• Local watchers weigh in on Democratic debate Posted on 15 October 2019 at 8:44pm

    COLUMBIA - Twelve Democratic presidential candidates took stage Tuesday night in Ohio while mid-Missouri viewers watched on television. The debate focused on foreign policy, Hunter Biden’s work on the Ukraine energy company, Biden’s health, the prospect of Trump’s impeachment, and more. 

    In Columbia, Mid-Missouri Young Democrats, Mizzou College Democrats and Our Revolution Mid-Missouri hosted a watch party at Shakespeare's Pizza downtown.

  • MU sexual assault survey shows little change since 2015 Posted on 15 October 2019 at 8:27pm

    COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri released the results Tuesday of a survey on the campus climate surrounding sexual assault and harassment. 

    The springtime survey was the second time students at the university gave their opinions on the topic. Researchers sent out the first survey in 2015. 

  • State auditor says Missouri needs to be more prepared for recession Posted on 15 October 2019 at 8:13pm

    JEFFERSON CITY- Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway said Tuesday Missouri is in no shape to handle a recession if financial disaster should hit.
    Galloway, a Democrat running for governor, released a state audit of the state's rainy day fund. Galloway said Missouri has no preparation if a crisis happens. 
    The audit says that at the beginning of 2018, the state budget reserve fund had a balance of $616 million dollars. Galloway said the state borrowed more than $500 million from the fund by the end of fiscal year 2019 in June.
    The budget reserve fund was put into effect by the legislature in 2000, and was supposed to be used when Missouri faces emergencies. 
    Emergencies can take the shape of recession or natural disasters. 
    According to her audit, the fund is now being used for cash flow to pay out Missouri’s needs like payroll, tax returns and government programs. 
    Galloway wants the legislature to create a new separate fund in case of recession. 
    “I think this has to be a high priority,” Galloway said. “When we are in the middle of an economic downturn, it’s too late.” 
    Republican Governor Mike Parson's chief of staff said this is a part of the Democrat's playbook attacking Parson before an election year.
    “She opposes pro-growth policies that have led to the largest increase in real incomes, historically low unemployment, and nearly 40,000 new jobs created in Missouri,” Aaron Willard said.
    Galloway said she wants the legislature to plan in advance, especially when it comes to saving.
    “What the state is doing does not make sense and is not being fiscally responsible,” Galloway said.
    Her audit states Missouri ranks 43rd when it comes to being prepared for a recession.

  • MU students to go to Hollywood with the Campus Movie Fest Posted on 16 October 2019 at 4:52am

    COLUMBIA - The local segment of a national student film competition called "Campus Movie Fest" (CMF) is starting Wednesday at the University of Missouri Student Center.

    CMF gives MU students the chance to create a five minute short film that could later be shown to industry professionals in Hollywood.

  • EmVP: 94-year-old World War II veteran still serves his neighbors Posted on 15 October 2019 at 7:40pm

    COLUMBIA - From ear to ear, it's hard to miss 94-year-old Elmo Winterhalter's smile.

    "I don't know I've always been that way, ever since I was a kid," he said about his positive demeanor. 

  • African American Heritage Trail markers to be unveiled Wednesday night Posted on 16 October 2019 at 4:53am

    COLUMBIA - New trail markers identifying places of interest in the African American community are coming to the downtown Columbia area.

    The African American Heritage Trail will have new markers unveiled this afternoon at the J.W. Blind Boone Home. The event, which will unveil about half of the markers,  begins at 4 p.m.

  • Missouri Psychiatric Center opens new outdoor center for patients Posted on 15 October 2019 at 5:14pm

    COLUMBIA - MU Health Care unveiled a new therapeutic, outdoor activity center for patients Tuesday.

    The area has a playground, basketball court, swings and an adult exercise set.

  • UPDATE: Three injured after ambulance overturns in Columbia crash [embedded content] Posted on 15 October 2019 at 4:20pm

    COLUMBIA - Three people were hospitalized after a crash involving an ambulance shut down two major roads Tuesday afternoon. 

    Firefighters responded to a crash at the intersection of Stadium Boulevard and Old 63 just before 2:15 p.m., according to dispatch records. 

  • City of Mokane struggling to improve water distribution system Posted on 15 October 2019 at 4:09pm

    MOKANE - Mokane City Council met last week to discuss plans to reconstruct their old waste and drinking water system. The distribution system is the worst in the region, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

    The system was built in the 1960s and has not been updated since. It would cost an estimated $2.5 million to fix it.

  • Governor Parson signs executive order to curb youth vaping Posted on 15 October 2019 at 2:32pm

    JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Mike Parson signed an executive order Tuesday to create a campaign to educate, warn, and deter the use of vaping devices among Missouri's youth.

    Parson is directing the Departments of Health and Senior Services, Elementary and Secondary Education, and Public Safety to use existing resources to develop the statewide campaign, according to a press release.