Posted: Jun 21, 2014 10:44 AM by Catherine Wilkins, KOMU 8 Reporter
Updated: Jun 22, 2014 4:11 AM
COLUMBIA - A World Refugee Day celebration kicked off in Columbia on Saturday.
The Refugee and Immigration Services of Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri hosted the events planned for the sixth annual celebration in Columbia.
World Refugee Day began Saturday morning with International Market Day, a collaboration with the Columbia Farmer's Market, Sustainable Farms and Communities, and the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture.
Attendees could learn about the local refugee community and take interactive farmer's market tours. In addition, 16 bicycles were donated to local refugees with the biggest transportation needs. The PedNet Coalition hosted a bicycle training class for the refugees as well.
The Refugee and Immigration Services in Columbia serve more than 900 active refugee clients. Columbia's largest population of refugees come from Bosnia, Iraq and Somalia.
"A lot of people don't really know about our refugees here in Columbia, but we actually do have a lot of them," World Refugee Day Coordinator Hannah Lammers said. "It's kind of just for education about the local refugees as well as a time to honor all of the courage and determination they've been through to get here."
The celebration will end with a festival beginning at 6 p.m. at Broadway Christian Church. The festival will include live music, games, crafts and an international potluck.The event is free and open to the public.
Posted 8:06 AM 12/1/2015 by Louie Kaczmarek, KOMU 8 Reporter
JEFFERSON CITY – Pre-filing began Tuesday for the 2016 legislative session and state representatives already have a plan in mind for the new year.
Rep. Travis Fitzwater, R-Fulton said lawmakers will be focusing bills on infrastructure, ethics reform and school funding.(More)
Posted 5:44 AM 12/1/2015 by Zachary Reger, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
PHELPS COUNTY - A woman was hit and killed by a passing vehicle Monday night near I-44 in Phelps County.
Miya Goetz, 21, was a passenger in a stopped vehicle on the westbound side of the highway, according to an (More)
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Posted 4:36 AM 12/1/2015 by The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Monsanto Co. plans to make its operations carbon neutral by 2021.
A key component of Monsanto's plan calls for working with the thousands of farmers who use its seeds, herbicides and pesticides. The company is developing an incentives program to encourage (More)
Posted 11:05 PM 11/30/2015 by Rose Schmidt, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
BOONE COUNTY - The Boone County Sheriff's Department arrested a woman on several charges after she hit multiple vehicles, sending two people to the hospital.
The department arrested Deborah Barr, 51, from Columbia on two counts of assault, assaulting a law enforcement officer, leaving (More)
Posted 7:52 PM 11/30/2015 by Rose Schmidt, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
FULTON - The Fulton Police Department is investigating a shooting that sent one man to the hospital.
Investigators said the incident was reported at 5:07 p.m. Monday at 728 Grand Avenue.
Detective Dal Hedges said the man was taken to Fulton Medical Center initally but did not (More)
Posted 1:08 PM 11/30/2015 by Derek Brizendine, KOMU 8 Reporter
CENTRALIA - The City of Centralia hopes expanding its electrical system will help bring growth to more parts of town.
Boring for the first of three new underground electrical conduits began Monday. The conduits will run under the two rail lines in the city and widen (More)
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Posted 5:36 PM 11/30/2015 by The Associated Press and Ashton Day, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
COLUMBIA (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked Missouri's health department from revoking the abortion license held by a Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia.
The temporary restraining order issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey is set to (More)
Posted 4:38 PM 11/30/2015 by The Associated Press
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri higher education leaders have dropped plans for a potential 2016 ballot measure that would have raised taxes on cigarettes to fund college scholarships.
Supporters of the "Missouri Promise" initiative announced their decision (More)