Top Stories: An attempted burglary at a Springfield apartment turned into a shooting incident yesterday. One of the burglary suspects was shot in the gut and taken to a hospital while two other suspects are at large. And two Kansas City brothers have been accused of buying a car, then returning to rob and assault the original owners the next day. Antoine and Antonio Anderson were charged with first-degree sodomy and robbery yesterday.
A Springfield-based production crew was recently detained by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department after interacting with kids who have been separated from their families at the border.
Professor Andrew Cline of Missouri State University in Springfield and his Carbon Trace Production team traveled to Texas to document the conditions of kids being held at a camp.
“I’m appalled by what we’re doing to these families and I want to show that, I want to show that people are appalled,” he said.
Cline’s production team captured a man holding a sign saying “Free Them” during their visit to the Tornillo Camp. At the camp, his crew filmed a line of kids walking in the fenced in area.
“I want to point cameras at these kids inside this camp and see what their lives are like and I want to point cameras at those guards and see their faces. I think it’s important for people to see it’s an internment camp. I thought we saw the last of that on American soil in the early 1940s with the Japanese Americans,” said Cline.
After filming the kids, Cline’s crew was detained for an hour by law enforcement for talking to them until the sheriff determined the crew did nothing wrong.
“The guards came and put a stop to that immediately and in fact, before the day was over, the facility put out a black plastic sheet along the whole back of the fence to prevent us from shooting anymore video through the fence,” said Cline.
Cline isn’t the only one using film to try and spark a change. Back in June, he shot protesters participating in the Families Belong Together March as police looked on.
“We had a hard time finding anybody who was happy about these kids being separated from their families,” said Cline.
And Cline is concerned that the separation will continue because of what he’s captured on video at the Tornillo Camp.
“Construction material moves in constantly, temporary trailer housing moves in constantly, it is growing like crazy despite the government saying it’s supposed to close down by the end of the year. Not sure how that’s going to happen when you’re still building it,” said Cline.
Cline wants to finish his documentary by February with the hope of showing it at the non-profit Moxie Cinema in Springfield, which screens independent films.
(Missourinet media partner KOLR-TV contributed this report)
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) director warned Thursday in Columbia about future massive traffic backups on I-70 in mid-Missouri, after the failure of a ten-cent gasoline tax increase on the November ballot.
MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna says the agency only has funding for a $15 million rehabilitation on the I-70 Rocheport bridge. He says that will mean lane closures for seven to nine months and three-hour backups on a “good day”, and 25-mile backups to Kingdom City on a “bad day.”
The rehabilitation is scheduled to begin in about 2020.
“The Rocheport bridge is over 3,000 feet long,” McKenna says. “This is an extraordinarily large and valuable transportation move across, it’s one of the touchpoints in the national infrastructure.”
McKenna says the bridge, which was built in 1960, should be replaced.
Missourians rejected the November ballot measure, called Proposition D, by about 173,000 votes. During the campaign, McKenna had said Proposition D was crucial for Missouri, adding that MoDOT has about $8 billion in unfunded needs.
McKenna also warned about the backups in October, during a speech in Jefferson City.
McKenna addressed several dozen business leaders and reporters Thursday at the Columbia Chamber of Commerce headquarters.
Business leaders, including Columbia Chamber of Commerce President Matt McCormick, gasped when they heard McKenna warn about the three to eight-hour backups.
McKenna says MoDOT doesn’t have the $200 million needed to replace the bridge, due to the Proposition D’s failure. He says the Rocheport bridge needs what is currently happening at the Champ Clark bridge in northeast Missouri – replacement.
“We’re about halfway through the complete reconstruction of that (Clark bridge), and what you’re seeing is what we ought to be doing with Rocheport. We ought to be building a replacement right next to it, getting the remaining service life out of the existing bridge,” says McKenna.
The Champ Clark bridge, which is in Louisiana, is 90 years old. As for the Rocheport bridge, McKenna has said it’s scheduled to receive its fourth rehabilitation in about 2020.
Transportation will likely be a key issue again during the 2019 session. Outgoing Missouri House Majority Caucus Chair Glen Kolkmeyer, R-Odessa, told Missourinet this month that talks had been happening “behind the scenes.”
