João Vale de Almeida is the Ambassador of the European Union to the United States of America. He sat down with Global Journalist's Jason McLure to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, the EU-U.S. relationship, and other topics. Below are excerpts from that interview, but you can listen to the whole interview above, or watch a video of it at the bottom of this page.
The Columbia Public Works Department hosted an open house Wednesday night at Mill Creek Elementary School to present design concepts on a future road project.
Phase three of the Scott Boulevard road construction project is set to begin in 2016. The department plans to add four miles of new sidewalk and nine storm mitigation basins from Vawter School Road to Route KK.
Other highlights include expanding the road to five lanes and building a new bridge over Mill Creek.
A new downtown hotel has formally opened its doors in Columbia.
The Broadway, a project four years in the making, celebrated its grand opening Wednesday with a ribbon cutting. The ceremony had members of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce as well as representatives from Hilton. The hotel has 114 rooms as well as a restaurant and rooftop bar offering panoramic views of Columbia.
The hotel was designed with Columbia in mind as ownership hopes it attracts local residents to The Broadway.
Listen to this story as it aired on KBIA's Under The Microscope.
For years in most states, Medicaid eligibility had been limited to disabled adults, seniors needing long-term care and very low-income parents with their children.
Then along came the Affordable Care Act. It was designed to grow health insurance coverage across the board. One of its tenets was to expand Medicaid coverage beyond the extremely poor and disabled to include all adults earning up to 138 percent of federal poverty levels.
But in 2012, the Supreme Court gave states the chance to opt out Medicaid expansion.
Illinois is one of 25 states that went ahead with expanding the program. Neighboring Missouri did not.
We looked into the impacts of those differing decisions. Here’s what we found out.
Update 4/4/14 8:13 a.m.: (AP) As a second wave of violent weather rolled through eastern Missouri, it brought scattered reports of tornado sightings. The public reported a tornado shortly after 7 last night near the town of Washington, Missouri, but Franklin County emergency management director Abraham Cook says there were no immediate reports of damage or injury. A tornado touched down briefly around 5:30 yesterday morning in the St. Louis suburb of University City.
Missouri forward Zach Price has been indefinitely suspended from the team after being arrested on suspicion of assault.
Police Sgt. Joe Bernhard told The Columbia Daily Tribune the 20-year-old Price was arrested early Thursday after he punched a 23-year-old male roommate and a pushed a 23-year-old female to the ground during an argument.
He was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault and third-degree domestic assault. Price posted bond and was released from jail.