• Local ballet students raising the bar while staying home Posted on 3 April 2020 at 12:54pm

    COLUMBIA - You've probably heard it just about everywhere: staying active while staying home is important. 

    It's especially important for kids like Eleanor Golda. Ever since she was 2 years old, she said she has loved ballet. 

  • SSM Health in Audrain County to open drive-thru COVID-19 testing site Posted on 3 April 2020 at 12:36pm

    AUDRAIN COUNTY - SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital in Audrain County will open its own drive-thru COVID-19 testing site starting Monday, April 6.

    The site plans to be open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, to test people who are showing symptoms of COVID-19. They ask those seeking other services at the hospital to enter through the emergency room entrance to restrict possible exposer to the virus. 

  • Friday COVID-19 Coverage: No new COVID-19 cases in Boone County Posted on 3 April 2020 at 11:34am

    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.

  • 27 long-term care facilities in Missouri have coronavirus Posted on 3 April 2020 at 9:21am

    ST. LOUIS — At least 27 long-term care facilities in Missouri have at least one resident or employee who has tested positive for the coronavirus but getting more information is a challenge.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports on Thursday the Department of Health and Senior Services spokeswoman Lisa Cox said Missouri health officials won’t identify the facilities with infections unless those facilities, or local health officials, publicize the information first.

  • COVID-19 Town Hall: ER doctor with MU Health Care gives update on virus Posted on 2 April 2020 at 10:52pm

    In this COVID-19 town hall, KOMU 8's Emily Spain talks with Dr. Christopher Sampson from MU Health Care about the pandemic.

    Dr. Sampson is an emergency medicine physician working on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19.   

  • Research suggests a slight adjustment in tornado trends Posted on 2 April 2020 at 8:56pm

    COLUMBIA - As we all know by now, the world is warming. It is simply a fact.

    Take a look at the ten hottest years globally on record and you’ll find that 8 of them occurred in the past decade, and the top five are comprised of the past five years. According to an increasing amount of scientific research, our warmer climate may be changing the severe weather season.

  • How your insurance policy can help weather the storm Posted on 2 April 2020 at 7:03pm

    COLUMBIA - After the 2019 severe weather season and the recent hail storm in Jefferson City, Missouri residents were forced to contact their insurance providers to file storm damage claims for their property.

    The night of may 22nd was a test for many in our community, including insurance personnel. 

  • As state fights COVID-19, UM System faces millions in budget cuts Posted on 2 April 2020 at 6:38pm

    COLUMBIA - As Missouri gears up for a long fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, University of Missouri System leaders are looking at millions of dollars worth of budget cuts.

    On Wednesday, Governor Parson announced $180 million worth of budget cuts. Parson said the state is currently looking at a $500 million shortfall between now and June.

  • LOCAL LOOKOUT: Dentist donates masks to local sheriff's office amid shortage Posted on 2 April 2020 at 5:34pm

    HOWARD COUNTY – As public safety agencies face major personal protective equipment shortages, a local dentist is making sure first responders stay protected. 

    On Wednesday, KOMU first reported the Howard County Sheriff’s Department was in severe need of personal protective equipment to use during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • T-shirt shop plugs other small businesses Posted on 2 April 2020 at 5:07pm

    COLUMBIA - Business is slow just about everywhere in mid-Missouri, but one local shop owner is using this time to help out businesses just like his. 

    Fast Yowi Tees launched a website to benefit local businesses in Columbia. Lovelocalcomo.org offers customized shirts with the logos of businesses affected by the stay-at-home order.