boone county http://kbia.org en Boone County budgets more money to Ferguson lawsuit defense http://kbia.org/post/boone-county-budgets-more-money-ferguson-lawsuit-defense <p>Boone County has spent nearly $100,000 on outside attorneys to defend it and three employees in a federal civil rights lawsuit filed on behalf of Ryan Ferguson and are expected to budget another $100,000 for addition legal fees. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 20:26:07 +0000 Associated Press 55651 at http://kbia.org Boone County budgets more money to Ferguson lawsuit defense Putting Kids First begins process of helping at risk youth http://kbia.org/post/putting-kids-first-begins-process-helping-risk-youth <p>Boone County's Putting Kids First initiative is beginning to take shape.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 22:22:14 +0000 Grant Suneson 53833 at http://kbia.org Putting Kids First begins process of helping at risk youth 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 Boone County hires lawyers for civil rights case http://kbia.org/post/boone-county-hires-lawyers-civil-rights-case <p><span style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 1.5;">Boone County has hired four attorneys to help defend itself and three employees named in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a man whose murder conviction was overturned after he served nearly a decade behind bars.</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:17:37 +0000 Associated Press 51500 at http://kbia.org Boone County hires lawyers for civil rights case 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 Boone County residents approve $14 million bond http://kbia.org/post/boone-county-residents-approve-14-million-bond <p>The Boone County Fire Protection District will be able to renovate stations and purchase much-needed equipment after Boone County residents passed a $14 million bond issue on Tuesday by an unofficial 72% vote.</p><p>The $14 million bond will be paid off over a maximum of 20 years.&nbsp; It includes a 25-cent increase per 100 dollars of assessed valuation on personal property taxes and real estate property taxes over the first ten years. On the last ten years of the bond, the tax hike decreases to 10-cents per 100 dollars of assessed valuation.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:12:30 +0000 Brandon Kiley & Eric Kelly 51045 at http://kbia.org Boone County residents approve $14 million bond Boone County residents head to the election polls http://kbia.org/post/boone-county-residents-head-election-polls <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mid-Missouri residents are heading to the voting polls today, deciding on a range of issues on the ballot from education and developments across Columbia to tax additions that would fund a library in Centralia.</span></p><p>While today's municipal election are not as motivating for voters as a Presidential or Congressional primary election, county officials are hoping to get between 18,000 and 19,000 voters by the end of the day, though they did say that less may come because there isn't much on the ballot.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:10:15 +0000 Phil Bergman & Samantha Granes-Bezic 50963 at http://kbia.org Boone County residents head to the election polls As Missouri enters tornado season, a look at past US twisters [INFOGRAPHIC] http://kbia.org/post/missouri-enters-tornado-season-look-past-us-twisters-infographic <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mid-Missouri got a taste of tornado season Thursday as the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for southern Boone County. To get some historical perspective on how twisters have ravaged the U.S., we've built a map showing all of the nation's tornadoes from 1950-2012. It uses data from </span><a href="http://www.tornadohistoryproject.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">TornadoHistoryProject.com</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, which in turn pulls its numbers from the weather service's </span><a href="http://www.spc.noaa.gov/wcm/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Storm Prediction Center</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:44:42 +0000 Andrew Gibson 50504 at http://kbia.org As Missouri enters tornado season, a look at past US twisters [INFOGRAPHIC] Mo. DNR seeks public input on waterways that don't meet quality standards http://kbia.org/post/mo-dnr-seeks-public-input-waterways-dont-meet-quality-standards <p>The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is looking for public input on its list of impaired bodies of water.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:32:04 +0000 Kyle Jacoby 44139 at http://kbia.org Mo. DNR seeks public input on waterways that don't meet quality standards Low voter turnout in Columbia sewer system bond measure http://kbia.org/post/low-voter-turnout-columbia-sewer-system-bond-measure <p>Voter turnout in Columbia was low today as residents decide on a $32.3 million bond measure for the city’s sewer system.</p><p>Around noon, only about 2,400 people had voted.&nbsp; Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren said she isn’t quite sure why there has been such the low turnout.</p><p>The proposal comes because the city’s need for major sewer improvements. With the bond the city would be able to complete major maintenance on the existing sewer system due to rainwater getting in the system and old pipes.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 23:55:34 +0000 Madi Morris 43316 at http://kbia.org Low voter turnout in Columbia sewer system bond measure More meth incidents in Boone County concern health officials http://kbia.org/post/more-meth-incidents-boone-county-concern-health-officials <p></p><p>Methamphetamine incidents are on the rise as Boone County receives its 8<sup>th</sup> case of the year. