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Missouri reports nearly 800 more coronavirus cases

Jul. 9, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri on Thursday once again broke state records for the highest single-day increase in confirmed coronavirus cases as close to another 800 people were reported sick. Data released by the state health department show another 795 cases reported Thursday, bringing the total number of...

16-year-old arrested in killings of 11-year-old, woman

Jul. 7, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A 16-year-old Missouri boy who is accused of opening fire after an apparent fireworks altercation has been detained in the death of an 11-year-old and a woman. Police in Columbia said in a news release Monday that the department is seeking two counts of second-degree murder, two counts...

Woman, girl killed after apparent fireworks altercation

Jul. 6, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a 38-year-old woman and 11-year-old girl were killed and three were injured in a weekend shooting in Columbia after someone unintentionally shot fireworks at someone’s household. Police identified the woman killed early Sunday as Tara Knedler and the girl only...

Missouri governor signs bill to increase prison sentences

Jul. 6, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Monday announced he's signing a contested bill that will ramp up penalties for gun crimes, second-degree murder and gang crimes. It also would create the crime of vehicle hijacking, which now can be prosecuted as robbery. The measure is the only bill the...

Shooting in Columbia, Missouri, kills 2 and injures 3

Jul. 5, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — An 11-year-old girl and 38-year-old woman died and three other people were injured in a weekend shooting in Columbia, Missouri, police said. Columbia Police Chief Geoff Jones said the shooting happened around 12:15 a.m. Sunday in a neighborhood where people were lighting off fireworks....

Dubuque officials: IBM client center to close by end of year

Jul. 1, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The IBM Client Innovation Center in Dubuque will close within four months, the big tech company said Wednesday, taking nearly 350 jobs with it. Word of the closure first came from Greater Dubuque Development Corp. CEO Rick Dickinson, who told the Telegraph Herald that an IBM official...

Missouri's coronavirus death toll passes the 1,000 mark

Jun. 30, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri reached a grim new milestone in its battle with the coronavirus on Tuesday, surpassing 1,000 deaths amid a resurgence of the disease that has seen cases skyrocket in recent weeks. “That’s 1,000 people that lost their lives due to COVID-19,” Gov. Mike...

Missouri governor cuts $450M from new budget

Jun. 30, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday cut hundreds of millions of dollars from the state budget as revenues continue to tank because of the coronavirus pandemic. Parson signed the budget for the fiscal year beginning Wednesday while also immediately slashing close to $450 million from...

Missouri high court says state must pay Planned Parenthood

Jun. 30, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that lawmakers violated the state constitution when they tried to end all government funding of Planned Parenthood. The 6-1 ruling scraps a provision in a state budget law forbidding Medicaid reimbursements to any Planned Parenthood clinic,...

Prosecutor: Trial in Chinese woman's death could last weeks

Jun. 26, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri prosecutor estimates that the trial of a Missouri man who is charged in the presumed death of his missing Chinese wife will take two to three weeks. Boone County prosecuting attorney Dan Knight said no trial date was set during a hearing Friday for Joseph Elledge. That is...