• Six-Story hotel planned for downtown Columbia Posted on 23 January 2020 at 3:21pm

    A replat of property at the northwest corner of Cherry and Hitt streets to accommodate plans for a six-story hotel is on the agenda for the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission’s meeting Thursday night.

    Cherry Street Hotel LLC filed the request to replat the 0.41-acre property, which is now occupied by a vacant two-story office building and a parking lot. City staff said in a report to the commission that they believe the building will be demolished.

  • Longtime PBS anchor and MU alum Jim Lehrer dies Posted on 23 January 2020 at 1:59pm

    COLUMBIA - Jim Lehrer, the retired PBS anchorman and a graduate of the MU School of Journalism, died Thursday at his home in Washington.

    PBS announced his death on social media Thursday afternoon.

  • Prosecutors object to Joseph Elledge change of venue request Posted on 23 January 2020 at 1:22pm

    COLUMBIA - Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Daniel Knight is objecting to a defense request for change of venue in the upcoming trial of Joseph Elledge on child abuse charges..

    In a court filing on Wednesday, Knight argued that Missouri Supreme Court rule 32.04 "requires that an application for change of venue must be filed no later than ten days after the initial plea is entered." He notes that Elledge's lawyer, John O'Connor, failed to meet that deadline. 

  • Trump removes protections for waterways, aiding developers Posted on 23 January 2020 at 1:16pm

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Roy Blunt commended President Trump’s announcement that the Environmental Protection Agency has finalized its Waters of the U.S. rule. This rule reins in federal jurisdiction over Missouri waters under the Clean Water Act.

    “I’m glad the Trump administration has listened to rural America and taken the necessary steps to undo and replace the misguided Waters of the U.S. rule," Sen. Blunt said in a press release. “I’ve heard from countless farmers, ranchers, small businesses owners, and elected officials who just simply said [Waters of the U.S.] would have not only driven up the costs but made it impossible for them to do their jobs."

  • US imposes visa rules for pregnant women on birth tourism Posted on 23 January 2020 at 12:15pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday published new visa rules aimed at restricting “birth tourism,” in which women travel to the United States to give birth so their children can have U.S. citizenship.

    Applicants will be denied tourist visas if they are determined by consular officers to be coming to the U.S. primarily to give birth, according to the rules in the Federal Register. It is a bigger hurdle to overcome, proving they are traveling to the U.S. because they have a medical need and not just because they want to give birth here. Those with medical needs will be treated like other foreigners coming to the U.S. for medical treatment and must prove they have the money to pay for it — including transportation and living expenses.

  • Ice melt use threatens your yard Posted on 23 January 2020 at 12:01pm

    COLUMBIA - Too much rock salt on your driveway might hurt your yard in the spring. 

    According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, deicers can damage plants causing them to grow deformed or die off. 

  • First batch of SAFE Kits to be delivered to private labs for testing Posted on 23 January 2020 at 11:50am

    SPRINGFIELD - The first untested sexual assault kits recorded through Missouri's SAFE Kits Initiative will be collected at the Springfield Police Department today. They will then ship those kits off to a private lab to be tested.

    Many of the untested kits were part of the backlog covered in our TARGET 8 investigation in January 2016.

  • Columbia Lucky's confirmed to remain open Posted on 23 January 2020 at 11:34am

    COLUMBIA - Lucky's Market has confirmed that the Columbia location will remain open as they begin closing various stores around the country.

    The closings, which began on Wednesday, January 22, are part of the company's restructuring efforts.

  • China shuts down more cities in bid to contain deadly virus Posted on 23 January 2020 at 10:56am

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities Thursday moved to lock down three cities that are home to more than 18 million people in an unprecedented effort to contain the deadly new virus that has sickened hundreds and spread to other parts of the world during the busy Lunar New Year travel period.

    Police, SWAT teams and paramilitary troops guarded Wuhan’s train station, where metal barriers blocked the entrances at 10 a.m. Only travelers holding tickets for the last trains out were allowed to enter. Normally bustling streets, shopping malls, restaurants and other public spaces in the city of 11 million people were eerily quiet.

  • Medical marijuana dispensary facilities to start receiving licenses Posted on 23 January 2020 at 10:06am

    JEFFERSON CITY - 192 medical marijuana dispensary facilities will receive their licenses Thursday, according to the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).

    Dispensary facilities who applied for their licenses through the Medical Marijuana Registry Portal will be notified by email of either their approval or denial.