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Afternoon Newscast for June 1, 2020

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For Second Week, Columbia Won't Collect Recycling

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Today’s announcement comes after many customer’s recycling was due to be collected; for the second week in a row, the City of Columbia will not be collecting recycling from residential customers.

The city announced last week that it would not collect recycling due to staffing shortages as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Several solid waste employees in Columbia were placed into isolation due to exposure to the coronavirus, as well as several employees of the temporary staffing agency used to collect recycling and trash. 

MU Coaches Address Killing of George Floyd and Nationwide Protests

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MU athletics coaches in recent days spoke out about the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and the subsequent protests around the country.

The national movement comes almost five years after a series of racist events, student protests and resignations by campus leadership put MU in the national spotlight.

Open COVID-19 Testing Launches Today

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Any Missouri resident can get tested for COVID-19 during upcoming testing days throughout the state.

A testing site will operate 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Hickman High School in Columbia. According to the registration site, all appointments have been filled.

St. Louis County police are investigating the theft of nearly three dozen guns from a pawn shop, all of them semi-automatic weapons. Officers responded at 1:10 a.m. Sunday to an alarm at Southside Pawn and Jewelry in Affton and found that windows had been shattered. Police spokesman Benjamin Granda said Monday that the business operators determined that 34 firearms were stolen — 32 semi-automatic handguns and two semi-automatic rifles. Granda says that at least six vehicles were involved in the burglary, with at least 10 suspects. No arrests have been made.

Local election officials across Missouri who have scrambled to make polling places as safe as possible during the coronavirus pandemic will see if their efforts pay off Tuesday. While each county is different, voters in local elections are likely to see poll workers wearings masks or face shields, social distancing requirements and single-use styluses to fill out their ballots. Concerns about voter safety prompted Republican Gov. Mike Parson to move local elections from April 7 to this Tuesday.


Citizens in Columbia and across the country have spilled on to the streets to call for justice for George Floyd.

After the recent killings of Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, and after a decade of killings of unarmed black citizens often at the hands of police, many people are saying: Enough is enough.

Health officials say they're seeking to “inform mass numbers of unknown people” after a person who attended crowded pool parties over Memorial Day weekend at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks tested positive for COVID-19. Camden County Health Department said in a release that the resident of Boone County in mid-Missouri tested positive on Sunday after arriving at the lake area a day earlier. Officials said there have been no reported cases of the virus linked to coronavirus in residents of Camden County, where the parties seen in videos and photos posted on social media took place.

Missouri has reported another 34 COVID-19-related deaths over the weekend. The state has 772 deaths attributed to COVID-19 as of Sunday.

Mizzou BioJoint: Four More Patients Sue MU Curators, Stannard, Cook

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The number of patients suing two MU doctors with Mizzou BioJoint Center and the MU Curators has grown to 21 after a new lawsuit was filed on behalf of four patients May 22.

A motion to consolidate all of the lawsuits for pretrial purposes was granted by 13th Circuit Judge J. Hasbrouck Jacobs on Tuesday.

Dozens March Around Downtown Columbia For Black Lives

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More than 50 people marched in downtown Columbia at 2 p.m. Sunday, joining a nationwide protest of the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis.

The march began at Francis Quadrangle on MU's campus, took a route around downtown Columbia and got back to campus where it started.

"No violence, no peace! No racist police!" yelled Ashton Brown, one of the leaders of the rally.

Kansas City officials imposed a curfew on some areas of the city Sunday evening through Monday morning as the city braces for another day of protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and law enforcement's treatment of blacks.

Protestors Rally for Justice at Two Events in Columbia Friday

May 30, 2020
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Hundreds of protesters angry over the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody turned out for demonstrations Friday in front of the Boone County Courthouse. 

The rallies were quickly organized to add a local voice to national outrage over the incident.


After some speeches from residents and leaders in the community Friday evening, several hundred marchers strode the sidewalks from the courthouse through downtown — eventually circling their way past the Columbia Police Department station.


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The Camden County Health Department confirmed Friday that a Boone County resident who tested positive for COVID-19 visited Lake of the Ozarks over Memorial Day weekend. In a news release, the department listed a number of establishments the person visited, including some depicted in videos that attracted international attention over the past week. 

Columbia College to Resume On-Campus Classes

May 29, 2020

In-person classes will resume at Columbia College on Aug. 31 and will continue that way until Thanksgiving break, according to a news release Friday from the college. After the break, students will finish their classes online.

