Budget writers in the Missouri House have approved their version of the 13 bills that make up the state's budget for next year. Committee members eliminated $28 million for a program that aids the blind, but then put 6 million back into it from another source.
Out-of-town visitors may soon have to pay more to stay in a Columbia hotel. The Missouri House of Representatives approved a measure by a voice vote this week allowing the city to charge an additional three percent tax on hotel stays.
Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes has announced plans to implement 14 recommendations made in a report highly critical of the Columbia Police Department. The report outlines problems within CPD, saying the department's reputation in the community has been steadily dropping.
"The community has lowered the report card of the police department from a B to a D over the past six years," said City Manager Mike Matthes.