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 22:23:51 +0000 Vilma Obando 41348 at http://kbia.org More meth incidents in Boone County concern health officials Construction begins on many Boone County roads http://kbia.org/post/construction-begins-many-boone-county-roads <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Starting today, a number of Boone County roads are undergoing construction. Lake of the Woods Road is closed at the intersection with St. Charles Road and is scheduled to reopen on August 5. </span>Rangeline<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Road is down to one lane between Richland Road and Highway WW so the road can receive a new fog seal treatment. </span>Rangeline<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is set to reopen to full traffic by Friday.</span></p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:56:37 +0000 Casey Morell 37070 at http://kbia.org Construction begins on many Boone County roads Kids' summer lunch program begins http://kbia.org/post/kids-summer-lunch-program-begins <p>The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services will start a summer food program from Monday, June 10, at Douglass Park in Columbia.</p><p>This is the 13th year of providing nutritional summertime lunches in Columbia. Because the program is federally subsidized, the U.S. Department of Agriculture mandates that every meal contain a serving of milk, protein, grains, fruit and vegetables. Meals will be prepared by Columbia Public Schools and served by volunteers. There will be five volunteers serving pre-wrapped food and drink as cafeteria line.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:21:43 +0000 Haoyang Zhang 35176 at http://kbia.org Kids' summer lunch program begins What does your local VFW have in common with your church? http://kbia.org/post/what-does-your-local-vfw-have-common-your-church <p>One in five Americans now <a href="http://www.pewforum.org/Unaffiliated/nones-on-the-rise.aspx">report having no religious affiliation</a>. This number is increasing rapidly. And church attendance in America and Europe is increasing.</p><p>But our communities are filled with instances of people finding meaning outside of religion. The Boone County Veterans of Foreign Wars post, for example, offers veterans a place to unite around their experiences of serving in war. While people find meaning in all sorts of places, the VFW in many ways resembles a church.</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 21:25:55 +0000 Lukas Udstuen 33962 at http://kbia.org What does your local VFW have in common with your church? Boone County voter turnout low http://kbia.org/post/boone-county-voter-turnout-low <p>Cole and Boone County Clerks are hoping to see more voters participating in today’s elections.</p><p></p><p>Cole County Clerk Marvin Register said this morning he is optimistic about voter turnout in today’s municipal elections. Voters across Jefferson City will elect school board members, and vote on whether to raise taxes to build new school facilities. Register says he saw a steady flow of people going into the polls.</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 20:52:06 +0000 HyungJin Gill 31393 at http://kbia.org Boone County voter turnout low Rep. Hartzler opens office in Columbia, talks spending cuts and Hagel http://kbia.org/post/rep-hartzler-opens-office-columbia-talks-spending-cuts-and-hagel <p></p><p></p><p>U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler opened the doors to her new office in Columbia Tuesday.</p><p>Dozens of supporters showed up to welcome the Republican congresswoman to the south Columbia location. For many of them it was the first time meeting her.</p><p>Though this is Hartzler’s second term in Congress, this is the first time she will be representing Boone County in the Fourth District. That’s because of redistricting that occurred after Missouri lost a spot in the House because of the state’s dip in population.</p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 23:25:01 +0000 Kristofor Husted 26993 at http://kbia.org Rep. Hartzler opens office in Columbia, talks spending cuts and Hagel Boone County's Prop 1 aims to improve youth services http://kbia.org/post/boone-countys-prop-1-aims-improve-youth-services <p>On Tuesday’s ballot, Boone county residents will decide on whether to introduce a Community Children’s Service Fund to improve mental health and shelter services for youth under 19 years of age.</p><p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 12:44:28 +0000 Lee Jian Chung 23872 at http://kbia.org Boone County's Prop 1 aims to improve youth services Boone County Libertarians prepare for Nov. 6 http://kbia.org/post/boone-county-libertarians-prepare-nov-6 <p>There are almost 30 Libertarian candidates running for various offices in Missouri this year, more than all but four other states in the country.</p><p>KBIA’s Erin Dismeier spoke to some Libertarians and their candidates in Missouri to hear their thoughts on this year’s election. Tue, 16 Oct 2012 22:27:25 +0000 Erin Dismeier 22919 at http://kbia.org Boone County Libertarians prepare for Nov. 6 Non-Missouri voter registration ends Wednesday http://kbia.org/post/non-missouri-voter-registration-ends-wednesday <p>If Non-Missouri residents have not registered to vote already, they might be left without a ballot in the upcoming election.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 19:49:31 +0000 Chris Lilly 22433 at http://kbia.org Non-Missouri voter registration ends Wednesday Boone County holds state record of lowest voter turnout in primary elections http://kbia.org/post/boone-county-holds-state-record-lowest-voter-turnout-primary-elections <p>As the deadline to register to vote for the November election approaches, a report shows Boone County had the lowest voter turnout in the state in August’s primary election. According to statistics from the secretary of state, only 16.7 percent of registered voters cast a ballot in August, compared&nbsp; to 23.2 percent statewide.