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  A union representing Columbia police officers is suing the city of Columbia after officials refused to release public records or asked "exorbitant" fees to fulfill the request.

The Columbia Police Officers Association sought emails between police Chief Ken Burton and Deputy Chief Jill Schlude from June 1 to July 22. The lawsuit says the city did not reply in a timely manner and then said it would cost nearly $840 to fulfill the request.

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COLUMBIA - A Missouri hospital that helped stop a competing effort to build a psychiatric hospital two months ago has proposed a $21 million facility to fill the necessity for more inpatient psychiatric services.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that a hearing on the application of CenterPointe Hospital's proposed 72-bed psychiatric hospital in north Columbia is scheduled for July 11.

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How does it feel to be the core focus of a small but impassioned protest?

Senator Kurt Schaefer—who was the subject of Friday’s protest against his visit to the MU College Republicans—believes it shows that he’s making an impact. “When you’re not effective, people don’t pay any attention to you, and when you are effective, they do. And that’s just how it works,” Schaefer said Friday.

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COLUMBIA - The plan for a two-story, 14,000-square foot building near the Islamic Center's mosque was announced in August. It was expected to cost about $2 million and provide nine classrooms on the top floor for the Islamic School of Columbia.

Plans also included administrative offices, a multipurpose room, a kitchen, a free health clinic and space for Friday prayers.

The new school was expected to open for the 2016-17 school year.

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The site of Columbia's last public lynching will be recognized with a plaque.

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COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri says two residence halls already scheduled for demolition will not be used this fall because of declining enrollment.

University spokesman Christian Basi says closing Laws Hall and Lathrop Hall will save the university about $200,000 a year in utility costs. The halls, part of the Dobbs Group constructed in 1959, each have 340 beds.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Laws was scheduled to close for demolition in January 2017. Basi says closing the halls this fall could move up construction and demolition work.

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COLUMBIA - Father Tolton Catholic high school in Columbia will no longer purchase its school uniforms from Lands' End after the company featured feminist and political activist Gloria Steinem in its spring catalog.

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A national association is calling for the reinstatement of suspended University of Missouri assistant professor Melissa Click, who was involved in a run-in with a student journalist during campus protests in November.

Macy's plans to close a store in Columbia that employs 81 people and a call center in Bridgeton that employs 750 people.

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The 2015 Affordable Housing Symposium main event was the World Café Thursday evening with community members and organizations from Columbia and Mid-Missouri invited to discuss current and future affordable housing in Columbia. 

KOMU-TV reports that traffic was backed up Monday morning on westbound I-70 after thousands of nails spilled along the highway in Columbia, creating a possible hazard.

Columbia police estimated that about 200 boxes of nails spilled, and each box contained about 2,000 nails. Police were still looking for the truck that spilled the nails.

Officials said the line of backed up traffic extended several miles, but the area was cleared and traffic was moving by mid-morning.

Columbia Narrows Down Official Flag Contest to Three

Oct 22, 2015

 The City of Columbia will soon have its first official city flag. The city started a contest to design the first flag last year, and the 84 entries have been narrowed down to 3 finalists. Sarah Dresser, the Office of Cultural Affairs program specialist, said the public is invited to vote on the flags to help make the decision.

From the Columbia Daily Tribune: "Mayor Bob McDavid said Monday morning that he will not seek a third term. McDavid said being mayor has been a positive experience, but he and his wife decided it was time he left the office."

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  A 43-year-old Columbia man has pleaded guilty in federal court to robbing six banks.

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Protestors and supporters of Planned Parenthood lined the sidewalks of Providence Road outside the Columbia clinic Saturday morning. Protesters from groups like 40 Days for Life came out from across the state as part of a national day of protest. Kathy Forck, the organizer of the protest, said over 300 rallies were held around the country.

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  Republican candidate for Missouri governor Catherine Hanaway says the penalty for selling aborted fetal remains should be a felony, not a misdemeanor.

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A special prosecutor says he won't file criminal charges against a Boone County sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a murder suspect in February. 

On Saturday the Broadway Christian Church in Columbia will be hosting the mid Missouri Health Expo.

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Missouri is home to two of the nation’s least accessible cities - St. Louis and Springfield. A group named WalletHub gathered information to compile this list of accessible cities. And one criteria it used was how easily people with disabilities can move around. Or, in the case of these cities, can’t.

But a new accessibility app called Compeer is currently being beta tested and may soon be able to help those with disabilities navigate cities more easily.

McCaskill Concentrates on Missouri Seniors

Apr 1, 2015
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COLUMBIA, MO— Sen. Claire McCaskill spoke with seniors at Lenoir Woods Community Center in Columbia Tuesday afternoon as part of her journey around the state to discuss issues affecting them.

Boone County authorities are looking for two stolen camels. 

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A measure to block local governments from banning or taxing plastic bags is moving forward in the Missouri Legislature.


The True/False Film Fest wrapped up last week, bringing filmgoers from around the world to celebrate the year’s newest documentaries. The festival, which is in its 12th year, brings the intimate and harsh truths of storytelling to life. Although the festival mainly focuses on the films and their directors, local high school students were given the opportunity to dive into one of Columbia's richest traditions. KBIA's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with the festivals education director Polina Malikin about the importance of the film festival for students. 

A New Projector Benefits Columbia Businesses

Mar 4, 2015
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The True/False film festival has become a household name over the last 12 years in Columbia. This year, the Missouri Theater installed a new projector to show films in better quality. David Wilson the co-conspirator of True/False film festival. Wilson said the new projector will benefit more than just True/False.

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The Columbia City Council voted to issue about 20 million dollars in bonds to fund multiple sewer projects.

10 percent of the funds raised from the bonds will be used to create a sewage extension to the Midway area. The project would create a means to annex the area.

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A Missouri Republican wants to ban local laws that raise the minimum wage, require employers to offer paid sick leave or other benefits or prohibit employers from asking about criminal convictions early in the job application process.

Rep. Caleb Rowden, of Columbia, introduced a bill Thursday that he said will ensure businesses don't have to deal with confusing and complex regulations that vary across the state.

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This week on KBIA's Thinking Out Loud, Darren Hellwege talked with the Reverend C.W. Dawson about work Dawson is doing to bring together the area's African American clergy for activism, education and fellowship.

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Columbia police are looking for two people suspected of attacking a tow truck driver who stopped to help them.

The Columbia Daily Tribune is now reporting that the hacker activist group Anonymous was not responsible for hacker attacks that shut down both the city’s website and KOMU’s website. 


After the launch of CoMo Connect this summer, public transit ridership in Columbia jumped about 11 percent according to the Columbia Public Works Department. However, public transit remains a problem for the city, with long waiting times and limited evening and weekend services. Missouri Business Alert’s Tatiana Darie looks into why this is happening and what efforts are being made to improve it.