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QUESTION OF THE DAY: Are you concerned about safety at public events after the Illinois mass shooting? – ABC17NEWS

Law enforcement on the scene of a shooting that occurred at a 4th of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois.

The suspect in Monday’s mass shooting at a July 4th parade in Highland Park, Illinois, that left seven dead and injured more than two dozen, has been charged with seven counts of first-degree murder.

During the past 186 days, more than 300 mass shootings have happened in the US, according to data compiled by the Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit tracking such incidents.

Are you concerned about safety at public events after the Illinois mass shooting? Vote in the poll below.

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Salute to America events kick off in Jefferson City Sunday – ABC17NEWS

Salute to America events kick off in Jefferson City Sunday - ABC17NEWS


Salut  to America is kicking things off in Jefferson City, Sunday through Monday, bringing people two days of music, food and lots of family activities for the Fourth of July.

Organizers say events are set to get started at noon. This year, carnival rides will be back with the formally added inflatable park and axe throwing activities. In 2021, while in a pandemic, organizers say the company hired to run the carnival rides had to back out due to staffing shortages, which made them add new attractions.

Along with live music and various food vendors to choose from on High street, there will also be a Red, White, and Bloom Parade that will take place at 6:15 p.m. Sunday evening.

Salute to America Parade Map

According to the route, the parade will travel down Monroe Street to High Street, around to Jefferson Street, making its way back to East Miller Street. Salute to America will wrap up the holiday with the Red, White, and Boom Fireworks Sky Concert at 9:45pm Monday.

 As people get out for events on Sunday and Monday, they will  need to be aware of road closures.

Road closures and available parking for Salute to America

Street closures in Jefferson City for Salute to America:

  • East High Street from Monroe to Broadway
  • Capitol Avenue from Main Street to Adams Street
  • Madison Street from Wall Way Alley to State Street
  • Washington from Wall Way to West High
  • Circle Drive around the Capitol Building

East High Street from Monroe to Broadway will be closed. Capitol Avenue from Main Street to Adams street will be closed, along with Circle Drive around the Capital and others.

Jefferson City Parking for Salute to America:

  • State East Parking Garage off State Street at Monroe Street (more than 500 spots)
  • West State Park Garage (House of Representatives) off Main Street
  • All state and city lots are available for free parking, as well as off-street parking  on East McCarty Street, Capitol Avenue (east of Adams Street), East Miller Street, and Madison or Monroe from the Expressway to Wall Way.
  • Main Street St. Peter Youth Group Paid Parking $10
  • ADA parking is available:
    • on Broadway just off of West Main Street
    • behind the Governor’s Office Building accessed through Commercial Way from Jefferson
    • in Commercial Alley from Monroe St.

However, organizers say more than 500 free parking spots will be open at State East Parking Garage off State Street at Monroe Street. All state and city lots will be open for parking as well along with Main Street St. Peter Youth Group, who will have parking for $10 dollars.

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Mid-Missouri cities to celebrate Independence Day with events and fireworks displays – ABC17NEWS

Courtesy MGN Online


Several Mid-Missouri cities are hosting multiple events for families and fireworks displays beginning Friday night and ending on Monday evening.

Check out the map and story below to find the one to watch.


Dale Hollow Winery – Stover

Captain Ron’s Bar & Grill – Sunrise Beach

  • July 3; Fireworks begin at dusk

Linn Creek Memorial Park – Linn Creek

  • July 3, Fireworks begin at dusk

Bear Bottom Resort – Sunrise Beach

  • July 2 and 4; 9:45 p.m. each night

The Wet Spot Bar & Grill – Stover

  • July 4; Fireworks begin at dusk

Celebration Cruises – Lake Ozark

  • July 4; Boarding 7:30 p.m. Returns at 9:30 p.m.

Eldon Model Airpark Airport (H79) – Eldon

  • July 4; Fireworks begin at dusk

Point Randall Resort – Lake Ozark

  • July 4; Fireworks begin at dusk

Lake Valley Country Club – Camdenton

  • July 4; Fireworks begin at dusk

The Lodge of Four Seasons – Lake Ozark

  • July 4; Fireworks begin at dusk

Margaritaville Lake Resort Lake of the Ozarks – Osage Beach

  • July 4; Fireworks begin at dusk


Salute to America – Missouri State Capitol

  • July 4; Red, White, and Boom Fireworks Sky Concert at 9:45 
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Fire in the Sky – Stephens Lake Park

  • July 4; Fireworks to begin at 9:15 p.m.
Fire in the Sky map 2022


Greenway Park

  • July 1; Fireworks Festival begins at 5 p.m.


