• Greitens decision reminds experts how rare execution stays are in Missouri Posted on 22 August 2017 at 8:26pm

    COLUMBIA - Gov. Eric Greitens' surprising decision Tuesday to stay the execution of Marcellus Williams put a spotlight on executions in the state, and highlights just how rare stays are. 

    Greitens' decision wasn't expected for several reasons: He talked boisterously about law and order during his campaign. His attorney general; Josh Hawley made it clear his office thought Williams was guilty; and Missouri isn't known for staying executions. It's one of a handful of states still regularly executing people, and the last stay was nearly two years ago.

  • Columbia Business Loop not affected by brick and mortar retail woes Posted on 22 August 2017 at 8:22pm

    COLUMBIA - In an era in which brick and mortar retail stores are falling by the wayside, Columbia's I-70 Business Loop is doing just fine, according to a new report.

    The Business Loop CID (community improvement district) released its first annual report Thursday, showing consistent sales throughout 2016 and a strong bump in property value. 

  • Missouri governor to answer questions live on Facebook Posted on 22 August 2017 at 8:17pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens is holding a question-and-answer session on Facebook.

    The governor will take questions on Facebook live at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

  • Petitioners convince Greitens to stay execution Posted on 22 August 2017 at 8:00pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - A dozen protestors dropped off a petition with 200,000 signatures to Gov. Eric Greitens' office Tuesday urging the governor stay the execution of Marcellus Williams.

    They succeeded.

  • Lt. Governor calls for expulsion of Senator Posted on 22 August 2017 at 7:04pm

    JEFFERSON CITY – Lt. Gov. Mike Parson called on the Missouri Senate to go into a special session with the purpose of expelling Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal.

    The request comes after the senator posted a Facebook comment  that said, “I hope President Trump is assassinated!” Although the comment was quickly deleted, the damage was already done.

  • Donors receive eclipse memento Posted on 22 August 2017 at 6:02pm

    COLUMBIA - The District Downtown Columbia had decided to give people the chance to remember the total eclipse forever.  Anyone can donate one hundred dollars to the Gateway Project and receive one of the eclipse banners.  

    The banners hung on ninth street in celebration of the total eclipse that occurred on Aug. 21.

  • Schools struggle with teacher shortage Posted on 22 August 2017 at 5:57pm

    COLUMBIA – School is back in session for Columbia students, but some school districts across the country are struggling with a teacher shortage. 

    "Currently, there are not enough qualified teachers applying for teaching jobs to meet the demand in all locations and fields," said the Learning Policy Institute, a national education think tank, in a research brief in September.

  • Boone County issues abatements for three nuisance properties Posted on 22 August 2017 at 4:55pm

    COLUMBIA - The Boone County Commission issued abatements for three Boone County properties Tuesday.

    One property is located on East Tower Drive, one on South New Town Avenue and the last one is on East Ponderosa Street.

  • Disability advocates worry about Columbia's proposed paratransit fee increase Posted on 22 August 2017 at 4:43pm

    COLUMBIA - As part of Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes’ proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, paratransit rides will cost $3 instead of $2.

    Paratransit is the city's program that allows people with disabilities to schedule rides outside the main bus system. 

  • Hartzler responds to Afghanistan plan Posted on 22 August 2017 at 4:13pm

    COLUMBIA - U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler visited the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital Tuesday to talk to local veterans. 

    The visit comes one day after President Trump’s announcement to send more American troops to Afghanistan.