• Missouri plans its first elk hunt this fall after herd grows Posted on 10 April 2020 at 8:19am

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — For the first time in Missouri's modern history, the state is offering an elk-hunting season.

    The Missouri Department of Conservation on Wednesday approved issuing four general permits for the public and one permit for a qualified landowner.

  • Share boxes provide help for those needing it Posted on 10 April 2020 at 6:01am

    COLUMBIA - The share box Mike Bellman made is small and unassuming, but it represents so much more. 

    "A lot of folks have decided to take the challenges of this pandemic and look for ways to help each other and support each other," Bellman said. "I'm really encouraged by that."

  • Columbia assisted living center confirms positive COVID-19 case Posted on 9 April 2020 at 11:50pm

    COLUMBIA - A resident living at Cedarhurst of Columbia assisted living center has tested positive for COVID-19.

    Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services confirmed the case Thursday afternoon and is in contact with the assisted living center.

  • COVID-19 Town Hall: Talking to your children about the virus Posted on 9 April 2020 at 7:59pm

    KOMU 8's Emily Spain talked with a family communications expert about how to talk to your children about the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Colleen Colander is an associate professor for the University of Missouri in the communications department. She specializes in family communication and how a child communicates with their relatives among other things. 

  • Similar behaviors influenced the 1918 pandemic and now COVID-19 in Missouri Posted on 9 April 2020 at 7:53pm

    COLUMBIA – Before COVID-19 was even on the world’s radar, MU School of Health Professions associate professor Carolyn Orbann had been studying how human behavior played a role in the 1918 pandemic. 

    “I’m very interested in humans and their culture and how their culture influences the way they interact with each other," Orbann said. “I started working with someone in the department of anthropology who was studying the 1918 flu pretty extensively.” 

  • State Farm returning $2 billion dividend to auto insurance customers Posted on 9 April 2020 at 7:23pm

    COLUMBIA - State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is announcing up to a $2 billion dividend that will go to its auto insurance customers.

    People are driving less right now, so State Farm is returning money to customers because they anticipate fewer insurance claims.

  • Thursday COVID-19 Coverage: Cedarhurst of Columbia confirms resident tests positive Posted on 9 April 2020 at 5:19pm

    As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community.

    KOMU 8 News is tracking all positive cases broken down by county here and all closings and cancellations here.

  • Governor Parson announces school closure order Posted on 9 April 2020 at 4:17pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Mike Parson announced the closure of public and charter schools for the rest of the academic year at a press conference on Thursday, April 9. 

    The announcement comes amid COVID-19 concerns. 

  • I-70 shooting in Montgomery County leads to arrest in Boone County Posted on 9 April 2020 at 3:05pm

    MONTGOMERY COUNTY - Chad Michael Kennedy, 28, of Boonville, was arrested and charged with assault, criminal action, and unlawful use of a weapon. 

    On Tuesday, Kennedy fired shots at a moving vehicle while both vehicles were traveling eastbound on I-70 in Montgomery County. The gun shots disabled the victims car which came to a stop at the 175-mile marker.

  • One company is extending a helping hand to local food banks Posted on 9 April 2020 at 2:46pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - Food banks are starting to feel the affects of COVID-19 as Missourians are staying home. 

    As a result, the Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri has gone virtual. People can now donate through the food bank's website, with donations ranging from a minimum of $5 up to $100.