• Columbia mayor proposes audit for residents to see spending Posted on 21 February 2018 at 8:32pm

    COLUMBIA - The city is considering an additional audit of Columbia. Every year an audit takes place to make sure the city is spending money the way it said it would, but calls for transparency are leading to the idea of another outside audit.

    City council member, Michael Trapp, said some residents distrust city government, but an audit might change that.

  • Proposed sales tax designed to fund public safety in Centralia Posted on 21 February 2018 at 7:56pm

    CENTRALIA - A bill that would give the city of Centralia the opportunity to increase sales tax by a half cent could keep two police officers on patrol at all times, supporters say.

    Voters could see the bill on the ballot as soon as November, according to Centralia City Administrator Matt Harline.

  • Missouri Senate bill could boost payments to nursing homes Posted on 21 February 2018 at 6:47pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Senate has endorsed a bill that could boost Medicaid payments for nursing homes.

  • Missouri Legislature moves forward on drug take-back program Posted on 21 February 2018 at 6:43pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Both the Missouri House and Senate have given initial approval to bills that would create a drug take-back program.

  • Report: Missouri ranks fourth in deficient bridges Posted on 21 February 2018 at 5:21pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - Nearly six million vehicles cross structurally deficient bridges every day in the state of Missouri. That's according to a recent report by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.

    The report ranks Missouri as fourth worst in the nation for number of structurally deficient bridges. The report found that about one in 10 bridges is structurally deficient, meaning at least "one key element of the bridge is in poor or worse condition."

  • Local cheerleaders will compete at Disney Posted on 21 February 2018 at 5:07pm

    COLUMBIA - For the first time, a Columbia competitive cheer squad will compete at The D2 Summit Championship at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

    The Central Missouri All Stars competitive cheer squad will go up against competitive cheer's best squads from around the world. 

  • Skin cancer survivors speak for suntanning restriction bill Posted on 21 February 2018 at 5:03pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri teens are twice as likely to use tanning beds than the average American teen according to the American Cancer Society. This statistic comes at a time when the rate of melanoma has nearly doubled in the last nine years. 

    These are only a few of the statistics Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) mentioned Wednesday while testifying for House Bill 1260. This house bill would prohibit anyone under the age of 18 from using tanning beds. Currently, Missouri allows people under 18 to tan with parental consent.

  • Jefferson City area gets nearly $1 million to improve affordable housing Posted on 21 February 2018 at 4:37pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (FHLBanks) awarded Jefferson City $910,000 to Greenway Village, Inc. and Dulle Towers Wednesday afternoon to help build and repair affordable housing.

    FHLBanks makes money available for banks and financial institutions to be able to distribute home loans.

  • Crews already working to repair potholes Posted on 21 February 2018 at 4:36pm

    COLUMBIA — Back-and-forth winter temperatures have been known to cause headaches, but especially for drivers this year. 

    Potholes are scattered all over mid-Missouri's roadways, caused by the freezing and thawing of water on the pavement. 

  • MoDOT remains hopeful for statewide ban on texting while driving Posted on 21 February 2018 at 4:34pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri is one of three states that has not outlawed texting while driving for drivers 21 and over.

    And it appears it will stay that way for at least the time being.