</p><p>John Petrocik, Chair of the MU Political Science Department, says the turn out in the primaries here tends to be pretty low.</p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 16:28:34 +0000 Alexis Rogers 21882 at http://kbia.org Boone County holds state record of lowest voter turnout in primary elections Boone County offering free flu immunizations to children http://kbia.org/post/boone-county-offering-free-flu-immunizations-children <p>Boone County is offering free flu shots to children in elementary and middle schools this flu season.</p><p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 19:57:09 +0000 Chris Lilly 20990 at http://kbia.org Boone County offering free flu immunizations to children Statewide voter turnout 23% for primary http://kbia.org/post/statewide-voter-turnout-23-primary <p>Fewer than one-fourth of Missouri&#39;s registered voters cast ballots in this year&#39;s primary elections.</p><p>The secretary of state&#39;s office said Wednesday that 23 percent of the state&#39;s nearly 4.1 million registered voters actually voted in Tuesday&#39;s primary.</p><p>The top draw was a constitutional amendment expanding the right to pray in public places, which attracted a total of nearly 943,000 votes while easily passing.</p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 22:37:14 +0000 Associated Press 19025 at http://kbia.org Statewide voter turnout 23% for primary Rowden gets nod from Republicans in 44th District http://kbia.org/post/rowden-gets-nod-republicans-44th-district <p>A 29-year-old newcomer to politics is the Republican nominee for the newly-drawn 44<sup>th</sup> State House District. Caleb Rowden got 41 percent of the vote in the 4-way race for the seat, which will represent Columbia&rsquo;s third ward and most of Northeast Boone County. Rowden says economic development would be one of his main concerns as a legislator. Wed, 08 Aug 2012 05:19:00 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 18950 at http://kbia.org Six candidates vie for Boone County Northern District Commissioner nomination http://kbia.org/post/six-candidates-vie-boone-county-northern-district-commissioner-nomination <p>A total of six candidates are vying for a spot to be the next Boone County Northern District Commissioner on the primary ballot.&nbsp; The candidates are now on the final stretch of their campaigns before the primary election on Tuesday.&nbsp; Lance Robbins and Don Bormann are the two candidates going head-to-head in the Republican primary campaign. Brian Dollar, Darin Fugit, O.J. Stone, and Janet Thompson are all gunning for the Democratic nomination.</p> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 13:25:59 +0000 Jonathan Ingram 18822 at http://kbia.org Six candidates vie for Boone County Northern District Commissioner nomination National Weather Service begins severe-weather text alerts http://kbia.org/post/national-weather-service-begins-severe-weather-text-alerts <p>The National Weather Service may soon be texting you. It&rsquo;s the latest initiative to keep people across the country up to date on severe weather, starting this week.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 13:59:04 +0000 Nick Chabarria 16119 at http://kbia.org National Weather Service begins severe-weather text alerts Boone County to upgrade 911 operation centers http://kbia.org/post/boone-county-upgrade-911-operation-centers <p>Residents can soon expect some changes to how Boone County handles 9-1-1 calls. Tue, 12 Jun 2012 22:49:08 +0000 Nick Chabarria 15764 at http://kbia.org Boone County to upgrade 911 operation centers Missouri's meth addiction, part one http://kbia.org/post/missouris-meth-addiction-part-one <p>For the past decade, Missouri has claimed the dubious distinction of the most meth busts of any state in the nation. In this week&#39;s Health &amp; Wealth update, reporter Kyle Deas has the first in a two-part-series on Missouri&#39;s unique meth addiction.</p><p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 15:37:56 +0000 Kyle Deas 15420 at http://kbia.org Missouri's meth addiction, part one Former MU student sentenced to probation, community service in racial slur incident http://kbia.org/post/former-mu-student-sentenced-probation-community-service-racial-slur-incident <p>More than a year after a vandalism incident that brought race issues to light on the University of Missouri campus, a former MU student has been sentenced to serve probation and community service.</p><p>Boone County Circuit Court Judge Christine Carpenter sentenced Ben Elliott to two years probation Monday afternoon. Elliott pleaded guilty to spray painting a racial slur on a statue outside of Hatch Hall on MU&rsquo;s campus in February 2011.</p> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 22:23:54 +0000 Eric Hilt 15371 at http://kbia.org Former MU student sentenced to probation, community service in racial slur incident 'Cocaine? No thanks!' http://kbia.org/post/cocaine-no-thanks <p>Back in the late 1980s, while the nation was in the grips of the war on drugs, some courts started experimenting with alternative sentencing programs they hoped would be cheaper and more effective than incarceration.&nbsp;&nbsp;This week, the most recent batch of offenders graduated from the Boone County drug court, which is seen as a national role-model.</p><p> Wed, 23 May 2012 15:40:38 +0000 Jacob Fenston 14634 at http://kbia.org 'Cocaine? No thanks!' Boone County flooding expected to slow http://kbia.org/post/boone-county-flooding-expected-slow <p>Boone County experienced flash flooding today due to extreme rainfall last night.</p><p> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 23:06:33 +0000 Samantha Sunne 13300 at http://kbia.org Boone County flooding expected to slow