Road Upgrades on Nifong and Woods Edge to Begin Wednesday

Jul 30, 2018

Upgrades to the road and crosswalk at the intersection of Nifong Boulevard and Woods Edge Road will begin Wednesday.

Cook Concrete will add a pedestrian island with flashing beacons and asphalt shoulder replacements to the intersection starting Wednesday, according to a news release from the Columbia Public Works Department. The construction will last from Wednesday to Monday, Aug. 13.

Road striping is expected to be completed by Monday, Aug. 20. Travelers should be cautious in the area.

Missouri State University is spending $1.6 million to buy 52 top-notch pianos by the end of the year.

The Springfield News-Leader reports the university's Board of Governors recently signed off on the plan to purchase the pianos designed by Steinway & Sons. The 52 pianos will be delivered this fall and paid over a seven-year period.

The university's push for the new pianos coincides with the overhaul of its music department facility. Music faculty emeritus Peter Collins says the projects will attract top students and instructors.

Jefferson City Cemeteries Become National Historical Site

Jul 30, 2018

Federal officials have added two cemeteries in Jefferson City to the National Register of Historic Places.

Jefferson City officials received word Friday that the Woodland-Old City Cemetery was added to the register. Officials hope the designation will promote historic preservation and awareness of those buried in the cemetery.

The cemeteries are on 6.6 acres of land and are the two oldest in Jefferson City. The Jefferson City News-Tribune report s Old City Cemetery was established in 1822 and Woodland Cemetery opened in 1838.

De'Vion Moore Named New Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary Principal

Jul 27, 2018

De'Vion Moore will be recommended as the new principal at Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School for the 2018-2019 school year. 

Pending approval by the Columbia Public School Board, Moore will replace current principal Michelle Holz, according to a news release from Michelle Baumstark, community relations director for Columbia Public Schools.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri says Russian hackers tried unsuccessfully to infiltrate her Senate computer network, raising questions about the extent to which Russia will try to interfere in the 2018 elections.

McCaskill, who is up for re-election this year, confirmed the attempted hack after The Daily Beast website reported that Russia's GRU intelligence agency tried to break into the senator's computers in August 2017. The Daily Beast report Thursday was based on the site's forensic analysis after a Microsoft executive said last week that the company had helped stop email phishing attacks on three unidentified candidates.

Chamber Endorses Water Bond Issue

Jul 27, 2018

The city's $42.8 million water bond issue won the endorsement of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce on Friday.

The bond issue, which appears on the Aug. 7 primary ballot as Proposition 1, would pay for upgrades at the McBaine water treatment plant, eight new well platforms in the McBaine bottoms, improvements to the West Ash Street pumping station and significant water distribution and storage projects in southwest and southeast Columbia.

UM System President's Contract Extended Two More Years

Jul 27, 2018

  The contract for UM System President Mun Choi has been extended by two years, to 2024.

The UM System Board of Curators approved the extension at a meeting Friday in Springfield.

Michelangelo once said that inside every block of stone is a work of art. That's the basis for today's conversation with DR. DAVID NEWMAN, RoseHeart Hypnotherapy Success Centers, about trusting your gut, listening to your instincts and making the right decision. July 27, 2018

MU Health Care to Discuss Opioid Program

Jul 26, 2018

MU Health Care representatives will get together with 4th District Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler on Monday afternoon to talk about the status of a medication-assisted opioid recovery program.

Leslie Porth, senior vice president of strategic quality initiatives for the Missouri Hospital Association, and emergency room physician Jonathan Heidt will meet with Hartzler, R-Harrisonville, and other stakeholders in the Opioid State Targeted Response program, according to a news release from the association.

Top Missouri Republicans are joining together to fight a ballot initiative that would change redistricting.

The group Missourians First on Thursday announced former Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Talent will lead the effort. Top Republican lawmakers are also helping.

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  In 1979 China's Communist Party implemented the “One-Child Policy” to slow the country’s population growth.

