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Boonville Nordyne manufacturing plant empties

The Nordyne facility in Boonville, which opened in 1979 and once employed almost 900 workers, will be down to 75 by the beginning of March. By August, the plant will be closed and production shifted to Saltillo, Mexico.

Once the workplace for almost 900 mid-Missourians, the Nordyne plant in Boonville is in its final days and will shutter by August.

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Leonard Nimoy, Spock of 'Star Trek,' dies

His son said the actor died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home. He was 83.

At Tolton High School, BARF fills the fitness gap

BARF — or Blazer Athletics Running and Fitness — was established at Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School in 2013 as a way to keep athletes in shape between sports seasons and is now a hit among students. The name was chosen to amuse the students, but it's serious work.

As temperatures plummet, demands on homeless shelters soar

Room at the Inn and St. Francis House both reported being at capacity Friday, while the Salvation Army Harbor House still had some open cots available at 4 p.m.

Symposium highlights issues of race, policing in Ferguson

Six months after a white police officer killed a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, a group of experts on law and the justice system gathered at MU for a day of discussion about what led to the tragedy and how events like it could be avoided in the future.

Finance reports show City Council races opening wallets of supporters

Eight of the 12 candidates for Columbia City Council submitted their campaign finance reports. The reports detail the money raised from the candidates supporters, how the candidates are spending the money, and who is financially supporting the candidates. Second Ward candidate Paul Love and First Ward candidates Rob Rasmussen, Nate Brown and Sal Nuccio did not file reports.

First lady to take Gov. Nixon's place on Cuba trip

State Auditor Tom Schweich's death prompted the the governor to change his schedule. First lady Georganne Nixon will meet with the Cuban ministries of trade, agriculture, tourism and foreign affairs.

UPDATE: Gunman, four victims, identified in Tyrone shooting

The bodies were found in four residences around Tyrone overnight Thursday, and a 36-year-old suspected gunman was also found dead in a running pickup truck.

Members of Foundation for Columbia's Future announced

The organization will support Proposition 1, a $63.1 million bond issue for electric improvements, and Proposition 2, which asks Columbia residents to pay higher monthly bills for the city's stormwater utility.

Fire severely damages Columbia mobile home

The home's three residents and a cat named Cleo escaped unharmed.

Two arrested in connection with downtown vandalism

The arrests come after officers discovered graffiti on downtown businesses and MU buildings between Wednesday and Thursday.

Death notices for Feb. 27

Death notices for Luther William Black, Cynthia DeLisle and Doris Ann Hutchison.

Tom Schweich left behind promise of political career that had barely begun

In his final days, the Missouri auditor described having knots in his stomach over what he thought was an anti-Semitic whisper campaign by a GOP consultant who now runs the state party.

WEATHER FROM PLANET BOONE: The weekend weather with John Schneller

Snow is expected this weekend. But spring must be just around the corner: Skunks are out and mating, and geese are pairing off.

 

UPDATE: Congress OKs, Obama signs one-week bill to keep Homeland Security open

The final vote of a long day and night was a bipartisan 357-60 in the House, a little more than an hour after the Senate cleared the measure without so much as a roll call.

Nixon appoints senior adviser as temporary Missouri auditor

The governor says he asked senior advisor John Watson to serve in that role to ensure work in the auditor's office continues.

The big melt: Antarctica's retreating ice might re-shape Earth

The rate at which Antarctica's ice is melting has a small effect on the Earth's oceans, but if the melting is "unstoppable," as some scientists predict, it could have a huge impact on coastal regions around the globe.

Study: Smokers may tap into multiple sources for nicotine

The first peek at a major study of how Americans smoke suggests many use combinations of products, and often e-cigarettes are part of the mix.

Indiana may allow 'baby boxes' for surrendering newborns

A bill has passed the Indiana House of Representatives that would bring newborn incubators to hospitals, fire stations and churches. The goal: save abandoned newborns.

Cuban cigar makers anticipate big bucks from U.S. travelers

American visitors to Cuba bringing cigars back home would be a boost for the Cuban cigar market, but exporting cigars to the U.S. would be the real catch.

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