• New Callaway County hog farm sparks controversy Posted on 19 June 2018 at 4:06pm

    CALLAWAY COUNTY – Crews recently broke ground on a new hog farm in Callaway County, and locals have strong opinions about the project.

    The farm, Callaway Farrowing LLC, is located just south of Interstate 70 off the Hatton exit.

  • More than 600 members of Sessions' church filed complaint against him Posted on 19 June 2018 at 4:01pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - More than 600 members of the United Methodist Church have issued a formal church complaint against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a fellow church member, charging that his "zero tolerance" policy on immigration violates church rules and may constitute child abuse.

    Officially, the complaint charges Sessions with violating the United Methodist Church's Book of Discipline, its code of laws and social principles. Such charges could lead to a church trial, though few expect that to happen to the attorney general, the country's top lawman.

  • Gas leak causes evacuations in downtown Columbia Posted on 19 June 2018 at 3:38pm

    COLUMBIA - A punctured gas line caused large-scale evacuations in the heart of downtown Columbia Tuesday afternoon.

    Columbia Police Department spokesperson Bryana Larimer said, around 11:25 a.m., someone who smelled gas around Ninth and Cherry streets told officers who were responding to call downtown.

  • KOMU 8 earns award for innovative website Posted on 19 June 2018 at 3:48pm

    COLUMBIA - The Radio Television Digital News Association has named KOMU.com best website in a small market for the second year in a row.

    The Edward R. Murrow Award is one of the highest achievements in broadcast journalism.

  • Group must subpoena Confide in suit over Greitens, staff use of app Posted on 19 June 2018 at 2:40pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - A Cole County judge says there are a few key legal questions to be answered before he can make a decision on whether former Governor Eric Greitens and his staff violated Missouri law when using a texting app that deletes messages.

    The Sunshine Project contends Greitens and his staff, by using the Confide App, destroyed public records. 

  • Missouri Democrats sue over lt. governor appointment Posted on 19 June 2018 at 12:10pm

    JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Democratic Party and a World War II veteran are suing to block the appointment of Mike Kehoe as lieutenant governor.

    The suit, announced in a press release Tuesday, reopens a longstanding legal debate over whether the governor has the power to appoint someone to the second-ranking executive position.

  • Group says Moberly autism directory not inclusive enough Posted on 19 June 2018 at 4:49pm

    MOBERLY - The Moberly Police Department has a new directory for people with autism, but some people think it shouldn't be limited to a single disability.

    The co-founded of Missouri Disability Empowerment, Robyn Schelp, said the autism directory isn't inclusive enough. The directory gives police details about community members with autism to help them interact appropriately if the need arises.

  • Missouri senators push back on border family separation Posted on 19 June 2018 at 8:58am

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Trump administration policy to force separation of migrant children and parents at the U.S.-Mexico border is facing pushback from Missouri's U.S. senators.

    Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in a Monday statement said she'll work to stop what she described as a misguided policy. Republican Sen. Roy Blunt said that separating families doesn't "meet the standard of who we are as a country."

  • Local programs help pay utility bills during summer months Posted on 19 June 2018 at 6:54am

    COLUMBIA - Monday began Summer Safety Week and local programs are helping those in danger of not being able to pay their utility bills.

    With record-high temperatures early in the summer, more households are running the air conditioner. The Boone County/Columbia Department of Public Health and Human Services and Central Missouri Community Action have programs to provide funding for individuals and families’ utility bills.

  • Democratic ad slams Hawley over allegations against donor Posted on 19 June 2018 at 5:22am

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Democratic political action committee is targeting Republican Missouri Senate candidate Josh Hawley for not investigating allegations of corruption involving a past top donor to Hawley's attorney general campaign, although his authority to take action is limited.

    A Senate Majority PAC ad claims Hawley is "refusing to investigate an allegedly illegal pay-to-play scheme involving a donor who gave Hawley's campaign nearly $3 million." Pay-to-play in political circles means when someone donates money to a campaign or an elected official and in return receives government favors.