• Man Wounded in Tues. Homicide Charged With 2nd-Degree Murder

    Man Wounded in Tues. Homicide Charged With 2nd-Degree Murder

    Posted 10:01 PM 4/23/2014 by Blair Miller, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    COLUMBIA - 22-year-old Darrius Kendal Edwards has been charged with 2nd-degree murder in the Tuesday homicide of 44-year-old Derrick Brookins.

    Bond for Edwards, of Columbia, has been set at $1 million cash.

    Edwards was treated for a gunshot wound at a local hospital after the murder (More)

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  • Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence Hits Roadblocks

    Posted 5:06 PM 3/31/2014 by Jasmine Bailey, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - About seven months remain in the 14-month deadline for the Columbia Mayor's Task Force on Community Violence to come up with suggestions on how to decrease crime.

    Chris Campbell is a member of the task force and founder of Tree Top Innovative Learning Center. "A lot of people (More)

  • Columbia Homicide Victim's Mother Speaks to Mayor's Task Force

    Posted 8:04 PM 4/23/2014 by Meredith Miller, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Citizens who were directly involved or affected by crime were invited to the Mayor's Task Force Meeting Wednesday night. 

    Two Columbia citizens were on the agenda to speak but only one, Winona Broadus, was able to come.

    Broadus's son Brandon Coleman was killed by (More)

  • Branson Begins Study of Ban on Smoking in Public

    Branson Begins Study of Ban on Smoking in Public

    Posted 7:10 PM 4/23/2014 by The Associated Press

    BRANSON, Mo. (AP) - Officials in the southwest Missouri resort town of Branson are looking into a ban on smoking in public.

    KTTS-FM reports that city leaders have been asked to draft an ordinance.

    Branson aldermen have not set a (More)

  • Fulton Chooses J.C. Industries For Bridge Reconstruction

    Posted 6:54 PM 4/23/2014 by Jessica Park, KOMU 8 Reporter

    FULTON - The Fulton City Council voted Tuesday to hire J.C. Industries in Jefferson City for the Seventh Street bridge project.

    The city hired an engineering consultant to design the structure of the bridge and had six different bidders that competed to get the job.

    "We interviewed (More)

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  • Parents Weigh Pros and Cons of Preschool Rating Bill

    Posted 5:20 PM 4/23/2014 by Alyssa Caruso, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Missouri senators gave initial approval Wednesday to a bill that would allow private early childhood education programs to participate in a quality rating system. Currently the law only applies to early childhood programs that receive state funding. The rating system would grade (More)

  • Columbia Water and Light Looks to Expand Solar Energy

    Posted 5:16 PM 4/23/2014 by Catherine Wilkins, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Columbia Water and Light proposed a plan to expand solar energy sites this evening.

    Water and Light held an interested parties meeting at the Activity and Recreation Center in Columbia. Water and Light staff was on hand to address any questions or (More)

  • Kansas City Hospital Adopts 'No-Hitting' Policy

    Kansas City Hospital Adopts 'No-Hitting' Policy

    Posted 5:14 PM 4/23/2014 by The Associated Press

    KANSAS CITY (AP) - A Kansas City hospital has a new policy that forbids hitting of any kind, including parents spanking their children to discipline them.

    KMBC-TV reports Children's Mercy Hospital has established what it calls a "No Hit Zone" where physical discipline is banned. Hospital (More)

  • Columbia Water and Light Warns Customers of Phone Scam

    Columbia Water and Light Warns Customers of Phone Scam

    Posted 5:06 PM 4/23/2014 by Marie Mandelberg, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    COLUMBIA - Columbia city officials are warning customers about a scam similar to one that occurred last December.

    According to Columbia Water & Light, electric customers reported receiving calls from someone posing to be an employee. The caller stated that payment information must be (More)

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  • Missouri Gov. Nixon Signs Budget Legislation

    Missouri Gov. Nixon Signs Budget Legislation

    Posted 4:40 PM 4/23/2014 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a mid-year spending bill with funding for social services, education and a financially troubled St. Louis County school district.

    The supplemental budget signed into law Wednesday moves $69 million to the state Medicaid program to (More)

  • Boonville Animal Shelter Seeks New Facility

    Posted 4:54 PM 4/10/2014 by Megan Schultz, KOMU 8 Reporter

    BOONVILLE - The head of Boonville's animal control shelter is asking for a new facility after two other shelters in the area have shut down.

    This summer marks two years since Happy Tails Animal Sanctuary shut its doors. The shelter operated for 16 years, and each year placed about 200 pets (More)

  • Missouri House Panel Considering Impeaching Nixon

    Posted 3:03 PM 4/23/2014 by Jen Lask, KOMU 8 Reporter

    JEFFERSON CITY - A Republican-led Missouri House committee began hearings Wednesday on three separate proposals that aim to impeach Governor Jay Nixon.

    The representatives who wrote the proposals say they want to impeach Nixon for his stance on gay couples filing joint tax returns, his (More)

  • House Panel OKs Missouri Student Transfer Bill

    House Panel OKs Missouri Student Transfer Bill

    Posted 2:21 PM 4/23/2014 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A Missouri House committee has advanced legislation revising a law requiring unaccredited school districts to pay the costs when students transfer to neighboring districts.

    The bill would limit the tuition paid by struggling districts and allow the receiving schools (More)

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