• Study says light pollution ruins teen sleep and may contribute to mental disorders Posted on 8 July 2020 at 1:31pm

    (CNN) -- Hey sleepyheads -- have you been turning off or covering up all your smartphone and computer lights in your bedroom at night?

    Blocking indoor light to keep your body in sleep mode is one of the first things any sleep expert will tell you to do for better sleep. Now, you may want to use light-blocking curtains at your bedroom windows as well -- especially for any children in your home.

  • UM to introduce university-led rural broadband plan Wednesday Posted on 8 July 2020 at 10:45am

    COLUMBIA (Missourian) - The University of Missouri System will introduce a plan Wednesday to bring high-speed, affordable broadband internet to rural parts of the state.

    A public webinar, titled "Bringing Broadband to a Missouri Community," will introduce the university-led road map that will bring broadband to Bollinger County in southeast Missouri, according to a Monday news release. The plan will also serve as a model for other rural parts of the state.

  • Countywide mask ordinance unlikely, commissioner says Posted on 8 July 2020 at 10:41am

    COLUMBIA (Missourian) - The Boone County Commission has no plans to follow Columbia’s lead and impose a countywide mask ordinance, one commissioner said.

    The Columbia City Council passed an amended emergency citywide mask ordinance by a vote of 6-1 on Monday. Fifth Ward Councilperson Matt Pitzer was the sole vote against the ordinance.

  • Missourians have more voting options in 2020 due to COVID-19 Posted on 8 July 2020 at 10:36am

    COLUMBIA (Missourian) - Registered voters in Missouri will be able to vote absentee, by mail or in person with social distancing modifications in both the Aug 4 and Nov. 3 elections.

    Voting options expanded in Missouri for the 2020 elections after Gov. Mike Parson signed Senate Bill 631, which allows voters to submit absentee ballots if they have COVID-19 or are at risk for contracting the virus. The bill also allows voters to request mail-in ballots.

  • Wednesday COVID-19 Coverage: MU Health Care hits testing capacity for the second time this week [embedded content] Posted on 8 July 2020 at 10:16am

    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. 

  • UPDATE: Missing girl in Howard County found safe [embedded content] Posted on 8 July 2020 at 6:06am

    HOWARD COUNTY - On Wednesday, the missing girl was found safe.

    An endangered person advisory was issued in Howard County early Wednesday to help find Ashya Jane Hampton, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol news release.

  • 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.