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Columbia city council candidates debated issues of energy and climate change at a forum on Wednesday.

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 When the city council passed the Tobacco 21 ordinance by a 6-1 vote on December 15th, one of the big topics of discussion was whether it would actually have an impact on keeping cigarettes out of the hands of people under 21.  

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Columbia City Council voted Monday night to approve two of four proposed options to link Rollins St. and Shepard Blvd. The new trail will run from Bluff Dale Dr. along the Hinkson Creek Valley down to the northwest corner of Stadium Blvd.

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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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Columbia is looking to become the first city in Missouri to institute a plastic bag ban. However, when the issue comes before the city council on March 2, city staff will ask the council to delay a vote on the proposed ban for another year. But many cities and even one state have passed plastic bag bans or fees. KBIA’s Steven Anthony has the story. 


Columbia Volunteers Find Homes for Computers

Feb 23, 2015

Columbia volunteers gave away used computers to citizens at the Downtown Optimist Club on Saturday.

The Voluntary Action Center (VAC) and the Downtown Optimist Club partnered to help Columbia citizens enrolled in VAC programs obtain a free desktop for their household.         

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  The Columbia City Council has approved new regulations for ride-booking services such as Uber and Lyft.

An Uber representative says the new rules show the city does not welcome the services, despite support from residents.

The regulations approved Monday require ride-booking services to get business licenses and license their drivers as chauffeurs. The drivers must pass background checks and their vehicles will undergo condition checks conducted by the city.

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Columbia City Council passed a set or ordinances Monday night requiring Transportation Network Companies like Uber to allow the city to perform secondary background checks and inspections on all drivers and vehicles, and require drivers to have a chauffeur’s license.

Grass Roots Organizing Asks Council to Look at Coal Contract

Feb 13, 2015
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Grass Roots Organizing is asking the Columbia City Council to get out of what they believe is a bad contract with a coal plant in southern Illinois that provides part of the city’s electricity.

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The Columbia City Council is considering hiring a consultant to help combat the continuing decline in city bus ridership.

The Public Works Department added new bus routes in August to serve more people in the Columbia area, but now city council members are reevaluating how transportation funding should be allocated.

The city currently has a half-cent transportation sales tax that provides funding for the transit system as well the Columbia Regional Airport and road repair.

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The Columbia Water and Light 2014 report said it has exceeded its goal of 5% renewable energy source use to 7.22%. Columbia Water and Light is now looking into the proposal it requested last year to find more renewable energy sources. 

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  The construction of the Avenue of the Columns streetscape along Eighth Street will move forward with an estimated $750,000 of city funding.

Columbia City Council voted to approve the project during their meeting on Tuesday, January 20. The project will mainly make improvements in the area of Eighth Street and Walnut, including removing the traffic light at that intersection and replacing sidewalks.

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An effort is underway to recall a Columbia councilmember who voted against a proposal to lessen penalties for marijuana cultivation. 

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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.

PM Newscast November 05, 2014

Nov 5, 2014

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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