5:30 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

President of Regional Economic Development, Inc. to retire

The Columbia business landscape hasn't always been as commercial as it is now.  Mike Brooks has been a fixture in the city's business outlook for five years, but that reign is coming to an end as Brooks announced his retirement from Regional Economic Development Incorporated (REDI) Wednesday.

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5:13 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission discusses future of cycling

Credit KBIA

Members of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission are recharging this morning after tensions rose during a conversation on electric bikes at last night’s meeting in Columbia. During their monthly meeting, members of the commission spent a majority of their time discussing the future of bicycles: electric bikes.

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8:35 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Man found guilty for murder in 2013 "drug deal gone bad" in Columbia

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A Columbia man has been found guilty of second-degree murder for the shooting death of a Jefferson City man.

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5:23 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Two bills passed to strengthen penalty of disarming police

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Two bills to further protect on duty officers are currently awaiting Gov. Jay Nixon's signature.  The Columbia Police Officers' Association has supported legislation that would make it a felony to disarm a law enforcement agent of any weapon, not simply their handgun. 

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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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Memorial Day
5:01 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Parachutists impress at annual Memorial Day Parade

Members of the United States Golden Knights Demonstration team walk along the parade route after parachuting into the intersections on Broadway in downtown Columbia on May 26, 2014.
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KBIA's Brandon Kiley reports from the 2014 Memorial Day parade in Columbia, Mo.

The Salute to Veterans Memorial Day Parade continued its 26-year tradition with spectators coming together to watch the parade in downtown Columbia. The Salute to Veterans Corporation says the parade is specifically put on to honor and remember those who served and those currently serving in the armed forces, guard, reserves and our allies.

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4:43 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Ameren progresses in cleanup of downtown Columbia site

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Crews have removed about 18,000 tons of contaminated soil from a downtown Columbia site contaminated with possible carcinogens from a former manufactured gas plant.

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4:17 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Columbia Leadership Council holds forums to inform residents and ask for their opinions

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The government of Columbia is continuing to try and clear up questions about the future of the city.

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8:46 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Ameren starts construction on natural gas pipeline

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Ameren Missouri says construction is underway on an 11-mile natural gas pipeline from Columbia to Ashland, which currently does not have natural gas service.

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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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Science, Health and Technology
3:24 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Local biotech startup receives $200,000 investment

Animal Health Specialties aims to develop drugs treating cachexia, a condition occuring in cancer patients which increases the body's metabolic rate.
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Local biotech startup Animal Health Specialties has announced it is receiving an investment of more than $200,000 from Columbia-based investment group Centennial Investors.

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Arts and Culture
6:18 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

True False Film Festival to showcase more than 40 films

The True/False Film Festival starts Thursday, Feb. 27 and runs until Sunday, March 2.
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The True/False Film Festival will run from today until Sunday, and will showcase more than 40 films, dozens of works of art and many musical guests. Volunteers spent most of Thursday preparing for the rush of film-goers from all over the country. Kelsey Oerly says she is excited to finally contribute to the festival.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:19 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

New app to help Columbia residents track public transportation

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The City of Columbia discussed a new public transportation plan Friday in a meeting with Boone County, the Columbia School Board and the Chamber of Commerce.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:09 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Civic groups donate computers to families

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For the 11th year, the Voluntary Action Center and the Downtown Optimist Club worked with the City of Columbia on a program called "Homes for Computers." This program gives used computers to low income Columbia families.

Rick McKernan, a member of the Downtown Optimist Club, described how families had to meet certain criteria as decided by The Voluntary Action Center before receiving the computers. The family has to have a child in the local school system, it can’t have a computer already, and must have financial need.

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january temps graphic
9:09 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Cold January in Columbia, but temperature record not broken [GRAPHIC]

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January in Columbia had no shortage of brutally cold days. But despite an abnormally icy stretch early in the month that closed schools as far south as Atlanta (some blamed it on the “polar vortex”), Columbia did not break its January record for low temperature.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:11 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Ameren starts cleaning of Columbia superfund site

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Ameren Missouri has begun cleaning up a Superfund site in downtown Columbia that is contaminated by tars from a former manufactured-gas plant.

The utility plans to remove about 36,000 tons of dirt from the site and truck it to the Jefferson City landfill. Work is expected to be completed by the end of July.

The manufactured-gas plant was located at the site from 1875 to 1932. The company used the site for its headquarters after coal gasification ended.

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4:34 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

No civil rights violation charges in Brandon Coleman death

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Federal prosecutors say they won't file criminal charges connected to possible civil rights violations in the fatal shooting of a 25-year-old Columbia man.

Kansas City-based U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson opened an investigation in October into the May 2013 death of Brandon Coleman, a University of Missouri groundskeeper. She announced the results in a news release Tuesday.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:44 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Columbia council approves renewable energy mandate bump

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The Columbia City Council voted Monday night to increase the city’s renewable energy mandate. By 2018, Columbia Water and Light will now need to get 15 percent of its energy from renewable sources – up from 10 percent as spelled out in the renewable energy mandate passed by Columbia voters in 2004. The future goals were also increased to 25 percent by 2023 and 30 percent by 2029. The previous goal for 2023 was 15 percent and there was no goal set for 2029.

