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BARBARA BUFFALOE talks about the City of Columbia Office of Sustainability's 'Climate Action Community Forum', happening tomorrow at City Hall. Let your voice be heard as the city drafts its own climate action and adaptation plan! November 27, 2018

The man accused of sexually assaulting two women and fatally shooting another at a Catholic store in suburban St. Louis has requested a public defender.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 53-year-old Thomas Bruce appeared for his first court appearance in shackles Monday and said little while the 17 charges against him were read.

He told the judge he hasn't spoken to a lawyer and requested a public defender.

City Invites Public to Event to Build Support for Affordable Housing

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"Fostering Inclusive and Equitable Neighborhoods," presented by the city of Columbia's Housing Programs Division, will feature community development expert Tiffany Manuel as part of an effort to build public support for affordable housing and community development.

The event is one of several meant to advise the city's 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan for affordable housing and community development, according to a city news release.

Beyond Meat Files for $100 Million Initial Public Offering

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Beyond Meat, a plant-based meat substitute company with facilities in Columbia, filed for an initial public offering of $100 million.

The offering was filed on Nov. 16 with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and its amount may change before the deal is finalized, according to the company documents. The offering will make the company’s stock available to the public.

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Former Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes will receive more than $166,000 in severance pay. Matthes resigned from his post last week.

The City council voted Monday in a unanimous decision to approve the mutual severance agreement which gives Matthes a lump sum equal to his yearly salary and compensation for all accrued vacation and holiday leave, totaling almost $180,000.

Mayor Brian Treece said the severance package is consistent with Matthes’ employment agreement.

Autopsy scheduled in homicide near Lake of the Woods

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An autopsy was scheduled for Monday morning in the death of 26-year-old Ahmonta Harris, who was fatally shot Saturday night in the 5700 block of Limoges Drive near the Lake of the Woods golf course.

Boone County Sheriff's Detective Tom O'Sullivan said more information will be released once the autopsy is completed.

A government watchdog group has filed an IRS complaint against a group that donated millions of dollars to a PAC that helped Eric Greitens' Missouri gubernatorial campaign.

Synthetic fentanyl is driving the nearly record number of drug overdose deaths in the St. Louis area this year.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the highly potent painkiller is involved in nearly all of the opioid overdose deaths in and around St. Louis.

Brandon Costerison of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse says St. Louis city and county are on pace to see a record-setting number of overdose deaths this year. The St. Louis region had a high of 760 opioid-related deaths last year.

DR. BEN HANSEN, Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, says the best way to continue living a healthy and productive life with arthritis is to "keep moving." Also, HANNAH REEVES invites everyone to stop by Sager | Braudis Gallery beginning December 7th to see the annual Masters Exhibit. The theme this year is "mid-century abstraction." (5:09) November 26, 2018

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Inclement weather and road conditions have caused school closures across mid-Missouri this morning, following Sunday night’s blizzard warning.

Columbia Public Schools announced Sunday night that classes are cancelled Monday. The Hallsville school district, among other mid-Missouri school districts, will also be closed. You can check KOMU's full list of closures here.

Advocates say a new law meant to make it easier for Missouri crime victims to request financial aid to help pay for medical coverage, counseling and other expenses appears to be working.

Katie Dalton is the director of programs and volunteers at the Crime Victim Center in St. Louis. She says it has been noticeably easier for victims to request such aid since the legal changes took effect in August.

An archaeological survey at a lake in southern Missouri is revealing a wide range of artifacts.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the survey along Lake Taneycomo covers about 6,000 acres.

The survey is part of Liberty Utilities-Empire District Electric's dam operating license renewal. Plant manager Randy Richardson says the license is renewed every 30 years through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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Officials at one of the largest school districts in the St. Louis area say they overbuilt the district in preparation for a population surge that never happened.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Hazelwood school district has capacity for 22,000 students but had only 17,889 students this year. District officials are now advertising and marketing to recruit students to fill the many empty desks.

