Category: Missouri News

Route 66 Festival to be held in Joplin next August

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Joplin officials are hoping thousands of people will visit the city when the International Route 66 Festival comes to the city next August. Organizers of the festival and the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Tuesday that the festival will be held Aug. 1-3 in Joplin area. The event was staged… Read more »

US 50 being expanded to 4 lanes in central Mo.

LINN, Mo. (AP) — A four-lane alternative to Interstate 70 across Missouri is inching a little closer to completion. State highway officials broke ground Monday for the widening of nearly seven miles of U.S. 50 in Osage County, from the U.S. 63 junction to west of Linn. The $25.5 million project is scheduled to be… Read more »

Women’s film festival returns to Stephens College

(COLUMBIA, Mo., AP) — Female moviemakers from across the country will gather in Columbia this weekend for the fifth annual Citizen Jane Film Festival. The Stephens College event celebrates women in film while also advocating for more females behind the camera. Organizers say just 5 percent of the 250 top-grossing domestic films in 2011 featured… Read more »

8 Missouri public safety officials honored

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Eight Missouri public safety officials have been honored with the state’s Medal of Valor. The medals were presented Thursday in the governor’s office. The awards are based on the recommendations of a special review board. Among those receiving the medal was St. Louis Police officer Daryl Hall, who was killed… Read more »

Former St. Joseph license office employee indicted

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — A former employee of a St. Joseph fee office is among the latest three people indicted in a conspiracy to provide identification documents to illegal immigrants. An indictment unsealed this week alleges that fraudulently obtained birth certificates and Social Security cards in the names of others were used to help… Read more »

KC area residents hold vigil for missing girl

(INDEPENDENCE, Mo., AP) — Missouri relatives of a 10-year-old Colorado girl missing nearly a week gathered for a vigil in a Kansas City suburb. Jessica Ridgeway disappeared Oct. 5 from her home near Denver, and police believe she was abducted. Colorado authorities say they’re processing evidence from a park seven miles from Jessica’s home. A… Read more »

Defendants plead not guilty in Whitworth murder case

By ANDY LYONS (WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) – The two defendants in the William Blaine Whitworth murder case entered not guilty pleas during separate arraignment hearings Tuesday in Johnson County Circuit Court. Whitworth was shot and killed in his driveway Sept. 1 at 1006 Sunflower on the east side of Warrensburg. Ziyad Abid and Reginald Singletary… Read more »

Council appoints municipal judge

By MICHAEL FREEMAN (WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) – Judge James Hall accepted his appointment by the City Council Monday to serve as municipal judge. Hall was sworn in and then addressed the council, commending the service of the city officials. “The city’s cooperation among all aspects is beyond description,” he said. “I want to thank you… Read more »

Mo. voter registration deadline is approaching

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Time is running short for Missouri residents to register to vote in the November elections. Wednesday is the deadline for people registering in Missouri for the first time and for those who have moved to another voting jurisdiction within Missouri since the last election. Voters must be at least age… Read more »

Man dies in motel fire west of Springfield

(SPRINGFIELD, Mo., AP) — Authorities say one man has died in a motel fire west of Springfield. Officials responded to the Cloud Drift Motel around 2 a.m. Monday. Brookline Fire Chief Larry McConnell says the man used oxygen to help him breath and several oxygen tanks were inside the room. Broadcaster KSPR ( ) reported… Read more »