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As of this afternoon, people under 21 years of age will not be able to purchase tobacco products or electronic cigarettes within Columbia city limits. 

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A new ordinance to "Ban the Box" was passed with a unanimous vote by the Columbia City Council last week. The ordinance is designed to make it easier for people with prior criminal backgrounds to compete in the job market. KBIA's Ashley Reese sat in on the council meeting and has more on how the council came to their decision and what this new ordinance means for Columbia. 

Plainclothes Columbia police officers have started issuing tickets to drivers with Internet ride-sharing company Uber.

Columbia Water and Light Requests Bond Issue

Dec 4, 2014
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The Columbia Water and Light Department wants voters to approve a $69 million bond issue to pay for electric utility projects.

On Wednesday the city’s Water and Light Advisory Board recommended the bond issue to the Columbia City Council.

City Council postpones Uber ordinance vote

Dec 2, 2014
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The Columbia City Council decided to hold off on voting on an ordinance that would affect the ride-share service Uber, which began operation in Columbia on October 9th.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Columbia is looking into a partial ban on single-use plastic shopping bags.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that a commission that advises the city council on environmental issues was asked last month to review a proposal.

In a relatively short meeting last night, three of  seven non-consent agenda  items considered by the Columbia City Council pertained to sidewalks, bringing to light the sometimes conflicting views that could lead the city to reevaluate its sidewalk regulations.


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The Columbia Housing Authority is in the process of trying to secure a 9% Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and the Columbia City Council will be backing them up. This tax credit will go towards renovating its 719 public housing units.

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Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • MU Provost search hosts another candidate
  • Missouri ban on gay marriage ruled unconstitutional
  • Voter turnout down in Missouri
  • St. Louis Art Museum receives massive gift
  • Columbia City Council approves gas station

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After more than 80 minutes of public testimony, the Columbia City Council voted Monday night against a proposed ordinance that would have decriminalized the cultivation of medical and non-medical marijuana.

For a while, it appeared the ordinance would pass. 


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In its first meeting of fiscal year 2015 last night, the Columbia City Council approved the rezoning of a property on Tiger Avenue that will allow the lot to be used for surface parking by the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. The five to one decision requires the statement of intent for the property be amended to remove parking garages from its proposed uses.

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   Two Mid-Missouri interest groups used Columbia’s City Council meeting Monday night as an opportunity to express their stances on different issues.

Columbia residents set to pay more for parking violations

Sep 16, 2014
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The Columbia City Council passed parking-fine rate hikes as part of the annual budget for 2015 last night.

The decision increases initial parking fines to $15 in un-metered locations and to $30 in metered locations. The city projects that the new fines will create $320,000 in new revenue.

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The Columbia City Council voted unanimously last night to adopt the city manager’s budget for fiscal year 2015. The budget includes almost $429 million in spending and projects $399 million dollars in revenues.

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Pierre Whitfield’s shift riding on the back of a city garbage truck begins at 7:30 A.M. Over the course of one eight hour shift, Pierre and his partner will make two trips to the landfill to unload between three and five tons of trash.

The garbage sitting outside each home comes in all kinds of bags – black trash bags, white trash bags, dog food bags, grocery bags – and Whitfield says as long as they are bundled and tied,  the choice in bag doesn’t really matter to him.

But the same cannot be said for Cynthia Mitchell, manager of Columbia’s Solid Waste Utility.

Columbia considers 'ban the box' for ex-offenders

Aug 14, 2014
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Over 45-hundred people on average are released from prison each year in Missouri, of those 480 in Boone County. After being locked up for weeks, months or even years, how do people adjust back to life outside prison and find a job? One obstacle confronting ex-offenders is the little box on job applications that asks about criminal history.

Columbia residents hear new zoning regulations

Aug 6, 2014
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Columbia residents had the chance to ask questions regarding new zoning development in the city. Clarion Associates, prime consultant for the new zoning and development regulations, presented the first of three new zoning modules.

Module 1 looks at zone districts and permitted uses in those districts. Clarion Associates says its main goal is to update zone districts and create a unified development ordinance. One thing the company says it wants to focus on is target controls for downtown. While there is no draft for C-2 replacement, the company hopes to have it in the Module 2 draft presented in October.

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The City of Columbia has approved the building plans for the controversial Opus Group development downtown.

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The Columbia City Council is set to take a final vote Monday to appropriate funds to cover expenditures from the planned snow removal budget, according to the Columbia Tribune.

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City Council voted in their meeting Monday night to shorten term lengths for members of the Planning and Zoning commission from five years to four years.

The amendment was proposed last month and passed with a 4-3 vote. Congressmember Barbara Hoppe introduced the amendment in hopes of drawing in more interest to serve on the Commission from community members.

“We have more work for Planning and Zoning now than ever before,” said Hoppe.

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The Columbia City Clerk announced the petition by Repeal 6214 fell short of the required number of signatures.

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The Opus Group announced plans to drop the threat of legal action surrounding its controversial downtown Columbia student housing project. The real estate group had been granted permission to begin construction on a new high rise apartment complex, but concerns from some Columbia residents cast the future of the building into doubt.

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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.

City Council approves ordinance for food trucks

Apr 22, 2014
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  Columbia City Council passed an ordinance at Monday night's meeting that will grant food trucks specific parking locations downtown.  The spots include eight metered spaces on the south side of Cherry and Locust streets and 10 spaces on the north side of Walnut Street.

Carrie Gartner, executive director of the Downtown Community Improvement district, said the new location for these food trucks could benefit all parties.

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The Columbia City Council voted Monday night to approve land on North Eighth Street as the site of a future homeless drop-in shelter. 

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Columbia City Council members will receive some compensation for their service, beginning in May.

Ginny Chadwick sworn in as First Ward representative

Apr 15, 2014
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  Ginny Chadwick was sworn in Monday as the new First Ward representative to the Columbia City Council. Although, last night was a time to celebrate, today, her first day on the job, has been very busy.

Ginny Chadwick wins Columbia City Council’s First Ward

Apr 9, 2014
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University of Missouri graduate student Ginny Chadwick won Columbia city council’s first ward seat. She hosted a watch party at Trey Bistro.

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Columbia City Council held a third public hearing at noon on Wednesday to discuss three contested student housing development proposals, approving the first two and tabling the third.

The council voted unanimously to approve a proposal by Collegiate Housing Partners for a 351-resident development on the south side of Conley Ave., between 4th and 5th Street, and voted 4-3 to approve Opus Development Company's plan for a 256-resident building on the north side of Locust Street between 7th and 8th streets. Both developers hope to be finished in time for fall semester 2015.

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Tensions ran high between Columbia residents, city staff and council members at the Columbia City Council meeting Monday night. 

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