• Semi truck crashes over guard rail on US-63 Posted on 17 October 2017 at 12:57am

    COLUMBIA- A semi truck crashed over a guard rail on U-63 by E. Friendship Church Rd. late Monday night. 

    The semi-truck was traveling southbound on US-63. The driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The semi-truck was carrying sugar beet pellets. 

  • Side motor collision on Old 63 South leaves two in the hospital Posted on 17 October 2017 at 12:50am

    COLUMBIA- A side motor vehicle collision on Highway 63 South has left two drivers in the hospital Monday night.

    The collision happened at Highway 63 South and New Salem at approximately 11p.m. Monday night. 

  • City council approves two roundabouts near Columbia elementary school Posted on 16 October 2017 at 9:20pm

    COLUMBIA – City council members approved the construction of two new roundabouts near Mill Creek Elementary School following a public hearing. 

    Multiple Columbia residents voiced their concerns on the now-approved intersections on Nifong Boulevard and Sinclair Road and Nifong Boulevard/Vawter School Road and Old Mill Creek Road/Country Woods Road. The intersection on Nifong and Sinclair is currently a four-way stop and is next to Mill Creek Elementary. The roundabouts will be single lane and 120 feet in diameter.

  • MoDOT begins concentrated effort on Buckle Up Phone Down initiative Posted on 16 October 2017 at 9:00pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Transportation and Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety are challenging drivers this week to sign up for its “Buckle Up Phone Down” pledge this week.

    The initiative is designed to get drivers throughout Missouri to wear their seatbelts and avoid texting or talking on their cell phones while driving.

  • McCaskill, Blunt pitch Missouri cities for Amazon HQ2 Posted on 16 October 2017 at 8:32pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's U.S. senators are pitching the Kansas City and St. Louis metropolitan areas as potential sites for Amazon's second headquarters.

    Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and Republican Sen. Roy Blunt touted the state's infrastructure, central location and hiking trails as big pluses in a copy of a letter to Amazon provided by McCaskill's office Monday.

  • Local group organizes court observers to combat racial disparities in policing Posted on 16 October 2017 at 8:27pm

    COLUMBIA - Race Matters, Friends is currently seeking out volunteers to sit in on, take notes on and observe court cases to ensure the defendant is getting treated and represented fairly.

    Peggy Placier, member of Race Matters, Friends, said, "So do they get good representation and are they treated fairly as the court case proceeds? Or is there any evidence of bias in the, in everything, from what they're charged with, if there's a the jury, jury selection. There's just so many elements of the criminal justice system where issues could arise."

  • Local business fundraises for Virgin Islands hurricane relief Posted on 16 October 2017 at 8:05pm

    COLUMBIA - One local business is helping raise money to donate to the Virgin Islands after Hurricanes Irma and Maria struck the Caribbean almost one month ago.

    Logboat Brewing Company and Virgin Islands resident Patrick Wilson wanted the residents of St. Thomas, Water Island, St. Croix, and St. John to know they haven’t been forgotten.

  • Columbia business resource preps aspiring entrepreneurs Posted on 16 October 2017 at 7:57pm

    COLUMBIA - Columbia is one of the top locations to start a small business, according to a 2016 Forbes list of small cities in the nation.

    "There is a thriving business scene,” Soo Koon Lee, business development specialist at the Small Business and Technology Development Center, said.

  • Email scam leads to Columbia organization losing more than $3,000 Posted on 16 October 2017 at 9:16pm

    COLUMBIA - An unnamed organization reported to the Better Business Bureau that it lost more than $3,000 from a phishing scam. 

    The scam report said someone hacked an email account belonging to the organization and emailed the group's treasurer asking them to wire $3,850 into an account.

  • City shares report on police training after data shows racial disparity Posted on 16 October 2017 at 7:01pm

    COLUMBIA - City Manager Mike Matthes and his staff released a report Monday at the city council meeting on the types of training Columbia police officers go through before they can serve. The city council requested this information in June after the Missouri Attorney General's office released the 2016 Vehicle Stops Executive Summary, a report showing high racial disparity indexes for traffic stops.

    Matthes' report, which is downloadable from the city council's agenda for this meeting, showed Columbia police officers go through about 600 hours of training at the Law Enforcement Training Institute.