Local Government

Synthetic marijuana, 'bath salts' now illegal in Missouri

The law, designed to lessen synthetic drug use, makes possession of any amount of "bath salts" or more than 35 grams of synthetic marijuana a Class C felony.

Columbia's sustainability office seeks grant to help low-income areas

The $500,000 HUD grant would provide funding for the city to explore various issues in low-income areas. The Office of Sustainability's proposal will be finalized in the next few weeks.

Columbia Regional Airport wants to lease advertising on terminal walls

If the Columbia City Council approves the program, an estimated $20,000 per year in revenue will be used for infrastructure improvements at the airport.

Matthes proposes partnership between tourism bureau, cultural affairs

The city manager has suggested sharing space to accommodate more cooperation by the departments.

City manager proposes new Community Development Department

City Manager Mike Matthes has proposed creating a Community Development Department to give residents a "one-stop shop" for all stages of the development process.

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.