• Roads closed after rains flood Boone County

    Posted 5:53 PM 7/2/2015 by Andria Kirkland, KOMU 8 Reporter

    BOONE COUNTY - A flood advisory was in effect for Boone County Thursday following heavy rainstorms Wednesday night and over the past couple of weeks.

    Boone County Emergency Management closed 12 roads because of flooded streets.

    KOMU 8 meteorologist Tori Stepanek said the frequency (More)

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  • Crews work on eroded area from damaged storm water pipe

    Crews work on eroded area from damaged storm water pipe

    Posted 5:51 PM 7/2/2015 by Samantha Myers, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Crews are working to repair storm water pipes damaged by heavy rains Wednesday evening on Fairview Road near Summit Road.

    The area is now a large trench.

    A stretch of the sidewalk is closed while crews work on it. So far they've dug around the broken pipe and eroded area (More)

  • New businesses cause surge in traffic

    Posted 5:27 PM 7/2/2015 by Kaitlin Rounds, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - A Starbucks opened at Nifong Boulevard and Buttonwood Drive Thursday, one of several new businesses to open on Nifong in the last year, adding to the already busy road's traffic flow. 

    The section of Nifong Boulevard between Green Meadows Road and Providence Road is home to (More)

  • Highway Patrol helicopter saves three campers from flooding

    Highway Patrol helicopter saves three campers from flooding

    Posted 5:26 PM 7/2/2015 by Katie Grunik, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    BENTON COUNTY - The Missouri State Highway Patrol announced Thursday that three campers were rescued Wednesday by helicopter after they were stranded by flood waters.  

    Timothy McShane, 66, and Jake McShane, 12, from Bell Flower, California, and Robert Jones, 59, from Liberty (More)

  • Auxvasse woman dies after I-70 accident

    Auxvasse woman dies after I-70 accident

    Posted 3:30 PM 7/2/2015 by Katie Grunik, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    BOONE COUNTY - An Auxvasse woman died after a four-car accident Wednesday on I-70. 

    Margaret Haile, 79, died after being taken to University Hospital in critical condition. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Haile was driving westbound on I-70 when the accident (More)

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  • Fire in the Sky brings changes downtown

    Posted 3:03 PM 7/2/2015 by Blair Ussary, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Columbia is starting preparations for its Fire in the Sky celebration.

    Some preparations include shutting down a few streets in downtown Columbia. These streets include Fifth, Sixth, Cherry and Locust, which will shut down on Saturday at 7 pm. But parking will be free for any (More)

  • Two tied to Texas murder arrested in Jefferson City

    Posted 1:29 PM 7/2/2015 by James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer & Vilma Obando, KOMU 8 Reporter

    JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City police said Thursday they arrested two people tied to a woman's murder in Texas June 14, including the man suspected of killing her.

    The Jefferson City Police Department said it arrested 33-year-old Kenneth Williams Wednesday. Williams was wanted for felony (More)

  • Police identify inmate who collapsed at courthouse, died

    Police identify inmate who collapsed at courthouse, died

    Posted 12:57 PM 7/2/2015 by James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    BOONE COUNTY - The Boone County Sheriff's Department identified a woman Thursday as the inmate who collapsed in the Boone County Courthouse, later dying.

    An autopsy on 43-year-old Deanna Harris revealed no evidence of foul play, according to deputies.

    Harris was in the courthouse (More)

  • Today's Talk: New businesses mean Grindstone Pkwy traffic

    Today's Talk: New businesses mean Grindstone Pkwy traffic

    Posted 12:50 PM 7/2/2015 by James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    COLUMBIA - In the last year, at least five businesses have opened up along Grindstone Parkway between Rock Quarry and Providence Road. Namely: Plaza Tire Service, Jack In the Box, Break Time, Wendy's and, as of Thursday, Starbucks. 

    As a result, increased traffic has slowed and (More)

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  • St. Louis firefighters pension payout draws criticism

    St. Louis firefighters pension payout draws criticism

    Posted 12:19 PM 7/2/2015 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis' mayor said the cash payout of more than a half million dollars to a retired firefighters pension director "sounds like legalized robbery" and reflects the need for pension reform.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 63-year-old Vicky Grass left her (More)

  • Kansas City delays action on diocese's plan for housing

    Kansas City delays action on diocese's plan for housing

    Posted 12:11 PM 7/2/2015 by The Associated Press

    KANSAS CITY (AP) - Kansas City officials have again delayed action on a controversial plan to build housing near Rockhurst University.

    The city council's planning department voted Wednesday to postpone a vote on the project until July 22.

    The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. (More)

  • Clerk charged with shooting teen for allegedly stealing cookies

    Clerk charged with shooting teen for allegedly stealing cookies

    Posted 12:02 PM 7/2/2015 by The Associated Press

    KANSAS CITY (AP) - A Kansas City store clerk has been charged after a teenager was shot while he allegedly was shoplifting some cookies.

    Jackson County prosecutors said 26-year-old Mohammed Abdi was charged Wednesday with armed criminal action. Police said he shot a 16-year-old in the leg (More)

  • BCFPD blows up watermelons for fireworks safety demonstration

    Posted 8:53 AM 7/2/2015 by Jenna Middaugh, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - The Boone County Fire Protection District blew up watermelons Thursday as part of a fireworks safety demonstration.

    Battalion Chief Gale Blomenkamp said about 200 people go to the emergency room every day around the Fourth of July with fireworks-related injuries.

    "You (More)

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