Jefferson City looking for temporary municipal judge to fill new courtroom
Posted on 15 November 2018 at 6:13pm
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City is looking for a municipal judge to fill a temporary position, starting January 1, 2019. The city has been looking for a new judge since the current one, Cotton Walker, was elected to the Circuit Court of Cole County on November 6.
Mayor Carrie Tergin is responsible for filling the temporary position, which runs until April 2019 when the spot will officially be up for reelection.
Columbia Police Department to change, not remove Community Outreach Unit
Posted on 15 November 2018 at 6:17pm
COLUMBIA- In a meeting this afternoon, Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes, apologized for the confusion surrounding the Columbia Police Department’s Community Outreach Unit. A report was made yesterday announcing plans to disband the unit.
In a letter sent to the community earlier today, Matthes said “The Community Outreach Unit (COU) is not being disbanded and the model of community policing is not being abandoned.”
Facebook says it's getting better at removing hate speech
Posted on 15 November 2018 at 4:53pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook said it's making progress on detecting hate speech, graphic violence and other violations of its rules, even before users see and report them.
Facebook said that during the April-to-September period, it doubled the amount of hate speech it detected proactively, compared with the previous six months.
Disability summit aims to break down barriers to employment
Posted on 15 November 2018 at 4:12pm
COLUMBIA - Employment providers, state agencies and employers serving people with disabilities across the state came together to learn how to break down the barriers of obtaining employment Thursday.
The Missouri Association of Rehabilitation Facilities and the Missouri Department of Mental Health hosted the second annual Disability Employment Summit.
State capitol statue touches ground for first time in 94 years
Posted on 15 November 2018 at 3:48pm
JEFFERSON CITY - Ceres, the statue that stood on top of the State Capitol for 94 years, touched ground Thursday.
The statue was brought down for conservation and cleaning.
GALLERY: Capitol Hill sculpture comes down for first time since 1924
Posted on 15 November 2018 at 3:30pm
JEFFERSON CITY - A bronze statue called Ceres will spend the next year being cleaned and touched up for conservation purposes so it can be returned to the Capitol Building in Jefferson City.
The 1,500 pound statue was removed by a crane Thursday morning. KOMU 8 News photographer Scott Schaefer was there to capture the moment.
Missouri unemployment rate ties for record low
Posted on 15 November 2018 at 1:56pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's unemployment rate has hit a tied record low.
Data released Thursday from the Department of Economic Development show the state's unemployment rate tied for a record low of 3.1 percent in October.
Fire death toll at 56 and counting in Northern California
Posted on 15 November 2018 at 12:52pm
MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) — Cool weather helped fire crews gain ground Thursday against the nation's deadliest wildfire in a century, as the search went on for more bodies. At least 56 people were killed and 130 were unaccounted for a week after the flames swept through.
The nearly 220-square-mile (570-square-kilometer) blaze in Northern California was 40 percent contained, the state fire agency said, and firefighters succeeded in slowing the flames' advance toward populated areas.
UPDATE: Our Lady of Lourdes bus involved in crash Thursday morning
Posted on 15 November 2018 at 11:01am
BOONE COUNTY - Two buses carrying students and staff from Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School was involved in a crash Thursday morning.
According to a letter from the school, a car spun out on the Missouri River Bridge causing both school buses to brake suddenly to avoid it.
Bond revoked for suspect in alleged murder conspiracy
Posted on 15 November 2018 at 8:47am
COLUMBIA - A judge ordered bond to be revoked Wednesday for a man charged in connection with an alleged conspiracy to commit murder.
Jared Bears is one of two people facing charges for the reported plot; the targets were the grandparents of the other suspect, Brian Kelley.