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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.