Columbia

Business
7:25 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Vendor upset at Columbia farmers market rule

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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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Politics
7:56 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Construction begins on many Boone County roads

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Starting today, a number of Boone County roads are undergoing construction. Lake of the Woods Road is closed at the intersection with St. Charles Road and is scheduled to reopen on August 5. Rangeline Road is down to one lane between Richland Road and Highway WW so the road can receive a new fog seal treatment. Rangeline is set to reopen to full traffic by Friday.

A full list of roads affected by construction may be found through the Columbia/Boone County Office of Emergency Management.

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Crime
7:14 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Man shot and killed in McKee Park

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Columbia police say a man was killed in a shooting at a city park. The shooting occurred late Sunday at McKee Park in northeast Columbia.

Police say a man died from gunshot wounds after being taken to a hospital. His name has not been released but police say he was a black male in his late teens or early 20s.

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Politics
6:52 am
Fri July 12, 2013

New trails could be coming to Columbia

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The city of Columbia hopes to develop a 30-mile trail loop around the city over the next decade.

KOMU reports that the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department envisions the interconnected trail network as part of its long-range master plan.

Park Development Superintendent Mike Snyder says the project would double the total length of city trails and could cost between $15 million and $25 million. He emphasized that the city has no detailed designs for the trails yet, and the project could take closer to 20 years to become a reality.

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Business
7:54 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Realtors angry over Columbia rental property ordinances

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A proposal from the city of Columbia to enforce occupancy limits for rental properties is angering local real estate agents.

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Weather
7:45 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Heavy rain means flooding on roads, rivers

Here's what it looked like as the rain fell over Columbia at about 7:30am Friday morning
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Heavy rain throughout Mid-Missouri is causing flooding in many areas, and storms are expected to continue throughout Friday. Boone County Emergency Management keeps a live-updated list of road closures, which you can check here at any time for the latest information. As of 7:30am Friday morning, 18 roads were closed in Boone County due to flooding. The Missouri Department of Transportation's traveler information map is also worth checking before heading out on the road today.

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Politics
8:42 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Parking poses problems for downtown Columbia housing complex proposal

UM Curators are urged to raise tuition at the University of Missouri in Columbia by as much as 7.5 percent.
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Collegiate Housing Partners of St. Louis is seeking to build a 112-uniit housing complex near Mark Twain residence hall in downtown Columbia on Conley Ave. One issue standing in the way of the company’s plans is parking. The company wants to provide 115 parking spaces, but city code requires 300 spaces for a complex of this size.

Columbia Development Services Manager Pat Zenner said parking is an issue the city has yet to figure out.

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Politics
9:18 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Columbia ban on lighted window signs to continue

The Columbia City Council approved a measure leading to the eviction of Regency residents.
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Following Monday night’s Columbia City Council meeting, businesses will face continued restrictions on how they can advertise in their windows.

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Arts and Culture
3:48 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Roots N Blues N BBQ announces initial 2013 lineup

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The Roots N Blues N BBQ festival announced part of its lineup for the 2013 festival.

Mavis Staples, Steve Earle and John Hiatt top the list for the festival, which is moving to Stephens Lake Park this year.

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Business
2:20 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

TEDxCoMo returns to town Saturday

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TED, a nonprofit group devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading,” comes to Columbia Saturday for the third time.

This year, TEDxCoMo will feature 18 speakers from around the nation that will focus on the power of feedback.

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Politics
7:06 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Live blog: April 2 municipal elections

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  Voters today went to the polls to decide municipal elections across the state.  KBIA reporters are in the field and following races  in Columbia and Jefferson city.  Check this live blog regularly to get results and pictures from watch parties.

Polls are closed, but you can check out our Columbia voter's guide here. The rest of our election coverage is here.

The latest numbers for Boone County votes are available here.  Cole County voters can check on the results here.

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Politics
11:42 am
Wed February 20, 2013

What $9/hour minimum wage would mean for Mid-Missouri

The minimum wage in Missouri increased 10 cents to $7.35 cents to start the New Year.

That may go up in the near future.

In the State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said he wants to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour.

“Today, a full-time worker making the minimum wage earns $14,500 a year. Even with the tax relief we've put in place, a family with two kids that earns the minimum wage still lives below the poverty line. That's wrong,” Obama said.

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Politics
4:56 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Nauser back to work on Columbia council following special election win

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Councilwoman Laura Nauser is very familiar with the Columbia City Council and the fifth ward seat she just won in a special election Tuesday.

Nauser previously served on the City Council for six years ending in 2011 until she narrowly won a bid for the fifth ward seat Tuesday night.  She says she ran in this special election because there were council votes she disagreed with while she was out of office.  Nauser emphasized her desire to establish a more uniform approach to government decision making.

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Arts and Culture
8:28 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Holiday assistance programs report increase of families in need

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Volunteering programs set up in both Boone and Callaway Counties have seen an increase in families asking for assistance this holiday season.  And many other families and organizations have stepped in to provide the assistance.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:15 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Local science and health researchers discuss health impact of global warming

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Nearing the end of one of the warmest years on record, local researchers and healthcare professionals are urging Mid-Missourians to take steps to cope with the rising temperatures. 

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