• Columbia Police begin using personal protective equipment Posted on 1 April 2020 at 6:09pm

    COLUMBIA - COVID-19 has already changed many aspects of daily life, from visiting restaurants to attending school. Now, first responders are also making changes to protect themselves and their families. 

    The Columbia Police Department said their officers will possibly start wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) when responding to calls, in a video released on Youtube. The department is continuing to stock-up on equipment from past training for law enforcement and other agencies who have given equipment.

  • Gov. Parson announces $180 million budget restriction due to COVID-19 Posted on 1 April 2020 at 4:45pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Mike Parson addressed the public at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, saying the state plans to restrict the budget by $180 million in spending due to the economic strain of COVID-19. 

    Gov. Parson said some of the departments getting restricted will be higher education and work force development, the department of transportation, the department of administration, the department of national resources and the department of economic development.

  • Wednesday COVID-19 Coverage: No new COVID-19 cases in Boone and Callaway County on Wednesday Posted on 1 April 2020 at 3:49pm

    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.

  • Two in custody after car chase leads to discovery of stolen car and drugs [embedded content] Posted on 1 April 2020 at 3:30pm

    MONITEAU COUNTY - The Moniteau County Police chased down and arrested two people in a stolen car for multiple charges, including large amounts of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia on Wednesday.

    The Missouri State Highway Patrol told the Moniteau County Sheriff's Office that they were in pursuit of a car west of Boonville. After the Highway Patrol lost contact with the car, the Moniteau County Police took over and followed the car towards the Moniteau county line. The Tipton Police Department then used spike strips on Hwy 50 to try and stop the car. Once the car hit the spikes, it turned down a side street and eventually stopped with a flat tire on Cooper Street. 

  • Central Methodist University donates $2,000 worth of protective gear Posted on 1 April 2020 at 3:04pm

    FAYETTE - Central Methodist University took steps to help rural Missouri medical professionals in the midst of COVID-19 by donating $2,000 worth of personal protective equipment (PPE). 

    The University's nursing program donated the equipment to Hometown Homecare, a home health, hospice and private care service that serves people in Howard, Cooper, and Sheridan counties. 

  • Zoom soccer practices bring "all smiles" to kids and parents Posted on 1 April 2020 at 2:24pm

    COLUMBIA - COMO Youth Soccer, Sporting Columbia and Columbia Select started hosting daily practices using Zoom back when school got canceled. 

    Gary Drewing, a Sporting Columbia soccer coach, said once he knew the cancelation of school and sports was going to last a long time, he had to start looking at the positives of the situation and use technology as a tool.

  • How COVID-19 is affecting people with OCD Posted on 1 April 2020 at 1:51pm

    (CNN) -- Postponing Tokyo 2020 will have provided a sense of relief to many Olympians but the delay in the decision will have unnecessarily perpetuated the anxiety levels of athletes, many of whom suffer from clinical Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), according to a leading sports psychiatrist.

    On Tuesday, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach agreed to postpone the Games until 2021.

  • CPS puts classes on hold through the end of the week Posted on 1 April 2020 at 11:11am

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia Public School district announced Wednesday it's putting classes on pause through the end of the week to make some adjustments to "alternative learning expectations" for students and staff.

    Citing the changes in duration for guidelines related to COVID-19, the district said it expects the "community [to] begin to struggle beyond the inconvenience of staying home and the real challenge of job loss and economic instability." The district originally planned to return to regular schedules on April 13. Since then, the federal government extended its recommendations for COVID-19-related procedures to continue through at least April 30.

  • COVID-19 Town Hall: Protecting your family's finances Posted on 1 April 2020 at 12:42am

    In this COVID-19 town hall, KOMU 8's Emily Spain talks with Graham McCaulley about how the ongoing pandemic has affected people's bank accounts. 

    McCaulley works for MU as an assistant extension professor for the department of personal financial planning.  

  • EmVP: Columbia man helps lift spirits by corona caroling Posted on 31 March 2020 at 10:38pm

    COLUMBIA - For Scott Denson, music is his escape from reality. And, during this global pandemic he knew he wasn't the only one needing an escape. 

    "I hope they forget for a while, that they forget we’re in a troubled time and you know, have fun. That’s what I hope," Denson said with his accordion on his chest.