• Ballenger Lane expansion to begin Posted on 21 November 2017 at 3:20am

    COLUMBIA - The heavily traveled road Ballenger Lane has raised concern to homeowners and travelers due to its lack of safety.

    Ballenger Lane stretches approximately a mile between two roundabouts in north Columbia.

  • CPS Superintendent Urges Governor Not to Fire DESE Commissioner Posted on 21 November 2017 at 12:21am

    COLUMBIA - Columbia education leaders are concerned Gov. Eric Greitens is playing partisan politics with the state's board of education when they say the focus should be on Missouri children.

    Monday, Greitens removed a board appointee the night before members are expected to discuss removing the state's top education official, Commissioner Margie Vandeven. 

  • Belle mayor crashes into ambulance during call Posted on 20 November 2017 at 11:32pm

    BELLE - The mayor of Belle, who is also a volunteer firefighter, crashed into the back of an ambulance that was responding to a call on Monday, according to a post on Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman's Facebook page.

    Heitman said first responders said Mayor Steve Vogt hit the back of the ambulance while they responded to a call and that Vogt did not have all of his required emergency equipment activated.

  • City Council discusses adding taxes to Airbnb, bed and breakfasts Posted on 20 November 2017 at 7:12pm

    COLUMBIA - The city council met Monday night to hear the Visitors Bureau proposal to change the city's current definition of "hotel" and "motel."

    Right now, the ordinance considers a hotel "a place where sleeping accommodations are sought for pay or compensation to transient guest or lodgers and having more than twelve bedrooms furnished for the accommodation of such guests."

  • Missouri minimum wage set to increase in 2018 Posted on 20 November 2017 at 7:01pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - The state of Missouri has announced an increase to the state's minimum wage Monday.

    Businesses will be required to pay workers $7.85 an hour, a 15 cent increase from 2017. This is the biggest increase to the minimum wage since 2015, according to the Missouri Department of Labor.

  • Police: Would-be car thief crashes, breaks into two homes, assaults resident Posted on 20 November 2017 at 4:23pm

    FULTON - Police arrested a woman after she allegedly attempted to steal a car from a shop, then broke into two homes while trying to flee Monday.

    Jasmine Allen, 31, of Fulton, was taken into custody on two counts of burglary, one count of property damage, and one count of assault, along with a number of other charges.

  • Missouri mayors convene in Columbia to discuss policy Posted on 20 November 2017 at 3:13pm

    COLUMBIA - Mayors from across Missouri met in Columbia Monday to discuss a variety of policies they say are negatively effecting their communities.

    Thirty-seven mayors attended the forum and discussed issues including transportation funding, phone use while driving, and low-income housing tax credits.

  • Multiple neighborhoods targeted by package thieves Posted on 20 November 2017 at 3:11pm

    COLUMBIA - As videos surface of package thieves targeting many neighborhoods, residents are talking about the need for security cameras. Two suspects are featured in videos posted by KOMU 8 News Sunday. The thefts happened in Cooperstone, Bellwood, Arcadia and Thornbrook.

    Tricia Rackers, a homeowner in Thornbrook, said she had a package stolen on Oct. 12. That was the first time that she’s had a package stolen. She said she purchased surveillance cameras within a week of the incident. 

  • Deputies: man flushed laundry down jail cell toilet Posted on 20 November 2017 at 2:53pm

    COLUMBIA - Prosecutors charged an inmate at the Boone County Jail with damaging the facility after he allegedly flushed his laundry down his cell toilet.

    Justin Todd, 34, is at the jail awaiting trial on charges including kidnapping, sodomy and rape.

  • FBI, Justice Department to investigate St. Louis-area police Posted on 20 November 2017 at 2:44pm

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal investigation will look into possible civil rights violations by police in the St. Louis area in the two months since protests broke out after a white former police officer was acquitted in the shooting death of a black suspect.

    The U.S. Department of Justice announced the investigation in a statement Monday. The FBI and the U.S. attorney's office in St. Louis also will help with the investigation.