• Cardinals player Yadier Molina tests positive for COVID-19 [embedded content] Posted on 4 August 2020 at 1:12pm

    ST. LOUIS - Yadier Molina announced on social media on Tuesday he tested positive for COVID-19.

    In an Instagram post he said, "Good morning I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after following the prevention recommendations."

  • Prosecutors call several witnesses in first day of transgender teen's murder trial Posted on 4 August 2020 at 12:27pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The last suspect in the killing of a transgender teen in Texas County is now on trial. Andrew Vrba is one of four people charged in the stabbing death of Ally Steinfeld nearly three years ago. The trial is being held in Greene County.

    In 2017, Andrew Vrba admitted to police he stabbed his friend Ally Steinfeld and burned her body. Steinfeld had been missing for weeks. Just before her disappearance, she came out as transgender and started going by the name Ally. In the courtroom, though, she was referred to by her legal name of Joseph, or Joey.

  • 50 Missouri health agencies have yet to receive federal aid, including in Boone County Posted on 4 August 2020 at 12:14pm

    KANSAS CITY (AP) — Health departments in at least 50 Missouri counties have not received any money from the federal government even though the state received hundreds of millions of dollars in early May.

    Local public health agencies across the state are trying to ramp up testing and contact tracing but say their hands are tied because the state has not delivered any federal aid. According to The Kansas City Star, the money was instead given to their local county commissions and in many places have held up the money.

  • City Council mulls ballot options for parks sales tax Posted on 4 August 2020 at 11:44am

    (Missourian) - One of Columbia’s two sales taxes for parks is scheduled to expire in 2022, so the conversation already is starting about what to ask voters to do in 2021.

    At a work session before its regular meeting Monday night, the Columbia City Council heard a presentation from Parks and Recreation Director Mike Griggs that offered several options.

  • Live blog: Real time coverage of Missouri's Primary Election [embedded content] Posted on 4 August 2020 at 8:00pm

    COLUMBIA - Today is Missouri's Primary Election - voters cast their ballots Tuesday to determine party candidates for governor, U.S. Congress and other state and local offices.

    Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Tuesday COVID-19 Coverage: Miller, Osage counties report first COVID-19 deaths [embedded content] Posted on 4 August 2020 at 7:09am

    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. 

  • CPS to discuss moving start of school to after Labor Day Posted on 3 August 2020 at 11:46pm

    COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools Board of Education is considering the possibility of moving the start of school to after Labor Day. 

    According to district superintendent Peter Stiepleman, this is something the board will discuss at its work session on Tuesday.

  • Several poll workers quit before primary election Tuesday Posted on 3 August 2020 at 9:12pm

    JEFFERSON CITY — From masks to hand sanitizer stations to new poll workers, the primary election Tuesday will look different to voters. 

    In Cole County, several regular poll workers didn’t volunteer again due to concerns about COVID-19.

  • "A phenomenal trailblazer": Dr. Gus T. Ridgel's legacy continues Posted on 3 August 2020 at 6:52pm

    COLUMBIA —Excellence, loyalty and perseverance are the principles Dr. Gus T. Ridgel lived by, according to his daughter Betty Bolden. On Saturday, he died due to health complications, but his legacy lives on.

    Ridgel was a member of the original Concerned Student 1950, the first group of Black students admitted to MU. The trailblazer was admitted to the University after he won a lawsuit against MU to desegregate the school. 

  • CMU goes high-tech for virus prevention Posted on 3 August 2020 at 5:54pm

    FAYETTE – Central Methodist University will reopen for the fall semester — with a long list of safety protocols.

    The small university will offer large new technology to prevent the spread of COVID-19.