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A St. Louis senator is making a fourth attempt at raising fines for seat belt violations.

Democratic Sen. Joe Keaveny wants to increase the fine from $10 to $50 for people caught not wearing seat belts in vehicles. His bill was to be heard Wednesday by a Senate committee, marking the fourth consecutive year that he has presented it.

The percentage of people using seat belts in Missouri lags behind the national average. Keaveny hopes a higher fine would encourage more people to buckle up.

Columbia Public Schools making schools safer

Dec 11, 2012
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Improvements in safety are on the horizon for many of Columbia’s public schools.

Columbia Police Chief speaks about crime

Dec 7, 2012
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Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton discussed the local crime rate and answered questions at the Boone County Democratic Muleskinners club meeting Friday.

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An annual report released Friday by the attorney general found black drivers were 72 percent more likely than white motorists to be pulled over in 2011. Black drivers were stopped 2.5 times more often than Hispanic drivers.

The report compares racial characteristics of Missouri's driving-age population to the racial composition of drivers in the roughly 1.7 million traffic stops, 129,000 searches and 81,000 arrests.

Lake of the Ozarks police looking to add staff

Apr 6, 2012
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The Lake of the Ozarks Board of Alderman is in no rush to give the green light to add a new police officer in the city.

Columbia Police to beef up security during spring break

Mar 21, 2012
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The Columbia Police Department is stepping up security during spring break and asking residents to do the same with their homes.

Columbia man arrested for Sunday shooting

Mar 6, 2012

Larrell Banks, 18, of Columbia was arrested early Monday morning for shooting and killing a man on North Eighth Street Sunday afternoon.

Newscast for March 6, 2012

Mar 6, 2012
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • A man is arrested for Sunday's Columbia shooting.
  • Missouri Republicans stand up for under-fire conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh.
  • Washington University researchers make new discovery regarding Alzheimer's disease.
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The city of Columbia is spending $45,000 to conduct an outside review of its police department. This comes after a year in which the department has seen a host of issues, including the firing of officer Rob Sanders, as well as dueling local groups focusing on Chief Ken Burton.

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