City of Columbia

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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5:55 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Airport fund untouched for 15th straight month

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The City of Columbia and the Columbia Regional Airport announced that they didn't take money from the Air Service Revenue Guarantee fund for the 15th straight month. 

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2:14 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Lawsuit aims to halt development near Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

Hikers might see muddy streams and broken rock when they walk through Columbia’s Rock Bridge State Park. 

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3:59 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

City of Columbia unveils new design for Columbia Transit

A bus with a new logo advertising COMO Connect was revealed to the public Tuesday afternoon in Columbia, Mo. The new logo was designed by students from Stephens College.
Tom Kackley KBIA

The city of Columbia revealed the rebranding and renaming of Columbia's public transportation system as "COMO Connect" in a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

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8:15 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

City council member Chadwick addresses new referendum petition

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First Ward Columbia City Council Member Ginny Chadwick announced Friday her opposition to a new referendum petition stated to be in favor of repealing improper downtown development.

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8:09 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Columbia officials seek solutions for sewer infrastructure

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Columbia public works officials are seeking solutions to the city's failing sewer infrastructure. Columbia’s Downtown Leadership Council this week hosted a forum on possible solutions.

The biggest hurdle the city will have to overcome is funding. Brent Gardner is Chair of Columbia’s Downtown Leadership Council. He says he doesn’t think the funding will come from just one source.

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Science and Technology
5:23 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Medical sciences company plans construction of radioisotope facility in Columbia

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An Oregon-based medical sciences company announced this morning a multimillion-dollar plan to build a radioisotope production facility in Columbia.

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5:39 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

City Council approves extended hours for bars and restaurants

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The Columbia City Council has granted a request from restaurant and bar owners extending the hours to which alcohol can be served outside the premises -- just in time for warm weather.  The decision allows owners to serve alcohol outside until midnight and for alcohol to be consumed inside until 1 a.m.

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8:07 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Attorney files lawsuit over Ferguson case

Ryan Ferguson
Credit Bridgit Bowden / KBIA

An attorney for a man whose conviction in a Missouri sports editor's slaying was overturned has filed a civil rights lawsuit seeking $100 million.

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6:26 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

City of Columbia finances stand up to audit

A recent audit of the city suggets Columbia's finances are in working order.
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The city of Columbia is reportedly in strong financial shape after McGladry, an assurance, tax and consulting firm from Kansas City, finished their audit. McGladry considers Columbia to be a “low risk auditee,” which simplifies the auditing process.

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2:21 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Columbia tops another one of those "best city" lists

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Columbia has finally taken the number one spot in's yearly best cities list (in the "Small Cities" category). Take that, Columbus, Indiana, a city easily mistaken for Columbia in print only.
The 2013 Milken Institute Best-Performing Cities Index ranks U.S. metropolitan areas by how well they are creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth. The components include job, wage and salary, and technology growth. In most years, these give a good indication of the underlying structural performance of regional economics.
5:21 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Bartenders in Columbia need certification

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Columbia bartenders and store clerks who sell alcohol have to complete a training course and obtain certification required under a new city ordinance.

The Columbia health department is issuing new server photo IDs under the ordinance approved by the Columbia City Council last November. The measure requires every liquor store clerk, grocery store checker, bartender and waiter in Columbia to complete the online training by Jan. 1.

The city says it's issued about 400 certificates and expects many more people to take the course in the coming weeks.

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Arts and Culture
4:53 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Columbia looks to 'concrete graphics' to replace damaged art

Artist Maura Mudd used 'concrete graphics' to affix her mural design to the ground near Flatbranch Park.
Credit Kyle Winker / KBIA

The city of Columbia has found a new way to replace damaged murals painted downtown.

In 2012, nine artists in the Columbia area painted murals on sidewalks behind storm drains.  The project was collaboration with the Roots N’ Blues Festival.  The artists chose imagery that promotes a cleaner environment and serve as reminders to viewers that what enters the storm drain systems flows directly into local creeks and streams.

But, three of those murals were damaged.  City of Columbia stormwater educator Mike Heimos says drivers and the weather were the likely causes.

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9:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Columbia adopts new neighborhood traffic plan

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Columbia’s city council adopted the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program Monday.

The program allows the Public Works Department to work with residents to fix problems in their neighborhood and aims to help calm traffic on residential streets. A neighborhood can make a request to fix traffic and a study will be performed to see if the issue is of legitimate concern.

“It’s great to have some kind of uniform strategy for handling questions that come up from neighborhood residents and neighborhood leaders,” said Community Development Director Tim Teddy.

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Arts and Culture
10:25 am
Thu November 14, 2013

City of Columbia brainstorms low income resolutions

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In a rapidly growing city like Columbia, it can be hard for everyone to find adequate housing to meet their needs. That's why Columbia organizations are coming together -- to formulate how they can help people understand their rights and secure safe housing.

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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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3:11 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

City of Columbia hosts Hinkson Clean Sweep

More than 130 residents volunteered at this year's Hinkson Clean Sweep.
Credit Kyle Winker / KBIA

Golf balls, beer cans, plastic bottles and caps. 

The list goes on and on.

These are just a few of the popular items volunteers removed from local streams during the City of Columbia’s annual Hinkson Clean Sweep project on Saturday.  The City of Columbia’s Stormwater Education and Outreach Program has put on the event for the past 10 years. 

Volunteers were stationed at five different local streams in Columbia, all of which flow into the Hinkson Creek. 

