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

Renovations Considered for Douglass Park

Oct 18, 2013
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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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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.

Missouri home to the cheapest gas in the country

Oct 7, 2013
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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.

"Summit" kicks off Citizen Jane Festival in Columbia

Oct 4, 2013
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The 6th annual Citizen Jane film festival kicked off Friday at Stephen’s College.  The festival will celebrate women filmmakers and—this year—adds a participatory summit to kick start a conversation about getting more in filmmaking.

This year, the festival held the first ever “Citizen Jane Summit” on Thursday.

Programming Director, Kerri Yost, told Thursday’s crowd she was proud of this cadence of friendliness.

“I really feel that everybody here creates what it is for us,” Yost said.  “And it sounds really silly, but we’re trying to make a large change right now in the film industry and we truly believe that could come from the people.”

The summit is just one of the many events at the Citizen Jane festival that is not film.

A Columbia school official is proposing the district start a "community school" to help poorer students improve their academics.

Committee will spread word on Columbia sewers proposal

Sep 20, 2013
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Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid announced the appointment of a citizens committee Thursday. The group’s job will be to inform the community of a proposed tax increase to improve the city sewage system. Third Ward City Councilman Karl Skala says Columbia needs this proposal.

“Our sewer system is just wearing out in some places, in particular on the West side in the fourth Ward there are a lot of common collectors, as they’re known and those have the responsibilities of the home owners to maintain those sewer lines,” Skala says.

YEZ adding entrepreneurship aspect to program

Sep 13, 2013

Youth Empowerment Zone is scheduled to have its first annual fashion show on September 23. YEZ is a program that focuses on teaching life skills needed to be successful in the business world. The fashion show will help distinguish what is and what is not appropriate for young adults to wear to a job interview. YEZ Director Lorenzo Lawson says that appearance is an important aspect of the interview process.

“We teach that you can’t go to an interview when you’ve got your pants sagging and you are showing all of your tattoos,” Lawson said.

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Renovations have finally begun on the Niedermeyer building, one of the oldest buildings in Columbia that was being considered for demolition at the end of last year. 

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The Columbia Police department says officers arrested three Columbia teenagers yesterday and this morning in connection to the July 14th homicide of 17-year-old Tre’Veon Marshall.

Police arrested 18 year old Joshua Dewayne Murray and 19 year old Nicholas Raheem Thomas for first degree murder and armed criminal action. 17 year old Kimberly Makayla Huett-Linzie was arrested for felony hindering prosecution.

City of Columbia Planning and Development Department

The Missouri state auditor says dozens of transportation tax districts – including some in Columbia - could owe millions of dollars of fines for not properly reporting their finances. But Auditor Tom Schweich says Missouri law is unclear about who should collect those fines.

Ryan Famuliner

  The Columbia City Council approved a proposal from Mayor Bob McDavid to create a taskforce to look at youth crimes in the city by a vote of six in favor to none against. Councilmember Ian Thomas did not attend the meeting.

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A Columbia farmers market flap highlights the challenges of ensuring that products labeled as locally-grown are the real thing.

Wilson's Garden Center owner Chuck Bay says he was kicked out of the popular Columbia Farmers Market for violating the market's vendor rules.

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