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New Missouri AG to be named

Governor Parson will announce his new attorney general today. The replacement will take over from Senator – elect Eric Schmitt. Andrew Bailey, the Governor’s General Counsel, is thought to have the inside track. The new AG will finish Schmitt’s four-year term which is set to end in 2024.

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New talk about a railroad strike

(AP) — American consumers and nearly every industry will be affected if freight trains grind to a halt next month. One of the biggest rail unions rejected its deal Monday, joining three others that have failed to approve contracts over concerns about demanding schedules and the lack of paid sick time. That raises the …

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Wooldridge-area residents grateful for Tolton students’ cleanup efforts

Wooldridge-area residents grateful for Tolton students’ cleanup efforts

At least 29 students from Columbia’s Fr. Tolton high school helped clear debris in fire-damaged Wooldridge on November 21, 2022 (photo courtesy of State Rep. Tim Taylor of Speed) Mid-Missouri’s fire-damaged Wooldridge has received a major cleanup from more than 40 representatives of Columbia’s Tolton Catholic high school. Tolton high …

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Columbia’s FUSUS camera plan defeated on a 4-3 vote

Columbia’s FUSUS camera plan defeated on a 4-3 vote

Columbia’s city council has narrowly rejected a proposal to allow the FUSUS camera system. Monday night’s vote was 4-3. Our news partner KMIZ reports the vote happened during a contentious meeting that lasted more than five hours. The three council members supporting FUSUS are Mayor Barbara Buffaloe, Councilman Matt Pitzer …

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Walk-on’s to open restaurant in Columbia’s former Houlihan’s location

Walk-on’s to open restaurant in Columbia’s former Houlihan’s location

Walk On’s is remodeling the former Houlihan’s restaurant in Columbia’s Broadway Bluffs (November 21, 2022 photo from 939 the Eagle’s Brian Hauswirth) A restaurant chain co-owned by former NFL star quarterback Drew Brees is coming to Columbia. Walk-On’s Bistreaux and Bar is remodeling the former Houlihan’s restaurant in the Broadway Bluffs, …

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Counties struggle to keep staff

How do you keep good employees from ‘jumping ship?’ Cole County Commissioner Jeff Hoelscher admits it’s a challenge with so many government jobs available in Mid – Missouri … Hoelscher says the retention issues combined with retirements creates openings that regularly have to filled.

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Wanted murder suspect captured in Mexico

A woman accused in a Mid – Missouri drug killing is back in Callaway County. Emily Ricketts is charged with murder in the killing of Lauro Garza Perez in 2019. Another suspect, Ruben Charles – Cabrera, is thought to still be in Mexico, where Ricketts was captured.

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Woman wants to witness father’s execution

(AP) — A 19-year-old woman is asking a federal court to allow her to watch her father’s death by injection, despite a Missouri law barring anyone under 21 from witnessing an execution. Kevin Johnson faces execution on Nov. 29 for killing Kirkwood, Missouri, Police Officer William McEntee in 2005. Johnson’s lawyers have appeals …

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COU looking at leisure destination markets like Las Vegas and Orlando

COU looking at leisure destination markets like Las Vegas and Orlando

Columbia Mayor Barbara Buffaloe speaks at the October 19, 2022 ribbon-cutting ceremony for COU’s $23-million new terminal (file photo courtesy of the governor’s Flickr page) A key economic development official in Columbia has had conversations with five airlines about adding leisure market destinations to Columbia Regional Airport (COU). Regional Economic …

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