• Former Democratic leader's assistant sentenced Posted on 20 September 2018 at 7:00pm

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The longtime aide of former Democratic leader Mike Sanders was sentenced to six months in prison for his role in stealing campaign funds.

    The sentence given to Calvin Williford Thursday was far shorter than Sanders received on Wednesday, when he was sentenced to more than two years in federal prison and ordered to forfeit $40,000. Williford and Sanders pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

  • Boone County Family Resources could have a new home Posted on 20 September 2018 at 6:46pm

    COLUMBIA - Boone County Family Resources is just too big. Now, the agency wants a new building with more parking and more square footage. BCFR is asking the Planning and Zoning Commission for permission to change the approved plan. 

    Robyn Kaufman, Boone County Family Resources Executive Director, said the agency currently has a staff of about 90 and only has 57 office spaces. 

  • Prosecutor: no charges on Missouri work with trucking firm Posted on 20 September 2018 at 6:42pm

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri prosecutor says he won't press charges related to allegations of conflicts of interest between state agencies and a trucking technology company.

    The Highway Patrol and Department of Transportation fell under scrutiny because agency officials had served on the board of a company called HELP Inc. that for years received the only state contract to provide technology allowing truckers to bypass Missouri weigh stations.

  • Sunrise Beach Fire Department board president resigns Posted on 20 September 2018 at 6:07pm

    SUNRISE BEACH - Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District Board President Brian Layman resigned Thursday.

    Layman's resignation follows Fire Chief Dennis Reilly resignation on Tuesday.

  • Proposed education budget could help school transportation, other funds Posted on 20 September 2018 at 5:49pm

    ASHLAND - The Missouri State Education Board outlined a budget that would increase transportation funding for Missouri schools. 

    "The budget is underfunded and it has been for years," Nancy Bowels, Communications Coordinator for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said.

  • Boone County to open former fairgrounds lease applications to public Posted on 20 September 2018 at 4:47pm

    COLUMBIA - The Boone County Commission will soon be accepting applications for anyone interested in leasing the former fairgrounds.

    The commission is currently working on a draft for the request of proposals, which it hopes to have out by the first week of October.

  • Planned Parenthood says abortions at Columbia site could end Posted on 20 September 2018 at 4:43pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Planned Parenthood says abortions will stop at its Columbia clinic after Oct. 1 unless a federal judge blocks some Missouri abortion restrictions.

    The organization is asking for a court order to stop Missouri from requiring doctors at the Columbia location to get admitting privileges at nearby hospitals in order to perform abortions.

  • Boone County calls for more poll workers ahead of November midterms Posted on 20 September 2018 at 4:29pm

    COLUMBIA - November elections are approaching, but behind campaign speeches and electoral yard signs, Boone County is struggling to reach its necessary number of poll workers. 

    County Clerk Taylor Burks said the most feedback the county received from August election voters was the excess of long lines and high turnout. To combat this, 20 new polling places will be added for the upcoming elections. But with these new places, an increase in poll workers needs to be met. 

  • Gov. Parson considers ways to address trucker shortage Posted on 20 September 2018 at 4:19pm

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson is considering changes to Missouri regulations to help address a shortage of long-haul truck drivers.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports one possibility is changing a law that takes away driver's licenses or occupational licenses from people who haven't paid child support for three months.

  • Cole County prosecutor declines charges in HELP, Inc. investigation Posted on 20 September 2018 at 4:15pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - The Cole County Prosecutor's Office said Thursday it will not pursue charges in connection with the investigation into HELP, Inc., a company aimed at helping the trucking industry move faster and more efficiently.

    Mark Richardson announced in a press release he found no probable cause of any criminal violation in the matter, and will not file any criminal charges.