• 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.

  • City of Columbia releases mask ordinance Posted on 7 July 2020 at 2:49pm

    COLUMBIA — After the Columbia City Council voted to approve a mandatory face mask order Monday night, the City of Columbia released the finalized ordinance. 

    Here are some takeaways from the ordinance: 

  • Mid-Missouri couple raises $25,000 for Rainbow House Posted on 7 July 2020 at 12:31pm

    COLUMBIA — After COVID-19 caused Rainbow House to cancel its biggest fundraiser of the year, a mid-Missouri couple took it upon themselves to raise more than $25,000. 

    In April, Kent Henry started a campaign to raise funds for the organization, according to a statement from Rainbow House. He agreed to shave one strip of hair from his head for each gift of $50. At the end of April, he had raised more than $11,000. 

  • Here's the best way to take care of your mental health during the pandemic Posted on 7 July 2020 at 12:23pm

    Editor's note: Vivek H. Murthy served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States and is the author of New York Times bestseller Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World. Alice T. Chen is an internal medicine physician and served as the executive director of Doctors for America from 2011 to 2017. The opinions expressed in this commentary are their own.  

    (CNN) -- As the US grapples with Covid-19, its economic fallout, and the continuing anguish of racial injustice, many of us are struggling with our mental health. A Census Bureau survey found that one in three Americans are now reporting symptoms of depression or anxiety -- more than three times the rate from a similar survey conducted in the first half of 2019.

  • Tuesday COVID-19 Coverage: MU Health Care reports high testing numbers [embedded content] Posted on 7 July 2020 at 12:19pm

    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.