• Columbia College gets a new paid holiday Posted on 17 September 2020 at 10:18pm

    COLUMBIA, MO - On Tuesday, Columbia College officially decided to make Juneteenth a paid holiday.

    According to the Juneteenth website, “Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.” The holiday is a celebration that also reflects on the last group of enslaved learning that they had been emancipated in April. The Union army delivered the news of freedom to slaves in pockets of the country. Juneteenth marks the date the last enslaved people in Texas learned of their freedom.  

  • Letter coming to more than 150K Missourians who may be eligible for stimulus payment Posted on 17 September 2020 at 8:46pm

    ST. LOUIS — The Internal Revenue Service released a state-by-state breakdown of people who will be receiving letters asking them to check whether they’re eligible for an Economic Impact Payment.

    The IRS will mail letters to people who aren’t required to file federal income tax returns but may qualify for a payment. The letter urges recipients to visit the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info tool on IRS.gov before the Oct. 15 deadline to register for a payment.

  • Tutoring program going virtual due to COVID-19 Posted on 17 September 2020 at 8:08pm

    COLUMBIA - A tutoring program called Grade A Plus, which offers free tutoring from MU students, is moving online this year.

    This program involves students from the University of Missouri that volunteer to tutor students in grades K-12.

  • Lane Closures on I-70 starting Wednesday evening Posted on 17 September 2020 at 6:33pm

    CALLAWAY COUNTY – Overnight Interstate 70 travelers could experience lane closures next week as MoDOT crews work on their Callaway County bridge project.

    Starting Wednesday, Sept. 23 through Friday, Sept. 25, MoDOT will close individual lanes from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

  • LOCAL LOOKOUT: Fun-sized birthday parties during COVID-19 Posted on 17 September 2020 at 6:10pm

    COLUMBIA- As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, families are looking for ways to celebrate moments while still following social distancing guidelines. 

    “It’s also about taking the time to pause and share that value and those experiences and those traditions around those experiences,” said Tabatha Rice, Clinician for Burrell Health.

  • Federal search warrant executed in north Boone County [embedded content] Posted on 17 September 2020 at 4:54pm

    COLUMBIA- A federal search warrant was executed Thursday on the 300 block of East Winter Street in north Boone County, according to an email from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

    The search warrant is part of an ongoing criminal investigation involving multiple violations of federal firearm laws, according to the ATF. 

  • Trial moved for Missouri man charged in brothers' deaths Posted on 17 September 2020 at 4:37pm

    KINGSTON, Mo.. (AP) — The trial of a Missouri man accused of killing two brothers from Wisconsin is being moved because of extensive pre-trial publicity.

    Online court records show that a change of venue was granted Tuesday relocating Garland Nelson’s trial to Johnson County from Caldwell County, where the crime happened. Nelson is facing the death penalty in the deaths of 24-year-old Justin Diemel and 35-year-old Nicholas Diemel, of Shawano County, Wisconsin. They disappeared in July 2019 after visiting Nelson’s farm in Braymer to collect a $250,000 debt stemming from a cattle deal. Their burned remains were later found in Missouri and Nebraska.

  • Motorcycle rally at Lake of the Ozarks spurs concerns Posted on 17 September 2020 at 3:54pm

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A gathering at the Lake of the Ozarks is bringing tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts to Missouri, generating worry that the state’s already fast-growing number of coronavirus cases could spike even higher.

    Bikefest Lake of the Ozarks drew about 125,000 people last year. The event, which began Wednesday,  bills itself as the largest motorcycle rally in the Midwest. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that it includes five days of rides, vendor fairs, concerts and stops at area bars and restaurants.

  • Expert: Increased alcohol consumption no way to cope during pandemic Posted on 17 September 2020 at 3:53pm

    MISSOURI- The COVID-19 pandemic has caused most people to have little to no in-person social interactions due to quarantine and social distancing orders.

    Several states began to implement stay-at-home mandates as the pandemic worsened and that has caused some to become dependent on alcohol.

  • Columbia College to observe 'Juneteenth' as official college holiday Posted on 17 September 2020 at 3:46pm

    COLUMBIA - Columbia College President Dr. Scott Dalrymple announced the campus will recognize Juneteenth as a paid holiday, starting next year.

    In a release sent Wednesday to the Columbia College community, Dr. Dalrymple announced the college would be moving forward with two major initiatives recommended by their Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee: