Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel is ruling out a run for governor in 2016.
Zweifel, a Democrat, is prohibited by term limits from seeking a third term as treasurer. He had been mentioned along with Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster as a potential successor to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.
But Zweifel campaign manager Mike Pridmore said Monday that Zweifel will not run for governor in 2016. He cited Zweifel's desire to spend time with his teenage daughters as the primary reason to forgo a gubernatorial campaign.
Sunday marked the start of Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Day, which commemorates Jews who died as a result of Nazi actions. University of Missouri’s Jewish Campus Center Mizzou Hillel marked the beginning of its annual Holocaust Remembrance week Sunday with a documentary at Ragtag. President of the Jewish Student Organization Kelsey Kupferer (who has in the past reported for KBIA) explains that this week isn’t just about what happened seventy years ago.
Columbia’s Chris Stevens announced he is resigning his position as the Office of Cultural Affairs Manager at the end of July.
Stevens said he and his family are relocating to the Denver area for better opportunities. Stevens said his wife Jennifer Perlow accepted a position at Nine dot Arts, an art consulting firm in Denver. His daughter Charlie will start school at the Denver School of the Arts this fall. He said, “Because of these great opportunities, we are going to pick up from Columbia and relocate to Denver.”
Questions are being raised about the role of emergency shutoff valves in preventing natural gas explosions like the recent one at a Kansas City restaurant.
Regulations require their installation, but not their use in emergencies. Instead of shutting valves before a February blast leveled JJ's restaurant and killed a server, crews waited for a backhoe to arrive in a failed attempt to vent the leak.
One experts likened shutoff valves to the brakes on a car.
Columbia Transit and Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services are calling on residents to provide input for possible changes to the city’s public transportation system.
Columbians are invited to participate in an online survey regarding their transit use, desired changes and funding possibilities. All residents are encouraged to take the survey regardless of if or how often they use public transportation.
A Missouri Senate panel is preparing to begin drafting its plan for the roughly $25 billion state operating budget.
The Senate Appropriations Committee has scheduled hearings throughout the week to begin work on the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The panel is also scheduled to consider the budget for the state Revenue Department, despite recent tensions between the department and Republican senators over new driver's license procedures.
Columbia residents may soon have to wait a little bit longer for their mail to arrive.
The U.S. Postal Service has put together an Area Mail Processing proposal to move some operations, including 91 Columbia jobs, to St. Louis and Kansas City. This is in large part due to a decrease of 53 billion pieces of mail during the past seven years, a fourth of the overall volume.