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

    COLUMBIA - The city council will meet Monday night to talk about whether or not 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.

  • Prosecutor files more charges in Howard County suicide case Posted on 20 November 2017 at 2:06pm

    FAYETTE - The special prosecutor in the case against a woman accused of bullying a teenager has filed more charges, including stalking, harassment and assault.

    Those charges come on top of the involuntary manslaughter count Harley Branham already faces. In January, the jury at a coroner's inquest found Branham contributed to the death of Kenneth Suttner, 17, who committed suicide. Branham had been Suttner's manager at Dairy Queen for a time.

  • Columbia Regional Airport announces another flight to Dallas Posted on 20 November 2017 at 1:51pm

    COLUMBIA - With the holiday season upon us, more people will be traveling, and Columbia Regional Airport announced another way you can get across the country.

    City Manager Mike Matthes announced American Airlines will be providing a third flight to Dallas, Texas from COU, starting in February. Tickets for the new 7:10 p.m. flight can be purchased starting Monday, November 20. 

  • Greitens fights against child abuse review delays Posted on 20 November 2017 at 1:35pm

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The governor of Missouri has appointed 16 people to help review child abuse cases after the state delayed dozens of hearings because review boards lacked enough members to meet.

    The Springfield News-Leader reports that four of the six state Child Abuse and neglect Review Boards didn't have enough members to meet before Gov. Eric Greitens' appointments. A spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Social Services says the regional boards are supposed to have nine members each, and at least five must be present to form a quorum necessary to meet.