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Prescription for Overdose

Special Report: Prescription for Overdose

Opioids, or certain medications designed to relieve pain, are the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly half a million people died from prescription drug overdose in 2014. More than 40 people die each day from opioid overdose.

Special Report: Dangerous Intersections

Did you know you are twice as likely to die from an automobile accident than to be shot and killed in Columbia or Jefferson City?

This Week Vicky Hartzler


"This Week" with U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler

President Obama has doubled down on his original 2008 campaign promise to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. Fewer than 100 prisoners - suspected to be terrorists - are housed at the unique facility in Cuba.

Our guest for "This Week" is U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler. ABC 17's Joey Parker starts his conversation…

East Campus dark streets

Special Report: Dark Streets

A group of students is asking the City of Columbia for more street lighting after a number of sexual assaults and crime in the East Campus neighborhood. We're looking into whether or not any progress has been made.

Behind Closed Doors: Domestic Violence in Mid-Missouri

“You either die or you’re really injured. It gets scary.”

Special Report: Crime Crossroads

ABC 17 News has recently reported to you that violent crime in Columbia rose by almost 50-percent last year, compared to the year before. Aggravated assaults showed a large spike.

Child-on-child sexual abuse bigger problem than thought in Missouri

Child-against-child sexual abuse is more common in Missouri than experts had previously believed, according to state officials.

911 dispatchers: answering the call

Being a 9-11 operator is a tough job.  They work long hours and holiday's with little recognition and public thanks for the work they do.

In Mid-Missouri there's a shortage of people to do that job.

Battling Mid-Missouri Crime Hot Spots

Violent crime in Columbia and Jefferson City is on the rise.

Doxing: Compiling information using online sources

Chances are unless you're in law enforcement you've never heard of doxing.

Decades on Death Row: A killer faces his sentence

On Monday, the Missouri Supreme Court turned down a convicted Columbia killer's request to have a judge consider evidence that he is mentally disabled.

Gangs and gun violence in Columbia

Shots Fired: A deeper look at street crime in Columbia

Eight times a week, on average, is how often someone in Columbia has called 911 reporting "shots fired" or "shots heard" this year.

Vicky Hartzler This Week

"This Week" with U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler

Our guest for "This Week" is Republican Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler.

"This Week" - NASA tracks Hurricane Joaquin

As Hurricane Joaquin rumbles on in the central Bahamas, it has been downgraded from a category 4 to a category 3 hurricane with 125 mile per hour winds. NASA is keeping a close eye on the hurricane with the Global Precipitation Measurement Mission.    

"This Week:" Jeff Mizanskey released from prison, home for Labor Day

Jeff Mizanskey is home with his family for Labor Day for the first time since Bill Clinton's first term as President.

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