Local Government

Citizens Police Review Board discussion continues

Issues such as defining police misconduct, the review board's independence from the Police Department and whether meetings should be closed when requested by a complainant or police officer were discussed.

Kahler capable of premeditation despite depression, psychiatrist says

On Wednesday, a Kansas City psychiatrist contradicted his partner's Tuesday testimony, saying that Kraig Kahler was capable of premeditation in spite of his psychological problems.

TIF district considered for downtown

The Columbia Downtown Leadership Council is suggesting a tax-increment financing district downtown to help fund projects.

Ward committee keeps council incumbents in mind

An experimental trial for drawing new ward boundaries would make sure incumbent council members do not get drawn out of their wards. This article explains Trial F and touches on other trial options. 

Columbia transportation organization to hold hearing on 2 projects

The Columbia Area Transportation Study Organization will hold a public hearing on two proposed projects and their budgets for fiscal year 2012. 

Columbia Regional Airport to be updated with FAA grant

The airport runways and taxiways will be improved with the new Federal Aviation Administration grant, along with a land purchase. 

Psychiatrist says Kahler was 'severely mentally impaired' when shooting occurred

A Kansas City-based psychiatrist testified that the murder suspect "couldn't refrain from doing what he did." But under cross examination, he confirmed that Kahler referred to his daughter as "rotting corpses."

Columbia receives grant to help smokers quit

Ward Reapportionment Committee sets September public hearing date

The Ward Reapportionment Committee will hold a public hearing on Sept. 7 to discuss re-allocation of the First Ward with the public.  

Mayor's bus plan would target students, create task force

Mayor Bob McDavid outlined his strategy to revamp the city bus system Monday night, including a plan for a transit task force, "hot routes" and a transit board separate from the Public Works Department.

Columbia bus riders react to proposed transit changes

We asked bus riders how they would alter their transit routines if changes proposed by the city manager take effect.

Ward Reapportionment Committee to meet this afternoon

The Ward Reapportionment Committee is meeting to discuss three previous proposals as well as two new trials.

City management fellowship to provide new opportunity for master's students

City Manager Mike Matthes proposes a management fellowship to cut city expenses and provide real-world experience to master's students studying public affairs.

McDavid unveils bus system revamp, but plans will have to wait

It's too late in the budget year for the mayor's ideas to be reflected, though. The public transit budget process is moving forward with reduced services and higher rates.

UPDATE: Kahler's physician says he didn't determine that Kahler had panic attacks

An update on Monday's testimonies for the Kahler trial. Kraig Kahler's doctor, along with Don and Marina Coulter, friends of Kraig and Karen Kahler from Weatherford, Texas, testified.

Stephens Lake Park beach to become accessible to wheelchairs

The beach at Stephens Lake Park will be wheelchair accessible after a concrete ramp is installed later this winter. It is estimated that the project will cost $5,000.

Voter forum on photo ID requirement set

Missouri's November 2012 ballot will include a proposed amendment that would require voters to show a government-issued photo ID. A public forum Sept. 14 will address this issue.

Columbia city manager's coffee sessions prove popular

Matthes' coffee schedule is full until September. Topics of discussion include speeding, feral cats and Columbia hangouts.

Public schools won't offer flu vaccinations this year

Columbia Public Schools students will not be vaccinated for the flu at school this year because the federal grant that paid for the vaccinations ended in May.

DNA, bloodstain and firearms examiners' evidence places Kahler at shootings

A former DNA investigator testified that Kraig Kahler's blood was found at the murder scene.