Some classes will have a virtual option throughout the semester, the release said. Social distancing, wearing masks and deep disinfecting will be implemented for the fall.

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The Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing announced today that they’re making clear, accessible masks available to Missourians.

These accessible masks have clear fronts, which allow people to clearly see an individual’s mouth while they speak. This aspect of communication is critical for those who read lips and an integral part of effective communication for those who speak American Sign Language.

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Demonstrators took to the streets in Columbia to protest the recent killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, as well as what they describe as systemic racism in police work.

The 11 a.m. event started in front of the Boone County Courthouse, where around 30 protesters gathered and handed out signs. The demonstrators marched west towards the Columbia Police Department Headquarters, stopping in front of the Criminal Investigations Division on 7th and Walnut, across the street from the courthouse.

Here, some demonstrators spoke about why they were there.

Commentary: The Politics of Ort Gaukel

May 29, 2020

When I was in graduate school at Michigan State I got a job with grounds maintenance because the graduate assistantship wasn’t paying the bills.  In the morning I was a garbage man, riding around on the back of the truck and humping trash and incinerator ashes into the “packer,” as it was called – the technology hasn’t changed.  It was dangerous but interesting work.  You can’t believe what people throw away.  I salvaged a perfectly good night stand, a kid’s tricycle and a baby bed that was missing only one small piece of hardware that cost a quarter.  We supplemented our wages with deposit


Theater is the idea of gathering with a group of people to see a live story unfold before our eyes in a way that transforms or challenges our vision of the world. And it all might seem like a distant dream right now.

This crisis has hit the theater world hard. Even on Broadway and well beyond, actors, writers, directors and dramatists have found themselves out of work and disconnected from their audiences and their art.

Great Clips has temporarily closed its salons in Springfield, Missouri, after receiving threatening messages following the news that two hairstylists at one of the locations tested positive for the coronavirus and may have exposed 140 customers. Great Clips Inc. announced the closure on Thursday. It wasn't clear when the franchises would reopen. One threat came in a Facebook message to an employee on Saturday. The other was phoned to a salon Wednesday. Police are investigating.

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The University of Missouri-Kansas City says it will begin bringing back faculty, staff and students to its two campuses in Kansas City starting next week following its shutdown during the coronavirus outbreak. The university said Thursday in a news release that the campuses will open in three phases. The first phase will begin Monday, when a small group of employees engaged in critical operations will be brought back through July 5. The second phase will bring back senior administration and departmental leaders from July 6 through Aug. 2.

Churches in St. Louis city and county can reopen to in-person services starting in June, and many predominantly black churches plan to do so, despite the fact that the coronavirus has been particularly lethal in the black community. This week, three black clergy groups are handing out nearly 150,000 free masks to church leaders. Organizer Darryl Gray says the church “has been the surviving force for the black community since slavery.” Pastors say they're taking extra precautions for hygiene and social distancing, in addition to the masks.

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Open COVID-19 Testing Launches Next Week

May 28, 2020

Any Missouri resident can get tested for COVID-19 during upcoming testing days throughout the state.

A testing site will operate 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Hickman High School in Columbia.

To read more on this story, visit our partners at the Columbia Missourian.

Boone County to Use Software to Boost Contact Tracing Efforts

May 28, 2020

Columbia and Boone County’s health department plans to automate its contact tracing efforts of COVID-19 positive residents through a secure data collection software called REDCap.

The software was created in 2004 at Vanderbilt University to track medical and research data. The health department would join the REDCap Consortium, giving it free access to the software.

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Columbia City Manager John Clascock said some department cuts could be coming if revenues are down as a result of the pandemic.

Glascock gave his State of the City address on Thursday morning. He outlined a number of changes for the city. One thing that hasn’t changed is his goal to ensure more revenue for city projects.

“As I discussed last year, it might be time to consider stabilizing our revenue base by looking at other forms of revenue, instead of sales taxes, to fund critical services we provide to our residents.”


Health experts have asked us to continue social and physical distancing during this covid crisis, also to wear masks in many public places and to get tested if symptoms pop up. But this isn’t the first time Missourians have been asked to practice precaution during a viral outbreak.

More than a hundred years ago, the 1918 flu, often called the Spanish flu, overtook the United States and hit parts of Missouri especially hard. Even then, schools and churches closed and people were told to stay home to protect themselves and each other from what the CDC calls the most severe pandemic in recent history. Between 1918-1919, an estimated 675,000 Americans died from the H1N1 flu virus and an estimated 50 million people worldwide.