• Large company brings ideas for plastic bag recycling

    Posted 11:12 PM 1/27/2015 by Jasmine Dell, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA -  The plastic bag debate rages on in Columbia, and on Tuesday night, officials from the largest plastic bag recycling facility in North America weighed in.

    Representatives from Novolex delivered a presentation (More)

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  • Macon considering allowing golf carts, ATVs on city streets

    Posted 8:20 PM 1/27/2015 by Hannah Shaw, KOMU 8 Reporter

    MACON - City officials in Macon reviewed a proposed ordinance Tuesday that would allow for non-traditionalized motor vehicles such as golf carts, all-terrain vehicles, and motorized wheelchairs on city streets.

    The ordinance would require users to have a valid driver's license as well as a (More)

  • Conservation department offers handgun training for local women

    Posted 5:21 PM 1/27/2015 by Jacob Jones, KOMU 8 News Reporter

    CALLAWAY COUNTY- The Missouri Department of Conservation held the first of two hands-on basic handgun training classes for women of all ages Tuesday evening. 

    This course signals a growing trend among American women. The National Shooting Sports Federation conducted a (More)

  • Documentary screening highlights Human Trafficking Awareness Month

    Posted 5:14 PM 1/27/2015 by Desiree Seals, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - The Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition wants to bring awareness to the problem of slavery and human trafficking.

    The group is hosting a chocolate tasting and movie screening Tuesday evening in downtown Columbia.

    The Mustard Seed Fair Trade on Ninth Street (More)

  • 209K Missourians sign up for health care on federal exchange

    209K Missourians sign up for health care on federal exchange

    Posted 4:08 PM 1/27/2015 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Nearly 38 percent more Missourians than last year have signed up for health insurance under the federal exchange.

    U.S. Health and Human Services data released Tuesday shows that 209,336 residents had signed up for coverage as of Jan. 16, up about 57,000 from the first (More)

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  • Activists protest against Columbia payday loan office

    Activists protest against Columbia payday loan office

    Posted 3:08 PM 1/27/2015 by Christina Santiago, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Activists will rally outside a payday lending store Tuesday, protesting for more protections for consumers against short term, high-interest loans.

    Volunteers from Grass Roots Organizing (GRO), will wear hazmat suits and tape off Quik Cash off East Broadway, which they call a (More)

  • Missouri Democratic House member switches to independent

    Missouri Democratic House member switches to independent

    Posted 2:51 PM 1/27/2015 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A Missouri lawmaker who sided with Republicans on tax cuts is leaving the Democratic Party to become an independent.

    State Rep. Keith English, of Florissant, said Tuesday that he's dropping his party affiliation. He noted his support for gun rights but also his (More)

  • Parents of child killed by family dog charged

    Parents of child killed by family dog charged

    Posted 2:45 PM 1/27/2015 by The Associated Press

    ST. CHARLES (AP) - The parents of a St. Charles County toddler killed by the family dog are now facing charges.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 22-month-old Deriah Solem died Aug. 9, two days after she was attacked by the (More)

  • Second DMV office could end long lines

    Posted 2:06 PM 1/27/2015 by Katie Link, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia license office, or DMV, was busy Tuesday afternoon but that could soon change due to a possible additional location.

    Missouri Department of Revenue Director of Communications Michelle Gleba said the need for a second location echoes a large population growth in the (More)

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  • Short Street garage barriers working for first time in months

    Posted 1:31 PM 1/27/2015 by Amanda LaBrot, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - For the first time since fall, Short Street parking garage has working parking barriers.

    The mechanical arms that let cars into and out of the garage have had mechanical issues for months, according to Columbia Public Works. That caused the barriers to lock while they were down. (More)

  • Missouri bill would shield human trafficking victims' info

    Missouri bill would shield human trafficking victims' info

    Posted 12:41 PM 1/27/2015 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The Missouri secretary of state is pushing a bill that would allow the state to keep human trafficking victims' addresses secret.

    Secretary of State Jason Kander on Tuesday announced legislation that would expand the Safe at Home program to cover those victims.

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  • Former Missouri gubernatorial hopeful turns to Ferguson

    Former Missouri gubernatorial hopeful turns to Ferguson

    Posted 12:36 PM 1/27/2015 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis County businessman who was the Republican nominee in a losing 2012 campaign for Missouri governor is quietly working to influence the economic recovery in Ferguson after a fatal police shooting led to burned-out storefronts and frequent protests that continue nearly (More)

  • St. Louis moving to take down homeless tent city

    St. Louis moving to take down homeless tent city

    Posted 11:47 AM 1/27/2015 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - A large homeless encampment near downtown St. Louis will soon be torn down due to health and safety concerns, but the city's Human Services director says officials will work with those living in tents to help them find better alternatives.

    It marks the second time in three (More)

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