City of Columbia

Politics
10:57 am
Tue November 6, 2012

No more trash talk: Columbia to stick with trash bag system

A New Franklin School District trashcan steadily fills throughout the lunch period on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. A majority of the student’s finished trays of food still held untouched servings of fruit and vegetables.
Chelsea Stuart KBIA

The Columbia City Council voted against the heavily debated roll cart trash pilot program last night. Third Ward Council Member Gary Kespohl said the pilot program failed to show financial benefit and improved customer service.

“There has to be more justification to me to go to this system, (for example) a bigger dollar savings," Kespohl said. "I can’t see where it’s at. Either that or the public has to be overwhelmingly in favor of it. Then I’d be in favor.”

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Business Beat
5:22 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

From field to fork to refuse

Did you wash that melon first?
Amber Luckey Flickr

Flip on the TV, boot up the computer or switch on the radio and you’re destined to hear about a recall of tainted food – often due to E. coli or salmonella.

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Politics
11:11 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Vocal opposition halts Grindstone Creek Trail project

Columbia Parks and Recreation

The Grindstone Creek Trail project is no more, at least temporarily. A Columbia neighborhood vocalized their opposition to the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department’s plans to build a trail alongside the Grindstone Creek. As of Oct. 1, the department planned to re-allocate the funds toward other city projects.

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Politics
8:54 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Columbia searches for an Information Technology Department director

Jamison Judd FLICKR

Deputy City Manager Tony St. Romaine will temporarily serve as interim director for Columbia’s Information Technology Department.

St. Romaine replaces Bob Simms, who resigned after 12 years. He’ll eventually have to find an IT Director that can handle the challenges of an expanding technology field. St. Romaine is trying to find an update to the position that had stability for more a decade.

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Business
10:11 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Columbia airport to add twice-weekly Frontier flight to Orlando

Mayor Bob McDavid introduces the new Frontier Airlines route at a press conference at Columbia City Hall on August 16. (Behind McDavid, from left) Mike Matthes, Dan Atwell, Greg Steinhoff, John Glascock and Don Elliot.
Lee Jian Chung KBIA

Story updated at 5:47pm Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Columbia Regional Airport will offer nonstop flights to and from Orlando, Florida, beginning November 20. Frontier Airlines will fly 138 passengers directly between the Columbia Regional Airport and the Orlando International Airport in Florida on the Airbus 319. Mayor Bob McDavid told reporters at a press conference Thursday that the new route will increase the airport’s passenger traffic by 27 percent.

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Weather
8:54 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Burn bans underway in central Missouri fire districts

Fire departments in several central Missouri cities have stopped issuing burn permits because of dry conditions and several have banned open fire burning all together. Columbia’s fire department issued a burn ban Tuesday morning. The department will not issue any burn permits and discourages any open burning such as bonfires. Officials say the low humidity and dry vegetation creates a high risk for fire.  The Stephens Lake Park and Kiwanis Park bonfire pit are closed for now.

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Science, Health and Technology
11:07 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Debate continues over Westwood Avenue trees

A photo of one of the trees on Stewart Rd. in Columbia.
Chad Herwald City of Columbia

A dispute about the removal of several old trees from a “leafy” Southwest Columbia neighborhood may be a step closer to a resolution.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:43 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Volunteers to help clean up Columbia

Columbia is receiving a cleanup this weekend as hundreds of volunteers pick up trash.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:45 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Columbia opening hazardous waste facility

The city of Columbia is opening a Household Hazardous Waste Facility on Saturday.

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Arts and Culture
4:45 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Columbia parks and rec looking to add new activities

Andres Rueda Flickr

Columbia’s Parks and Recreation committee wants suggestions from residents about new outdoor and indoor activities in the city.

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Business
4:02 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

More changes to columbia's blight zone

The Enhanced Enterprise Zone Advising Board considered two options for reducing the size of the zone in Columbia at its meeting Friday.

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Business
5:42 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

City of Columbia implements new parking meters

The city of Columbia is trying out a new type of parking meter that gives drivers more options for how to pay.

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PM Newscasts
5:46 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Newscast for March 9, 2012

This is regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • A look back as state legislators take their spring break
  • Governor Nixon sends off a troop from the Missouri National Guard
  • Branson city officials assess the damage after February's tornado
  • Columbia officials revise their Enhanced Enterprise Zone plans
  • Columbia residents to vote on funding for Columbia Public Schools
Business
5:00 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Columbia makes changes to its EEZ proposal

The ongoing debate over the Enhanced Enterprise Zone in Columbia prompted a change today. The proposed blight zone for Columbia is now a little bit smaller.  The Enhanced Enterprise Zone Advisory Board unanimously voted in favor of eliminating six portions of the original blight zone. 

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Business
4:18 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Protests for a tiger town in downtown Columbia

KOMUnews Flickr

The Columbia Improvement district plans to introduce a Tiger Town tailgate zone in downtown Columbia.

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Business
4:52 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Columbia regional airport gets new leadership

The Columbia Regional Airport is under new leadership. 

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Politics
4:47 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Help for Missouri's homeless with disabilities

Ed Yourdon Flickr

 

At its meeting Friday in Columbia, the Missouri Housing Development Commission took a big step toward housing homeless individuals with special needs. 

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PM Newscasts
5:59 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Newscast for February 10, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Joplin looking for weather radios
  • New video camera for Columbia Police
  • True/False Film Festival chooses its lead documentary
  • Politicians to meet in Columbia to discuss flooding issues
Politics
5:24 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Politicians meet in Columbia, talk flooding

Kansas City District Flickr

State and federal leaders are gathering in Columbia tomorrow to talk about ways to prevent last year’s devastating floods in northwest and southeastern Missouri.

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Business
4:54 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

New camera in downtown Columbia

KOMUnews Flickr

The nonprofit group Keep Columbia Safe donated almost three thousand dollars for a camera upgrade at the intersection of 10th and Cherry in Columbia.

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Education
5:29 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

MU looking at student transportation needs

Wabash Station in Columbia
KBIA file photo

The University of Missouri is undertaking a study that will evaluate the transit needs of its students.

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Politics
9:19 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Occupy CoMo Protestors Face Deadline from City

Occupy COMO organizers continue protests in front of Columbia's city administration building
Robert Partyka KBIA

Occupy Columbia protesters have been ordered to stop their demonstration in front of the city's administration building, because officials say they are not complying with two city ordinances. KBIA’s Lee Jian Chung reports on the demonstrators plans.

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