• Columbia man arrested on suspicion of trying to meet teen for sex Posted on 24 April 2018 at 10:01am

    COLUMBIA - Boone County deputies arrested a man on Monday after he allegedly tried to meet up with who he thought was a teenage girl for sex.

    According to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force, Harrison Stretz responded to a post from a task force member posing as a 14-year-old girl. In their conversations, Stretz allegedly asked the decoy if they could meet to have sex.

  • Local non-profit begins week-long initiative to help Columbia seniors Posted on 24 April 2018 at 8:04am

    COLUMBIA - On Monday, more than 100 volunteers began the week-long effort to deliver more than 5,700 meals to raise money to help those in need. 

    Meals on Wheels Columbia is hosting its primary fundraiser for the year, Big Wheels, to help fund the non-profit. 

  • Columbia City Council work session addressed bond to improve water supply Posted on 23 April 2018 at 9:00pm

    COLUMBIA – The Columbia City Council met Monday night in a work session to discuss ways to improve Columbia's water supply through a bond. The proposed bond will integrate a water resource plan that addresses water supply and demand issues throughout the city.

    Black & Veatch project manager Andrew Hansen said the city’s water plant is currently distributing water at its capacity.

  • First Japanese spring festival in Columbia draws hundreds Posted on 23 April 2018 at 8:21pm

    COLUMBIA – Hundreds gathered at the first ever Japanese Spring Festival on MU’s campus Monday afternoon. Student Momoko Tamamura came up with the idea for the festival as a way for her and fellow MU students from Japan to share a piece of their culture with people in Columbia.

    “I have been wanting to organize a Japanese event to introduce Japanese culture because since I came here I realize that some people think China and Japan are the same,” Tamamura said.

  • Ex-husband's attorney gets $100,000 payment in Greitens case Posted on 23 April 2018 at 6:45pm

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The law firm representing the ex-husband of the woman who had an affair with Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens in 2015 received two anonymous $50,000 payments that went toward the man's legal fees, the man's attorney said Monday.

    Attorney Al Watkins, in an interview after a court hearing for one of the two felony cases involving the Republican governor, said a courier delivered each $50,000 payment to his suburban St. Louis office in early January. The source was anonymous and the money came without instructions, but Watkins said he was contacted by an intermediary who assured him the money was from a legal, legitimate source. Watkins said he "assumed and deduced" from that conversation that the money should go toward the ex-husband's legal fees.

  • Missouri lawmaker won't resign over calls to radio show Posted on 23 April 2018 at 6:21pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Democratic Missouri state lawmaker says he won't step down despite facing backlash for repeatedly calling into a radio program whose host has been criticized for comments denounced as racist and offensive.

    St. Louis-area Rep. Bob Burns told reporters Monday that he has no intention of resigning.

  • Staff forum focuses on repairing MU's image as "employer of choice" Posted on 23 April 2018 at 6:05pm

    COLUMBIA - MU staff members spent Monday afternoon discussing how the university could become Columbia's "employer of choice" again with Chancellor Alexander Cartwright and his administration.

    Staff members say the university will struggle to maintain if it does not improve its ability to pay and retain top tier employees. However, the administration says it cannot begin to offer better benefits, pay and security until after the overall efficiency of the university is improved. 

  • Local nonprofits and Gerbes stores help feed low-income families Posted on 23 April 2018 at 5:14pm

    COLUMBIA - Residents moving into the Lynn Street Cottages in Columbia not only obtain four new walls, they also receive vouchers to make their dinner plate colorful.

    In a partnership with the Columbia Health Department, Columbia Community Land Trust and the Beacon of Hope Foundation, Gerbes Supermarket will accept fresh and frozen fruit and vegetable vouchers.

  • Breathalyzer test at prom sparks concern from local attorney Posted on 23 April 2018 at 5:13pm

    COLUMBIA - Students at Rock Bridge High School will be attending prom this weekend, and for the first time ever, everyone who enters the event will be required to take a breathalyzer test. 

    The Rock Bridge student council and administrators made the decision after alcohol-related incidents at homecoming last year. 

  • Columbia College athlete earns ninth career player of the week Posted on 23 April 2018 at 4:48pm

    COLUMBIA - Columbia College's Andrew Warner earned his ninth career AMC baseball player of the week honor on Monday. 

    The senior was recognized for his role in a 3-1 weekend, going 8-for-16 at bat, including three homeruns and one double. Warner continues to lead the team in RBI's and runs, bringing in 11 and four, respectively, in the series versus Lindenwood University-Belleville.