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3:26 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Boone County budgets more money to Ferguson lawsuit defense

Bridgit Bowden KBIA

Boone County has spent nearly $100,000 on outside attorneys to defend it and three employees in a federal civil rights lawsuit filed on behalf of Ryan Ferguson and are expected to budget another $100,000 for addition legal fees.

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5:22 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Putting Kids First begins process of helping at risk youth

School children cross a street

Boone County's Putting Kids First initiative is beginning to take shape. 

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1:30 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Boone County Commission adds park sales tax to August ballot

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The Boone County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday morning to put a one-eighth-cent sales tax on the August ballot that would benefit the Central Missouri Events Center, county parks and recreational facilities.

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3:17 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Boone County hires lawyers for civil rights case

Ryan Ferguson filed a civil rights suit earlier this month against Boone County, a former prosecuting attorney and the two investigators.
Credit Bridgit Bowden / KBIA

Boone County has hired four attorneys to help defend itself and three employees named in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a man whose murder conviction was overturned after he served nearly a decade behind bars.

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5:20 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Columbia recognizes National Public Health Week

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  The Columbia-Boone County Department of Public Health and Human services celebrates Public Health Week April 7-13. The department is promoting this year's theme as "Public Health: Start Here, Better Health. Better Missouri."  

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3:12 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Boone County residents approve $14 million bond

Battalion Chief of the Boone County Fire Protection District Gale Blomenkamp waits for election results at The Roof at the Broadway Hotel Tuesday, April 9 2014.
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The Boone County Fire Protection District will be able to renovate stations and purchase much-needed equipment after Boone County residents passed a $14 million bond issue on Tuesday by an unofficial 72% vote.

The $14 million bond will be paid off over a maximum of 20 years.  It includes a 25-cent increase per 100 dollars of assessed valuation on personal property taxes and real estate property taxes over the first ten years. On the last ten years of the bond, the tax hike decreases to 10-cents per 100 dollars of assessed valuation.

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2:10 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Boone County residents head to the election polls

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Mid-Missouri residents are heading to the voting polls today, deciding on a range of issues on the ballot from education and developments across Columbia to tax additions that would fund a library in Centralia.

While today's municipal election are not as motivating for voters as a Presidential or Congressional primary election, county officials are hoping to get between 18,000 and 19,000 voters by the end of the day, though they did say that less may come because there isn't much on the ballot.

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3:44 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

As Missouri enters tornado season, a look at past US twisters [INFOGRAPHIC]

An image of an interactive map showing all U.S. tornadoes from 1950-2012
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Mid-Missouri got a taste of tornado season Thursday as the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for southern Boone County. To get some historical perspective on how twisters have ravaged the U.S., we've built a map showing all of the nation's tornadoes from 1950-2012. It uses data from, which in turn pulls its numbers from the weather service's Storm Prediction Center.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:32 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Mo. DNR seeks public input on waterways that don't meet quality standards

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The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is looking for public input on its list of impaired bodies of water. 

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5:55 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Low voter turnout in Columbia sewer system bond measure

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Voter turnout in Columbia was low today as residents decide on a $32.3 million bond measure for the city’s sewer system.

Around noon, only about 2,400 people had voted.  Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren said she isn’t quite sure why there has been such the low turnout.

The proposal comes because the city’s need for major sewer improvements. With the bond the city would be able to complete major maintenance on the existing sewer system due to rainwater getting in the system and old pipes.

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5:23 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

More meth incidents in Boone County concern health officials

Boone County health officials say an increase in methamphetamine incidents in the county could provide easy access for drug abusers.
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Methamphetamine incidents are on the rise as Boone County receives its 8th case of the year.

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7:56 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Construction begins on many Boone County roads

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Starting today, a number of Boone County roads are undergoing construction. Lake of the Woods Road is closed at the intersection with St. Charles Road and is scheduled to reopen on August 5. Rangeline Road is down to one lane between Richland Road and Highway WW so the road can receive a new fog seal treatment. Rangeline is set to reopen to full traffic by Friday.

A full list of roads affected by construction may be found through the Columbia/Boone County Office of Emergency Management.

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7:21 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Kids' summer lunch program begins

Credit City of Columbia

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services will start a summer food program from Monday, June 10, at Douglass Park in Columbia.

This is the 13th year of providing nutritional summertime lunches in Columbia. Because the program is federally subsidized, the U.S. Department of Agriculture mandates that every meal contain a serving of milk, protein, grains, fruit and vegetables. Meals will be prepared by Columbia Public Schools and served by volunteers. There will be five volunteers serving pre-wrapped food and drink as cafeteria line. 

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4:25 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

What does your local VFW have in common with your church?

Commander Don Briggs chats with Ray Williams, a Vietnam War Veteran, at the Boone County VFW at a weekly dinner on April 24, 2013.
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One in five Americans now report having no religious affiliation. This number is increasing rapidly. And church attendance in America and Europe is increasing.

But our communities are filled with instances of people finding meaning outside of religion. The Boone County Veterans of Foreign Wars post, for example, offers veterans a place to unite around their experiences of serving in war. While people find meaning in all sorts of places, the VFW in many ways resembles a church.

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3:52 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Boone County voter turnout low

Both Boone and Cole counties are hoping for high voter turnouts in the municipal elections.
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Cole and Boone County Clerks are hoping to see more voters participating in today’s elections.

