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Police: Suspect in deadly chase killed himself

A Jefferson City man who died during a shootout with police in Illinois after a kidnapping and attempted carjacking fatally shot himself, police said Friday. The Illinois State Police said in a news release that an autopsy showed Leslie K. Austin died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head


MoDOT: Please limit travel on Friday

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Motorists are advised to avoid unnecessary travel on Friday because of escalated snowfall rates that at times could reach 1 inch per hour across parts of Missouri.


Missouri Highway Patrol closes U.S. 60 eastbound after crash near Fordland, Mo.

FORDLAND, Mo. -- The Missouri Highway Patrol is working a crash involving an overturned tanker truck on icy U.S. 60 near Fordland. Troopers responded to the crash shortly before 4 p.m. Troopers closed the eastbound lanes near Burks Street in Fordland. They do not expect to reopen the lanes until aro


New Bill Could Create Random Drug Test Policy

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Medical marijuana is now legal in Missouri but employers could refuse to accommodate its use and create a random drug testing policy. That's the goal of a bill before the Missouri Senate.


More Missouri Lawmakers Want to Change Abortion Laws in the State

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - More lawmakers are speaking out about a bill aiming to ban most abortions in Missouri after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Missouri House Speaker Elijah Haahr says it's among the top priorities for this session.


UPDATE: New details on deadly multi-state chase that began in Jefferson City

BOND COUNTY, Ill. - A deadly multi-state chase that ended in Illinois Tuesday night began after a shooting in Jefferson City, police said Wednesday. Officers were sent to calls of a shooting in the 500 block of East Elm Street and found shell casings and broken glass Tuesday night.


Advocacy groups in Jefferson City, Mexico split on MU Health/SSM deal

JEFFERSON CITY - The head of a physicians group says the sale of St. Mary's Hospital to MU Health Care should be a no-go, because large health care empires increase prices and limit choice.


Winter weather causes traffic woes throughout Missouri, Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KSHB) - The predicted snowfall Friday morning and early afternoon materialized and paralyzed Kansas City’s drivers. As of 1 p.m., several major interstates across the city had been closed.


VIDEO: Massive pileup, including multiple semis, on I-70 near Concordia, Missouri

CONCORDIA, Mo (KMOX) - A massive accident has Interstate 70 completely blocked near Concordia, Missouri. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol, five tractor trailers are involved and the accident is believed to be caused by snowfall.


What Kansas And Missouri Lawmakers Think About Trump's Border Emergency Declaration

For the most part, the reactions of Kansas' and Missouri's congressional delegation to President Donald Trump's emergency declaration Friday fell along party lines. Trump made the declaration Friday when he signed a bipartisan spending bill to keep the government open. The bill allocated only $1.3 b


Employers could fire workers who use medical marijuana

JEFFERSON CITY - Even though medical marijuana will be legal in Missouri next year, people using it could still be fired. A Senate committee met Thursday to hear a bill that would allow employers in Missouri to let the employees take a drug test for medical marijuana and discipline them if the test


Northeast Missouri woman killed in power takeoff accident on farm

CANTON, Mo. — A northeast Missouri woman is dead as the result of a tragic farm accident. It happened around 4:45 p.m. on Thursday on her farm along Lewis County Route P just southwest of Canton.


Jefferson City woman pleads guilty in BB gun shooting

A Jefferson City woman has pleaded guilty to a reduced charged in connection with a BB shooting in July. Tia B. Zolk, 27, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor peace disturbance during a hearing before Cole County Judge Dan Green. She was placed on two years of unsupervised probation.


State Highway Patrol makes drug-related arrest on I-70 in Callaway County

CALLAWAY COUNTY, Mo. - A man could face drug charges after the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested him Friday morning in Callaway County. Robbie A. Roberts, 33, of Hope Mills, North Carolina, was arrested on Interstate 70 around 12:11 a.m.


Former Missouri drama teacher charged with having sex with a student

WASHBURN, MO (AP) — A former Missouri drama teacher has been charged with having sex with a 16-year-old student at the high school. The Springfield News-Leader reports that 23-year-old Chelsie Leroy, of Washburn, was charged last week with four felonies, including two counts each of second-degree st


MoDOT tackles another round of snowfall

JEFFERSON CITY — The snowfall continued on Friday night and MoDOT crews continued to treat roads. MoDOT Maintenance District Engineer Jason Shafer said the snowfall accumulation makes it hard for crews to keep up. He said there are 220 trucks running in 18 counties in mid-Missouri.


Several Cole County towns losing recycling service

Republic Services will be ending residential curbside recycling for several Cole County towns, including St. Martins, Wardsville and Taos, according to Sheri Johnston, Jefferson City neighborhood services specialist.


UPDATE WITH ARREST: Dog bound in duct tape found dumped in Missouri

ST. LOUIS --- A man bound a dog’s legs and mouth with duct tape, then threw it out the window of his vehicle in rural Jefferson County, where a deputy found it in a ditch about 12 hours later, charges say.


Humane Society of Missouri rescues 41 dogs and cats from repeat hoarder in Bates County

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – For the third time in eight years, the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force rescued numerous cats and dogs from a property in Bates County in western Missouri.


Missouri English Teacher Allegedly Admitted She Had Sex with Student

A 23-year-old Missouri teacher resigned earlier this week following her arrest for allegedly having sex with a student. Police allege an unlawful encounter occurred between Jan. 14 and Jan. 21, according to the Joplin Globe.