John Marsh

How are Mid-Mo kids doing on their tests?

Parents of students in both the Columbia and Jefferson City Public Schools systems won’t see many changes in their districts’ test scores last year compared to 2017-18. The state’s annual performance report came out yesterday (thur). The report includes information about district-wide test results in English/language arts and math, college …

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School threat sees parents pull kids out of a JC school

Some parents decided to pull their children out of (Jefferson City’s) Thomas Jefferson Middle School today (Fri) after a perceived threat. A threat was posted on SnapChat showing a message supposedly written on a wall. Police searched the school but found nothing. While district  officials say they take all threats …

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Former Lake area cop faces federal prison time

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A former sheriff’s deputy has pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography. Forty-year-old Leonard Jerome Wilson, formerly of Camdenton, accepted a plea deal Thursday that requires him to surrender his peace officer license and enter guilty pleas in two related state cases. Federal prosecutors say Wilson …

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Governor and mayors will talk crime

(MissouriNet) — The mayors of four large Missouri cities will be in southwest Missouri’s Springfield this (Friday) morning to have a closed-door meeting with Governor Mike Parson about crime in their communities. Governor Parson will meet with Springfield Mayor Ken McClure, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, St. Louis Mayor Lyda …

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Former Trooper from the Ferguson protests is now on the job in STL

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A former Missouri State Highway Patrol captain who led the policing effort during Ferguson protests is joining the St. Louis prosecutor’s office. Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner introduced Ron Johnson Wednesday as law enforcement liaison, a contracted position that will pay $50,000 for one year. Gardner says …

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Cops in Columbia are involved in a manhunt

Police are looking for the driver, after a chase and a crash in Columbia. Officers say a car sped away from an attempted traffic stop near I-70 and West Boulevard last (wed) night. The car crashed into a tree in front of Grant Elementary School on Broadway near Providence and …

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Younger and younger kids may be trying vapes

You might be surprised about how many young Mid-Missouri kids are vaping. On the KWOS Morning Show, the Jefferson City Boys and Girls Club’s Stephanie Johnson says she’s concerned about the  children at her center … She remembers being in high school in the 1980’s when plenty of kids smoked …

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Racial slur used in hacked Columbia school web post

Columbia Public Schools say someone posted inappropriate images containing a racial slur online related to Gentry Middle School. ABC 17 reports the district learned this week that the mock website picture popped up if you ran a Google search for Gentry. CPS says Google has taken the images down. A …

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Man dies in farming accident

A Cole County man has died after crashing his tractor. The patrol says Robert Luebbering’s John Deere went off a private road in Saint Thomas last (tue) night. The tractor hit a tree and flipped. Luebbering  was 83 years old.  

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Governor issues executive order on vaping danger

Governor Parson today (tue) signed an executive order telling state agencies to start a campaign to let kids know that vaping is dangerous. Missouri health officials say youth vaping has spiked the past couple years, and most of the vaping illnesses reported so far are for 15-to-24-year-olds. Parson has ordered …

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