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University of Missouri tracks student attendance with phones

Jan. 25, 2020 11:06 AM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri is tracking all new students on campus this semester through a cellphone app to learn whether they're attending class. It's a test expansion of a program the university has used for four years to track class attendance of freshmen student athletes and...

Tuttle Creek Boulevard is closed off with cones at the Rocky Ford Avenue intersection in Manhattan, Kan., Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. A snowplow struck and killed two pedestrians in Kansas before sunrise Friday after a winter storm coated parts of the Midwest with snow.  (Nickolas Oatley/The Manhattan Mercury via AP)

Snowplow kills 2 walking along highway in Kansas

Jan. 24, 2020 6:24 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A snowplow struck and killed two pedestrians in Kansas before sunrise Friday after a winter storm coated parts of the Midwest with snow. The collision involving a Riley County plow truck happened shortly after 5 a.m., after the National Weather Service issued winter weather...

Missouri prisons paring back as prison population drops

Jan. 24, 2020 6:23 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri plans to cut more than 1,700 beds at prisons across the state as a result of a drop in prisoners. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Karen Pojmann said the number of prisoners has dropped from more than 33,000 in 2017 to about 26,000 as of Friday. She attributed the drop...

Lawmakers slam Missouri Supreme Court over bail rules

Jan. 24, 2020 6:08 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Dozens of Missouri lawmakers have asked the state Supreme Court to undo new rules limiting when judges can impose bail, a move that was aimed at reducing court costs that can derail the lives of low-income defendants. More than 80 legislators signed on to a letter sent by Rep. Justin...

Columbia-based rental company to offer hundreds of new jobs

Jan. 24, 2020 2:17 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — EquipmentShare, a high-tech rental company based in Columbia, plans to hire hundreds of employees across the state, the company co-founder said. The company has around 1,300 employees nationwide but co-founder William Schlacks announced Thursday that plans are to double that number by...

Rainout shelters help Missouri farmers manage drought

Jan. 24, 2020 1:01 AM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — In July 2002, a drought settled over Missouri that lasted 99 weeks and finally ended in May 2004. Eight years later during the week of Aug. 21, Missouri suffered the most intense drought in its history. The dry spell affected 35.72% of land in the state, according to the U.S. Drought...

Prosecutors oppose missing Chinese husband's change of venue

Jan. 23, 2020 3:20 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A prosecutor has filed a motion objecting to a request for change of venue in the child abuse trial of a Missouri man who authorities say is a suspect in the disappearance of his wife. In a motion filed Wednesday, Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Daniel Knight said a defense attorney...

Missouri guard Xavier Pinson, bottom, dribbles around Texas A&M guard Savion Flagg, top, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

Texas A&M tops Missouri 66-64 despite record free throws

Jan. 22, 2020 12:59 AM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — For a struggling Missouri men’s basketball team, even an NCAA record-breaking night wasn’t enough for a win. After sinking 31 straight free throws in its weekend loss to Alabama, the Tigers (9-9, 1-5 Southeastern Conference) continued their streak with 23 foul shots in a...

Missouri man suspected of firing shots in Walmart arrested

Jan. 18, 2020 3:38 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — An 18-year-old man was arrested early Saturday after police say he fired shots inside a central Missouri Walmart. The shooting happened late Friday night after an employee confronted a man, later identified by police as Jamie Anton Jackson, who was in a restricted area of the store,...

University of Missouri ending ties with Confucius Institute

Jan. 15, 2020 6:00 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri will end a nine-year partnership with the Confucius Institute in August because of changing federal guidelines for the program, university officials announced Wednesday. The institute, which is mostly funded by the Chinese Ministry of Education, hosts...