Local Government

Defense attorney shows Kahler did not take prescribed medication

Defense attorney Tom Haney showed that Kraig Kahler never took the clonazepam pills he'd been prescribed for seizures and panic attacks, laying the groundwork for the argument that his client was mentally unstable at the time of the crime.

Union leaders respond to proposed city pay raises

The fiscal 2012 budget proposed by City Manager Mike Matthes calls for giving most employees a raise of 25 cents per hour. Union representatives say it's a step in the right direction.

Attorney testifies Kahler proposed 'threesome' with Sunny Reese

Karen Kahler's divorce attorney, Dan Pingelton, said his client's husband had "introduced Sunny (Reese) sexually" to the couple, wanting to add another partner to his marriage.

Kahler murder trial: Afternoon testimony centers on physical evidence

Most of the prosecution’s witnesses Tuesday afternoon were law enforcement officers who took part in the cleanup and evidence collection effort after the shootings.


City Council approves temporary fix to street-closing ordinance

The issue was prompted by complaints about the regular street closings for the 9th Street Summerfest concert series.

Kahler murder trial: Son tells court his father 'shot my mom'

Sean Kahler, 12, was calm and collected as he spoke about the Nov. 28, 2009, shootings. He is the only living witness to the shootings of his mother, sisters and great-grandmother.

Columbia city budget: Community development, cultural funding reviewed

Three Columbia commissions presented their recommendations on budgets for the next fiscal year.

First public hearing on Columbia's budget at 6 p.m.

The first public hearing on the new city budget plan will start at 6 p.m. Monday in the council chambers, 701 E. Broadway. 

Kahler's son among witnesses to testify Monday

Sean Kahler is expected to testify on Monday in the capital murder trial of his father, former Columbia Water and Light director James Kraig Kahler.

Final jury selection for Kahler trial concludes in an hour

The 15 men and women selected for the jury in the trial of former Columbia Water and Light director James Kraig Kahler will begin hearing witness testimony Monday morning.

City Council to consider postponing decision on 9th Street Summerfest

The council will review changes to the ordinance on street closings and will consider a proposition to wait to enact these changes for 60 days.

Columbia Audubon Society votes to allow Scott's Branch Trail construction

Members of Columbia Audubon Society voted 29-19 to allow the Scott's Branch Trail to be built through the society's property, but there are several conditions.

City's bus fund faces serious finance problems

City Manager Mike Matthes said during a coffee session that the city's bus system, which has been running a deficit, would use up its fund next year.

Booche's photo unveiled as Columbia's annual commemorative poster

Copies of the poster can be purchased for $15 at Deck the Walls in the Columbia Mall and the city's Office of Cultural Affairs. Proceeds from the poster sales will go to various arts agencies in town.

City of Columbia to hold bowhunter registration sessions

The city will host three sessions for bowhunters to obtain permits and go through an orientation.


Columbia Transit wins award for increased ridership

The Federal Transit Administration teamed up with the Missouri Public Transit Association to present The Federal Transit Administration Region 7 Award of Excellence.

Assistant city manager's duties to be reassigned after promotions

Paula Hertwig Hopkins will vacate her position because of budget cuts, and existing city employees will fulfill her duties after assuming new titles.

Boone County Fairgrounds still in limbo; new management discussion pending

The Boone County Fairgrounds has been losing money and is in need of a new management structure. The fair board and the county commission agree on that, but what's next for the fairgrounds remains to be seen.

Columbia assistant city manager position eliminated

Paula Hertwig Hopkins' position as assistant city manager has been eliminated. She had held the job since March 2000.

Matthes trying to fix infrastructure without raising taxes

In his first budget proposal as city manager, Mike Matthes recommends increasing funds for infrastructure, cutting bus services and raising hourly pay for city workers by 25 cents.