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'This Is Deliberate Risk': MU Residential Assistants Worry As Move-In Begins

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As students began to move into MU residence halls and apartments Wednesday, residential assistants — or RAs — expressed concern about their own health and safety, citing university policies and duties they believe would put them at more risk of exposure to COVID-19.

In private meetings with Department of Residential Life supervisors and interviews with the Missourian, RAs criticized what they viewed as expanded duties, including leading campus activities and tours with groups of students, that needlessly put them and others at risk to begin the fall semester.

A proposal by Missouri's Republican governor to give the attorney general the power to prosecute homicides in St. Louis is spurring backlash.

Gov. Mike Parson's Monday directive was widely seen as criticism of St. Louis' first Black prosecutor, Kim Gardner. Parson has said the goal is to help combat a surge in violent crime.

Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King says Republicans are trying to undermine Gardner. Gardner supports greater police accountability and other reforms.

Precautionary Boil Advisory For South Columbia

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South Columbia is under a precautionary boil advisory after a water main leak caused low water pressure, according to a news release. 

All of Bearfield Road, Bearfield Meadows Subdivision, Rock Quarry Road, Happy Hollow, Gans Road and Providence Road from Rock Bridge Elementary to Rock Bridge Memorial State Park entrance are under the advisory.

The advisory is in effect until 12 p.m. Thursday, according to a news release from Consolidated Water.

The Missouri Symphony's annual garage sale is moving to a live online auction format this year - and with "higher-end items" - according to executive director TRENT RASH. Proceeds benefit The Missouri Symphony League, which support music education in our community. Also, dietitian JENNIFER BEAN has a solution (not 'the' solution) for those tired of cooking at home: kebabs! Get pro tips and ideas for ingredients you might otherwise overlook. (4:07) August 13, 2020

Afternoon Newscast for August 12, 2020

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Get to know husband and wife dentists DR. PHILIP BATSON and DR. ELIZABETH ABE from Columbia Health Smiles! They take us behind the scenes of their new office safety procedures in the wake of COVID-19. Dr. Abe says for the patient, fortunately their visit should feel "pretty normal." August 12, 2020

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The advocacy group Missourians for Educational Change and a coalition of Missouri House Democrats gathered Tuesday at the state capitol calling for action from Gov. Mike Parson and a stronger response to COVID-19.

Missouri’s top health official insists a statewide mandate for masks and social distancing doesn't make sense, even though the federal government has designated the state a “red zone” for new coronavirus cases.

Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, told KCUR-FM radio for a report published Monday that the designation is cause for concern. He says Missouri is a diverse state and that instead of a statewide mandate he favors a strategy that supports local officials.

Afternoon Newscast for August 11, 2020

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This week on Discover Nature, find a spot to escape the summer heat in a pond or pool of a cool stream, and you may find one of the largest wildflowers in Missouri.


Hairy rose mallow (Hibiscus lasiocarpos) produces flowers that resemble hibiscus, with five white- or rose-colored, papery petals, and a central wine-purple spot. The tall, perennial herb sometimes develops woody stalks and can grow to eight-feet in height. 


As an end-of-life doula, MICKEY HAVENER strongly supports the idea of an advance directive. If you're not familiar with the concept, it's like a will, only this comes into play while you're still alive; in a sense, an advance directive will speak for you when you cannot. August 11, 2020

Number of COVID-19 Inpatients In Boone County Inches Up

Aug 11, 2020

Twenty-one people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Boone County’s hospitals Monday, compared to 17 inpatients reported Aug 3.

MU Health Center reported 11 COVID-19 inpatients at 3:30 p.m. Monday, according to the hospital. Boone Hospital Center had nine inpatients who tested positive at 8:30 a.m. Monday, according to the hospital.

Truman Veterans' Hospital had only one COVID-19 inpatient Monday, said Jeffrey Hoelscher, public affairs officer for the hospital.

The Missouri health department says the the state confirmed another 1,027 COVID-19 cases , continuing a trend of nearly 1,000 updated cases every day since last week.

The exception was Sunday, when the state recorded 475 confirmed cases. The state's data was delayed during the weekend as health department officials moved the numbers from an old surveillance system to a new one. As of Monday, Missouri has confirmed 59,954 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

The state reported six deaths during the weekend but none on Monday, for a total deaths of 1,307.

