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Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes Resigns

Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes is resigning his post of seven years effective Wednesday evening. Matthes was appointed to the position by the Columbia City Council in May 2011. Before that, he helped manage finances for the City of Des Moines, Iowa in a number of different capacities. Recent months of Matthes’ tenure have been marked by controversy, including remarks some described as racially insensitive during a 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event. He also faced questions over his...

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The details of how North Korea will participate in the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea are still being worked out, but the two countries say their athletes will march together at the opening ceremony, under a unification flag.

The two countries will also form a unified women's hockey team to compete at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February, NPR's Elise Hu reports from Seoul. In addition, North Korea will send a cheering squad of 230 people to support athletes who make the trip.

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The case before the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday had a surprise plot twist. Jurors were told that the accused was guilty of a triple murder — but the lawyer making that statement was not the prosecutor; he was the defense attorney.

The question before the justices was whether that violated the client's constitutional right to counsel. Justices liberal and conservative signaled that they have a problem with a lawyer who disregards his client's express wishes by conceding the defendant's guilt.

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One key responsibility of being Missouri governor is getting to fill vacancies in state and local governments — including times when there’s an opening at a coveted statewide office.

So after appointing a lieutenant governor and attorney general, Gov. Mike Parson will get yet another chance to fill a statewide vacancy. That’s because he picked state Treasurer Eric Schmitt to replace soon-to-be former Attorney General Josh Hawley.

Officials from the American Red Cross are urging St. Louis residents to donate blood over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

There were 21,000 fewer donations nationally during September and October than hospitals needed, according to the organization. Locally, the Red Cross is down to a three-day blood supply and may need to start rationing blood it distributes to the region’s hospitals.

Abdoulie Fatajo, a Shawnee, Kansas, philanthropist and community leader from Gambia, was arrested and detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on November 9. He’s being held at the Morgan County Detention Center in Versailles, Missouri.

He’s had limited access to a phone and has relied on a friend to spread the word of his arrest, though his family is being careful about who hears.

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A central Missouri attorney is facing 18 criminal counts alleging that he sexually assaulted four women. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley on Monday announced the indictment of Rolla attorney Brant Shockley. A phone message left by the Associated Press with Shockley through his office was not immediately returned. Hawley's office says the crimes date back to 2014. Shockley is accused of assaulting women at his home and his office. The Rolla Police Department, Phelps County Sheriff's Department, and Missouri State Highway Patrol are continuing to investigate.

Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes is resigning his post of seven years effective Wednesday evening.

Matthes was appointed to the position by the Columbia City Council in May 2011. Before that, he helped manage finances for the City of Des Moines, Iowa in a number of different capacities.

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Carpet One Floor and Home's SCOTT BRADLEY introduces us to Ditra-Heat, a relatively-new way to keep your tile temperature warm on cold winter days! Also, TODD DAVISON re-introduces us to the always-hilarious 'Church Basement Ladies'. They're back on the Maples Rep stage in "Away in the Basement" this weekend and next! (4:32) November 20, 2018