With the presidential election finally upon us this week, we take a look at efforts to get out the vote. How does voter turnout nowadays compare with previous elections? How do American voting habits differ from those in other countries? What does it take to get more people to go to the polls? And does it really matter how many people actually cast ballots?
Electronic voting eliminates issues with paper ballots, but it may bring about another set of concerns.
Security experts raise concerns about electronic voting machines, saying they are susceptible to being hacked online or in person. But Randolph County Clerk Will Ellis said his office has taken steps to keep votes secure.
Located on the main street of Paris, Missouri, Jonesy’s Café has been drawing locals for its coffee, breakfast and old-fashioned soda fountain since the 1930s. Owners Steven and Connie Hancock say it’s a place where everyone feels at home. We arrived at the crack of dawn to find Connie firing up the grill, waiting for the usual mix of farmers, workers, retirees and opinions to find their way into the café as they do each morning. What’s on the table at Jonesy’s? Not surprisingly, a good deal of disillusionment with politicians and a political process.
The MU Sinclair School of Nursing is receiving the largest research grant in MU history. The 14.8 million dollar grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is aimed at reducing avoidable hospitalizations in nursing home patients.
Senator Claire McCaskill is finishing up her statewide “Get Out the Vote” campaign today by making various stops throughout Missouri. One of them was in Columbia this morning, at the Coordinated Campaign Building.
MU is welcoming a fresh but familiar face to the role of Chief Diversity Officer.
Deputy Chancellor Mike Middleton appointed Noor Azizan-Gardner to coordinate the Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative (CDI) as Chief Diversity Officer. Duties of this position include efforts in increasing diversity of students, staff and faculty, as well as maintaining a convivial campus community.
Chief Diversity Officer Noor Azizan-Gardner said she is excited to get everyone working together so the board can begin making dramatic but positive changes.
The Columbia Housing Authority’s policy will be updated to better comply with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s definition of family. The CHA will define family as any individual or group living together.
This definition aims to eliminate discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and marital status. Phil Steinhaus, CEO of the Columbia Housing Authority, said the CHA has already based it’s program on the inclusive definition and the text change is just a formality.
The Callaway County collector’s office will not be mailing resident’s tax bills on time.
Computer glitches in the new taxpayer software that the collector’s office is using will delay the mailing of Callaway County’s real estate and property tax bills this year. The new PC based software was implemented in February.