• Mid-Missouri couple raises $25,000 for Rainbow House Posted on 7 July 2020 at 12:31pm

    COLUMBIA — After COVID-19 caused Rainbow House to cancel its biggest fundraiser of the year, a mid-Missouri couple took it upon themselves to raise more than $25,000. 

    In April, Kent Henry started a campaign to raise funds for the organization, according to a statement from Rainbow House. He agreed to shave one strip of hair from his head for each gift of $50. At the end of April, he had raised more than $11,000. 

  • Here's the best way to take care of your mental health during the pandemic Posted on 7 July 2020 at 12:23pm

    Editor's note: Vivek H. Murthy served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States and is the author of New York Times bestseller Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World. Alice T. Chen is an internal medicine physician and served as the executive director of Doctors for America from 2011 to 2017. The opinions expressed in this commentary are their own.  

    (CNN) -- As the US grapples with Covid-19, its economic fallout, and the continuing anguish of racial injustice, many of us are struggling with our mental health. A Census Bureau survey found that one in three Americans are now reporting symptoms of depression or anxiety -- more than three times the rate from a similar survey conducted in the first half of 2019.

  • Tuesday COVID-19 Coverage: MO Labor Dept. reinstates work search requirements [embedded content] Posted on 7 July 2020 at 12:19pm

    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. 

  • Protesters advocate for police reform, in the streets and in council chambers Posted on 7 July 2020 at 11:00am

    COLUMBIA—The topic of police reform dominated the public comment portion of Monday’s Columbia City Council meeting.

    Four of five people scheduled to speak at the beginning of the meeting spoke on a topic related to police or criminal justice reform.

  • Columbia City Council passes mandatory mask ordinance Posted on 7 July 2020 at 1:46am

    COLUMBIA - Columbia City Council voted 6-1 in favor of the mandatory mask ordinance Monday night. The order will go into effect on July 10 at 5 p.m. and requires that Columbia citizens wear a mask at all times while in public places. 

    Places also include hallways inside apartment buildings and offices where people pass each other without being six feet apart. 

  • Community comes together for vigil after double homicide Posted on 6 July 2020 at 11:23pm

    COLUMBIA -The community came together Monday night to remember victims of a double homicide.

    People came together in Columbia at the scene where the shooting happened to remember Tara Kneedler, 38 and Ri'ajauhna, 11.

  • TARGET 8 FOLLOW-UP: Governor signs coroner bill into law Posted on 6 July 2020 at 8:13pm

    COLUMBIA -- Monday Governor Mike Parson signed HB 2046.

    Inside the omnibus bill was coroner training reform Jay Minor's been working toward for years.

  • Parson signs massive public safety bill to address violent crime Posted on 6 July 2020 at 7:14pm

    JEFFERSON CITY —Gov. Mike Parson will sign an omnibus bill that increases prison sentences and eliminates probation for certain violent crimes.

    Senate Bill 600, the massive public safety bill, passed during the final hours of the legislative session. The bill modifies several criminal justice policies, many of which result in longer prison sentences. Along with changes to mandatory minimum sentences and probation, the bill includes other provisions that Parson said would help address violent crime in Missouri.

  • Columbia police detain 16-year-old in connection with double homicide Posted on 6 July 2020 at 7:09pm

    COLUMBIA — Columbia police have arrested a 16 year old boy in connection to a shooting that resulted in a double homicide over the weekend. 

    The shooting took place near Volunteer Drive and Grace Lane on July 5. 

  • MU taps Maryland administrator as next vice chancellor for advancement Posted on 6 July 2020 at 6:25pm

    COLUMBIA — A University of Maryland administrator and head of fundraising will be MU's next vice chancellor for advancement, the university announced Monday.

    Jackie Lewis, who serves as Vice President of University Relations for the College Park campus, will begin at MU on Aug. 12, according to a Monday campus email from Interim MU Chancellor Mun Choi.