Cole County Clerk Marvin Register said this morning he is optimistic about voter turnout in today’s municipal elections. Voters across Jefferson City will elect school board members, and vote on whether to raise taxes to build new school facilities. Register says he saw a steady flow of people going into the polls.

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5:25 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Rep. Hartzler opens office in Columbia, talks spending cuts and Hagel

Us. Rep. Vicky Hartzler met with dozens of supporters at the opening of her south Columbia office.
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U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler opened the doors to her new office in Columbia Tuesday.

Dozens of supporters showed up to welcome the Republican congresswoman to the south Columbia location. For many of them it was the first time meeting her.

Though this is Hartzler’s second term in Congress, this is the first time she will be representing Boone County in the Fourth District. That’s because of redistricting that occurred after Missouri lost a spot in the House because of the state’s dip in population.

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7:44 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Boone County's Prop 1 aims to improve youth services

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On Tuesday’s ballot, Boone county residents will decide on whether to introduce a Community Children’s Service Fund to improve mental health and shelter services for youth under 19 years of age.

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5:27 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Boone County Libertarians prepare for Nov. 6

Libertarian Jonathan Dine takes part in a Senate debate on September 21, 2012
Andrew Yost KBIA file photo

There are almost 30 Libertarian candidates running for various offices in Missouri this year, more than all but four other states in the country.

KBIA’s Erin Dismeier spoke to some Libertarians and their candidates in Missouri to hear their thoughts on this year’s election.

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2:49 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Non-Missouri voter registration ends Wednesday

Voting sign from previous election
File Photo KBIA

If Non-Missouri residents have not registered to vote already, they might be left without a ballot in the upcoming election.  

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11:28 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Boone County holds state record of lowest voter turnout in primary elections

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As the deadline to register to vote for the November election approaches, a report shows Boone County had the lowest voter turnout in the state in August’s primary election. According to statistics from the secretary of state, only 16.7 percent of registered voters cast a ballot in August, compared  to 23.2 percent statewide.

John Petrocik, Chair of the MU Political Science Department, says the turn out in the primaries here tends to be pretty low.

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Science, Health and Technology
2:57 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Boone County offering free flu immunizations to children

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Boone County is offering free flu shots to children in elementary and middle schools this flu season.

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5:37 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Statewide voter turnout 23% for primary


Fewer than one-fourth of Missouri's registered voters cast ballots in this year's primary elections.

The secretary of state's office said Wednesday that 23 percent of the state's nearly 4.1 million registered voters actually voted in Tuesday's primary.

The top draw was a constitutional amendment expanding the right to pray in public places, which attracted a total of nearly 943,000 votes while easily passing.

About twice as many people cast Republican ballots as Democratic ballots — led by the GOP race for U.S. Senate, won by Congressman Todd Akin.

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12:19 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Rowden gets nod from Republicans in 44th District

A 29-year-old newcomer to politics is the Republican nominee for the newly-drawn 44th State House District. Caleb Rowden got 41 percent of the vote in the 4-way race for the seat, which will represent Columbia’s third ward and most of Northeast Boone County. Rowden says economic development would be one of his main concerns as a legislator.

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8:25 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Six candidates vie for Boone County Northern District Commissioner nomination

Boone County Northern District Commission

A total of six candidates are vying for a spot to be the next Boone County Northern District Commissioner on the primary ballot.  The candidates are now on the final stretch of their campaigns before the primary election on Tuesday.  Lance Robbins and Don Bormann are the two candidates going head-to-head in the Republican primary campaign. Brian Dollar, Darin Fugit, O.J. Stone, and Janet Thompson are all gunning for the Democratic nomination.

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8:59 am
Tue June 19, 2012

National Weather Service begins severe-weather text alerts

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The National Weather Service may soon be texting you. It’s the latest initiative to keep people across the country up to date on severe weather, starting this week. 

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Science, Health and Technology
5:49 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Boone County to upgrade 911 operation centers

Residents can soon expect some changes to how Boone County handles 9-1-1 calls.

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Health & Wealth Update
10:37 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Missouri's meth addiction, part one

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For the past decade, Missouri has claimed the dubious distinction of the most meth busts of any state in the nation. In this week's Health & Wealth update, reporter Kyle Deas has the first in a two-part-series on Missouri's unique meth addiction.

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5:23 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Former MU student sentenced to probation, community service in racial slur incident

More than a year after a vandalism incident that brought race issues to light on the University of Missouri campus, a former MU student has been sentenced to serve probation and community service.

Boone County Circuit Court Judge Christine Carpenter sentenced Ben Elliott to two years probation Monday afternoon. Elliott pleaded guilty to spray painting a racial slur on a statue outside of Hatch Hall on MU’s campus in February 2011.

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Health & Wealth Update
10:40 am
Wed May 23, 2012

'Cocaine? No thanks!'

Boone County courthouse.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Back in the late 1980s, while the nation was in the grips of the war on drugs, some courts started experimenting with alternative sentencing programs they hoped would be cheaper and more effective than incarceration.  This week, the most recent batch of offenders graduated from the Boone County drug court, which is seen as a national role-model.

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6:06 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Boone County flooding expected to slow

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Boone County experienced flash flooding today due to extreme rainfall last night.

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