The Jefferson City Public Works Director and Communications Director both announced their resignations today. The Jefferson City News Tribune reports the city is facing a $1.68 million budget shortfall. Public Works Director Roger Schwartze cited that reason for his resignation.
Missouri Foundation for Health's Ryan Barker presented and took questions from the Columbia community about the state's Medicaid expansion debate on Monday, March 11, 2013. The forum, held at the ARC in Columbia, is the sixth Barker has held this year.
The St. Louis-based nonprofit, nonpartisan group Missouri Foundation for Health held a community forum in Columbia at the ARC Monday night about the state’s Medicaid expansion debate. The foundation’s director for health policy Ryan Barker presented the pros and cons of the expansion to an audience of about 45 people, before opening up the floor to questions.
After this weekend's rainstorm closed nearly 50 roads in Boone County, all but one road has reopened as of Monday. According to Darren Kimbrel, the northern district superintendent of Boone County Public Works, the majority of the flooded roads were lower laying and at low water crossings in rural areas.
Kimbrel said most of the roads were no longer flooded within 12 hours.
“It goes down as fast as it comes up,” Kimbrel said.
Boone County Sheriff Dwayne Carey said a shortage of staff, old equipment and inefficient buildings could all be improved at the county’s 911 Dispatch Center, if voters approve a sales tax on the April 2nd ballot.
Sherriff Carey spoke at a public forum last night hosted by the organization Keep Columbia Safe.
Carey said county Joint Communications, which operates the county’s 911 dispatch services, is struggling to process emergency calls quickly.
High school students in Columbia Public Schools will begin school a bit later in the upcoming school year.
Columbia's Board of Education voted 6 to 1 to approved a new three-tier transportation system, which will stagger school start times for the upcoming school year.
All middle schools, as well as seven of the district's elementary schools, will begin school at 7:20 a.m. The remaining elementary schools will begin at 8:20 a.m., and high schools will start at 9 a.m.
A Missouri couple has given $1.4 Million to the University of Missouri to continue new-music programs at the university. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield, of Westphalia, Missouri, have given the gift to continue to expand the Mizzou New Music Initiative and the Creating Original Music Project at MU. MU Chancellor Brady Deaton announced the gift at the annual MU Chancellor’s Concert Monday night.