• Driver killed in California blazes identified as Missouri man Posted on 17 October 2017 at 10:49pm

    NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have identified the firefighter who was killed when the water transport truck he was driving rolled over near one of the wildfires that has devastated parts of Northern California.

    The Napa County's sheriff-coroner office said Tuesday that 38-year-old Garrett Paiz of Missouri died in the crash early Monday. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection identified him as a privately contracted water-tender driver.

  • Push to oust Vicky Hartzler gets going on two fronts Posted on 17 October 2017 at 9:04pm

    COLUMBIA - In a quiet building tucked behind brick facades and looming trees off Vandiver Drive, the 2018 midterm election campaign got its gears going Tuesday evening.

    Renee Hoagenson’s campaign held an organizing meeting to familiarize volunteers with the coming race.

  • McCaskill says she didn't object to law weakening DEA power Posted on 17 October 2017 at 8:12pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill says she didn't object to a bill weakening federal authority to stop companies from distributing opioids, despite previously saying she wasn't around when it came up.

    McCaskill told CNN on Monday that she was away from the Senate receiving breast cancer treatment when the bill was voted on in 2016. The measure passed with unanimous consent, meaning no lawmaker objected.

  • Columbia Land Trust gains ground on Lynn Street Cottages project Posted on 17 October 2017 at 8:11pm

    COLUMBIA – The Community Land Trust Organization Board is set to meet Wednesday to discuss further developments on the Lynn Street Cottages project near the corner of Lynn Street and North Garth Avenue.

    The Columbia Community Land Trust, or CCLT, is a nonprofit, community-based program with a goal to provide affordable housing for low-income families and homes, according to its statement on Columbia’s website.The Lynn Street Cottages are the CCLT’s first project and Housing Programs Supervisor Randy Cole said this project’s roots are at the core of the organization's mission.

  • Missouri unemployment drops slightly, state loses 10K jobs Posted on 17 October 2017 at 8:08pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's unemployment has dropped slightly.

    Department of Economic Development data released Tuesday show the unemployment rate dropped slightly from 3.9 percent in August to 3.8 percent in September. Unemployment has held fairly steady in recent months.

  • JEFFTRAN system analysis presented at open house meeting Posted on 17 October 2017 at 8:02pm

    JEFFERSON CITY – Jefferson City’s transit system could see new changes soon.

    The city held a JEFFTRAN System-Wide Assessment open house to present an analysis on the bus service conducted by civil engineering service Lochmueller Group. 

  • 98-year-old World War II veteran honored for service Posted on 17 October 2017 at 7:53pm

    COLUMBIA - Walter Rolley Jr. served in the United States Army for three years during World War II, and Tuesday, 80 years since first enlisting, he was recognized for his service by the state of Missouri.

    At a ceremony at the American Legion in Columbia, Rolley, now 98, was presented with a certificate called the Award for Patriotic Services. He was also given a medal and a resolution from Missouri Senator Caleb Rowden’s office.

  • Two men arrested in drug bust, combined bail at $48,000 Posted on 17 October 2017 at 7:20pm

    COLUMBIA - Two men were arrested Tuesday morning and accused of possession of illegal drugs and firearms at 505 East Rollins Street. 

    Dominic Kurt Loise, 19, and Luke Joseph Stone, 19, were arrested in an East Central Drug Task Force raid around 4 a.m.

  • Man accused of driving car into Mizzou Arena charged Posted on 17 October 2017 at 6:09pm

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia man accused of driving his car into Mizzou Arena over the summer was formally charged Tuesday. 

    23-year-old Nathaniel Conant was charged with four counts of felony first degree property damage. Police said he used his car to break through security gates and drive around the arena.

  • Low pay a top concern at MU staff meeting Posted on 17 October 2017 at 6:01pm

    COLUMBIA -  Many staff members at MU say they aren't happy, especially on the issue of pay.

    According to the 2016 MU campus climate survey, 59 percent of respondents reported dissatisfaction with their salaries. Almost 56 percent reported a lack of opportunity for advancement and 32 percent reported an increased workload.