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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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Arts and Culture
2:55 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Stories of struggle, survival converge at Columbia World Refugee Day

Shalamo has his face painted like a tiger at Columbia World Refugee Day. Shalamo was most recently in Thailand before coming to Columbia.
Meredith Turk KBIA

Close to 100 refugees filled Broadway Christian Church Saturday, during the Columbia World Refugee Day Festival.  The party started out slow, but picked up after someone tossed a few soccer balls onto the field in the back of Broadway Christian Church.  Within minutes, dozens of kids and young men swarm the balls, set up goals and begin to play soccer.  A few young girls guard the goal, while the rest dribble and shoot in the afternoon heat.

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8:17 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Columbia Police Department steps up fireworks patrols

Bob Gerau is the owner of Bob's Fireworks, located just outside Columbia.
George Varney KBIA

Extra patrol officers from the Columbia Police Department are scheduled to enforce fireworks ordinances from July 1 to July 5. While the police department typically has extra officers on duty around this time every year, this is the first year possession of fireworks is illegal in the city limits.

Columbia Police Department spokesperson Latisha Stroer is asking that individuals with fireworks complaints call the non-emergency number at (573) 442-6131 and not 9-1-1.

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2:00 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Who's behind the Columbia downtown-shooting video?

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The Columbia Police Department is continuing to investigate a shooting in downtown Columbia Saturday night.  Shortly after midnight on Saturday morning, three young men were shot near the intersection of 10th Street and Broadway.  While the incident has some concerned about the safety of Columbia’s downtown area, a video of the shooting captured by a bystander has sparked a reaction from many residents.

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3:37 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Chris Stevens to resign in July

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Columbia’s Chris Stevens announced he is resigning his position as the Office of Cultural Affairs Manager at the end of July.

Stevens said he and his family are relocating to the Denver area for better opportunities. Stevens said his wife Jennifer Perlow accepted a position at Nine dot Arts, an art consulting firm in Denver. His daughter Charlie will start school at the Denver School of the Arts this fall. He said, “Because of these great opportunities, we are going to pick up from Columbia and relocate to Denver.”

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9:04 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Voters limit Columbia's eminent domain power

The Columbia City Council approved a measure leading to the eviction of Regency residents.
File Photo KBIA

Many Columbia property owners are cheering after City of Columbia Proposition One passed yesterday with nearly 70 percent of the vote. 

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9:19 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Columbia voters to decide on "blight" prop and the city's use of eminent domain

Columbia Sixth Ward Councilmember Barbara Hoppe supports Proposition One, a measure on the April 2nd ballot. The measure would affect the city's use of eminent domain.

If approved, Proposition One would limit the city of Columbia’s ability to designate property as blighted for the purposes of acquiring it with eminent domain. It would also prevent eminent domain from being used to transfer the ownership of property from one private owner to another. Sixth Ward Councilmember Barbara Hoppe proposed the bill. She says that it will help sooth concerns about how the blight designation and eminent domain are used. “Well I think there’s just a general public concern about the overuse and misuse of eminent domaink," she says, "particularly after the Kelo vs.

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11:46 am
Tue March 12, 2013

"Tentative agreement" to save the Niedermeyer building

The Niedermeyer building
Ryan Famuliner KBIA file photo

UPDATE: 2:00PM, March 12:

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9:46 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Snow removal continues on Columbia roads

Traffic backs up on Broadway as people try to leave downtown Columbia Thursday afternoon.
Kristofor Husted KBIA

Columbia Snow plows have been out overnight working to clear the roads for drivers. Columbia Public Works spokesperson Steve Sapp said as of Friday morning, all first and second priority routes have one lane that is plowed and passable.

“Passable does not mean that it’s clear down to pavement," Sapp said. "Passable means that it has been plowed, and at least one lane has had the top layer of snow taken off of it.”

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4:35 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Columbia officials prepare for winter storm

Winter (storm) is coming, according to this Accuweather radar taken at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Officials in Missouri are making preparations for a winter storm that’s expected to hit Columbia during the morning commute Thursday.

The National Weather Service says the storm, which already has dumped inches of snow and rain out West and across the plains states, is projected to bring at least two to four inches of snow accumulation and up to two tenths of an inch of ice in Columbia and surrounding areas.

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8:33 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid announces run for second term

Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid says he wants to continue the work he's begun on projects such as the Columbia Regional Airport's expansion. Pictured, McDavid makes an announcement about the airport, last March.
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Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid says he plans to seek re-election for a second term.

McDavid told The Columbia Daily-Tribune that he wants see through some initiatives started during his watch, including efforts to improve air service and public transit.

McDavid was elected in 2010, becoming Columbia's first new mayor since 1995, when Darwin Hindman's 15-year tenure as mayor began. McDavid was elected with 54 percent of the vote.

The deadline for candidates to file for the April elections is Jan. 8th. So far, no challengers have filed to seek the mayor's seat.

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8:21 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Columbia considers adding public restrooms downtown

Downtown Columbia
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Columbia’s Downtown Community Improvement District is considering adding public restrooms downtown.

There are no public restrooms downtown. Richard King is the owner of the Blue Note and Mojo’s and also a board member of the Downtown Community Improvement District. He said the addition of public restrooms might deter people from urinating on street corners or in parking garages.

“There were issues if you talk to some of the downtown folks, police officers; they made it clear that there were issues like that," King said.

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8:45 am
Fri November 23, 2012

October real estate figures show 2012 boost for Columbia

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New housing figures for Columbia are showing that the number of homes sold so far in 2012 has already surpassed the yearly total from the year 2011. Thanks to the 117 homes sold in October, this year’s tally of sold homes has already bested that 2011 amount by more than 100. The Columbia Board of Realtors says that 1,629 homes have been sold between January and October.

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