• Rural Missouri county going to privatized public defenders Posted on 20 February 2018 at 10:00am

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — One rural Missouri county is moving to a privatized system for public defenders, a system that some advocates would like to see become more common.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that starting March 1, people charged with crimes in Texas County who cannot afford an attorney will get private lawyers, with the state footing the bill. That's because the Missouri State Public Defender has decided to completely privatize the southern Missouri county, which has about 26,000 residents.

  • MU campus to welcome the creator of the Me Too campaign Posted on 20 February 2018 at 9:01am

    COLUMBIA – The “Me Too” movement may seem to be a recent phenomenon, but the creator, Tarana Burke, has dedicated 12 years of her life to it.

    Burke created the movement in 2006 to raise awareness about sexual harassment and sexual abuse in society. 

  • City council approves support for citywide community-oriented policing Posted on 20 February 2018 at 12:43am

    COLUMBIA - Columbia's city council approved a resolution Monday night in support of a citywide community-oriented policing program. This type of policing involves officers getting out of their cars and into the neighborhoods they serve, a proactive approach to policing rather than reactive.

  • Lawmakers hear bill that would require gifted student programs Posted on 19 February 2018 at 10:47pm

    JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri students may have access to programs for gifted children if a bill passes. A hearing was held Monday on a bill in the Missouri House of Representatives that would require school districts to provide its gifted students with necessary programs.

    School districts without enough gifted students would not be required to offer the programs. The exact number has not been determined.

  • Columbia landfill expansion plans would keep trash service costs low Posted on 19 February 2018 at 8:35pm

    COLUMBIA - Columbia's waste management department presented its plans for an expansion to the city's privately owned landfill Monday evening to city council. 

    There are only 20 landfills in the state of Missouri. Of those 20, five are owned by city governments, which helps keep residents trash removal services cost low. The rest are privately owned and cities have to pay to use them.

  • Missouri House votes to restrict child marriages Posted on 19 February 2018 at 7:54pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri House has passed a bill to ban marriages of children under 15 years old.

  • Mizzou basketball has success helping local businesses Posted on 19 February 2018 at 5:38pm

    COLUMBIA - With attendance up for both the University of Missouri men's and women's basketball teams, some local businesses are also benefiting from their success.

    The Tiger's Senior Associate Athletic Director for Strategic Communications, Nick Joos, said the women's team, which enjoyed a record crowd against Tennessee on Sunday, is helping raise the stature of the community. 

  • Missouri women's basketball continues climb in rankings Posted on 19 February 2018 at 4:38pm

    COLUMBIA - Missouri women's basketball continued its climb in the AP rankings Monday, moving up from No. 13 to No. 11. 

    The only other conference teams ahead of Missouri in the rankings are No. 7 South Carolina and No. 2 Mississippi State. 

  • New bill would lift restrictions on felons in the workforce Posted on 19 February 2018 at 4:16pm

    JEFFERSON CITY – A House committee approved a bill to allow people with prior convictions to work in places that sell alcohol and lottery tickets.

    Steve Smith, CEO of Job Point in Columbia, said the bill would open doors for the people he works with every day.  

  • City Council to vote on community policing resolution Posted on 19 February 2018 at 2:38pm

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council is expected to adopt a resolution declaring its support for community-oriented policing at its meeting Monday night. The resolution would define parameters of community-oriented policing and design a citywide program.

    City Manager Mike Matthes appointed Sgt. Robert Fox to lead the effort. It's a new and temporary position - if the resolution is passed.