First Ward Councilmember Fred Schmidt was one of the councilmembers that voted to pass the change 5-2.

“The energy future and the environmental future calls for this – for doing something and I believe this is the right step. We don’t know what the future is going to hold, so we shoot for a multiplicity of sources,” Schmidt said.

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4:26 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Columbia faith communities prepare for annual homeless shelter

Sacred Heart Catholic Church will be one of the host churches for Room at the Inn.
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Faith communities around Columbia are preparing for the annual start of Room at the Inn, a homeless shelter open in January and February.

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3:39 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Columbia to consider changing definition of family for zoning purposes

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The Columbia City Council is considering changing the definition of family in zoning ordinances to include domestic partners.

The current zoning ordinance defines a family as an individual, or a married couple, and their children and no more than two other persons related to the individual. No more than three unrelated people are allowed to live in single-family homes.

Because of that definition, domestic partners were considered unrelated people, which is what a proposed resolution would change.

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Arts and Culture
10:07 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival brings more than $1 million to Columbia

Credit Amanda Sohaney / KOMU

The 7th annual Roots N Blues festival brought more than 22,000 fans from 35 states -- and five other countries -- to Columbia this September.

This year’s event marked the first time the festival took place in Stephens Lake Park, and saw 27 artists from across the world take the stage.

The event gave a boost to Columbia’s economy, as it created $1,205,842 in economic impact for the city, according to the 2013 Convention and Visitors Bureau Economic Impact Study.

Organizer Richard King said he was satisfied with this year’s event.

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9:59 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary to hold afterschool programs inside its doors

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10:09 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Kip Kendrick announces run for 45th District House seat

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Former President of the Benton-Stephens Neighborhood Association, Democrat Kip Kendrick, announced Thursday he will run for the 45th District House seat.  Democratic Representative, Chris Kelly, endorsed him. 

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Arts and Culture
12:17 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Clark Lane residents campaign for sidewalks on Halloween

Kate Shannon rallies on Oct 31. for sidewalks to be built on Clark Lane. She says pedestrians are in constant danger of being hit by cars without them.
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A group of Clark Lane residents spent their Halloween rallying on sidewalks near Woodland Springs holding signs asking for drivers to honk for sidewalks to be built on both sides of Clark Lane.

The residents said they disagree with City Council’s current plan to build asphalt extensions on Clark Road instead.

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Arts and Culture
10:57 am
Thu October 31, 2013

First family moves into new Ronald McDonald house

Ronald McDonald and Terri Gray cut the ribbon and officially open the new Ronald McDonald House in Columbia Mo., on Oct. 29, 2013. This upcoming year, Gray said the organization looks to provide housing for over 500 families (KBIA/Drew Koch).
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Columbia’s new Ronald McDonald House opened Wednesday and is ready for new families.  

These charities provide a low or no cost place to stay for families with children currently undergoing treatment at a Columbia health facility. Those facilities are mainly funded through private donations. After two years of work, Columbia’s new Ronald McDonald house in Columbia has officially accepted families to move in.

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7:31 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Columbia police believe they know driver in I-70 bicyclist death

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The Columbia Police Department is still investigating how the bicyclist on I-70 was struck and killed.  Officials told KBIA they are currently waiting for DNA testing from the vehicle they said was involved in the accident.  In a press release the department also believes they have located the driver involved in the accident.

Officers found the human remains near the mile marker 130 on I-70 -- after several drivers reported seeing the remains.

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5:08 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Columbia Regional Airport Proposes New Direct Flight

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American Airlines and Columbia Regional Airport could be adding a new direct flight to Chicago.

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Arts and Culture
10:40 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Renovations Considered for Douglass Park

Credit City of Columbia

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Commission held its monthly meeting Thursday to discuss a proposed renovation plan at Douglass Park.

Here’s what plan A looks like:

·         20 parking spots along 5th street

·         Outdoor amphitheater

·         New sidewalks that run through the middle of the park

Here’s what plan B looks like:

·         Two handball courts

·         A renovated playground.

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10:22 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Columbia City Council’s Clark Lane plan raises safety concerns

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Columbia City Council has approved a plan that narrows the lanes on Columbia’s busy Clark Lane, and adds a shoulder to the road.

A city council report of possible road construction on Clark Lane in Columbia was met with protest at the City Council meeting Monday night. The plan calls for narrowing the 12 foot lanes of Clark Lane by one foot in each lane and adding at six foot shoulder.

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5:22 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Missouri home to the cheapest gas in the country

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Missouri drivers are paying less at the pump than drivers in any other state right now. Missouri is currently home to the cheapest gas in the nation with the average gas price in the state at $3.05 per gallon.

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