The policy was lifted in 2015, yet the effects of 36 years of strict population control will be felt for years to come. Today there are about 7.6 workers for every person over 65 in China. By 2050, fully 40 percent of the population could be over that age and the country is projected to have 100 million people 80 and over.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the emerging consequences of China's mass population control experiment.

Note: This program originally aired March 1, 2018

The Missouri county that includes Kansas City is the latest municipality to sue opioid makers, distributors and pharmacies over what it calls the "worst man-made epidemic in modern medical history."

Jackson County alleges in the lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court that the epidemic has burdened the county with opioid-related hospitalizations, emergency medical responses to overdoses, babies born in withdrawal, incarcerations and child welfare cases, The Kansas City Star reports. It says more than 300 people died of opioid overdose deaths in the county from 2013 to 2017.

A second security line has been established at Columbia Regional Airport to accommodate growing numbers of passengers.

The Transportation Security Administration began operating the second screening station on Thursday. City Community Relations Director Steven Sapp said in a news release that passenger loads at the airport have increased by 10 times in the past 10 years.

CONNIE SHAY wets our appetite for all-things quilting ahead of next Saturday's annual Peacemakers Quilt Show in Fayette! The theme this year is "The Four Seasons of Quilting." Also, LELANDE REHARD tells us what you can and can't bring to this Saturday's Fix-It Fair at the Armory in downtown Columbia! (4:13) July 26, 2018

BRANSON — The Better Business Bureau is warning people to do their research before buying a timeshare in Branson and to beware of high-pressure sales tactics.

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New campaign finance reports show Eric Greitens’ political campaign paid an employee with a history of sexual misconduct allegations almost $50 thousand since May.

'Where Giants Walk:' Sanborn Field Marks 130 Years of Breakthroughs

Jul 25, 2018

There’s a sample of Missouri soil sitting in the Smithsonian Institution.

The soil sample, taken in 1945, contains an actinobacteria  — Streptomyces aureofaciens — used to develop an antibiotic similar to penicillin. Aureomycin was used to treat illnesses including typhus and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Candidate Forums Held Before the Aug. 7 Primary

Jul 25, 2018

As the Aug. 7 primary elections near, candidates and interested parties made their way to forums Tuesday to talk about “right to work,” fireworks wars, racial issues and other matters on their minds.

The League of Women Voters held a candidate and ballot issue forum at 6:30 p.m. in the Friends Room of the Columbia Public Library, and the NAACP organized a candidate forum at 7 p.m. in the Second Missionary Baptist Church.

Layoffs at Tronc’s New York Daily News nearly decimated the newspaper’s staff, leaving some to claim the nation’s biggest city a local news desert. How can it be that local news is dying in a city of more than 10 million people? Also, when candidates and special interests turn journalists’ work into endorsements and mixed messages about misinformation on Facebook.

"The Foolish Corner" author JOHN HOWE uses the FIFA World Cup, and more specifically, the goalie position, to explain what he calls a "biased towards action" when investing in the stock market. July 25, 2018

Second Trial Begins for Man Charged with Burning a Trailer with a Woman Inside

Jul 25, 2018

After the first trial ended in a hung jury in February, a second began Tuesday for a man accused of burning down a mobile home with a woman inside.

James Hall, 42, is charged with first-degree arson after being arrested in connection to a mobile home that burned down on Dec. 15, 2014.

After jury selection began Tuesday morning, opening statements in the afternoon provided conflicting views about the credibility of witnesses and the evidence provided.


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill announced Tuesday that she wants to enshrine into law federal recommendations to improve duck boat safety such as getting rid of canopies that can trap passengers if the vehicles sink, a move that comes after a deadly accident in Missouri.

McCaskill said during a speech on the Senate floor that she is drafting legislation following the sinking of a sightseeing boat last week on Table Rock Lake near Branson that killed 17 people.