• Local businesses close after COVID-19 cases Posted on 7 July 2020 at 3:07pm

    COLUMBIA — Missouri — and Boone County — have loosened restrictions on businesses about COVID-19 in recent weeks. But some local establishments are going beyond requirements to be proactive and stay safe. 

    Shakespeare's Pizza's South location recently shut down after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. 

  • Columbia to suspend curbside recycling pickup indefinitely Posted on 7 July 2020 at 3:04pm

    COLUMBIA - City officials announced Tuesday they will suspend curbside recycling pickup indefinitely, effective July 8.

    A press release cited issues like staffing shortages and difficulties finding and keeping people with commercial driver's licenses (CDLs) as reasons for the change.

  • City of Columbia releases mask ordinance Posted on 7 July 2020 at 2:49pm

    COLUMBIA — After the Columbia City Council voted to approve a mandatory face mask order Monday night, the City of Columbia released the finalized ordinance. 

    Here are some takeaways from the ordinance: 

  • 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: 24,629 confirmed cases in Missouri [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.