• Mid-Missouri police demographics show women underrepresented

    Mid-Missouri police demographics show women underrepresented

    Posted 7:15 PM 12/14/2014 by Amy Money, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Recent events in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson triggered a lot of national criticism over the racial demographics of police departments. 

    In Columbia however, there isn't a huge discrepancy between the number of minority residents and the number of minorities working in (More)

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  • Students hold vigil for victims in Pakistani school massacre

    Posted 7:15 PM 12/17/2014 by Sara Maslar-Donar, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - About 30 people stood in complete silence for 141 seconds, while the candles they held in their cold hands burned brightly.

    On Tuesday, members of the Taliban laid siege to a school in Peshawar, Pakistan. After 8 hours and more than 140 victims,132 of them children, the country (More)

  • Emergency responders simulate protocol for infectious diseases

    Posted 12:54 PM 12/17/2014 by Madison Conklin, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLE COUNTY - Emergency responders traded in their normal work attire for Hazmat suits Wednesday for a drill in Cole County.

    The county health department put on a simulation to train and prepare emergency personnel for an outbreak of Ebola or other highly (More)

  • Fulton will see improvements to its sewer system

    Posted 6:56 PM 12/17/2014 by Brittany Rendak, KOMU 8 Reporter

    FULTON - The city of Fulton will soon see some improvements to its sewer system. The city council approved a 2014 Sewer Manhole Rehabilitation Project Tuesday night. The project will be funded with a $543,000 grant. 

    The city engineer, Greg Hayes, said the current problem with the (More)

  • Fed: Fewer men are participating in the workforce

    Posted 6:28 PM 12/17/2014 by Michael Doudna, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Men are becoming more inactive in the workforce, according to data from the Federal Reserve. 

    According to the report, 11.5 percent of men aged 25-54 are not working or looking for work. 

    The rate seems to grow no matter the economic environment. The inactivity (More)

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  • Mid-Missouri Cubans speak out about U.S-Cuba relationship

    Posted 5:45 PM 12/17/2014 by Marcel Clarke, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Despite differences in human rights and foreign policies, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday the embargo between the United States and Cuba may soon be lifted.

    The embargo has been active for over a century and has complicated diplomatic relations. However with this new (More)

  • Missouri officials hold drunk driving simulation

    Posted 4:32 PM 12/17/2014 by Louie Kaczmarek, KOMU 8 Reporter

    JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri National Guard partnered with state and county officials to create a simulated drunk driving-accident situation Wednesday at the Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City.

    Members of the National Guard wore face paint and artificial wounds to make the (More)

  • Protest leads to closing of St. Louis City Hall

    Protest leads to closing of St. Louis City Hall

    Posted 4:32 PM 12/17/2014 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - Protesters upset with police over their handling of demonstrations related to the Michael Brown shooting managed to shut down St. Louis City Hall.

    About 75 demonstrators who marched from St. Louis police headquarters on Wednesday were locked out of City Hall. The closing (More)

  • Prosecutor seeks change of venue in building crash

    Prosecutor seeks change of venue in building crash

    Posted 3:48 PM 12/17/2014 by The Associated Press

    COLUMBIA (AP) - A central Missouri prosecutor facing five felony charges after crashing his car into a popular downtown Columbia restaurant is seeking a change of venue to move the case from Boone County.

    The Columbia Daily (More)

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  • EPA rules will be released by Friday, aim to protect water supply

    Posted 3:01 PM 12/17/2014 by Jessica Mensch, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - By the end of the week, the EPA must decide how to handle storage and disposal of coal ash, such as that produced by two Columbia power plants. The substance contains heavy metals, which environmentalists say are unhealthy to humans.

    "It is full of really toxic pollutants like (More)

  • Gov. Nixon visits Centralia to discuss beef industry

    Posted 3:43 PM 12/17/2014 by Christina Turner, KOMU 8 Reporter

    CENTRALIA - Missouri is losing more than one billion dollars in revenue each year because 95 percent of beef cattle have to be sent out of state for processing.

    Governor Nixon cited these numbers during a visit to Centralia High School school Wednesday. He spoke with student members of (More)

  • Text to 911 could launch in 2016

    Posted 1:23 PM 11/12/2014 by Eduardo Gonzalez, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - In the event of an emergency, many call 911 for help. That, however, is tough if the person is deaf or hard of hearing. Things could get easier soon, since Joint Communications in Boone County will be offering text to 911.

    "Text to 911, I think, will be very successful and very (More)

  • Gov. Nixon ends state of emergency for Ferguson protests

    Gov. Nixon ends state of emergency for Ferguson protests

    Posted 3:27 PM 12/17/2014 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS (AP) -?? Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has ended the state of emergency that he declared for the St. Louis area ahead of unrest over the Ferguson grand jury decision.

    By doing so Wednesday, Nixon removed the Missouri National Guard from duties in Ferguson, the city of St. Louis and (More)

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