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9:08 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Columbia City Council members no longer volunteers

Columbia City Hall
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Columbia City Council members will receive some compensation for their service, beginning in May.

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8:08 am
Tue February 4, 2014

City Council denies rezoning request for student-housing complex

Aspen Heights student housing complex
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Land northeast of Stadium Boulevard and the Cinnamon Hill Lane, Maguire Boulevard intersection will stay agricultural, at least for now, after a failed rezoning request.

The Columbia City Council voted 4-3 last night in opposition of New York City developers Park7 Group’s request to change the land from agricultural to a planned unit development, which would’ve been the site of an 899-bed luxury student-housing complex, The Avenue. 

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3:37 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Columbia City Council approves renovation plan for Douglass Park

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Columbia City Council members have approved phase one renovations for Douglass Park. The renovations include an outdoor amphitheater, more green space, a relocated parking lot, and a small shelter.

About 25 young people were at Monday's city council meeting to support the inclusion of a skate park in the initial phase one renovations.  The city plans to build the skate park at a later date.

Christopher Bailey is owner of Parkside Skateshop. He spoke to the council during the public comment portion.

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4:48 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

City council votes against rezoning for proposed CVS pharmacy

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The Columbia City Council voted to not pass a bill to rezone 1.39 acres on the corner of Providence Road and East Broadway to build a CVS pharmacy Monday evening. The pharmacy would have consisted of a 13,000 square foot building, drive-thru pharmacy, 65 parking spaces, and more efficient sidewalks along Broadway.

Resident Rosie Gerding expressed her thoughts on the suburban look of the pharmacy would bring to the downtown area.

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8:31 am
Mon September 9, 2013

City task force on violence to discuss solutions for community

The Columbia City Council originally passed a measure in February declaring some parts of the city "blighted."

A new city task force on violence will meet for the second time this week. The group was put together by Mayor Bob McDavid and is looking at ways to reduce violence in Columbia.

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7:38 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Columbia City Council approves mayor's plan to form crime taskforce

Mayor Bob McDavid speaking at a press conference on Aug. 5, during which he outlined his plan for creating a crime taskforce. The Columbia City Council approved his plan at their meeting later that night.
Credit Ryan Famuliner

  The Columbia City Council approved a proposal from Mayor Bob McDavid to create a taskforce to look at youth crimes in the city by a vote of six in favor to none against. Councilmember Ian Thomas did not attend the meeting.

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PM Newscasts
4:43 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Newscast for August 5, 2013

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Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Columbia Mayor McDavid announce plan too add police officers
  • Ellis Library, Stephen College arsonist to represent self in court
  • Missouri State University's beef now sold at specialty meat store
1:08 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

McDavid announces plan to reduce crime in Columbia

Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid speaks on how he plans to reduce crime in the city.
Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Speaking before a crowded conference room at City Hall, Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid opened his press this morning conference bluntly.

"Columbia has too much crime," he said, as a slide behind him read the same.  "Nobody here disputes that."

Crime in Columbia has been a growing concern among residents and government officials – so much so that McDavid has come up with a six-point plan he thinks could lessen violent crime in Columbia.

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9:24 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Columbia’s new council members look ahead

Fourth Ward council member Ian Thomas is sworn in during a special Columbia City Council meeting on April 8, 2013.
Jenn Cooper KBIA

Karl Skala and Ian Thomas were sworn into office at a special city council meeting Monday evening in Columbia.

Fourth Ward Council member Ian Thomas said he wants to bring a more research based and analytical approach to policy making to the council. Thomas said he’s looking forward to working on finding a solution to the Providence Road congestion problem.

Third Ward Council member Karl Skala said he has many plans for the future.

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9:47 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Hartzler, McDavid call for funding to keep airport tower open

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A U.S. Congress member was not an airplane passenger at the Columbia Regional Airport on Tuesday. Instead, she visited to draw attention to an important safety issue.

Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri’s Fourth District said she does not agree with the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to close the air traffic control tower at the airport.

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3:26 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Mayor Bob McDavid asks for an apology for offensive Facebook post

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Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid said he would like the Columbia Police Officers Association to issue a formal apology after an offensive status update was posted on the organization’s Facebook page this week.  

The Wednesday Facebook status joked about the police department’s possible acquisition of an armored Mercedes— and about the reaction from the “boys in the hood.”  The post has since been taken down.

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Talking Politics
4:23 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Columbia Mayoral candidates make their case

Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid (left) and challenger Sid Sullivan
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On this week’s Talking Politics, we hear from Columbia’s Mayoral candidates. We’re just two weeks away from the Municipal election on April 2nd. Republican Mayor Bob McDavid is running for re-election, and is being challenged by Sid Sullivan.

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5:49 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Sam Allison drops out of Columbia's race for mayor

The Columbia City Council approved a measure leading to the eviction of Regency residents.
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Columbia mayoral candidate Sam Allison has announced his withdrawal from the city-wide race.

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4:53 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

New air travel options take off in Columbia

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The Columbia City Council unanimously approved a new plan with American Airlines for new routes to Dallas and Chicago from Columbia Regional Airport.

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1:53 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Columbia leaders detail plan to address pension problem

City leaders are asking Columbia city council to allow them to make significant changes to the city’s benefit plans for new employees. It’s an effort to address the city’s ailing pensions.

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9:02 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Columbia City Council creates new EEZ Board

The columbia City Council unanimously passed a measure creating the EEZ Board.

The Columbia City Council approved a measure Monday creating a board that reviews the economic potential of underdeveloped city neighborhoods.

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5:23 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Blight Decree proposal ramifications discussed by city council

Concerns about a “blight” designation in the city of Columbia are continuing to come out in public forums. Issues such as using outdated census data from the year 2000, incorporating the first ward in the blighted zone, and potential employment of felons in the new “blighted” areas are among concerns being raised. 

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4:41 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Columbia regional airport spreads its wings to Atlanta

Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid announces the Atlanta flight at a press conference Friday, March 2, 2012
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The Columbia Regional Airport will expand its reach beginning in June. 

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4:57 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Columbia Mayor aims to upgrade Columbia Regional Airport

Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid says offering additional air service to travel hubs like Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta is a major goal of city and regional planners.

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5:41 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Columbia City Council passes gender protection measures

A new group of Columbia residents now has protection against several forms of possible discrimination.

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