• 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Coffee Zone owner charged with possession of 100 pounds of marijuana Posted on 21 February 2018 at 4:05pm

    COLUMBIA – A local business owner is facing charges of marijuana possession and distribution.

    Osama Nadir Yanis and his son, Nader Robert Osama Yanis were both detained Monday, Feb. 19, for having more than 100 pounds of marijuana. Osama Yanis is the owner of Coffee Zone, located on Ninth Street downtown.

  • Lawmakers consider making "revenge porn" a crime Posted on 21 February 2018 at 3:55pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri House is leaning toward making it a felony to purposefully send explicit images without consent, also known as "revenge porn."

    The Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence said revenge porn can lead to 'unintended consequences.'

  • Winter weather in other cities can have effect on mid-Missouri Posted on 21 February 2018 at 3:19pm

    COLUMBIA – Columbia Regional Airport canceled two departures and delayed an arrival Wednesday because of the weather; but not the weather happening here in Missouri.

    One of the canceled flights was going to Chicago, the other one going to Denver, but weather conditions in both of those cities just weren't ideal.