Click here to listen to Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Director Patrick McKenna brief mid-Missouri reporters, including Missourinet’s Brian Hauswirth, at the Columbia Chamber of Commerce on December 13, 2018:
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A former Grundy County deputy in northwest Missouri has been featured on an Investigation Discovery network program called “Body Cam”. Christian Goode says the show is about a 2017 Oklahoma incident in which he was stabbed by a sex offender who failed to register and had several felony warrants.
“That’s kind of the one thing that I’ll never forget is hearing that knife open,” Goode tells Missourinet affiliate KTTN in Trenton. “As soon as he opens the knife, he runs forward at me and I had to drop my baton to get my firearm. He hits me in my left abdomen.”
The suspect stabbed the deputy between two of Goode’s ribs, left shoulder and chest.
“The vest stopped the one in the right chest,” Goode says. “At the same time, he’s attacking me and I was firing my weapon.”
Goode says he did not have to have any surgery. The suspect died at the scene.
Goode was able to go home that night and went back to “light” work after six weeks of recovery. He calls himself “blessed” and “thankful” to be alive.
Over the summer, crews with Investigation Discovery interviewed Goode, his wife, and three other officers on the scene of the incident.
“It does show what kind of goes on a little bit behind the scene with kind of the emotions and what we feel to show that we are human,” he says.
The program is available online at the Investigation Discovery website.
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The annual Geminids meteor shower gets underway tonight. Parts of Missouri are expected to be cloudy tonight, which could impact your viewing.
Mizzou astronomer Angela Speck says the Geminids gets its name from the constellation called Gemini.
“Gemini is directly opposite where the sun is,” she says. “You can think of it as – it’s rising at sunset and setting at sunrise. That means it’s actually going to be really high and to the south around midnight, which is the time you really want to see.”
Speck says the shooting stars will continue Thursday night, but tonight is the peak show.
“Over the course of an hour, I would expect something like 60 to 100. They’re not coming in like fireworks, and I think that’s something that people often expect. It’s one or two a minute, but it’s going to be clearly visible at one or two a minute,” she says.
Speck suggests getting away from the city lights.
“If you’re going to be going out around midnight and you want to be looking south, then you want to be south of the city that is giving off lots of light so that it’s behind you. That’s somewhat dark, but so you’re not facing towards light – you’re facing away from them,” she says.
No fancy equipment is needed to view the show.
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Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill had sharp words for her colleagues during her final prepared speech in the chamber’s floor Thursday.
The two-term office holder in the upper chamber of Congress is leaving her post in January after losing a bitter contest for reelection to Missouri’s Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley.
During her roughly 10-minute address, McCaskill spoke about what she called her three families – her actual family, her family of Missourians and her family of fellow Senators.
McCaskill was very direct in telling her colleagues that she’s worried about the Senate, calling it dysfunctional while quoting a British writer. “Peter Morgan, an author said no family is complete without an embarrassing uncle,” said McCaskill. “We have too many embarrassing uncles in the United States Senate.”
Without naming names or party affiliation, but likely referring the chamber’s operation under Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, she said the Senate had become secretive and closed off with a few Senators writing bills behind closed doors and then refusing to allow debate or amendments on the legislation. She claimed that “giant omnibus bills” of which Senators know few details are instead being presented to powerful lobbyists before being voted on.
McCaskill contended that power in the Senate had become dangerously centralized, noting that during her first year in the chamber in 2007, the Senate voted on 306 amendments compared to 36 as this year’s session is ending.
She claimed the chamber is run by a few Senators who write all the bills and make all the decisions and said the body needs to let its member engage in more debate and allow for more power to flow through committees.
McCaskill said the Senate is functioning in a similar fashion to the House and no longer stands on higher ground. “The United States Senate is longer the world’s greatest deliberative body, McCaskill said. “And everybody needs to quit saying it until we recover from this period of polarization and the fear of the political consequences of tough votes.”
She mentioned President Trump’s previous career while claiming his election was the result of public frustration with a dysfunctional Congress. “Something is broken, McCaskill said. “And if we don’t have the strength to look in the mirror and fix it, the American people are going to grow more and more cynical, and they might do something crazy like elect a reality TV star president.”
