• Columbia Public Schools reports graduation and dropout rates Posted on 21 May 2018 at 4:28pm

    COLUMBIA – Students will leave class early on Tuesday as the 2017-2018 Academic Year comes to a close.

    The Year in Numbers

  • Fatal boat crash still under investigation, officials stress boater safety Posted on 21 May 2018 at 4:20pm

    CAMDEN COUNTY - The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating a boating crash that left three dead and two injured early Saturday morning. 

    Hailey Hochanadel, Daniel Lewis and Joseph Lemark were all pronounced dead on the scene. Hayden Frazier and Ashley Lamb were taken to the hospital with injuries. All five were in their early twenties.

  • House committee to begin hearing on possible Greitens impeachment Posted on 21 May 2018 at 3:04pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri has never impeached a governor, but that could change in 2018. Tuesday, the House of Representatives will decide whether to move forward with the impeachment process regarding Gov. Eric Greitens.

    Pervill Squire is a political science professor at the University of Missouri. He said Missouri has a different procedure than most other states when it comes to impeaching a governor.

  • Crews take first steps in Clark Lane sidewalk project Posted on 21 May 2018 at 2:40pm

    COLUMBIA -Utility workers began surveying land on Clark Lane for a sidewalk project designed to improve community safety.

    "The purpose of this project is to enhance the safety for pedestrians who are walking down Clark Lane to get to the business area," said Public Works spokesman Barry Dalton.

  • Columbia residents preparing for climate change Posted on 22 May 2018 at 4:00am

    COLUMBIA - Columbia residents will have a chance to learn about - and talk about - climate change Tuesday night.

    The Climate Action Community Workshop is a chance for people to say what they would liked to see changed or improved in their city.

  • Weekly Wellness: Tips for Losing Weight without Losing your Funds Posted on 21 May 2018 at 1:43pm

    COLUMBIA - I’ve heard so many folks say “it’s just so expensive to eat healthily!” and “I don’t have the money to belong to a gym or pay for a trainer.” I get it! One of my go-to discussion points is that it can be much more expensive to pay for medications and surgeries after you’ve had a catastrophic health issue from not taking care of yourself. Not to mention the fact that being sick just isn’t much fun. But there are some tips and tricks that you can use to try to stay health – and they won’t break the bank.

    • Buy frozen produce: Frozen fruits and vegetables are just as nutritious as fresh ones, if not more so. Because they are frozen at the peak of ripeness.
    • Shop the bulk aisle: Things like oats, grains, dried beans and nuts last a while and can be cheaper to buy in bulk versus in prepackaged containers. Compare and stock up on the things you use often.
    • Hit the sales: watch the weekly sales flyers at the local grocers. If you know, in advance, what you are planning to eat and make for the week, you can save yourself a few bucks.
    • Freeze your own at home: I buy fresh fruit when it's on sale and then divvy it up into freezer bags and toss it in the deep freeze.
    • Meal planning: it's proven that if you plan your meals for the week, you will save money and decrease waste. I hate throwing away food and it happens quite often. But if you plan your meals in advance, it can help. (You can also plan freezer meals and individual portions too!)
    • Generic instead of brand names: we all have our favorites, but there are some great store brands that are equal in quality but cost substantially less. Given them a try!
    • Think "simple": Do you need that packaged protein bar for $3? Or do you need a sliced apple and a tablespoon of peanut butter? One of my favorite portable sources of protein is a hard-boiled egg.

    It’s not just about how to save money on your nutrition… there are ways to save money on your workouts too!

  • Missouri House expands panel mulling impeachment of governor Posted on 21 May 2018 at 1:00pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A House investigatory committee has expanded its membership for a special session to determine whether to impeach Gov. Eric Greitens.

    House Speaker Todd Richardson has added three members to what had been a seven-person panel consisting mostly of attorneys and former law enforcement officers.

  • Woman sentenced in shooting death of fiance Posted on 21 May 2018 at 12:40pm

    ROLLA (AP) — A Missouri University of Science and Technology student has been sentenced to seven years in prison in the shooting death of her fiancé who was just a week away from graduating from the Rolla school with an engineering degree.

