• Columbia schools consider collection agencies for lunch money debt

    Posted 7:18 PM 5/10/2015 by Samantha Myers, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - The Columbia Public School system lunch program is about $100,000 in debt. The school board is looking into using collection agencies as a possible solution to the growing debt. 

    Nutrition Services Director Laina Fullum said the debt is due in part to needy families having (More)

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  • TARGET 8: Violent crime spree sparks debate over parole hearings

    Posted 6:59 PM 5/19/2015 by Jordan Bowen, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Why did the Missouri's parole board release Mark Adair from prison on April 10, 2015? It's a question that will go unanswered, and one that highlights the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole's process as one of the most secretive in the nation.

    After serving decades behind (More)

  • Family Fun Fest stresses kindness

    Posted 7:38 PM 5/27/2015 by Rona Navales, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - Family Fun Fest encouraged kindness, respect, and mental health awareness at Columbia Cosmopolitan Recreation Area on Wednesday night. 

    Family Fun Fest came from Twilight Festivals that used to take place downtown. Once Twilight Festivals stopped, Columbia Parks and (More)

  • Jesse Hall reopens after updates

    Posted 7:03 PM 5/27/2015 by Andrea Stoll, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - After an $8.5 million update, one of Columbia's most recognizable landmarks is open once again.

    The construction on Jesse Hall began almost a year ago, relocating all of the offices inside to other buildings. 

    The additions to the building include 1400 sprinkler (More)

  • New farming method produces more food for community

    Posted 6:44 PM 5/27/2015 by Hanna Yates, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - A new farming method at Kilgore's Community Garden is producing a much larger crop yield to help the community.

    Kilgore's Medical Pharmacy held a community garden workday on Wednesday outside of the Columbia pharmacy location.

    Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture (More)

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  • Records dispute claim in St. Louis baby case

    Records dispute claim in St. Louis baby case

    Posted 4:20 PM 5/27/2015 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri adoption records dispute a St. Louis woman's claim that her baby was stolen at Homer G. Phillips Hospital in 1965 after she was told the infant died.

    A letter obtained by The Associated Press cites records that say the biological mother abandoned the baby.

  • Missouri students are over-tested, according to MSTA survey

    Posted 4:14 PM 5/27/2015 by Alyssa Casares, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - The Missouri State Teacher's Association released results from a survey about computer-based standardized testing Wednesday. 

    The MSTA serves more than 45,000 members across the state of Missouri, including classroom teachers, librarians and bus drivers. MSTA sent the (More)

  • Two arrested, items recovered from Wade School Road burglary

    Two arrested, items recovered from Wade School Road burglary

    Posted 3:44 PM 5/27/2015 by Katie Grunik, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

    BOONE COUNTY - Two suspects were in custody Wednesday in connection with the Tuesday burglary on Wade School Road

    Torry Hudlow, 38, and Tonya Wilhite, 29, were taken into custody at their (More)

  • Columbia Schools bus contract to continue through summer

    Posted 3:13 PM 5/27/2015 by Jenna Middaugh, KOMU 8 Reporter

    COLUMBIA - It was the last day of classes for Columbia Public Schools Wednesday, but bus transportation provider First Student will continue to serve the district until the end of summer school.

    Starting in August 2015, (More)

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  • Missouri House intern policy under review following scandal

    Missouri House intern policy under review following scandal

    Posted 3:04 PM 5/27/2015 by The Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A group has been formed to review the Missouri House's intern policy after the former speaker admitted to exchanging sexually suggestive texts with an intern.

    House Speaker Todd Richardson of Poplar Bluff said Wednesday that the working group is vetting current (More)

  • UMKC alum indicted after allegedly practicing law illegally

    UMKC alum indicted after allegedly practicing law illegally

    Posted 2:07 PM 5/27/2015 by The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS (AP) - A southeast Missouri man faced federal fraud charges linked to what prosecutors said was his practicing of law even though he wasn't a licensed attorney.

    A grand jury in St. Louis indicted 50-year-old James Michael Arnold of Sikeston on five felony counts of mail fraud. He (More)

  • Officials break ground on $211 million Fulton State Hospital

    Posted 1:33 PM 5/27/2015 by Chris Gothner, KOMU 8 Reporter

    FULTON - Gov. Jay Nixon, along with local officials, broke ground Wednesday on new facilities for the Fulton State Psychiatric Hospital. The current hospital is the oldest state psychiatric facility west of the Mississippi River and home to Missouri's only maximum-security psychiatric (More)

  • Store owner sentenced in synthetic drugs conspiracy

    Store owner sentenced in synthetic drugs conspiracy

    Posted 1:15 PM 5/27/2015 by The Associated Press

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A Springfield man will serve five years in prison with no chance of parole for participating in a conspiracy to distribute more than $1.6 million in synthetic marijuana, also known as K2.

    Donald Parrett was sentenced Wednesday for conspiracy to commit mail fraud. (More)

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