• Protesters advocate for police reform, in the streets and in council chambers Posted on 7 July 2020 at 11:00am

    COLUMBIA—The topic of police reform dominated the public comment portion of Monday’s Columbia City Council meeting.

    Four of five people scheduled to speak at the beginning of the meeting spoke on a topic related to police or criminal justice reform.

  • Columbia City Council passes mandatory mask ordinance Posted on 7 July 2020 at 1:46am

    COLUMBIA - Columbia City Council voted 6-1 in favor of the mandatory mask ordinance Monday night. The order will go into effect on July 10 at 5 p.m. and requires that Columbia citizens wear a mask at all times while in public places. 

    Places also include hallways inside apartment buildings and offices where people pass each other without being six feet apart. 

  • Community comes together for vigil after double homicide Posted on 6 July 2020 at 11:23pm

    COLUMBIA -The community came together Monday night to remember victims of a double homicide.

    People came together in Columbia at the scene where the shooting happened to remember Tara Kneedler, 38 and Ri'ajauhna, 11.

  • TARGET 8 FOLLOW-UP: Governor signs coroner bill into law Posted on 6 July 2020 at 8:13pm

    COLUMBIA -- Monday Governor Mike Parson signed HB 2046.

    Inside the omnibus bill was coroner training reform Jay Minor's been working toward for years.

  • Parson signs massive public safety bill to address violent crime Posted on 6 July 2020 at 7:14pm

    JEFFERSON CITY —Gov. Mike Parson will sign an omnibus bill that increases prison sentences and eliminates probation for certain violent crimes.

    Senate Bill 600, the massive public safety bill, passed during the final hours of the legislative session. The bill modifies several criminal justice policies, many of which result in longer prison sentences. Along with changes to mandatory minimum sentences and probation, the bill includes other provisions that Parson said would help address violent crime in Missouri.

  • Columbia police detain 16-year-old in connection with double homicide Posted on 6 July 2020 at 7:09pm

    COLUMBIA — Columbia police have arrested a 16 year old boy in connection to a shooting that resulted in a double homicide over the weekend. 

    The shooting took place near Volunteer Drive and Grace Lane on July 5. 

  • MU taps Maryland administrator as next vice chancellor for advancement Posted on 6 July 2020 at 6:25pm

    COLUMBIA — A University of Maryland administrator and head of fundraising will be MU's next vice chancellor for advancement, the university announced Monday.

    Jackie Lewis, who serves as Vice President of University Relations for the College Park campus, will begin at MU on Aug. 12, according to a Monday campus email from Interim MU Chancellor Mun Choi.

  • More contact tracers trained, but Boone County still needs more Posted on 6 July 2020 at 5:50pm

    COLUMBIA —The Columbia/Boone County Health Department trained 15 city employees in contact tracing Monday. But the county is still at least 10 people below the CDC’s recommend number of contact tracers by population.

    "There are some guidelines the CDC recommends," Todd Guess, Boone County Health Department’s senior planner, said. "We don't have that number yet. We've been asking, and apparently the state has been promising either help with contact tracing, more funding for contact tracing. But that hasn't materialized yet."

  • Cole County Free testing event hosted by Missouri National Guard Posted on 6 July 2020 at 5:39pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - A free community COVID-19 testing event will be held July 7-9 in Cole County at the former Cole County Health Department.

    The difference with this testing event is that it's run by department of health and senior services along with the Missouri National Guard," Cole County's Communicable disease coordinator Chezney Schulte, "It does not require any physicians order. It doesn't require symptoms. It just requires that you register for the event and that you're a Missouri resident."

  • Patrick Mahomes signs 10 year extension with Kansas City Posted on 6 July 2020 at 5:11pm

    KANSAS CITY- Patrick Mahomes has signed a 10-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs. This new contract will keep Mahomes in Kansas City through the 2031 season.

    According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the contract will be the largest in sports history worth up to $503 million with $477 million guaranteed. The payout to Mahomes surpasses Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout who signed a $426.5 Million contract with the Angels last March.