• CPS parents weigh risks, options of school year Posted on 5 July 2020 at 2:00pm

    COLUMBIA — The Columbia Public School District released plans for reopening in the fall and said on June 22 that it will be encouraging students to wear masks.

     "The district will expect students to wear masks, and we respect and understand that there will be exemptions as not all students will be able to wear a mask," the district said in a release.  

  • One-year-old dead after being hit by car Posted on 5 July 2020 at 2:37pm

    CAMDEN COUNTY — A one year old boy was killed at about 9:50 a.m. July 4 after being hit by a car. 

    He was hit while in the road near 803 Shawnee View Drive, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. 

  • UPDATE: Police to hold press conference for double homicide Posted on 5 July 2020 at 11:57am

    COLUMBIA — UPDATE: Columbia police announced a press conference at 3 p.m. Sunday regarding a double homicide that involved five victims. 

    Officers from the Columbia Police Department were back on scene Sunday investigating a shooting that occurred early Sunday morning. 

  • Top Missouri Democrat stepping away from state party duties Posted on 4 July 2020 at 7:22pm

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Democratic Party’s chairwoman is stepping aside until at least September.

    The Kansas City Star reported that Jean Peters Baker announced this week that she’s stepping back from her state party duties because of recent developments in her job as Jackson County prosecutor.

  • Missouri brothers charged in death during planned drug deal Posted on 4 July 2020 at 5:29pm

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Jackson County, Missouri, prosecutor says two brothers have been charged with second-degree murder and other crimes in the shooting death of a man in a south Kansas City park.

    Jean Peters Baker announced charges Friday against 29-year-old Terry L. Williams and 20-year-old Tyree L. Williams. The shooting happened around 8 p.m. Tuesday near Ruskin Way Park, Kansas City police said.

  • Independence Day underscores freedom disparities for Black Columbia man Posted on 4 July 2020 at 4:45pm

    COLUMBIA - The Fourth of July is a day which commemorates freedom.

    But this year’s holiday follows weeks of protests against 400-plus years of racial injustices, causing some to give pause as to what independence really means.

  • Community members gather to honor veterans and law enforcement Posted on 4 July 2020 at 4:23pm

    COLUMBIA - A rally was held at the Boone County Courthouse Saturday morning in an effort to show support for veterans and law enforcement officers. 

    John Martin, organizer of the rally, said this event was important because the annual Memorial Day Parade was canceled due to COVID-19. 

  • Saturday COVID-19 Coverage: DHSS encourages social distancing for holiday celebrations [embedded content] Posted on 4 July 2020 at 11:12am

    As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. 

    You can find an active map of confirmed COVID-19 cases county by county here, COVID-19 cases in Missouri broken down by county. 

  • Health Department scrambling to keep up with contact tracing Posted on 3 July 2020 at 7:51pm

    COLUMBIA —As mid-Missouri experiences a rise in coronavirus cases, the Health Department is struggling to keep up with contact tracing.

    The county reported 39 cases Thursday, the highest number in a single day throughout the entire pandemic. Tuesday, the state of Missouri surpassed 1,000 deaths.

  • Historical artifacts stolen from Maries County museum Posted on 3 July 2020 at 7:32pm

    VIENNA — The Historical Society of Maries County is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who can provide "substantial information" that leads to the arrest or conviction of the person responsible for stealing historical artifacts from the Old Jail Museum. 

    "We ask that you please be on the lookout for old muskets and rifles, military memorabilia, and arrowhead collections," the historical society said in a Facebook post. "We remain distraught over the lack of morals of this person(s) showed with stealing precious Maries County history."