Family and friends of Black 18-year-old Michael Brown say his death after being shot by a police officer in Ferguson remains painful six years later.

About 100 people gathered Sunday on the street where Brown was shot by white officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014, sparking months of protests and igniting the Black Lives Matter movement. Cori Bush, a Ferguson activist who upset longtime U.S. Rep. William Clay in last week's Democratic primary, said coming to the site every year doesn't get any easier.

Columbia School Board Votes To Delay Start Date And Revises Reopening Plan

Aug 11, 2020

The Columbia Board of Education voted Monday night to delay the start of school to Sept. 8. The board also added the option of an in-person hybrid learning model.

The new calendar now has the year beginning Sept. 8 and ending June 11. Previously, the district was set to begin the school year Aug. 25.

With approval of the in-person hybrid learning model, the district now has three options for the upcoming school year: in-person, online and in-person hybrid.

Afternoon Newscast for August 10, 2020

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Missouri has entered its sixth month of navigating the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and for dozens of health departments across the state, CARES Act funding has been slow to arrive.

That means crucial public-health positions like contact tracers and case investigators have been left unfilled. So, Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services has found one creative stop-gap – Masters in Public Health student volunteers.

Scott Clardy, left, and Lynelle Phillips, right, stand socially distanced – six feet apart – with a map of Boone County between them.
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Lynelle Phillips and Scott Clardy both work with Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services. Scott is the Assistant Director and Lynelle is a professor at the University of Missouri who leads a team of contact investigator volunteers.

They spoke about the bad rap that college age students get when it comes to testing positive for COVID-19 and about some of the ways college students can help keep themselves and their community – safe. 

Missouri Health Talks gathers Missourians’ stories of access to healthcare in their own words. You can view more conversations at

Capital City Productions opens 'Billy Elliot: The Musical' with a cast of 25 this Thursday in Jefferson City! Director LAURA VEDENHAUPT says if for no other reason, come to hear the music by Elton John. Also, DAYNA GLANZ talks about the reopening of OsteoStrong Columbia and the new procedures in place to make visitors feel safe and comfortable. (3:29) August 10, 2020

A northwest Missouri town is debating whether to change its high school's “Savages” mascot name.

The debate has split Savannah. The nearly all-white town has about 5,000 residents and is an hour north of Kansas City. “Savages” has been the mascot since at least 1926 and is emblazoned across the town. Racial inequality protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis prompted people to start a petition to change the mascot. That's led to a counter-petition to keep it.

Nearly 100 community members tuned into a virtual town hall Saturday night to discuss issues surrounding policing in Columbia and propose potential solutions.

“Part of the discussion will focus on how this community moves forward,” co-organizer Rebecca Shaw of CoMo for Progress said. “(This is) following years of advocates asking the city and police for specific changes to their policies to better inform an anti-racist philosophy around community policing and, now, nightly protests of new voices asking for many of the same changes.”

Boone County Courthouse Increases Occupancy Rate And In-Person Proceedings

Aug 10, 2020

The Boone County Courthouse moved back to operational phase two Friday, increasing courtroom capacity to 25 people.

The courthouse suspended most in-person activities after an employee tested positive for COVID-19 on July 24. According to a news release Friday from the 13th Judicial Circuit Court, no additional cases related to the patient from July have been recorded.

Columbia Commemorates 75th Anniversary Of Hiroshima And Nagasaki Bombings

Aug 10, 2020

Community members gathered Saturday night at Stephens Lake Park to advocate for a nuclear-free future.

Mid-Missouri Peaceworks organized the event in memory of the lives lost during the atomic bombings that took place in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. This is the 34th consecutive year the event has taken place.

In the past, around 80 people came to the event, Mark Haim, the director of Mid-Missouri Peaceworks said. This year, around 40 people attended.

The city council in Missouri’s largest city has endorsed the idea of painting Black Lives Matter murals on six streets across the city.

The Kansas City Star reports that Kansas City Council members voted 12-1 Thursday in favor of a resolution saying the city “recognizes the importance and significance of the Black Lives Matter movement and desires to commemorate the message through painting street murals." Murals have appeared on streets in other cities to support racial justice in the months since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

State Rep. Jon Carpenter is the likely winner of a Democratic primary for a Clay County Commission seat after a technical problem initially showed his opponent won the election.