• Local judges may decide on prisoner releases amid COVID-19 Posted on 30 March 2020 at 3:10pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - Amid concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, Missouri's Supreme Court is allowing for leniency in sentencing. 

    The decisions to release any prisoners awaiting trial, or inmates who have already been sentenced, is up to individual local judges, according to a statement from Beth Riggert, communications counsel for the Supreme Court of Missouri. 

  • UPDATE: CPS reports Schoology issues resolved Posted on 30 March 2020 at 12:09pm

    COLUMBIA - School administrators said the earlier issues with Schoology have been resolved.

    The online platform teachers and students use for learning had some accessibility issues Monday morning.

  • CPS to begin grab-and-go meal delivery Posted on 30 March 2020 at 6:15am

    COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools have announced a grab-and-go meal delivery service for students in need, as schools remain closed until April 12 at the earliest.

    The delivery system will begin Monday, March 30th.

  • What does 'essential' mean for stay-at-home orders? Posted on 4 April 2020 at 4:30pm

    COLUMBIA - The COVID-19 pandemic is defining for the globe what's essential and what things we really can't go without, even though we might not need them for survival.

    There's essential activities, essential travel and essential businesses.

  • UPDATE: Air, land and water search underway for man in Missouri River [embedded content] Posted on 29 March 2020 at 7:24pm

    BOONVILLE - A land, water and air search was underway for a man who jumped over the side of a bridge.

    Around 7:30 p.m., MSHP Troop F said in a tweet that they are suspending the search until tomorrow.

  • Trump extends federal social distancing guidelines to April 30 Posted on 29 March 2020 at 6:37pm

    (CNN) -- President Donald Trump said Sunday he would extend his "slow the spread" social distancing guidelines to April 30 as novel coronavirus continues to spread throughout the US.

    "The better you do, the faster this whole nightmare will end," the President said at a White House news conference. "Therefore, we will be extending our guidelines to April 30th, to slow the spread. On Tuesday we will be finalizing these plans and providing a summary of our findings, supporting data and strategy to the American people."

  • 19 people in Boone County recovered from COVID-19 Posted on 29 March 2020 at 3:46pm

    COLUMBIA - 19 people in Boone County have recovered from COVID-19, according to the Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services on Sunday afternoon.

    34 cases are still active in the county, according to Lucio Bitoy, a spokesperson for the county health department. One person has died due to the virus in Boone County, making it a total of 54 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

  • Local chefs to provide free meal for those in need Posted on 29 March 2020 at 2:38pm

    COLUMBIA— Columbia chefs are donating food and resources to provide "Scrappy Meals" for those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    People can pick up take-home meals  from 2-4 p.m. Monday, March 30 at 220 N. Tenth Street— the parking lot of Cafe Berlin. 

  • New York state nears 1,000 coronavirus deaths Posted on 29 March 2020 at 2:18pm

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York state's coronavirus death toll is nearing 1,000.

    The state accounts for more than 40% of coronavirus deaths in the U.S.

  • Columbia, Boone County first responders confront challenges of COVID-19 Posted on 29 March 2020 at 11:58am

    COLUMBIA MISSOURIAN —Outside a hospital’s confines, providing medical care as a first responder in the wake of COVID-19 adds another challenge — an environment that can be as infectious as the patient. Homes can be potential virus-laden incubators. And its inhabitants, even the ones who aren’t showing symptoms, can carry the disease.

    “We pretty much assume every surface in the house is contaminated,” Joshua Stilley said. “We may have to get on their bed to move them, or we’re hitting the walls in their house where they’ve touched.”