• House will draft Trump impeachment articles, Pelosi says Posted on 5 December 2019 at 10:38am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that the House is moving forward to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

    ’’Our democracy is what is at stake,” Pelosi said. “The president leaves us no choice but to act.”

  • City of Columbia to host a panel introducing candidates for fire chief Posted on 5 December 2019 at 2:48am

    COLUMBIA - Columbia's search for a new fire chief is coming to a close.

    A community relations specialist for City Manager John Glascock's office said she expects the search to end soon.

  • Three dead and one injured in shooting at Pearl Harbor Posted on 4 December 2019 at 11:04pm

    HONOLULU (AP) - The military says a U.S. sailor shot and killed two, and wounded one at the Pearl Harbor shipyard before taking his own life.

    The military didn't release a motive or any identifying information about the sailor who opened fire Wednesday at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.

  • The polar vortex is real, but it is often misunderstood Posted on 5 December 2019 at 10:07pm

    IS THE POLAR VORTEX NEW?

    This very real phenomenon was turned into a buzzword in 2014 and has since been used out of context on the regular. The polar vortex is real, but it can’t technically hit us at the Earth’s surface. Let me explain.

    THE ATMOSPHERE

    The level of our atmosphere where weather such as clouds occurs is called the troposphere and it can extend 7 miles above the Earth’s mean sea level. The next level of the atmosphere is called the stratosphere. This level of the atmosphere is generally too stable for convection to occur, meaning clouds don’t develop here, the ozone layer is also located in the stratosphere. However, there are some systems in the stratosphere that can affect the troposphere. One of these systems is the polar vortex, generally located in the lower stratosphere.

  • The 2019-2020 winter season outlook Posted on 5 December 2019 at 10:00pm

    COLUMBIA - Last winter saw major snow storms, ice, and extreme cold. This winter could see similar systems, however, the chances of another 20" snow storm two years in a row is slim. Remember that it is impossible to accurately forecast the weather for a specific day and time more than a few days out when it comes to winter storm systems. However, we can look at large scale forces to get hints at what the overall winter season may see.

    One of the main forcing mechanisms for us here in the U.S., when we are talking about long-term weather and climate patterns, is the equatorial Pacific's oscillation cycle. I'm talking about El Niño, La Niña, and neutral phase. It may seem strange, but the way the oceans and atmosphere interact along the equator actually plays a large role in the type of weather pattern we could experience. What we see for the coming season is neutral phase, which is an indicator of a colder northern U.S. winter and warmer southern U.S. winter, also being wetter to the north (more snow) and drier to the south (where a drought is already setting in). 

  • AG Eric Schmitt writes letter of support to Cameron football team over prayer Posted on 4 December 2019 at 9:31pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt wrote a letter of support to the Cameron football team after the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) called the team's pre and post game prayer unconstitutional.

    The FFRF wrote the letter back on November 4, calling out the head and assistant football coach for the prayer.

  • Neighbors react to nearby search for missing woman in Lamine River Posted on 4 December 2019 at 8:17pm

    COOPER COUNTY - Neighbors who live near the Lamine River have watched the search for missing Columbia woman, Mengqi Ji Elledge, since it started weeks ago. 

    Columbia police are leading the search efforts to find the missing mother with the help of other local law enforcement agencies.

  • Shooting victim dies two weeks after shooting Posted on 4 December 2019 at 5:40pm

    COLUMBIA - The victim of an attempted homicide in mid-November died in her home Friday.

    The Columbia Police Department was dispatched to a residence in the 2800 block of Jacobs Place Friday afternoon, according to city spokesman Brian Adkisson.

  • Homeowners react to proposed property tax increase in 2020 budget Posted on 4 December 2019 at 4:06pm

    COLUMBIA – Boone County's sales tax revenue has been steadily decreasing in recent years - and homeowners in the county could be facing a property tax increase as a result.

    Some residents of the Shepard Boulevard neighborhood reacted to the proposed  2-cent increase in the county's property tax Wednesday.

  • NAMI supports parents of children still coping after May tornado Posted on 4 December 2019 at 3:30pm

    ELDON - The National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, hosted the first of two community meetings on Wednesday to help parents whose children are still coping through trauma they may have suffered after the May tornado.

    Gena Terlizzi, the executive director of NAMI Missouri, said recovery after a disaster includes more than physical health.