Columbia http://kbia.org en President of Regional Economic Development, Inc. to retire http://kbia.org/post/president-regional-economic-development-inc-retire <p>The Columbia business landscape hasn't always been as commercial as it is now.&nbsp; Mike Brooks has been a fixture in the city's business outlook for five years, but that reign is coming to an end as Brooks announced his retirement from Regional Economic Development Incorporated (REDI) Wednesday.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:30:40 +0000 Jeremy Schrank 54865 at http://kbia.org Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission discusses future of cycling http://kbia.org/post/bicycle-and-pedestrian-commission-discusses-future-cycling <p>Members of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission are recharging this morning after tensions rose during a conversation on electric bikes at last night’s meeting in Columbia. During their monthly meeting, members of the commission spent a majority of their time discussing the future of bicycles: electric bikes.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:13:41 +0000 Madeline Dufek 54860 at http://kbia.org Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission discusses future of cycling Man found guilty for murder in 2013 "drug deal gone bad" in Columbia http://kbia.org/post/man-found-guilty-murder-2013-drug-deal-gone-bad-columbia <p></p><p>A Columbia man has been found guilty of second-degree murder for the shooting death of a Jefferson City man. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:35:51 +0000 Associated Press 54500 at http://kbia.org Man found guilty for murder in 2013 "drug deal gone bad" in Columbia Two bills passed to strengthen penalty of disarming police http://kbia.org/post/two-bills-passed-strengthen-penalty-disarming-police <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two bills to further protect on duty officers are currently awaiting </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Jay Nixon's signature.&nbsp; The Columbia Police Officers' Association has supported legislation that would make it a felony to disarm a law enforcement agent of any weapon, not simply their handgun.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 22:23:38 +0000 Jeremy Schrank 53759 at http://kbia.org Two bills passed to strengthen penalty of disarming police Boone County Commission adds park sales tax to August ballot http://kbia.org/post/boone-county-commission-adds-park-sales-tax-august-ballot <p></p><p>The Boone County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday morning to put a one-eighth-cent sales tax on the August ballot that would benefit the Central Missouri Events Center, county parks and recreational facilities. Thu, 29 May 2014 18:30:26 +0000 Louie Kaczmarek 53733 at http://kbia.org Boone County Commission adds park sales tax to August ballot Parachutists impress at annual Memorial Day Parade http://kbia.org/post/parachutists-impress-annual-memorial-day-parade <p>The Salute to Veterans Memorial Day Parade continued its 26-year tradition with spectators coming together to watch the parade in downtown Columbia. The Salute to Veterans Corporation says the parade is specifically put on to honor and remember those who served and those currently serving in the armed forces, guard, reserves and our allies. Mon, 26 May 2014 22:01:37 +0000 Brandon Kiley 53562 at http://kbia.org Parachutists impress at annual Memorial Day Parade Ameren progresses in cleanup of downtown Columbia site http://kbia.org/post/ameren-progresses-cleanup-downtown-columbia-site <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Crews have removed about 18,000 tons of contaminated soil from a downtown Columbia site contaminated with possible carcinogens from a former manufactured gas plant.</p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 21:43:18 +0000 Associated Press 53401 at http://kbia.org Ameren progresses in cleanup of downtown Columbia site Columbia Leadership Council holds forums to inform residents and ask for their opinions http://kbia.org/post/columbia-leadership-council-holds-forums-inform-residents-and-ask-their-opinions <p>The government of Columbia is continuing to try and clear up questions about the future of the city.</p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 21:17:11 +0000 Eric Kelly 52827 at http://kbia.org Columbia Leadership Council holds forums to inform residents and ask for their opinions 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 Clark Lane residents campaign for sidewalks on Halloween http://kbia.org/post/clark-lane-residents-campaign-sidewalks-halloween <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of Clark Lane residents spent their Halloween rallying on sidewalks near Woodland Springs holding signs asking for drivers to honk for sidewalks to be built on both sides of Clark Lane.</span></p><p>The residents said they disagree with City Council’s current plan to build asphalt extensions on Clark Road instead.</p><p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:17:19 +0000 Sam Richmond 43106 at http://kbia.org Clark Lane residents campaign for sidewalks on Halloween First family moves into new Ronald McDonald house http://kbia.org/post/first-family-moves-new-ronald-mcdonald-house-0 <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Columbia’s new Ronald McDonald House opened Wednesday and is ready for new families.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>These charities provide a low or no cost place to stay for families with children currently undergoing treatment at a Columbia health facility. Those facilities are mainly funded through private donations. After two years of work, Columbia’s new Ronald McDonald house in Columbia has officially accepted families to move in.</p><p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 15:57:34 +0000 Drew Koch 43030 at http://kbia.org First family moves into new Ronald McDonald house Columbia police believe they know driver in I-70 bicyclist death http://kbia.org/post/columbia-police-believe-they-know-driver-i-70-bicyclist-death <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Columbia Police Department is still investigating how the bicyclist on I-70 was struck and killed. &nbsp;Officials told&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KBIA</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;they are currently waiting for DNA testing from the vehicle they said was involved in the accident.</span>&nbsp; In a press release the department also believes they have located the driver involved in the accident.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 00:31:15 +0000 Brea Love 43000 at http://kbia.org Columbia police believe they know driver in I-70 bicyclist death Columbia Regional Airport Proposes New Direct Flight http://kbia.org/post/columbia-regional-airport-proposes-new-direct-flight <p>American Airlines and Columbia Regional Airport could be adding a new direct flight to Chicago.</p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:08:45 +0000 Alex Brown 42468 at http://kbia.org Columbia Regional Airport Proposes New Direct Flight Renovations Considered for Douglass Park http://kbia.org/post/renovations-considered-douglass-park <p>The Columbia Parks and Recreation Commission held its monthly meeting Thursday to discuss a proposed renovation plan at Douglass Park.</p><p>Here’s what plan A looks like:</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 20 parking spots along 5<sup>th</sup> street</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Outdoor amphitheater</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; New sidewalks that run through the middle of the park</p><p>Here’s what plan B looks like:</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:40:13 +0000 Billy Grayson 42333 at http://kbia.org Renovations Considered for Douglass Park Columbia City Council’s Clark Lane plan raises safety concerns http://kbia.org/post/columbia-city-council-s-clark-lane-plan-raises-safety-concerns <p>Columbia City Council has approved a plan that narrows the lanes on Columbia&rsquo;s busy Clark Lane, and adds a shoulder to the road.</p><p>A city council report of possible road construction on Clark Lane in Columbia was met with protest at the City Council meeting Monday night. The plan calls for narrowing the 12 foot lanes of Clark Lane by one foot in each lane and adding at six foot shoulder.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 15:22:07 +0000 George Varney 41747 at http://kbia.org Columbia City Council’s Clark Lane plan raises safety concerns Missouri home to the cheapest gas in the country http://kbia.org/post/missouri-home-cheapest-gas-country <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri drivers are paying less at the pump than drivers in any other state right now. Missouri is currently home to the cheapest gas in the nation with the average gas price in the state at $3.05 per gallon.</span></p><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 22:22:03 +0000 Jenn Croft 41722 at http://kbia.org Missouri home to the cheapest gas in the country