    Meghan Werner was sentenced Friday for a reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter in the December 2015 killing of 22-year-old Curt Marzolf in the home they shared in Rolla. She originally was charged with second-degree murder.

  • Ameren plans 400-megawatt wind farm, Missouri's largest Posted on 21 May 2018 at 11:44am

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ameren Missouri is planning a 400-megawatt wind farm in rural northeast Missouri, creating enough power to serve 120,000 homes within two years.

    The St. Louis-based company said Monday that its High Prairie Wind Farm near Kirksville will be the largest in Missouri.

  • Digital distractions, like Fortnite, can become addictions Posted on 21 May 2018 at 4:58pm

    COLUMBIA - Checking the phone constantly, surfing Facebook first thing in the morning or right before bed, playing games like Fortnite or Minecraft — digital distractions are prevalent and some people say addictive.
    The designers are the best in the business at weaving hidden hooks into the most popular apps and games — blending tech and psychology to keep people in front of a screen.
    Will Mattei, now an app developer in San Francisco, realized how much time he was wasting online each day and started looking into how to make the technology people need and want into something that improved lives and interactions.
    He said the best apps are designed to keep people entertained and plugged-in.
    "They want to keep you there for as long as possible so they've created a bunch of mechanisms to keep people online forever essentially," he said.
    The smash-hit viral video game Fortnite has millions of children jumping into their favorite skin and casting away online in hopes of a victory. So much so, video streaming superstar Tyler Blevins, known as Ninja on Youtube and Instagram, is making more than a half million dollars a month because kids love to watch him play Fortnite.
    Blevins has 11 million (and growing) subscribers on Youtube and more than seven million on the most popular video game streaming app, Twitch.
    He was interviewed by CNBC about the influence he has on children and how he's making so much money playing games.
    "I encourage everyone out there, all of the kids, you can't just drop everything and focus on playing video games to make a living. It's also becoming a very competitive career choice right now. You want to make sure you're securing your future and putting in the extra time to make this happen as well."
    Some of the new superstars of a generation are most known for their game, but video games, not football or basketball. Phones, gaming consoles and technology are reshaping childhood.
    It has some people, like Mattei, wondering if it's time to rethink how great all of the advances are.
    "I do think we've reached a tipping point," he said. "On the Google search index trends, you can actually see how frequently key words are being searched since google started tracking since 2004. I noticed the search for terms like "internet addiction" or making technology more humane were trending down for years and years and years and just in the past few months they've started trending up again."
    Mattei is one of a growing number of app developers trying to come up with ways to make time spent with technology a starting point for better actual interaction instead of a time drain. The change is called humane technology.
    Apps, games and computer browsers that develop humane tech would abandon the psychology of hidden hooks, which are the same addictive techniques used to keep gamblers in casinos. Instead, technology, and the advertising that goes with it, would function to keep us moving or connecting "irl" (in real life) rather than into a game or app.
    Common Sense Media, a non-profit group started to help families understand and navigate smart media choices for kids, offers the good and bad for parents who feel they've lost family time to Fortnite battles.
    • It does reward collaboration between players
    • The default setting keeps any personal information private
    • There's no blood or swearing and the death is much closer to Minecraft than Mortal Kombat
    • There's a potentially very creative building component
    • It's free to play
    • Games are short — about 20 minutes at the longest
    • Kids can get lost for hours if not monitored, which is tough to do if a child has a smart phone. (Fortnite can be played on any gaming, computer or phone platform) 
    • You can't control or filter what other players are saying 
    • There are a lot of guns and weapons and everyone else dying is the goal
    • It's also possible to spend real money buying extras and upgrades with v-bucks. 
    Common Sense Media gives Fortnite four out of five stars for overall quality and learning potential.
    Monitoring how long someone plays any video game is essential to keeping it in check. Frequent breaks allow time for the brain to reset and go a long way to prevent technology distraction from becoming an addiction.