Six other Senators, including her fellow Missourian, Republican Roy Blunt, paid tribute to McCaskill on the chamber’s floor after she finished.
Blunt said his staff and McCaskill’s staff had worked closely on citizen and Missouri concerns. He noted that their families had gotten to know each other and mentioned he attended a memorial service for her mother during McCaskill’s reelection campaign and that McCaskill was at a service after his father passed away during his reelection campaign. Blunt said he and McCaskill had been friends for 30 years, but become especially good friends in the past eight years serving together in the Senate.
Fellow Democrat Diane Feinstein of California said she expects to hear political commentary from McCaskill through the media. “I expect to turn on my television set, turn on my radio and hear you many, many times, and take a lot of good advice,” said Feinstein.
Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine said she admired McCaskill for working in a bipartisan way. “Senator McCaskill has demonstrated her belief that no party holds a monopoly on good ideas,” said Collins. “It has been such a pleasure to work with her across the aisle on so many issues.”
Democratic Senators John Tester of Montana, Bill Nelson of Florida and Dick Durbin of neighboring Illinois also took to the chamber floor to speak highly of McCaskill. Nelson, like the outgoing Missourian, lost his bid for reelection in November.
While speaking about her actual family, McCaskill choked up when she mentioned her siblings and remembered her mother’s motivating phrase when trying to get the kids corralled to take a trip – “last one in the car is a Republican”. She also defended her husband, Joseph Shepard, a wealthy businessman who was criticized for receiving government subsidies for his housing investments during her campaign. She said Joseph had a good heart which directed him to “do good” while “he did well.”
When focusing on her Missouri family, McCaskill stated that she loved every corner of the state, even areas that she said, “aren’t very crazy about me.”
She also paid tribute to her Senate staff and recited her office’s motto, “If you work hard you can do well, but if you’re having fun you’ll do great.” She said working with her staff was “heaven.”
Top Stories: Jefferson City Police in mid-Missouri are investigating a shooting that led to a murder last night. Police found two men with gunshot wounds. They say the shooting is not related to the killing of a college student Tuesday night. And a suspect was shot and killed and a St. Louis Police officer was injured yesterday in the department’s first fatal police-involved shooting of the year. The incident occurred at a gas station when officers spotted a stolen vehicle.
The language could have led to the failure of November’s proposed fuel tax increase, according to AAA spokesman Mike Right. He tells Missourinet affiliate KWIX in Moberly that Proposition D would have boosted the fuel tax by two and a half cents annually over four years.
“A lot of people that I spoke with that actually voted no were concerned about the way the proposition was worded,” Right says. “Otherwise, they had no problem with the gas tax increase in terms of their additional spend or the need to have additional revenue. Their concern was a bait and switch.”
The measure asked voters if Olympic medals should be tax exempt for Missourians who win them and it would also have helped to fund State Patrol enforcement efforts.
He thinks the Legislature will make highway funding a key issue in the upcoming legislative session.
“We lost the election to increase the motor fuel tax at the November election, but that doesn’t solve the problem. We still have hundreds of millions of dollars of unmet needs in our Missouri highway system and they have to be addressed,” he says. “The Legislature can do some incremental things, but it’s not likely to have any dramatic impact on the overwhelming needs of the highway system.”
He says lawmakers could also choose to reword the ballot language and put the issue back before Missouri voters.
The session begins January 9 in Jefferson City.
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Almost the entire Missouri delegation to the U.S. House voted in favor of the Farm Bill that passed the chamber Wednesday with resounding bipartisan support.
Only Republican Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, who was unable to make the final vote due to the passing of her father back home in Show-Me State, failed to endorse the measure.
Most Missouri House members found something to like in the $867 billion Farm Bill, although several of the Republicans supported a provision not included in the final package that would’ve increased work requirements for SNAP (food stamp) recipients.
It lasts over five years until 2023, reauthorizing $400 billion in U.S. agricultural subsidies and conservation programs. The bill also legalizes industrial hemp by including the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which officially removes industrial hemp from the federal list of Schedule I controlled substances.
