• Big Ten conference votes to start season in late October Posted on 16 September 2020 at 11:00am

    ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Big Ten announced Wednesday that its football season will begin the weekend of Oct. 23-24.

    This is a reversal of the conference's Aug. 11 decision to postpone football until the spring as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder may double risk of dementia, new analysis finds Posted on 16 September 2020 at 9:50am

    (CNN) -- People who experience post-traumatic stress disorder may be twice as likely to have dementia later in life, according to a new study -- a finding with important implications for the coronavirus pandemic.

    The disorder occurs when symptoms from a psychological trauma disrupt daily functioning for at least a month. The nation has been reeling from the impact of the deadly novel coronavirus for over seven months.

  • Feds outline sweeping plan to provide free COVID-19 vaccine Posted on 16 September 2020 at 9:02am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government outlined a sweeping plan Wednesday to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to all Americans, even as polls show a strong undercurrent of skepticism rippling across the land.

    In a report to Congress and an accompanying “playbook” for states and localities, federal health agencies and the Defense Department sketched out complex plans for a vaccination campaign to begin gradually in January or possibly later this year, eventually ramping up to reach any American who wants a shot. The Pentagon is involved with the distribution of vaccines, but civilian health workers will be the ones giving shots.

  • Hershey's new website maps out how to trick-or-treat safely across the United States Posted on 16 September 2020 at 8:15am

    New York (CNN Business) — Halloween is around the corner, and Hershey wants to ensure coronavirus doesn't spook trick-or-treaters from eating candy.

    The confectioner — which, along with its namesake chocolate bar, manufactures Halloween favorites Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Kit Kats — launched a website that maps out how to trick-or-treat safely in every county in the United States.

  • Kim Kardashian West will freeze her Instagram to protest Facebook Posted on 16 September 2020 at 8:04am

    New York (CNN Business) — Kim Kardashian West, who has one of the biggest Instagram followings in the world, said Tuesday that she would be joining other high-profile users in a protest against Instagram's parent company Facebook and its handling of misinformation and hate.

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Orlando Bloom, Kerry Washington and Sacha Baron Cohen are among those also taking part in the protest, which is slated to take place on Wednesday.

  • Wednesday COVID-19 Coverage: Boone County reaches 4,000+ cases [embedded content] Posted on 16 September 2020 at 2:00pm

    As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. 

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  • Panels report blasts Boeing, FAA for crashes, seeks reforms Posted on 16 September 2020 at 7:30am

    (AP) — A House committee issued a scathing report Wednesday questioning whether Boeing and government regulators have recognized the problems that caused two deadly 737 Max jet crashes and whether either will be willing to make significant changes to fix them.

    Staff members from the Democrat-controlled Transportation Committee blamed the crashes that killed 346 people on the “horrific culmination” of failed government oversight, design flaws and a lack of action at Boeing despite knowing about problems.

  • Bill Gates Sr., father of Microsoft co-founder, dies at 94 Posted on 16 September 2020 at 7:15am

    SEATTLE (AP) — William H. Gates II, a lawyer and philanthropist best known as the father of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, has died at 94.

    Gates died peacefully Monday at his beach home in Washington state from Alzheimer’s disease, the family announced Tuesday.

  • Here's what you need to know this morning: Wednesday, Sept. 16 [embedded content] Posted on 16 September 2020 at 6:30am

    Boone County Health Department updates positivity rate after reporting error

    In a press release Tuesday morning, the Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) corrected and updated the COVID-19 positivity rate for Boone County residents. The information was updated after PHHS was notified of a reporting error from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). 

    Since May 1, a lab in Boone County has not been able to electronically transmit all negative results to DHSS. PHHS was notified of the issue on Sept. 3, and immediately halted publishing positivity rates, since the total number of daily results contributes to how the positivity rate is calculated.

  • Midway area experiences 11 burglaries in the span of two weeks Posted on 16 September 2020 at 2:00pm

    COLUMBIA, MO - Over the past two weeks, there have been 11 burglaries reported in the Midway area. 

    Authorities found that these incidents have a few things in common: Garages, sheds and barns. They also discovered that items stolen include, but are not limited to; golf clubs, tools and speakers.