Garfield Park

  • July 3; Show begins after dark

Optimist Ball Fields

  • July 4; Show begins after dark


Cooper County Fairgrounds

  • July 4; Show begins at dusk


Riverfront Park

  • July 3; A firework display over the Missouri River will begin at 9.


Centralia Recreation Park

  • July 2; The event will begin at or near dusk.


Rothwell Park

  • July 4; Gates open at 4 p.m. fireworks show at dark, roughly 9:00 p.m.


Proctor Park

  • July 4; Display begins at dusk


Behind the YMCA

  • July 3; Fireworks begin at dusk

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Mid-Missouri set to hold multiple events to celebrate Juneteenth – ABC17NEWS

Mid-Missouri set to hold multiple events to celebrate Juneteenth - ABC17NEWS


Juneteenth celebrations are set to take place in both Jefferson city and Columbia Saturday, for the public to attend to celebrate the holiday.

Juneteenth, is a celebration marking the official end to slavery as federal troops marched into Galveston, Texas to ensure all enslaved people were free over 100 years ago.

The event happen two years after Abraham Lincoln signed the emancipation proclamation.

2021 was the first time Juneteenth became a national holiday after President Biden signed a document making it official.

In Columbia, a parade is set to start at 10 a.m on Saturday.

The line up will begin at 9 a.m. at First Baptist Church on 1112 E.Broadway and travel down East Broadway and end at Douglass park.

The event is set to last until 6 p.m with games, food and other activities for people to enjoy.

Columbia police will also have traffic devices along the parade route to block traffic, so drivers will need to find alternative routes.

On Sunday, there will also be a father’s day celebration from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m at Douglass Park that includes free food, a crowning of fathers and other activities.

This is the 2nd annual celebration in Columbia for the Juneteenth Holiday.

In Jefferson City, there will be a heritage celebration that includes an emancipation program starting at 10 a.m. at Lincoln University’s soldier’s memorial, followed by a freedom march to community park at 10:40 a.m.

Once at community park A Juneteenth Heritage Festival will begin at 11 a.m that includes  a heritage tour, book signing  and other activities.

To observe the holiday, Jefferson City has decided to close all their city offices on Monday with operations resuming on Tuesday.

This is also the first year Columbia is observing Juneteenth, so city offices will be closed in Columbia on Monday as well. 

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Israeli police will investigate ‘events’ surrounding funeral of Palestinian journalist: Minister – ABC17NEWS

Israeli police will investigate 'events' surrounding funeral of Palestinian journalist: Minister - ABC17NEWS

By Abeer Salman, Celine Alkhaldi and Colin McCullough, CNN

Israeli police say they will hold an investigation “into the events that ensued during the funeral” procession of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on Friday.

“Unfortunately, during the course of the funeral, severe violent events unfolded on the part of those participating that worsened the situation on the ground,” Israeli Minister of Public Security Omer Bar-Lev said in a statement to CNN.

“The investigative team appointed by Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai and headed by Brigadier General Anna Ben Mordechai — a seasoned commander who is familiar with the area in which the funeral took place — will hold a comprehensive investigation into what happened during the funeral over the next day, in order to produce lessons from the incident. These lessons will be presented to the police commissioner and then to me,” he added.

Israeli police came under criticism following Friday’s procession, in which television footage showed officers striking mourners with batons, forcibly taking down Palestinian flags, and arresting individuals carrying the flag. One video released by the Israeli police shows officers ripping Palestinian flags off the hearse carrying Abu Akleh’s coffin.

The Jerusalem Magistrate Court ruled in September 2021 that flying the Palestinian flag is not a criminal offense in Israel. Nevertheless, CNN witnessed the arrest of at least two individuals carrying a flag during Abu Akleh’s procession.

“Flying the Palestinian flag does not constitute an offense under Israeli law,” Israeli Knesset member Ahmad Tibi told CNN on Friday.

“When Omer Bar-Lev was appointed as Israel’s Public Security Minister, he issued a directive limiting confiscation of Palestinian flags from demonstrators to cases where there is an immediate risk of disturbance of the peace. But what the police are doing directly opposes the minister’s orders…What we see is flag-phobia of the Palestinian flag,” he added.

When asked by CNN to clarify the reason for the taking down of Palestinian flags and the arrest of individuals carrying the flag, Israel’s police force responded with a statement, which was also shared publicly on its Twitter account.

