• 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.

  • Barry Odom speaks out for first time since firing [embedded content] Posted on 4 December 2019 at 11:50am

    COLUMBIA - Former MU football coach Barry Odom released a statement Wednesday following his termination over the weekend.

    In a tweet, Odom said, in part: "This was never just a job to me! I'm thankful for Coach Gary Pinkel giving me an opportunity in college coaching...I am so thankful for all of my players over the years, you guys have changed my life for the better."

  • How to be safe on winter roads Posted on 5 December 2019 at 9:42pm

    COLUMBIA - Mid Missouri winters can be rough. We have already seen, rather early in the cold season, what just a dusting of snow can do to roads and the people who drive on them.

    Missouri is a “battle ground” for warm and cold air throughout the winter season. At least one case of rain, sleet, freezing drizzle/rain, freezing fog, and snow can be expected. This encompasses all precipitation types in nature. 

  • Governor Parson on creating more jobs for Missourians Posted on 3 December 2019 at 9:32pm

    SEDALIA — Gov. Mike Parson has a plan for more and better jobs in mid-Missouri.

    The governor spoke at State Fair Community College in Sedalia Tuesday.

  • Extreme winter weather does not disprove climate change nor global warming Posted on 5 December 2019 at 9:25pm

    COLUMBIA - Winter weather is often attacked in an attempt to prove climate change and global warming are not real. There is a lot to unpack here, but first we have to talk about the difference between weather and climate. Remember that weather is the atmospheric conditions for a specific date and time. Climate is the average long-term observed conditions.

    It’s also important to note that climate change and global warming are not the same thing. Climate change covers many factors, and while global warming is the main factor in our changing climate, it is not the only change happening.

  • Watch out for "fake weather" on social media, especially in the winter season Posted on 5 December 2019 at 9:03pm

    COLUMBIA - Most people spend hours each day on social media Liking, sharing and clicking on information, but there is also a lot of misinformation even in popular viral posts. The forecast is no exception to that statement.

    Anyone with a computer can make a map and access model data, that combination has allowed people and model data to go viral, but computer models are just one of many tools that meteorologists use to make a forecast. Computer models have very low skill and accuracy several days out and sometimes they just don’t perform well leading up to an event. They can also change drastically from run to run meaning one model run may look completely different from another model run in a period of just a few hours.

  • Snow Days: How school districts decide when to call off school Posted on 5 December 2019 at 8:56pm

    COLUMBIA - While most of us use the weather forecast in order to plan our own day, some people need it to make decisions that affect thousands of people like school closings.

    The decision to call off or delay school is a tough one to make, as districts much consider many factors, and time is not on their side. School district decision makers across mid-Missouri face this challenge every year. 

  • Charitable donations struggle after tax reform Posted on 3 December 2019 at 8:53pm

    COLUMBIA - CoMoGives passed $100,000 of donations Tuesday on the third day of the month-long fundraising campaign for nonprofits in mid-Missouri. 

    But for the man who started the campaign seven years ago, it’s not all a celebration. John Baker is the executive director of Community Foundation for Central Missouri, the organization that runs CoMoGives. 

  • Jefferson City businesses damaged in May tornado owe property tax Posted on 3 December 2019 at 7:07pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City business owners are dealing with damaged or demolished buildings from the tornado in May. Although some buildings are unusable, commercial business owners are still paying full property taxes.

    The owner and operator of Meyer Frame Shop, Greg Meyer, said how frustrated his friends are after losing their business and still having to pay full taxes.

  • Missouri Special Olympics looking for volunteers for the summer games Posted on 4 December 2019 at 9:00am

    JEFFERSON CITY -- The Missouri Special Olympics will host a meeting on Wednesday in search of volunteers to be part of the Games Management Team for the summer games.

    In 2020, Columbia will host the Special Olympics Summer Games for the first time since 2014. In previous years, the games took place in Springfield.