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Green-Beckham won't face charges in Columbia burglary

Thursday, 10 April 2014 14:57 Published in Local News

   Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham won't face any charges related to a burglary reported at the Brookside Apartments early Sunday morning. That's according to a statement released by Columbia Police Thursday.

   The incident report, released the same day, alleges that Green-Beckham had forced his way into the apartment, injuring a resident by knocking her down some stairs.  Green-Beckham had reportedly been looking for his girlfriend at the time.  

   According to the police report, the two women who had tried to bar his entry have declined to press charges.  The injured woman reportedly told police she was afraid of the community and media backlash if she pressed charges against the star MU player.  

   Tigers coach Gary Pinkel had suspended Green-Beckham indefinitely for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

Man charged with making terrorist threat on campus

Thursday, 10 April 2014 14:47 Published in Local News
   FAYETTE, Mo. (AP) - A 21-year-old central Missouri man has been charged with making a terrorist threat by calling 911 and saying a gunman was on a university campus.
   The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Brian Baxter of Fayette was arraigned Wednesday in Howard County on the felony count. Prosecutors say Baxter called 911 on April 3 saying an armed man was walking toward a building on the Central Methodist University campus.
   The campus was put on lockdown at 10:15 p.m. while law enforcement agencies conducted a building-by-building search.
   Police say a cellphone found near campus linked Baxter to the threat after the phone's owner said he gave the phone to Baxter a few days earlier.
   Baxter's attorney told The Associated Press on Thursday the terrorist charge is way overblown.

Audit raises questions about contaminated site cleanup

Thursday, 10 April 2014 13:12 Published in Local News

   A new audit is raising concerns about a Missouri program that provides tax incentives for developers to clean up contaminated old business sites.  

   The state has authorized more than $185 million in Brownfield Remediation Tax Credits for 115 projects between the 2003 and 2013 fiscal years. About 80 percent of those projects were in the St. Louis area.  

   State Auditor Tom Schweich released a report Thursday giving the program a "poor" rating.  The audit cited weaknesses in oversight, saying the Department of Economic Development has failed to hold down costs and has allowed conflicts of interest.  

   In a written response attached to the audit, DED officials say they've worked to keep costs low and in March published newly proposed rules for the program.

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