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No injuries after van fire in west Columbia

A van catches fire at a west Columbia gas station. ABC 17 reports the fire happened at around 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Gerbes gas station on West Broadway. Firefighters say the driver of the van saw smoke coming from the hood, then it caught fire. Fire crews quickly put out the flames before they spread to the pumps. No …

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MU Health selects Ransom as next CEO

MU Health Care has named its new CEO. The company announced Wednesday in a news release that Ric Ransom is taking the job. Ransom was most recently president of the University of Wisconsin Hospitals in the Madison Region, and had worked there since 2018. He has spent nearly two decades in health care leadership. Ransom takes over for Jonathan Curtright, …

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Missouri Capitol Library closed due to safety concerns

(AP) The Missouri Capitol library in Jefferson City is closed because of safety concerns with the dome ceiling. The Jefferson City News Tribune reports that contractors were investigating an overhead crack and found enough problems to prompt an immediate evacuation. A state Senate official told the newspaper that the cost to repair the dome is not yet known. Missouri state …

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First Responder Support fundraiser dinner is Thursday

Thursday night’s dinner and dance to raise money for first responders throughout Boone County is a sellout. First Responder Support (FRS) is a new organization that provides relief and support to police officers, firefighters, and other first responders. Anxiety and Depression Clinic of Columbia owner Jared Torbet is an FRS advisory panel board member. “One of FRS’ areas of focus …

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Appeals court rules in favor of Jefferson City student suing over haircut

A student who sued a Jefferson City middle school after claiming they forced him to cut his hair has won an appeal. ABC 17 reports an appeals court sided with Joey Huerta and his mother in their lawsuit from 2017. The suit says the wrestling coach at Thomas Jefferson middle school forced Huerta to cut his hair for competition. The …

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