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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. 

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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.

Protesters March to Boone County Courthouse

Nov 25, 2014
Brady Finn

         “This isn’t a moment, this is a movement”          Those were the words spoken by several speakers Tuesday night who led protesters in a march from Secondary Missionary Baptist Church to the court house in downtown Columbia. The protest was organized by several groups, including the Columbia branch of the NAACP. 

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Nov 12, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: 

  • CPS Early Childhood Learning Center
  • Some Missouri residents petition gay marriage reversal
  • New student bus service coming next fall
  • Technology company to add jobs in Joplin
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In this week's Talking Politics we tackle the difficult and commonly misunderstood interaction between city, state and federal laws.  Ginny Chadwick voted against an ordinance that would have decriminalized the cultivation of marijuana plants at a city council meeting in October after saying she would vote for the measure during her campaign.

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Columbia City Officials say it is crucial to look at other ways to secure public safety after 60 percent of the voters rejected Proposition One in Columbia on Election Day last Tuesday.

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A battle is taking place in downtown Columbia—a culinary one, that is. Competition has heated up between two different fast-casual burrito chains located next to one another on Ninth Street—Chipotle Mexican Grill and Moe’s Southwest Grill. Missouri Business Alert’s Phil Joens reports on the competition between the two and what it means for their businesses. 

New bio-tech business opens to public in Columbia

Oct 3, 2014
Timothy Maylander / KBIA

Columbia officially welcomed a new bio-technology business to the city with a ribbon cutting at its new facility this week. BioPharma Services Inc. has been up and running in the city for a couple of months but had its grand opening for its new 11,000 square foot laboratory and clinical facility on Wednesday. BioPharma is a medical research company that conducts clinical trials and drug testing. Its Columbia office specializes in bio-equivalence studies, which usually means ensuring generic drugs are absorbed into the body at the same rate as their name-brand counterparts.

Columbia hires civil engineering firm to fix sewers

Sep 18, 2014
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The City of Columbia hired Engineering Surveys and Services this week to fix the sewer lines that run through Flat Branch Creek and the sewer main under Sixth and Elm Street.

According to Columbia City Councilman Karl Skala, the project should take developers several years to complete.

Student housing developers are also adding $450,000 to improve the sewer line that runs underneath Turner Avenue and into the Flat Branch trunk sewer.

Columbia City Councilwoman Laura Nauser said MU's push for more students influenced the decision on the project.

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

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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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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.

Parachutists impress at annual Memorial Day Parade

May 26, 2014
Brandon Kiley / KBIA

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

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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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  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."  

Local biotech startup receives $200,000 investment

Mar 13, 2014
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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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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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Columbia Transit

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.

Civic groups donate computers to families

Feb 21, 2014
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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