• Missouri unemployment edges up slightly Posted on 17 January 2018 at 8:26pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's unemployment rate has edged up slightly.

    Data released Wednesday by the state Department of Economic Development show the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate went up to 3.5 percent in December. It was 3.4 percent in November.

  • Amended lawsuit seeks to overturn Vandeven's firing Posted on 17 January 2018 at 8:22pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Citing new testimony from a state school board member, a Springfield teacher is asking a judge to overturn the Missouri Board of Education's controversial removal of the state education commissioner.

    Teacher Laurie Sullivan filed a lawsuit in November accusing the board of violating the state's open meetings law before it fired Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven.

  • Missouri House passes bill for fewer rules on hair braiding Posted on 17 January 2018 at 8:15pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Professional hair braiders would face fewer regulations under a bill passed by the Missouri House.

    House lawmakers voted 131-17 Wednesday to pass the bill and send it to the Senate. If made law, the bill would repeal a requirement that braiders be licensed by the state Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners. That can take considerable time and money.

  • Plans for new Columbia middle school await vote Posted on 17 January 2018 at 8:00pm

    COLUMBIA - The next step in construction of a new middle school in Columbia is a public vote scheduled for April.

    The Columbia City Council approved the purchase of the land Tuesday. Now the public must decide whether to approve a bond issue for Columbia Public Schools.

  • Fiscal cliff puts medical care for low-income and rural Missourians at risk Posted on 17 January 2018 at 7:46pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - With the Jan. 19 deadline looming for Congress to pass a federal spending bill and keep the government running, community health clinics in mid-Missouri and across the country face an uncertain financial future.

    Community health centers, like the Family Health Center in Columbia or the Community Health Center of Central Missouri in Jefferson City, are largely funded by federal government grants. According to the National Association of Community Health Centers, centers receive roughly 70 percent of their operating funds from the federal government.

  • Room At The Inn volunteer inspired by guests Posted on 17 January 2018 at 5:55pm

    COLUMBIA - People who work at a Columbia shelter say more people would volunteer if they knew how gratifying it is to work with the homeless.

    Marilyn McCreary has been a Room at the Inn volunteer for eight years. 

  • Business owners, employees torn over Nifong Boulevard renovations Posted on 17 January 2018 at 5:06pm

    COLUMBIA - On Tuesday night, Columbia City Council approved a $12.3 million improvement to sections of Nifong and Forum Boulevard.

    The developments include pedestrian crosswalks, bike lanes, traffic signals and an additional traffic lane on eastbound and westbound Nifong.

  • Local lawmakers mostly quiet on Greitens allegations Posted on 17 January 2018 at 4:40pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - As many lawmakers have released statements regarding Gov. Eric Greitens admitting to an extramarital affair, they are refusing to talk more in-depth. 

    KOMU 8 News reached out to Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport), Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch (R-Hallsville), Rep. Kip Kendrick (D-Columbia), Rep. Martha Stevens (D-Columbia), Rep. Sara Walsh (R-Ashland) and Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia).

  • Missouri's MOST 529 plan expanded to include K-12 schools Posted on 17 January 2018 at 4:32pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - The state treasurer wants to spread the word that Missourians are now able to withdraw from a popular education savings plan to pay tuition for K-12 schools.

    The board governing the Missouri Higher Education Savings Program - (MOST) 529 plan - passed a resolution to include tuition for public, private and religious K-12 schools.

  • Walmart now offering free opioid disposal method Posted on 17 January 2018 at 4:00pm

    COLUMBIA – Walmart is now offering a product that destroys opioids before they can be abused, and it is offering it for free.

    DisposeRx is a product already sold in other pharmacies, like Kilgore's, but now the company has teamed up with Walmart in order to provide it for free for Walmart pharmacy customers. You just need a prescription for opioids in order to get it.