• After 9-month hiatus, search is on for a new education commissioner Posted on 19 September 2018 at 8:06pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - After being inactive for nearly a year, the Missouri Board of Education is launching a search for a new leader.

    "The commissioner of education is the chief executive officer of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education." said Matt Michelson, a director for the Missouri State Teachers' Association. "They really are that leader for that entire state department."

  • Lawsuit over Twitter blocking sparks campaign finance controversy Posted on 19 September 2018 at 7:17pm

    COLUMBIA - State Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch, R-Hallsville, is changing the way she is fundraising after an ethics complaint and a lawsuit.

    Reisch is setting up a new account to raise money for legal expense as she fights a lawsuit filed by an attorney she blocked on Twitter. Mike Campbell said Reisch's action violated his first amendment rights.

  • Husband and wife dead of gunshot wounds in Jefferson City Posted on 19 September 2018 at 7:00pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Police Department was on the scene of a double shooting Wednesday afternoon.

    Police said the victims were a husband and wife, who both died of gunshot wounds.

  • South Columbia residents see a spike in car break-ins Posted on 19 September 2018 at 6:28pm

    COLUMBIA – Some people living in Columbia's southside neighborhoods say thieves, using creative technology, are stealing from cars.

    Haley Elliott, who lives on Bearfield Road, has experienced it first hand. She said she heard noises outside her house early one morning, but didn’t think anything of it. She soon found out thieves had stolen hundreds of dollars worth of items.

  • Veteran, former drug addict returns to painting thanks to Welcome Home Posted on 19 September 2018 at 5:19pm

    COLUMBIA -  As Welcome Home marks the first anniversary of its new shelter, a once drug-addicted veteran is artfully finding his way in a new life.

    “The people there did amazing things for me. I wouldn’t be here without them,” Robert Scott Gardner said.

  • Survivor reacts to auditor's report on domestic abuse shelters Posted on 19 September 2018 at 4:52pm

    FULTON- After the State Auditor's report that more local money could go to domestic violence shelters, one survivor reiterated the importance for added funds.

    "June 14 was the one-year marker. I do not like to call it the anniversary, because anniversaries are a happy time and this was not a happy time," she said. KOMU 8 News has a policy not to identify survivors of sexual abuse.

  • Columbia Fire Department works to prevent emergencies in college dorms Posted on 19 September 2018 at 4:13pm

    COLUMBIA – Wednesday morning firefighters burned a simulated dorm room burn on the MU campus to show students how quickly flames can spread.

    John Cruz is a junior at MU, studying mechanical engineering. Although he now lives off-campus, he said he lived in a dorm, freshman year.

  • Cole County splits with Chamber, strikes deal with private firm Posted on 19 September 2018 at 3:32pm

    COLE COUNTY – Cole County ended its economic development contract with the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday. The new contract with Victory Enterprises begins in 2019.

    “We are disappointed in the decision by the County to separate efforts from those of the City and business community,” Chamber CEO Randy Allen said in a media release. “We take our role as stewards of our business partners’ trust seriously and look forward to a continuation of economic growth.”

  • UPDATE: Hawley blames Democrats, calls Kavanaugh hearings a "circus" Posted on 19 September 2018 at 3:30pm

    MEXICO - Sen. Claire McCaskill has announced she will oppose Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

    McCaskill's competitor, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley responded quickly in a press release.

  • Former top Missouri Democrat sentenced to federal prison Posted on 19 September 2018 at 2:55pm

    KANSAS CITY (AP) — A former prosecutor and chairman of Missouri's Democratic Party has been sentenced to two years and three months in federal prison for misusing campaign funds for personal expenses and vacations.

    Mike Sanders also was ordered Wednesday to forfeit $40,000. He pleaded guilty earlier this year conspiracy to commit wire fraud.