• Columbia Schools consider arming employees for a third time

    Columbia Schools consider arming employees for a third time

    Posted 7:48 PM 10/22/2014 by Lihua Yu, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    COLUMBIA - A school committee will present a policy to the Columbia Board of Education which would allow employees of the Columbia School District to carry firearms in schools.

    The policy addresses whether the superintendent should have the authority to allow the director of safety and (More)

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  • Reward at $12,000 in killing of Kansas City girl

    Reward at $12,000 in killing of Kansas City girl

    Posted 7:19 PM 10/22/2014 by The Associated Press

    KANSAS CITY (AP) - The reward for information about suspects in a drive-by shooting that killed a 6-year-old Kansas City girl is now up to $12,000.

    Angel Hooper died Friday night when shots were fired into the parking lot of a 7-Eleven where the girl and her father had just bought (More)

  • Abandoned homes to be demolished in mid-Missouri

    Posted 2:07 PM 10/22/2014 by Madison Conklin, KOMU 8 Reporter

    MOBERLY - Empty dump trucks filed into a trash-filled backyard of a crumbling and condemned Bond Street home on Wednesday.

    The dilapidated, run-down and abandoned home located at 805 Bond Street will soon be gone.

    It is one of 12 homes in the Moberly community that will be (More)

  • Mid-Missourians prepare for potential ebola outbreak

    Posted 5:07 PM 10/22/2014 by Marcel Clarke, KOMU 8 Reporter

    JEFFERSON CITY - Ebola training and preparation in Mid-Missouri was discussed in a forum Wednesday.

    Deputy Director of Public Safety Andrea Spillars said Missouri hospitals have added training for vigilant screening and treatment practices to test for ebola.

    Other than the general (More)

  • Break Time robbery suspect connected to several other robberies

    Break Time robbery suspect connected to several other robberies

    Posted 1:24 PM 10/22/2014 by Ben Wilson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia man arrested Wednesday in connection with the May 17 robbery of a Boonville Break Time has been linked to several other robberies in the Columbia area.

    Columbia Police confirmed 24-year-old Joshua Harrington had been arrested and released on bond in September for (More)

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  • Route 50 bridge at one lane after truck accident

    Route 50 bridge at one lane after truck accident

    Posted 4:49 PM 10/22/2014 by Michael Doudna, KOMU 8 Reporter

    Cole County - Traffic backed up around a mile eastbound on Route 50 Wednesday morning. Because of an accident, an eastbound passing lane at the bridge over Big Horn Drive is closed for at least the next two months.

    A truck hauling a loader on Big Horn Drive hit the bridge late Tuesday (More)

  • Missouri Republicans call for Ebola travel ban

    Missouri Republicans call for Ebola travel ban

    Posted 4:45 PM 10/22/2014 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Some Missouri lawmakers are concerned the state isn't doing enough to prevent an Ebola outbreak.

    At a hearing with state health officials Wednesday, Republican senators questioned whether emergency responders have the training and resources to handle the deadly (More)

  • Dragon Kitchen to reopen after health code violations

    Dragon Kitchen to reopen after health code violations

    Posted 4:42 PM 10/22/2014 by Jessica Mensch, KOMU 8 Reporter

    FULTON - Carolyn Westerman went to Dragon Kitchen Wednesday afternoon for her weekly lunch with her husband and was surprised to find the restaurant was closed for health code violations.

    "I was shocked because we always have good food here," Westerman said. "It's always fresh and warm and (More)

  • Holiday sales predicted to increase the most since 2011

    Holiday sales predicted to increase the most since 2011

    Posted 3:49 PM 10/22/2014 by Brittany Rendak, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Both retailers and consumers are getting ready for 2014's holiday season. This year holiday shoppers will likely spend more on average according to a National Retail Federation survey.

    The survey said the average person is expected to spend about $800 (More)

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  • New executive director to head CID, downtown development

    New executive director to head CID, downtown development

    Posted 1:07 PM 10/22/2014 by Drew Whiteman, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    COLUMBIA - City officials announced Wednesday they have named a new executive director for the Downtown Community Improvement District of Columbia (CID).

    They said Katie Essing, a graduate from the University of Missouri, will begin her new (More)

  • School bus driver cited in collision

    School bus driver cited in collision

    Posted 3:06 PM 10/22/2014 by The Associated Press

    LEE'S SUMMIT (AP) - The driver of a suburban Kansas City school involved in a collision that injured 13 students has been cited for trying to make an unsafe U-turn.

    Police in Lee's Summit announced the municipal charge against the 50-year-old driver on Wednesday.

    The accident (More)

  • Walking School Bus looking for sponsors

    Posted 12:59 PM 10/22/2014 by Katie Moeller, KOMU 8 reporter

    COLUMBIA - October is International Walk to School month, but at Ulysses S. Grant Elementary School Wednesday, most students were loading onto school buses or getting picked up by parents.

    In the past, some elementary school children would have been getting home a different way - on the (More)

  • Man's ashes to be scattered in fireworks display

    Man's ashes to be scattered in fireworks display

    Posted 12:38 PM 10/22/2014 by The Associated Press

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A Missouri funeral director is sending his father out with a bang. His father's ashes, anyway.

    Greenlawn Funeral Homes will hold its first Firework Memorial program on Saturday night, when fireworks packed with James Carver's cremated remains will be launched skyward as (More)

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