Local Government

First riders board Columbia's FastCAT bus route

Monday morning marked the inaugural drive for the new bus route. FastCAT is a renewed effort by the city to revitalize the downtown bus system with a more student-centered route.

Former Columbia police officer Rob Sanders charged with third-degree assault

A special prosecutor charged former Columbia police officer Rob Sanders with third-degree assault 360 days after police released a security video showing him push a suspect into a holding cell wall. Sanders could face up to one year in jail. 

Columbia Transit's FastCAT bus route debuts Monday

The city's FastCAT route is scheduled to begin operating at 6:30 a.m. Monday.  FastCAT is designed to be student-focused. The route will run through MU, Stephens College and the downtown area.


Campaign efforts in Missouri dwindle for Obama, strengthen for Romney

Area Democrats are optimistic but don't see the same strong Obama campaign efforts and organizing they witnessed in 2008.

Proposal to double city manager's severance pay a 'vote of confidence'

At its next meeting, the City Council could change Mike Matthes' severance pay from six months' to 12 months' salary. The new severance isn't outside the normal range for managers of cities similar in size to Columbia.

City Counselor's Office possibly hiring new lawyer to work exclusively with police

The Columbia Police Department may soon have a full-time attorney working exclusively with it because of the amount of legal work it generates.

Thompson, Bormann win Boone County northern commissioner primary races

Janet Thompson won the Democratic primary for Boone County Northern District commissioner. She will run against Don Bormann, who won the Republican nomination, in November.

Boone County voters share their thoughts on primary election

The ballot includes races for federal, state and county offices, along with a constitutional amendment.

Richards, Sullivan win nominations for Boone County public administrator

Democratic incumbent Cathy D. Richards won her party's nomination against previous incumbent Connie Bell Hendren. Republican John D. Sullivan won against opponent Norman Lampton. 

Boone County voters choose members for party central committees

Janice Faaborg narrowly defeated Phyllis Fugit in Katy Township, and Bruce Cornett, chairman of the Boone County Republican Party Central Committee, retained his seat by two votes.

Missouri primaries feature several hot races

Polls are open Tuesday until 7 p.m.

Up-to-the-minute Boone County primary election results

Here are the first primary election results reported Tuesday by the Boone County Clerk's Office.

Columbia council decides to hire zoning consultant, approves transit changes

Planning and Zoning will be aided by an outside consultant in the overhaul to the zoning regulations as Columbia considers making a move toward form-based zoning. 

Chairwoman Fugit faces challenge for seat on the Boone County Democratic Central Committee

An unusual challenge for the Katy Township committeewoman position on the Boone County Democratic Central Committee puts chairwoman's seat at risk.

Sullivan cites career in public service in campaign for administrator

The Republican is making his third bid for the elected position.

Lampton says experience as a lawyer would benefit administrator's office

Serving dual roles would save clients and the office money, Republican candidate says.

Former public administrator Hendren wants to win the job back

Sixteen-year veteran of the county office says her successor hasn't done the job well.

Richards seeks second term as public administrator

The incumbent wants to make the office more visible, establish an advisory board and hire more workers.

VOTERS GUIDE: Get up to speed on Boone County candidates positions on issues

Those running for county offices and local legislative seats have offered their stances on a variety of challenges and issues facing county and state government.

VOTERS GUIDE: Candidates for Boone County public administrator

The Boone County public administrator provides for the proper care of the person and protects the assets of an estate against injury, waste, theft or loss.