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Special Report on Radicalization

Special Report: Radicalized

Experts say many mass shooters hold what are called over-valued beliefs, which the experts say are the origin of extremist actions.

Violent crime numbers in Mid-Missouri

Violent crime is on the rise for some parts of mid-Missouri.

Few safe rooms in Mid-Missouri despite tornado prone region

So far, this spring has been a quiet severe weather season in Mid-Missouri.

Rebuilding Joplin: Five Years Later

Five years after a massive tornado touched down in Joplin, the city continues to rebuild and recover.

Joplin Tornado Radar

Rebuilding Joplin: The Advancement of Weather Technology

5 years have passed since the Joplin Tornado and the devastating 2011 tornado season.  It's that season that set a new goal in weather technology.

Special Report: Cyber secure in an information age

In the digital age we live in, are you really as safe as you think you are?

Special Report: Your Lawmaker's Report Card

The ABC 17 News staff has selected the top 5 most-important and most-controversial issues that came to the table in the 2015/2016 legislative session. Follow the links to see how our locally-elected state lawmakers voted on each of those issues.

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.

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