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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.

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.

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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. 

Boone County to upgrade 911 operation centers

Jun 12, 2012

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

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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.

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.

'Cocaine? No thanks!'

May 23, 2012
Boone County Courthouse
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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.

Boone County flooding expected to slow

Apr 30, 2012
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Boone County experienced flash flooding today due to extreme rainfall last night.

Warm winter temperatures lead to MoDOT maintenance

Apr 19, 2012

Warm temperatures this winter and spring have the Missouri Department of Transportation painting and repairing the roads it was plowing all winter last year.

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Boone County officials have yet to decide whether to remove the name of former Missouri Gov. Roger Wilson from the county government center.

Newscast for April 4, 2012

Apr 4, 2012
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Results from Tuesday's municipal elections.
  • Gov. Nixon touts merits of Brazil trip
  • Access to tanning beds can be denied to kids under 18 in Missouri.

Boone County health board considers changes

Mar 26, 2012
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A group that oversees mental-health services in Boone County is considering merging into another city or county institution.  The Boone County Mental Health Board has suffered from sporadic meeting attendance and failed attempts to create a community mental-health fund.

The president of the Southern Boone County Fire Protection District says new facilities would cut down the district’s emergency response times, so the district is asking southern Boone County residents to vote in favor of a $2 million bond issue on April 3rd.

Portions of I-70 to be resurfaced in Boone County

Mar 1, 2012

Portions of I-70 in Boone and Callaway Counties will be resurfaced this year following the award of a construction contract by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission at a meeting today.

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The State Redistricting Commission created new boundaries for Missouri’s 34 Senate districts when it voted to approve a map preliminarily Thursday. 

Boone County’s 13th judicial circuit court is seeking funding for the possible addition of a veterans alternative sentencing program.

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Freshman Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler could face a challenger from her Missouri hometown as she seeks a second term from the redrawn 4th U.S. House district.

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This week a judicial panel in Missouri released a newly redistricted map for the General Assembly. The new map is an attempt to represent the state’s shifting population trends in the last decade.

Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel has pleaded guilty to a Class B misdemeanor charge for driving while intoxicated Wednesday night.

Columbia College

 Columbia College and some Boone Country schools signed an agreement Wednesday that will allow education students to observe and teach classes in any school district in the county.

Boone County Circuit Judge Kevin Crane sentenced former Missouri Running back Derrick Washington to 5 years in prison. Washington was found guilty in September of sexually assaulting his tutor.