Columbia http://kbia.org en Ameren starts construction on natural gas pipeline http://kbia.org/post/ameren-starts-construction-natural-gas-pipeline <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><font color="red">Ameren</font>&nbsp;<font color="red">Missouri</font>&nbsp;says construction is underway on an 11-mile natural gas pipeline from Columbia to Ashland, which currently does not have natural gas service.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:46:16 +0000 Associated Press 51352 at http://kbia.org Ameren starts construction on natural gas pipeline Columbia recognizes National Public Health Week http://kbia.org/post/columbia-recognizes-national-public-health-week <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Columbia-Boone County Department of Public Health and Human services celebrates Public Health Week April 7-13. The department is promoting this year's theme as "Public Health: Start Here, Better Health. Better Missouri."&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:20:39 +0000 Colin Hope 51202 at http://kbia.org Columbia recognizes National Public Health Week Local biotech startup receives $200,000 investment http://kbia.org/post/local-biotech-startup-receives-200000-investment <p>Local biotech startup Animal Health Specialties has announced it is receiving an investment of more than $200,000 from Columbia-based investment group Centennial Investors.</p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:24:52 +0000 A. J. Feather 49580 at http://kbia.org Local biotech startup receives $200,000 investment True False Film Festival to showcase more than 40 films http://kbia.org/post/true-false-film-festival-showcase-more-40-films <p>The True/False Film Festival will run from today until Sunday, and will showcase more than 40 films, dozens of works of art and many musical guests. Volunteers spent most of Thursday preparing for the rush of film-goers from all over the country. Kelsey Oerly says she is excited to finally contribute to the festival.</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:18:21 +0000 Desiree Seals 48871 at http://kbia.org True False Film Festival to showcase more than 40 films New app to help Columbia residents track public transportation http://kbia.org/post/new-app-help-columbia-residents-track-public-transportation <p>The City of Columbia discussed a new public transportation plan Friday in a meeting with Boone County, the Columbia School Board and the Chamber of Commerce.</p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:19:31 +0000 Ethan West 48668 at http://kbia.org New app to help Columbia residents track public transportation Civic groups donate computers to families http://kbia.org/post/civic-groups-donate-computers-families <p>For the 11th year, the Voluntary Action Center and the Downtown Optimist Club worked with the City of Columbia on a program called "Homes for Computers." This program gives used computers to low income Columbia families.</p><p>Rick McKernan, a member of the Downtown Optimist Club, described how families had to meet certain criteria as decided by The Voluntary Action Center before receiving the computers. The family has to have a child in the local school system, it can’t have a computer already, and must have financial need.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:09:08 +0000 Eliza Davidson 48506 at http://kbia.org Civic groups donate computers to families Cold January in Columbia, but temperature record not broken [GRAPHIC] http://kbia.org/post/cold-january-columbia-temperature-record-not-broken-graphic <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">January in Columbia had no shortage of brutally cold days. But despite an abnormally icy stretch early in the month that closed schools as far south as Atlanta (some blamed it on the “</span><a href="http://www.weather.com/news/weather-winter/polar-vortex-facts-and-myths-20140107" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">polar vortex</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">”), Columbia did not break its January record for low temperature.</span></p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:09:01 +0000 Andrew Gibson 47351 at http://kbia.org Cold January in Columbia, but temperature record not broken [GRAPHIC] Ameren starts cleaning of Columbia superfund site http://kbia.org/post/ameren-starts-cleaning-columbia-superfund-site <p></p><p>Ameren Missouri has begun cleaning up a Superfund site in downtown Columbia that is contaminated by tars from a former manufactured-gas plant.</p><p>The utility plans to remove about 36,000 tons of dirt from the site and truck it to the Jefferson City landfill. Work is expected to be completed by the end of July.</p><p>The manufactured-gas plant was located at the site from 1875 to 1932. The company used the site for its headquarters after coal gasification ended. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:11:58 +0000 Associated Press 46785 at http://kbia.org Ameren starts cleaning of Columbia superfund site No civil rights violation charges in Brandon Coleman death http://kbia.org/post/no-civil-rights-violation-charges-brandon-coleman-death <p></p><p>Federal prosecutors say they won't file criminal charges connected to possible civil rights violations in the fatal shooting of a 25-year-old Columbia man.</p><p>Kansas City-based U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson opened an investigation in October into the May 2013 death of Brandon Coleman, a University of Missouri groundskeeper. She announced the results in a news release Tuesday. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:34:58 +0000 Associated Press 46666 at http://kbia.org No civil rights violation charges in Brandon Coleman death Columbia council approves renewable energy mandate bump http://kbia.org/post/columbia-council-approves-renewable-energy-mandate-bump <p></p><p>The Columbia City Council voted Monday night to increase the city’s renewable energy mandate. By 2018, Columbia Water and Light will now need to get 15 percent of its energy from renewable sources – up from 10 percent as spelled out in the renewable energy mandate passed by Columbia voters in 2004. The future goals were also increased to 25 percent by 2023 and 30 percent by 2029. The previous goal for 2023 was 15 percent and there was no goal set for 2029.</p><p>First Ward Councilmember Fred Schmidt was one of the councilmembers that voted to pass the change 5-2.</p><p>“The energy future and the environmental future calls for this – for doing something and I believe this is the right step. We don’t know what the future is going to hold, so we shoot for a multiplicity of sources,” Schmidt said. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 22:44:47 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 46340 at http://kbia.org Columbia council approves renewable energy mandate bump Columbia faith communities prepare for annual homeless shelter http://kbia.org/post/columbia-faith-communities-prepare-annual-homeless-shelter <div style="background-color:white;margin:14pt 0 7.5pt 0;"><p></p><span lang="en-US"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;background-color:white;"><font color="#333333" face="Arial,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.5pt;">Faith communities around Columbia are preparing for the annual start of Room at the Inn, a homeless shelter open in January and February. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 22:26:08 +0000 Kellie Moore 45002 at http://kbia.org Columbia faith communities prepare for annual homeless shelter Columbia to consider changing definition of family for zoning purposes http://kbia.org/post/columbia-consider-changing-definition-family-zoning-purposes <p>The Columbia City Council is considering changing the definition of family in zoning ordinances to include domestic partners.</p><p>The current zoning ordinance defines a family as an individual, or a married couple, and their children and no more than two other persons related to the individual. No more than three unrelated people are allowed to live in single-family homes.</p><p>Because of that definition, domestic partners were considered unrelated people, which is what a proposed resolution would change.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:39:24 +0000 Associated Press 44102 at http://kbia.org Columbia to consider changing definition of family for zoning purposes Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival brings more than $1 million to Columbia http://kbia.org/post/roots-n-blues-n-bbq-festival-brings-more-1-million-columbia <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>7th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> annual Roots N Blues festival brought more than 22,000 fans from 35 states -- and five other countries -- to Columbia this September.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This year’s event marked the first time the festival took place in Stephens Lake Park, and saw 27 artists from across the world take the stage.</span></p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:07:49 +0000 Sam Richmond 43769 at http://kbia.org Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival brings more than $1 million to Columbia Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary to hold afterschool programs inside its doors http://kbia.org/post/alpha-hart-lewis-elementary-hold-afterschool-programs-inside-its-doors <p></p><p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:59:13 +0000 Brea Love 43768 at http://kbia.org Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary to hold afterschool programs inside its doors Kip Kendrick announces run for 45th District House seat http://kbia.org/post/kip-kendrick-announces-run-45th-district-house-seat <p></p><p>Former President of the Benton-Stephens Neighborhood Association, Democrat Kip Kendrick, announced Thursday he will run for the 45th District House seat.&nbsp; Democratic Representative, Chris Kelly, endorsed him.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 16:09:44 +0000 Jack Korte 43465 at http://kbia.org Kip Kendrick announces run for 45th District House seat