Although not casting a ballot, Hartzler still issued a statement noting it included language she supported to promote the expansion of rural broadband. She also supported a small change to SNAP which establishes an interstate data system that blocks recipients from receiving benefits in multiple states.
Hartzler said the bill had shortcomings, but included her priorities and was a necessary step to help farmers.
“While we did not achieve all that we wanted in the final version of the bill, this legislation is a positive step for farmers, ranchers, consumers, and rural America,” said Hartzler. “I am pleased to see many of my priorities reflected in the legislation, and I applaud Congress for acting so quickly to secure a comprehensive Farm Bill for those facing difficult times in farm country.”
In a moment of drama, the bill narrowly advanced to a floor after language was added blocking a vote for the rest of the year on limiting U.S. involvement in Yemen. The 206-203 vote to include the provision is a temporary win for President Donald Trump, who supports Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen and refuses to blame Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of U.S. resident and writer Jamal Khashoggi.
With Hartzler absent, five of the six Missouri Republicans in the House voted in favor of the provision. Both Democrats, William Lacy Clay, and Emanuel Cleaver voted against it.
Cleaver told Missourinet he’s concerned the conflict jeopardizes millions of Yemeni lives. He hopes the bill’s language preserving support for Saudi Arabia is dropped.
“Our only hope, and I think it’s going to happen, is that the more sensible United States Senate will take it out and we can move on, “said Cleaver.
But the 5th District Congressman, who represents Kansas City as well as farmers in western Missouri, was happy with the final product.
“We passed a very, very good farm bill that satisfies the farm advocacy groups as well as those who represent urban areas, and I happen to be one of the few people who represent both,” Cleaver said.
Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer praised efforts to come together and produce a final bill that’ll help farmers in outstate Missouri.
“After months of bipartisan negotiations between the House and Senate, the Farm Bill is finally headed to the President’s desk,” said Luetkemeyer. “This package will provide the certainty Missouri farmers deserve while investing in the future of our rural communities. I’m proud to support this legislation.”
GOP Congressman Sam Graves, whose 6th District stretches border to border across the rural northern part of the state, said the measure provides the tools needed for farmers to be productive.
“Agriculture is the backbone of North Missouri’s economy. As a sixth-generation family farmer, I cannot stress enough the importance of today’s passage, Graves said. “The 2018 Farm Bill maintains and strengthens the farm safety net to provide certainty to producers, and brings stability back to our agricultural community, giving them what they need to continue to provide the safest and most affordable food to America and across the world.”
Republican Jason Smith, who represents a wide swath of southern Missouri, Ann Wagner, whose district is largely in the suburban St. Louis area and Billy Long, who represents the southwest portion of Missouri, also voted for the Farm Bill, also known as the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, as did St. Louis-based Democrat William Lacy Clay.
Representative Cleaver is happy the measure will go to President Trump without the increased work requirement for SNAP recipients his Republican colleagues in the House tried to include.
“There are all kinds of misconceptions about SNAP recipients that they’re people who don’t work or don’t want to work and so forth, ” said Cleaver. “When you look at the real statistics, it’s glaringly (the) opposite of that.”
The final vote on the Farm Bill in the House was 369-47.
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The Missouri GOP has called for an attorney representing the secretary of state to recuse herself from an investigation of Attorney General Josh Hawley.
Missouri GOP spokesperson Chris Nuelle contends Secretary of State Deputy General Counsel Khristine Heisinger has a bias toward Democrats and shouldn’t be working on a case to defend Republican Josh Hawley.
GOP Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is investigating allegations from a Democratic organization that Hawley misused taxpayer money to aid his U.S. Senate campaign. Hawley beat Democrat Claire McCaskill in November’s election.
Nuelle noted in a statement yesterday that Heisinger donated $2,750 to McCaskill’s campaign this year and $750 to Teresa Hensley, Hawley’s opponent for Attorney General in 2016. He said Heisinger was creating a conflict of interest in representing Hawley.
Ashcroft has expressed confidence in Heisinger’s ability to be nonbiased.
Nuelle claimed that since 2006, Heisinger donated almost $23,000 to Democrat candidates, pointing out that she also worked for Claire McCaskill’s attorney, Chuck Hatfield for 11 years.
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