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Columbia ban on lighted window signs to continue

May 7, 2013
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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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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.

TEDxCoMo returns to town Saturday

Apr 5, 2013
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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.

Live blog: April 2 municipal elections

Apr 2, 2013
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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.

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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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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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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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. 

Columbia P&Z tables South Route K development vote

Dec 7, 2012
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The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission voted Thursday night to table a vote on the controversial housing development project on South Route K until next month.

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An investigation is looking at the drowning of an 18-year-old freshman on Northern Michigan University's varsity women's soccer team during a team workout in a school swimming pool.

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Over 200,000 homes are still without power in Rockaway Township, NJ, after Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast on October 29.

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Senator Claire McCaskill is finishing up her statewide “Get Out the Vote” campaign today by making various stops throughout Missouri. One of them was in Columbia this morning, at the Coordinated Campaign Building.

Columbia fire officials investigate two-alarm fire

Nov 1, 2012
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Columbia fire officials are still investigating a two-alarm fire that broke out at a Columbia auto parts store on Business Loop 70 Wednesday night.

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For the past two years, housing rehabilitation projects in Columbia have been decreasing.

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At MU, the annual Homecoming festivities include several service events as a part of the tradition. This year, the service organization Tigers Taming Hunger reports donations are exceeding expectations.

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Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill is donning an apron to emphasize her support for federal student loans in her campaign against Republican Todd Akin.

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The Columbia Police Department says even though it conducted a nationwide search to find the new Deputy Chief of Police, the three finalists for the job are all officers currently with the department.

As public school starts Thursday in both Columbia and Jefferson City, those school districts are dealing with a surge in student enrollment. To deal with this, the districts have hired several teachers at the last minute to maintain a healthy ratio of students to instructors.

Although enrollment numbers are expected to fluctuate for the next few weeks, Columbia and Jefferson City have added several teachers at the elementary level to accommodate the influx of younger students.

Mo. House candidates prepare for primary elections

Jul 31, 2012
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Primary candidates vying for a house seat in Columbia’s 44th and 47th districts are getting ready for primary elections now just a week away.

City leaders are asking Columbia city council to allow them to make significant changes to the city’s benefit plans for new employees. It’s an effort to address the city’s ailing pensions.

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Columbia Water and Light says its customer’s water use is up this summer, amid hot and dry weather over the last few weeks.

The Department saw a significant increase in water use in June compared to June of last year. Spokesperson Connie Kacprowicz says in July there’s already been 20 million gallons of water used in Columbia most days, even getting as high as 23 million gallons a day.

Columbia could change trash pickups

Jul 9, 2012
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The city of Columbia could be changing the way it picks up trash next year.  The city will currently pick up trash bags left on residential street, but a new proposal would change the method to only collecting trash from bins provided to residents by the city. 

The proposal would reduce the number of trash collectors, but Columbia Solid Waste Utility Manager Richard Wieman says those positions would be transitioned to another part of waste collection.

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Columbia Water and Light is asking its customers to cut down on their water use between now and 6 o’ clock Saturday morning.

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As a refugee from Bosnia, Senad Music knows firsthand how difficult it is to get acclimated to a new culture. He says when he came to America 16 years ago he found it difficult to adapt to the culture, and he is trying to make the transition easier for newer refugees. On a recent weekend at Columbia's World Refugee Day, that means manning the grill during the World Refugee Celebration.

“My mission today is kind of cook food, you know, be on the grill, and welcome people from the community and other refugees," said Music.

Bukowsky drops out of District 47 race

Jun 22, 2012

Just 24 hours after she was nominated as the Republican candidate to the Missouri House representing the newly created District 47, Columbia, Mo. Defense Attorney Jennifer Bukowsky has decided to drop out of the race.

Home sales up in May in Columbia, Jefferson City

Jun 20, 2012
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The Columbia Board of Realtors Boone County home sales statistics for May show a turn in the housing market.

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Proposed changes to a stormwater ordinance in Columbia are not happening, after years of discussion.  

Columbia group aims to recall first ward councilman

May 31, 2012
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The group Keep Columbia Free has started a campaign to recall First Ward Representative Fred Schmidt.

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This week on the show: Columbia’s City Manager talks about the direction of the local economy. Plus, farmers continue to plant corn despite failing efforts to combat rootworm.

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The latest Columbia state of the city address reports mixed emotions about the city’s economic situation.

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