District officials blame the excess classroom space on the recession that started in 2008, leading to housing foreclosures and job losses.

Two St. Louis County police officers have been fired after an investigation determined they lied about being involved in a fatal chase.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the officers were fired because they concealed their involvement in an Aug. 10 chase that killed two men in the car that was being pursued.

Activists found surveillance video from a business that showed police following a speeding car.

Police Chief Jon Belmar said the two officers involved misled investigators about their involvement in the chase.

U.S. Air Force

Earlier this year, Vice President Mike Pence renewed a call by the Trump Administration for the U.S. military to create a “Space Force.”

The White House’s effort comes in response to advances by China, Russia and other countries in space. It also raises the question as to whether or not the move might accelerate the militarization of space.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at how militaries have and could operate outside our atmosphere - and what that may mean for the future of warfare.

World-renowned magician/illusionist MARIO MANZINI tells us that his new autobiography, "Escape from the Mob: The Mario Manzini Story," is on track to become a major motion picture in the very near future! Also, MELISSA BOHON-WEBEL's talent showcase "Home for the Holidays," a life-long dream in the making, opens next Thursday at Launer Auditorium on the Columbia College campus. (4:12) November 23, 2018

"Caitlin stormed into the house. She was so upset. She just came in, threw her backpack down, went right to her mother in the living room and said 'I'm not celebrating Thanksgiving'." -- the opening lines of LARRY BROWN's story called "The Feast" November 22, 2018

This week on Discover Nature, take a moment to admire and appreciate Missouri’s many gifts from nature.


Picture the vast geography of our state, as avian migrations pass over our prairies and plains, Ozark forests, big river systems, and marshy lowlands. 

Each ecoregion supporting its own array of animal and plant species that have constituted our state’s natural heritage from long before settlers set foot on Missouri soil. 

MARIA TREVOR performs three pieces of music on the harp: "In the Bleak Midwinter" (1:55); "I Wonder As I Wander" (4:44); and "What Child Is This?" (7:25). 'Harp and Healing', her monthly program at Broadway Christian Church in Columbia, returns next week with a Christmas theme. Additional guest: TERRY OVERFELT   November 21, 2018

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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is renewing a lobbying ban for members of his office.

Parson signed an executive order Tuesday revising an ethics policy implemented by his predecessor, former Gov. Eric Greitens.

Greitens' first act as governor in 2017 was to issue an order banning executive branch employees from accepting lobbyist gifts and prohibiting governor's office personnel from lobbying the executive branch if they leave their jobs.

A central Missouri attorney is facing 18 criminal counts alleging that he sexually assaulted four women. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley on Monday announced the indictment of Rolla attorney Brant Shockley. A phone message left by the Associated Press with Shockley through his office was not immediately returned. Hawley's office says the crimes date back to 2014. Shockley is accused of assaulting women at his home and his office. The Rolla Police Department, Phelps County Sheriff's Department, and Missouri State Highway Patrol are continuing to investigate.

Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes is resigning his post of seven years effective Wednesday evening.

Matthes was appointed to the position by the Columbia City Council in May 2011. Before that, he helped manage finances for the City of Des Moines, Iowa in a number of different capacities.

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Carpet One Floor and Home's SCOTT BRADLEY introduces us to Ditra-Heat, a relatively-new way to keep your tile temperature warm on cold winter days! Also, TODD DAVISON re-introduces us to the always-hilarious 'Church Basement Ladies'. They're back on the Maples Rep stage in "Away in the Basement" this weekend and next! (4:32) November 20, 2018

Columbia City Council Approves Bird Scooter Agreement 5-1

Nov 20, 2018

The Columbia City Council voted 5-1 to pass the proposed agreement between the city and electric scooter companies Bird and Pony.

The only vote against came from Third Ward Councilman Karl Skala, who said not enough time had been given to integrate these plans with the community, as well as including other companies such as Lime in the agreement.


“Columbia is not ready,” Skala said. “Do these Birds even have nests?”

The public came forward with several concerns, at the forefront being public safety.