• Renewed child care subsidies to help low-income families

    Renewed child care subsidies to help low-income families

    Posted 6:11 PM 11/20/2014 by Angela Pearson, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Low-income families in Columbia will be able to maintain their current child care services as a part of a federal grant.

    On Monday, Congress came to a bipartisan agreement to renew the $5.3 billion  (More)

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  • Representative vows to block pay raises for elected officials

    Representative vows to block pay raises for elected officials

    Posted 4:42 PM 11/20/2014 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A Missouri lawmaker is vowing to block recommended pay increases for elected officials.

    Rep. Mark Parkinson announced Thursday that he'll file a (More)

  • MoDot offers tips for holiday travels

    MoDot offers tips for holiday travels

    Posted 3:31 PM 11/20/2014 by Jasmine Dell, KOMU 8 Reporter

    JEFFERSON CITY - Many Missouri drivers are preparing to travel during the holiday season. AAA estimates travel will increase the highest amount since 2007 due to the robust economy and low gas prices.

    MoDot spokesperson Sally Oxenhandler said a little preparation goes a long way.

    (More)
  • Jefferson City firefighters tackle trenches

    Jefferson City firefighters tackle trenches

    Posted 3:31 PM 11/20/2014 by Rachel Wittel, KOMU 8 Reporter

    JEFFERSON CITY - Firefighters toughed out the cold temperatures Thursday, scaling the only simulated trench walls in Missouri.

    "It's too cold to be doing this," JCFD Division Chief Jason Turner said. "We ought to be doing this in the springtime."

    The Jefferson City Fire Department (More)

  • Columbia schools strive for more electronic devices in classroom

    Columbia schools strive for more electronic devices in classroom

    Posted 3:29 PM 11/20/2014 by Quinn Cochran, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia Public School District plans for students from grades 5-12 to have their own personal electronic device by 2021.

    This fall all fifth graders in Columbia Public Schools have access to individual iPad minis to help support instructional goals in the classroom. (More)

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  • Bank robbery suspect on the run

    Posted 3:20 PM 11/20/2014 by Tiege Dooley-Panko, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Columbia Police Department is investigating the scene of a bank robbery that occurred Thursday afternoon. 

    Officers were dispatched to an alarm at 2500 Range Line Street, Central Bank of Missouri around 1 pm. 

    Public information officer Bryana Maupin said the (More)

  • One million dollar donation to fund MU exercise research

    One million dollar donation to fund MU exercise research

    Posted 3:12 PM 11/20/2014 by Lowell Thomas, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri received a one million dollar gift from one of its professors to fund research into physical activity and health and to endow a fellowship.

    Frank Booth, a professor in the university's College of Veterinary Medicine, will use the money he gave to fund (More)

  • Fugitive for 15 years, arrested in Morgan County

    Fugitive for 15 years, arrested in Morgan County

    Posted 3:05 PM 11/20/2014 by Lowell Thomas, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    VERSAILLES - A fugitive who has escaped police for 15 years was arrested Thursday according to the Morgan County Sheriff's Office.

    Ivan Rodriquez-Duran, 45, had outstanding felony warrants from Las Vegas Nevada for kidnapping and burglary with a deadly weapon and from Montgomery County (More)

  • Children's grief awareness day aims to bring hope to kids

    Posted 9:14 AM 11/20/2014 by Tiege Dooley-Panko, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Teachers and students at a local school wore blue shirts with the phrase #BLUE4KIDS to celebrate children's grieving day Thursday. 

    "Our children are the most disenfranchised population of grievers," said Dr. Tashel Bordere. 

    Lee Expressive Arts Elementary (More)

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  • Former crack addict talks about beating the addiction

    Posted 11:11 PM 11/8/2014 by Genevieve Reaume, KOMU 8 Reporter

    Columbia - A Columbia man who has beat an addiction to drugs says he is hoping to show others there is a way out.

    "I think in 1989 I started crack cocaine," Larry McBride said. "When I started crack cocaine it took me to another dimension of getting high."

    It was a moment McBride (More)

  • Schweich considering race for Missouri governor

    Schweich considering race for Missouri governor

    Posted 12:54 PM 11/20/2014 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich confirmed he is considering a run for governor and will announce a decision early next year.

    Schweich told The Associated Press on Thursday that he believes he has the qualifications, commitment and financial support to run but wants to (More)

  • MU Health Care won't hire smokers starting in 2015

    Posted 12:52 PM 11/20/2014 by Amanda LaBrot, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - MU Health Care announced it won't hire smokers starting on Jan.1, 2015.

    The new nicotine-free hiring policy exempts current employees, but all new applicants will be asked if they use nicotine products. If the applicant says "yes," they'll be given tobacco cessation information (More)

  • Principal accused of taking test for student

    Principal accused of taking test for student

    Posted 12:40 PM 11/20/2014 by The Associated Press

    POPLAR BLUFF (AP) - A Missouri high school principal is charged with forgery for allegedly taking a college placement test for a former student.

    The Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic reported that 53-year-old Doniphan High School principal Ronald McCutchen is accused of taking the (More)

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