• Two arrested for 2017 homicide in Montgomery County Posted on 17 January 2020 at 1:03pm

    MONTGOMERY COUNTY - Two people have been arrested and charged in connection with the 2017 death of Benjamin Renick.

    Lynlee Renick, 31, and Michael Humphrey, 35, have each been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. Both are scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

  • Columbia shelter prepares for cold weather Posted on 16 January 2020 at 7:27pm

    COLUMBIA - With colder temperatures expected to arrive in mid-Missouri, shelters are preparing to care for those in need.

    The Salvation Army Harbor House in Columbia offers various services to people in the cold.

  • Sen. Caleb Rowden releases statement on hospital closure [embedded content] Posted on 16 January 2020 at 6:40pm

    COLUMBIA — State Sen. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, issued a statement Thursday afternoon about the closure of the Pinnacle Regional Hospital earlier this week. 

  • LGBTQ+ history could be taught in public schools under proposed bill Posted on 16 January 2020 at 6:21pm

    COLUMBIA - One Missouri lawmaker's bill could create new curriculum for schools in the state.

    House Bill 2153, sponsored by Rep. Martha Stevens (D-Columbia), would create a curriculum that incorporates LGBTQ+ history and culture. Rep. Stevens says it's up to school districts if they want to incorporate.

  • Missouri governor denounces expanding government health care Posted on 16 January 2020 at 5:06pm

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said Thursday that he plans to fight efforts to expand the number of people eligible for government health care, as a ballot initiative to do so gains momentum.

    Advocates are collecting signatures to put the issue on November's ballot. The proposed constitutional amendment would allow adults earning up to 138% of the federal poverty level to access Medicaid starting in July 2021.

  • Community reacts to Pinnacle Regional Hospital closing Posted on 16 January 2020 at 2:57pm

    BOONVILLE - The announcement of Pinnacle Regional Hospital's closing came suddenly this week, even catching residents off guard who expected the hospital would close eventually.

    Letha Bieber says she returned to the community years back with a sense of security knowing the emergency facility would be there if needed. 

  • Watchdog: White House violated law in freezing Ukraine aid Posted on 16 January 2020 at 1:35pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House violated federal law in withholding security assistance to Ukraine, an action at the center of President Donald Trump’s impeachment, a federal watchdog agency said Thursday.

    The Government Accountability Office said in a report that the Office of Management and Budget violated the law in holding up the aid, which Congress passed less than a year ago, saying “the President is not vested with the power to ignore or amend any such duly enacted law.”

  • Missouri Senators release statements on USMCA Posted on 16 January 2020 at 12:32pm

    WASHINGTON DC - The United States Senate passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, 89-10, on Wednesday morning, and Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) both voted in favor of the trade deal.

    The agreement had already passed the House of Representatives, and it will now move to the President's desk, where it will presumably be signed. President Trump negotiated the deal in 2018, when it was signed by all 3 nations' leaders.

  • City of Columbia prepares for possible winter storm Friday, Jan. 17 Posted on 16 January 2020 at 12:02pm

    COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia is preparing for a possible winter storm forecast for Friday, Jan. 17, per a press release from the City of Columbia Public Works department.

    The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook and Winter Storm Watch for mid-Missouri with the possibility of 1-3 inches of snow followed by sleet and freezing rain, which could lead to road slickness during the morning, afternoon and evening commutes.

  • Senate committee hears bill aimed at funding police officers Posted on 16 January 2020 at 11:52am

    JEFFERSON CITY- State senators heard testimony on a bill Thursday morning that could give law enforcement a leg up in addressing staffing levels throughout the state.

    The bill, which was filed by State Sen. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia establishes a grant program that would help pay for the hiring of new officers in qualifying departments. Departments would apply for the grant from the Missouri Department of Public Safety.