• 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." 

  • Possible COVID-19 exposure at multiple bars has some bar owners upset Posted on 3 July 2020 at 7:29pm

    COLUMBIA - Four bars within 24 hours may have been exposed to someone who had COVID-19.

    Boone County Health Department tweeted Thursday just before 4 p.m. that anyone visiting Room 38 between June 22nd and 25th may have been exposed. 

  • Boonville man sells fireworks to help community Posted on 3 July 2020 at 6:50pm

    BOONVILLE - Hundreds of mid-Missourians stocked up on fireworks this week for the Fourth of July. 

    73-year-old Jim Edwards is one of many firework vendors across mid-Missouri — but he isn't in it for the money.

  • Prison outbreak leads to virus surge in St. Francois County Posted on 3 July 2020 at 4:52pm

    BONNE TERRE, MO. (AP) — An eastern Missouri county has seen a big increase in confirmed coronavirus cases, and most of those infected are prison inmates.

    The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services on Friday reported 547 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, another big jump in cases statewide. The health department has reported nearly 3,800 new cases over the past nine days. Missouri reopened its economy in mid-June.

  • City Council members to decide mask ordinance enforcement Monday Posted on 3 July 2020 at 4:51pm

    COLUMBIA—Columbia City Council will vote Monday on a new mask ordinance that would require face coverings in all public places. 

    The ordinance is in response to growing COVID-19 cases, and the goal is to prevent or limit the spread of the COVID-19 disease through using face masks.

  • Former House Speaker refutes claims he was involved in cyberbullying Posted on 3 July 2020 at 4:17pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - Two state representatives accused former House Speaker Tim Jones of being involved in cyberbullying Friday afternoon, but Jones refutes those claims.

    In a news release, House Minority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) and Rep. Martha Stevens (D-Columbia) said Jones cyberbullied one of Stevens' legislative assistants in 2019. They claimed Jones accused the assistant of running a Twitter account critical of Jones, and made "disparaging and intimidating statements against her." The representatives said they involved House administrators, and Jones deleted the tweets.

  • Friday COVID-19 Coverage: Shiloh Bar announces employee tested positive [embedded content] Posted on 3 July 2020 at 3:00pm

    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. 

  • Iowa man arrested for child sex crimes in Callaway County Posted on 3 July 2020 at 2:09pm

    CALLAWAY COUNTY — The Callaway County prosecutor charged David Dodds, 58, from Corydon, Iowa with five felony counts of sexual misconduct with a child under 15 years of age, according to a statement from the Callaway County Sheriff's Office. 

    Dodds is a registered sex offender in Iowa, according to the statement. 

  • After COVID-19 cancelations, parents plan proms Posted on 3 July 2020 at 11:49am

    COLUMBIA - Parents across mid-Missouri are taking it upon themselves to host proms for students after COVID-19 cancelled many official events. 

    Battle High School Prom by Parents organizer Laurie Painter said the event is just a week away.