• Arrest made in boys death that sparked federal task force Posted on 14 August 2020 at 7:09am

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man has been charged in the shooting death of a 4-year-old Kansas City, Missouri, boy whose killing sparked a federal anti-crime task force that has sent hundreds of federal agents to several cities to fight violent crime.

    Ryson Ellis, 22, of Kansas City, was charged Thursday with second-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of armed criminal action in the death of LeGend Taliferro, who was struck by a bullet June 29 while he slept on the floor of his father’s apartment.

  • Forum closed for first steps of Improvement Project [embedded content] Posted on 13 August 2020 at 8:44pm

    COLUMBIA - Forum Boulevard closed throughout the night for construction workers to build storm sewer drainage between Green Meadows Road and Nifong Boulevard. 

  • NCAA cancels fall championships as major football marches on Posted on 13 August 2020 at 7:10pm

    (AP) - The NCAA will not conduct fall championship events - a move that does not effect major college football - because not enough schools are competing in sports such as men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.

    NCAA President Mark Emmert made the announcement in video posted on Twitter, but it has been clear this was coming. Emmert said the NCAA will try to stage the fall sports championships in the winter and spring.

  • Safety upgrades prevent historic Columbia building from burning Posted on 13 August 2020 at 6:58pm

    COLUMBIA — The owner of one of Columbia's oldest buildings is glad he invested in fire sprinklers when he bought it.

    On Tuesday morning, a small kitchen fire broke out at Niedermeyer Apartments on Cherry Street.

  • Dylan Hair picks up where his brothers left off as Blair Oaks' quarterback Posted on 13 August 2020 at 6:34pm

    WARDSVILLE - For the eighth consecutive season, Blair Oaks will start a Hair brother at quarterback this fall.

    From 2013-2015, it was Jordan Hair leading the Falcons. His little brother Nolan Hair took over in 2016 and led the Falcons to a state championship as a senior in 2018.

  • A Brighter Tomorrow - Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Posted on 13 August 2020 at 5:04pm

    The American Psychiatric Association describes obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) as "an anxiety disorder in which time people have recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas or obsessions that make them feel driven to do something repetitively."

    These repetitive habits can include cleaning or hand washing. The APA says for some people with OCD, these behaviors can often interfere with their daily life, while others with the disorder find it gives their day more structure. 

  • Boone County hits 1,500 COVID-19 cases Posted on 13 August 2020 at 5:01pm

    BOONE COUNTY - Boone County hit a new record of 1,500 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. This is an increase of 500 cases since July 24th. 

    It took the county almost four months to reach the first 500 cases. Then, it took 18 days to reach the 1,000 case milestone and 20 more days to reach 1,500 cases since the pandemic began.

  • Thursday COVID-19 Coverage: 1,267 new cases in Missouri Posted on 13 August 2020 at 3:41pm

    As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. 

    You can find an active map of confirmed COVID-19 cases county by county here, COVID-19 cases in Missouri broken down by county. 

  • CPS to add new learning plan for students Posted on 13 August 2020 at 3:19pm

    COLUMBIA- Columbia Public Schools will be implementing a new plan for middle and high school students. 

    In an email sent to parents on Wednesday, CPS said it is likely there will be shifts in how in-person learning is offered throughout the school year, and because of that, middle and high schools will offer a 4x4 schedule for students that have chosen in person learning and virtual learning.

  • CPS working with local after school dates with concerns over later start date Posted on 13 August 2020 at 11:18am

    COLUMBIA - On Monday, Columbia public schools pushed back the start date of the 2020- 2021 school year till after Labor Day. 

    The district is beginning classes for both in-person and virtual students on September 8th.