have reminded players today’s game could be their last.

California to square off with resurgent So. Boone

In district football

The California Pintos and Southern Boone Eagles met five weeks ago, with the Pintos capturing a 48-7 victory. But the loss must have done the Eagles some good. They haven’t lost since.

Royals look toward next season after dream run

The emotions were still raw, the sting of defeat still fresh from Game 7 of the World Series when Billy Butler stood in front of his locker and spoke in a voice full of conviction.

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Not so sweet: Chocolate prices are set to rise

That bowl of chocolates for ninjas and ghosts won’t cost you more this Halloween.

FTC accuses Gerber of false claim on baby formula

Baby-food maker Gerber is being accused by the government of claiming falsely that its Good Start Gentle formula can prevent or reduce allergies in children.

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Severed arm grabs spotlight at Civil War museum

A well-preserved human forearm purportedly found shortly after the 1862 Battle of Antietam is grabbing the Halloween spotlight at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.

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A Headless Ranger? Mystery at Colonial burial site

Sleepy Hollow has the legend of the Headless Horseman.

Applications for US jobless aid tick up to 287,000

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, but remained at historically low levels that signal a strengthening job market.

US economy grew at 3.5 percent rate in Q3

The U.S. economy grew at a solid annual rate of 3.5 percent in the July-September quarter, propelled by solid gains in business investment, export sales and the biggest jump in military spending in five years.

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Israel closes Jerusalem holy site after shooting

Israel closed all access to Jerusalem’s most sensitive religious site on Thursday, a rare move that ratcheted up already heightened tensions following the attempted assassination of a prominent Jewish religious activist and the killing of his suspected Palestinian assailant by police.

Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel withdraws ambassador to Stockholm

Sweden on Thursday became the biggest Western European country to recognize a Palestinian state, prompting a strong protest from Israel, which swiftly withdrew its ambassador from Stockholm.

Fearing uprising, Iraq militants hunt ex-police

The Islamic State group wanted to send a warning against anyone who might plot against its rule.

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Taylor Swift talks books and music with kids

Who says kids don’t read? Not Taylor Swift.

Professor’s ‘Game of Thrones’ punishment rescinded

A New Jersey professor suspended after he posted an online photo containing a quote from “Game of Thrones” has had his punishment rescinded by the college.