• Drug evidence against professor ruled inadmissible

    Drug evidence against professor ruled inadmissible

    Posted 4:34 AM 12/17/2014 by The Associated Press

    KANSAS CITY (AP) - A Missouri appeals court has upheld a lower court's ruling that evidence of a marijuana-growing operation found in a university professor's home can't be used against him because of an invalid search warrant.

    Matthew Rouch was a professor in Northwest Missouri State (More)

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  • Missouri unemployment dropping to 2008 levels

    Missouri unemployment dropping to 2008 levels

    Posted 4:26 AM 12/17/2014 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri's unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest point in more than six years.

    The state Department of Economic Development released data Tuesday showing the seasonally adjusted jobless rate dropped from 5.9 percent in October to 5.6 percent in November.

  • Rural crisis center says Medicaid expansion might save tax payers

    Posted 9:42 PM 12/16/2014 by Sara Pang, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - More than 50 people came to a public meeting to hear a panel speak on rural health care Tuesday.

    According to the health care organizer of the Missouri Rural Crisis Center, Martha Stevens, rural communities have high rates of poverty and are uninsured.

    "People that are (More)

  • Competition thickens in Columbia restaurant market

    Posted 6:06 PM 11/11/2014 by Eric Kelly, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - A wave of new restaurant options, largely chain restaurants, is coming to Columbia over the next several months. One mid-Missouri restaurant owner said he thinks this influx could be problematic for smaller restaurants already established in the city.

    This introduction of new (More)

  • Columbia Police offer safety tips for this holiday

    Posted 8:23 PM 12/16/2014 by Sara Pang, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - If you're leaving town this holiday season, the Columbia Police Department has some safety tips to make sure your home is secure from burglaries.

    Public Information Officer for the Columbia Police Department, Latisha Stroer, said the number one prevention would be to have (More)

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  • Fire officials stress fire safety during the holiday season

    Posted 7:10 PM 12/16/2014 by Eduardo Gonzalez, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Christmas trees, lights and menoras could all make the holiday season a little more dangerous than other seasons.

    Two people died in a fire Dec. 12 in Morgan County. The cause of the fire was believed to be an artificial Christmas tree in the living room. 

    The Boone (More)

  • No bus shelters in Columbia for start of winter season

    Posted 6:29 PM 12/16/2014 by Paige Travis, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - CoMo Connect will not have new bus shelters installed by the start of the winter season, but the Columbia Public Works Department plans to make a proposal to the Columbia City Council at its January 5 meeting.

    Columbia Transit has secured federal and local funds to build the (More)

  • Columbia says it's prepared for winter storms despite any concerns

    Posted 6:10 PM 12/16/2014 by Shannon O'Brien, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - With the holidays and signs of winter weather approaching, the City of Columbia said it's well prepared for snow storms. 

    Despite concerns after Boone County ran low on salt last year, the Columbia Public Works said the city doesn't have anything to worry about this (More)

  • Missouri backs off proposed scholarship change

    Missouri backs off proposed scholarship change

    Posted 4:26 PM 12/16/2014 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri higher education officials are backing off an attempt to make scholarships available to students at an online university.

    The Department of Higher Education has withdrawn a proposed rule change for scholarship eligibility that would have redefined what it (More)

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  • St. Mary's Hospital holds ribbon cutting ceremony

    Posted 4:25 PM 12/16/2014 by Jordan Bowen, KOMU 8 Reporter

    JEFFERSON CITY - St. Mary's Hospital held an official ribbon cutting ceremony in Jefferson City Tuesday.

    Hospital board members joined Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce members and local business owners to help cut the ribbon.

    St. Mary's Marketing and Communications Consultant (More)

  • Morgan County Sheriff's Office releases names of fire victims

    Morgan County Sheriff's Office releases names of fire victims

    Posted 4:10 PM 12/16/2014 by Corey Miller, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    BARNETT - The Morgan County Sheriff's Office has released new information regarding a fire that claimed the lives of two individuals on Friday, Dec. 12.

    The Sheriff's Office stated 28 year old Joelle C. Lawson of Barnett and her two-year-old daughter died in the fire. Due to the age of the (More)

  • Holiday light recycling aims to help environment and create jobs

    Posted 4:07 PM 12/16/2014 by Courtney Kiley, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - The holiday season is in full swing and lights can be seen on houses all across the Mid-Missouri area, but a Randolph County business hopes to end up with the leftover lights once the season is over. 

    Randolph County Sheltered Industries (RCSI) is one of five workshops (More)

  • Police in charge of enforcement for smoking ordinance

    Posted 3:27 PM 12/16/2014 by Brea Love, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department is now responsible for enforcing the new additions to Columbia's smoking ordinance, according to the city. 

    Columbia Police Sergeant Robert Dochler said enforcement of the ordinance will involve compliance checks, where officers will send (More)

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