Local Government

Libertarian candidate Dwyer receives unusually high percentage of votes

Christopher Dwyer, Libertarian candidate for the 9th Congressional District, received 22 percent of the vote during Tuesday's election, which is considered a rare occurrence for third-party candidates.


Man involved in Walmart assaults pleads guilty

James Pezold pleaded guilty to four counts of second degree assault and first degree tampering with a motor vehicle for an incident at a Walmart in 2009.

Rezoning for office at West Broadway intersection approved

The planned office building, Leawood Plaza, will be built in a residential area replacing three homes on a 0.9-acre lot.


East Area Plan unanimously approved by City Council

The plan, which will guide development east of Columbia, can be used by the council as a more comprehensive basis for considering development proposals.

Columbia City Council approves new artworks for City Hall

The council unanimously approved the concepts for the art in the new City Hall building at its Monday meeting. The art will reside on the second and third floors.

Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ safety and trash bills are paid

Thumper Entertainment produced its fourth Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ festival this year and paid the city more than $30,000 for extra police and trash service for the festival.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Birth and death certificates

Want a passport or a marriage license but don't have your birth certificate? Here's how to find a copy.

60,000 expected to cast ballots in Boone County

Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren made her turnout projection Friday based on the number of absentee ballots cast and the number of new voters registered.

House candidates talk ethics reform

The ethics reform bill Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law this year divided the Missouri General Assembly along party lines.

Groups debate potential dangers of Tasers

Police officers and experts from across America bring up the pros and cons of Taser usage.

Columbia trying to go salt-only while MoDOT moves ahead with cinders

City and state officials said cinders are used during severe storms because they provide better traction and cinders save money because they don't cost anything.

St. Louis businessman Sinquefield makes last minute donations to local campaigns

Rep. Chris Kelly and Ed Robb both received donations from Rex Sinquefield.

Presiding commissioner candidates revive home rule charter debate

Under the current system, county officials rely on legislators to lobby the General Assembly for permission to take actions not spelled out in state statutes.


Missouri public defender offices continue turning away cases

Six regional public defender offices have refused new cases in the past several months after hitting maximum caseloads.

Deputy sheriff's fund not accessible by Boone County

Boone County contributes an excess of $100,000 annually to a state fund to boost deputy sheriff salaries but is unable to access that fund for its own office.

Citizens opposing and supporting Prop 2 make final push

With less than a week before the general election, law enforcement agencies and a group opposing Taser use are ramping up their arguments for and against.

Board gathers information on police misconduct complaint

The Citizens Police Review Board heard from five people about a complaint involving excessive force used by a police officer in December 2009 at Nephew's Night Life.

Where Missouri House candidates stand on higher education

Candidates for the 21st, 23rd and 24th districts explain their views on higher education funding in Missouri.

City of Columbia pays $90,000 in gender discrimination claim

A former landfill employee's lawsuit alleged women were not wanted there.

Highways and transportation are issues for House candidates

House candidates for the 21st, 23rd, and 24th Districts discuss their outlook for Missouri transportation and highways, both on local and statewide levels.