“Israel Police prepared yesterday to facilitate a calm and dignified funeral for journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and had coordinated the funeral arrangements with her family. Unfortunately, hundreds of rioters tried to sabotage the ceremony and harm the police,” read the statement.

“Israel Police supports its police officers, but as a professional organization that seeks to learn and improve, it will also draw lessons from the incident,” it added.

On Friday, mourners carried Abu Akleh’s coffin out of the St. Joseph hospital in East Jerusalem, where her body remained until the burial, but were met with strong resistance from Israeli police who compelled them to transport the body by car. A flash bomb and tear gas were fired, according to CNN reporters.

The 51-year-old Palestinian-American Al Jazeera journalist was a prominent voice across the Arab world, delivering what many said was “the voice of Palestinian suffering” and their “aspirations of freedom.”

“She made a huge impact on Palestine and all the people. She left her fingerprint on everyone’s heart,” Lareen Abu Akleh, Shireen’s niece told CNN.

Nafisa Khwais, a Palestinian woman who considered herself a mother figure to Shireen, told CNN that she had spent all night at the funeral home where people came to mourn the veteran journalist.

“Shireen is my daughter. Her parents died, but we are all her parents. We are all her family,” Khwais said.

“Two weeks ago, she hid me behind her back when clashes erupted by Damascus Gate, and said to me: ‘Mother, come here. I’m so worried about you’ and handed me a bottle of water. I loved Shireen. She was the voice of all Palestinians,” she said.

Friday’s events prompted global reactions by various officials who said they were “shocked” by what they had seen.

“We were deeply troubled by the images of Israeli police intruding into the funeral procession of Palestinian American Shireen Abu Akleh. Every family deserves to lay their loved ones to rest in a dignified and unimpeded manner,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a post on Twitter on Friday.

A senior State Department official said later that Blinken had spoken to the journalist’s family and expressed his condolences while en route to an informal meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin, Germany.

Blinken offered “his deep condolences for their loss,” the official said. Blinken also offered the continued support of the State Department team in Jerusalem to their family and noted the importance of a free and independent press, the official said.

Norway’s Ambassador to Israel, Kåre R. Aas, said in a tweet that he was “shocked by the violent conduct of Israeli police forces during the funeral procession” adding that “such disproportionate force is inappropriate and unacceptable.”

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Mid-Missouri law enforcement agencies to host prescription drug take back events – ABC17NEWS

The Drug Enforcement Agency will hold its 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30, 2022. Take back events are scheduled to happen across Mid-Missouri.


Mid-Missouri law enforcement agencies will join a nationwide effort to collect expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office will partner with police departments from Ashland, Columbia, Centralia, Hallsville, the University of Missouri, and Truman VA Hospital for events at several locations.

On Friday, law enforcement officers will collect medications at two locations in Boone County from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Harry S. Truman VA Hospital, 800 Hospital Dr., Columbia, Missouri
  • University of Missouri, MU Student Center, 901 Rollins Rd., Columbia, Missouri

Five other collection sites are scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Ashland Police Department, 101 W. Broadway, Ashland, Missouri
  • Centralia Police Department lobby, 114 S. Rollins St., Centralia, Missouri
  • Hallsville Police Department, 202 Highway 124 E., Hallsville, Missouri
  • Hickman High School (north entrance), 1104 N. Providence Rd., Columbia, Missouri
  • Rock Bridge High School (north entrance), 4303 S. Providence Rd., Columbia, Missouri

Deputies said the events are designed to keep the medications from being abused and to protect the environment. Some medications pose a risk to water systems if flushed.

The Boonville Fire and Police Departments plan to host a take back event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Boonville Fire Department, 500 Bingham Rd., Boonville, Missouri

Anyone unable to attend the event can drop their medications off at the Police Department on East Morgan Street any time before the event.

In Jefferson City, the police department will hold a take back event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Jefferson City Police Department, 401 Monroe St., Jefferson City, Missouri

Law enforcement officers do ask anyone dropping off medications to not bring liquid medications or needs.

The events are part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Nearly 37,200 pounds of medications were collected in October during the last take back events, according to the DEA’s St. Louis Division. That includes Missouri, Kansas, and parts of Illinois.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates more than 106,000 people died from overdoses between Nov. 2020 to Nov. 2021. Opioid-related deaths accounted for 75% of all overdose deaths, according to the CDC.