Ongoing Coverage:

April 2 Municipal Elections

KBIA is covering the municipal elections for Columbia, Jefferson city and the surrounding area. 

See our voter's guide to the Columbia elections for more.

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Politics
8:28 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Columbia's Fourth Ward council race features familiar faces

Credit File photo / KBIA

The three candidates vying for Columbia’s fourth ward seat have different priority issues and disagreements on governing and budget spending, but what incumbent Daryl Dudley and challengers Ian Thomas and Bill Weitkemper have in common is the desire to make Columbia better and serve its residents.

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Politics
8:59 am
Tue March 26, 2013

In Jefferson City, two candidates vie for open 3rd ward seat

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On April 2nd Jefferson City residents will decide on a new city council member in Ward 3. Two candidates are vying for the open seat that will be left behind by current councilmember Bryan Pope. Pope is not seeking re-election. 

Ken Hussey and Leonard Stella are both vying for the open seat.  

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Politics
8:37 am
Tue March 26, 2013

As Jefferson City officials propose new high school, some criticize 'mega high'

Credit Jefferson City High School / Jefferson City Public Schools

On April 2, Jefferson City residents will vote on whether to approve a $79 million bond issue that would fund the construction of a new elementary school and a new high school. But, the proposal for a new high school has drawn opposition from some members of the community.

Opponents of the bond issue believe Jefferson City students would be ill served in what they call a “mega high school.” While they want a new high school to be built, they think the existing campus should remain open, making the population at each school smaller.

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Politics
3:26 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Mayor Bob McDavid asks for an apology for offensive Facebook post

Credit KBIA

Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid said he would like the Columbia Police Officers Association to issue a formal apology after an offensive status update was posted on the organization’s Facebook page this week.  

The Wednesday Facebook status joked about the police department’s possible acquisition of an armored Mercedes— and about the reaction from the “boys in the hood.”  The post has since been taken down.

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Politics
8:56 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Boone County: 130 calls to 911 each month unanswered for more than 60 seconds

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On April 2, Boone County residents vote on whether the county should increase its sales tax to fund improvements to its 911 dispatch center.

Boone County Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill said there haven’t been any major changes to the center since 1990s. Currently in Boone County, 130 calls each month take more than 60 seconds to answer, while industry standard dictates that most calls are processed within 15 seconds.

Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes said the joint communications and 911 dispatch center needs to keep up with Boone County’s growing population.

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Talking Politics
4:23 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Columbia Mayoral candidates make their case

Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid (left) and challenger Sid Sullivan
Credit KBIA file photo and sidsullivan.com

On this week’s Talking Politics, we hear from Columbia’s Mayoral candidates. We’re just two weeks away from the Municipal election on April 2nd. Republican Mayor Bob McDavid is running for re-election, and is being challenged by Sid Sullivan.

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Politics
8:29 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Facing budget shortfall, Jefferson City makes cuts to every department

Jefferson City Mayor Eric Struemph looks over the agenda of the Jefferson City Council meeting Monday evening at the John G. Christy Municipal Building in Jefferson City, Mo.
Evan Townsend KBIA

In late February, Jefferson City revealed it was facing a nearly $1.7 million dollar budget shortfall. Jefferson City Council members Monday voted unanimously in favor of bill 2012-148 which adjusts the city’s 2012-2013 budget.

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