• Gravois Mills man killed in car crash Tuesday afternoon Posted on 7 July 2020 at 11:37pm

    COOPER COUNTY - A man from Gravois Mills was killed Tuesday afternoon in a crash on Route B, north of bridge A1691 in Cooper County.

    According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, 61-year-old Harold Spruell was a passenger in a vehicle that crossed the center of the road, overcorrected several times, ran off the right side of the roadway, collided with the ground and overturned.

  • EmVP: Music therapists spread joy with sidewalk chalk Posted on 7 July 2020 at 10:28pm

    COLUMBIA - At the entrance to the playground at Cosmo Park in Columbia, you'll find a brightly colored message waiting for visitors. It's some of the lyrics to the song "Summertime" by Janis Joplin.

    "You're going to rise up singing," said Kristin Veteto reading off the lyrics on the sidewalk. "You're going to spread your wings, child. And, take to the sky."

  • Mississippi troopers find kidnapping victims at traffic stop Posted on 7 July 2020 at 10:01pm

    CORINTH, Miss. (AP) — A Missouri man suspected in a Tennessee kidnapping was found during a traffic stop in Mississippi.

    Authorities say the Mississippi Highway Patrol also safely located a woman and her 10-month-old daughter who he had kidnapped.

  • Columbia business owners react to mask ordinance Posted on 7 July 2020 at 7:42pm

    COLUMBIA - It's official —masks will be required in Columbia starting Friday.

    KOMU spoke to several different Columbia businesses about the ordinance that passed around midnight Tuesday.

  • CPS to discuss elementary attendance areas in focus groups Posted on 7 July 2020 at 6:23pm

    COLUMBIA — The CPS Board of Education is holding four virtual meetings on Wednesday to review elementary attendance areas. 

    According to the press release, the goal of the meetings is to determine if there are attendance areas that may need to be readdressed because of population growth. 

  • Most CPS parents support in-person classes, survey says Posted on 7 July 2020 at 6:21pm

    COLUMBIA – Monday marked the deadline for parents to fill out a Columbia Public Schools survey asking whether families prefer in-person or online classes for the fall. 

    Even as COVID-19 cases continue to rise, a majority of parents still support of in-person classes.

  • Jefferson City business owner pleads guilty to tax evasion Posted on 7 July 2020 at 5:28pm

    KANSAS CITY —A Jefferson City businessman pleaded guilty to tax evasion in federal court Tuesday. 

    According to a Missouri Justice Department press release, Ryan M. Phegley, 39, pleaded guilty after failing to pay taxes on more than $600,000 worth of income for three years. 

  • Missouri health department to administer 1,500 free COVID-19 tests Posted on 7 July 2020 at 3:44pm

    JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's National Guard held a free COVID-19 testing event in Cole County on Tuesday.

    Tuesday was the first day of a three-day event to give out free tests at the former Cole County Health Department building.

  • Local businesses close after COVID-19 cases Posted on 7 July 2020 at 3:07pm

    COLUMBIA — Missouri — and Boone County — have loosened restrictions on businesses about COVID-19 in recent weeks. But some local establishments are going beyond requirements to be proactive and stay safe. 

    Shakespeare's Pizza's South location recently shut down after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. 

  • Columbia to suspend curbside recycling pickup indefinitely Posted on 7 July 2020 at 3:04pm

    COLUMBIA - City officials announced Tuesday they will suspend curbside recycling pickup indefinitely, effective July 8.

    A press release cited issues like staffing shortages and difficulties finding and keeping people with commercial driver's licenses (CDLs) as reasons for the change.