• Drug case court documents describe Coffee Zone owner's criminal history Posted on 22 February 2018 at 1:28am

    COLUMBIA - Federal court documents filed Tuesday give details into the past of Coffee Zone's owner. This comes after police arrested 48-year-old Osama Yanis and his 23-year-old son, Nader Yanis, accusing the pair of trafficking drugs hidden in a shipment of filters. 

    Osama Yanis faces federal charges including possession of marijuana to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crime. According to court documents filed by the FBI, Osama told detectives he had the gun to protect himself after the homicide of Augustus Roberts at the Old Hawthorne neighborhood. Columbia police stated Roberts' death was drug-related.

  • Columbia mayor proposes audit for residents to see spending Posted on 21 February 2018 at 8:32pm

    COLUMBIA - The city is considering an additional audit of Columbia. Every year an audit takes place to make sure the city is spending money the way it said it would, but calls for transparency are leading to the idea of another outside audit.

    City council member, Michael Trapp, said some residents distrust city government, but an audit might change that.

  • Proposed sales tax designed to fund public safety in Centralia Posted on 21 February 2018 at 7:56pm

    CENTRALIA - A bill that would give the city of Centralia the opportunity to increase sales tax by a half cent could keep two police officers on patrol at all times, supporters say.

    Voters could see the bill on the ballot as soon as November, according to Centralia City Administrator Matt Harline.

  • Industrial hemp bill faces final vote in House Posted on 21 February 2018 at 7:22pm

    JEFFERSON CITY – A bill to legalize the industrial production of hemp in Missouri will face a final vote before it will be sent to the Senate.

    The bill will legalize the industrial production of hemp that contains no more than three-tenths of one percent of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, also found in marijuana.

  • Missouri Senate bill could boost payments to nursing homes Posted on 21 February 2018 at 6:47pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Senate has endorsed a bill that could boost Medicaid payments for nursing homes.

  • Missouri Legislature moves forward on drug take-back program Posted on 21 February 2018 at 6:43pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Both the Missouri House and Senate have given initial approval to bills that would create a drug take-back program.

  • Report: Missouri ranks fourth in deficient bridges Posted on 21 February 2018 at 5:21pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - Nearly six million vehicles cross structurally deficient bridges every day in the state of Missouri. That's according to a recent report by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.

    The report ranks Missouri as fourth worst in the nation for number of structurally deficient bridges. The report found that about one in 10 bridges is structurally deficient, meaning at least "one key element of the bridge is in poor or worse condition."

  • Local cheerleaders will compete at Disney Posted on 21 February 2018 at 5:07pm

    COLUMBIA - For the first time, a Columbia competitive cheer squad will compete at The D2 Summit Championship at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

    The Central Missouri All Stars competitive cheer squad will go up against competitive cheer's best squads from around the world. 

  • Skin cancer survivors speak for suntanning restriction bill Posted on 21 February 2018 at 5:03pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri teens are twice as likely to use tanning beds than the average American teen according to the American Cancer Society. This statistic comes at a time when the rate of melanoma has nearly doubled in the last nine years. 

    These are only a few of the statistics Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) mentioned Wednesday while testifying for House Bill 1260. This house bill would prohibit anyone under the age of 18 from using tanning beds. Currently, Missouri allows people under 18 to tan with parental consent.

  • Jefferson City area gets nearly $1 million to improve affordable housing Posted on 21 February 2018 at 4:37pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (FHLBanks) awarded Jefferson City $910,000 to Greenway Village, Inc. and Dulle Towers Wednesday afternoon to help build and repair affordable housing.

    FHLBanks makes money available for banks and financial institutions to be able to distribute home loans.