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Local Government

Springfield public defender office turns away new cases

State Public Defender Deputy Director Cat Kelly said Missouri would have needed to more than double the number of defense lawyers to keep up with caseloads.

City Council discusses Richland Road annexation

Council sets Oct. 18 as decision day for two annexation proposals along Richland Road. The requests were first made in November 2008.

Despite reservations, Council approves design for parking garage facade

Council members expressed concern over the design before voting 6-1 to approve it.

Percent for Art public art program has 10 installments, six to come

As you walk or drive around Columbia, you will see a variety of public art. Some of it has been created through the city's Percent for Art program. The most recent is "Keys to the City" at Eighth Street and Broadway. There are nine others works installed and six more planned.

City Council to discuss Richland Road annexation

The City Council plans to swear in the new Water and Light director, Tad Johnsen, and discuss two annexation proposals along Richland Road.

Columbia Transit bus routes to change in August

Columbia bus routes and schedules are set to undergo major changes beginning Aug. 2. The hope is that the increased north, east and west routes will allow individuals greater employment opportunities and Saturday services will mirror weekday schedules to lessen confusion.

Presiding commissioner endorses Scott Christianson

The presiding Boone County Commissioner is Ken Pearson, who has held the position for four years.

Proposed ordinance looks to regulate city dirt piles

The ordinance, if passed, would regulate the size, height and distance of the piles from homes, among other things.

Columbia parking garage art to be presented to City Council

A design was unanimously recommended by the Commission on Cultural Affairs and is set to be presented to the City Council on Monday.

Columbia City Council approves bus route changes, hears festival plans

All bus routes will be modified, new areas of service will be added and the Saturday service will mirror the weekday schedule.

People For A Taser-Free Columbia adds signatures to petition

More than 900 additional signatures were added Tuesday to the petition that would ban Taser use in Columbia. The petition had been 494 signatures short of being presented to the City Council.

Voter registrations must be in by Wednesday for August primary

Voters must mail their registration or go to the county clerk's office by 5 p.m. Wednesday in order to vote in August's primary election.

City Council meeting to address bus routes, present downtown plan

At the City Council meeting Tuesday, public hearing for changes in the bus routes and H3 Studio's presentation on the downtown planning charrette are on the agenda.

Committee to hear public comment on parking garage art

The Standing Committee for Public Art will review comments Friday on a proposed design for the garage that is scheduled to be built at the intersection of Fifth and Walnut.

Boone County Government Center renovation approved

The Boone County Commission approved a $3.9 million expansion and renovation of the Boone County Government Center and the former Johnson paint company building during a Tuesday meeting.

Woman plans to petition Health Department for custody of cats kept in motel

Susan Kohler, who kept 32 cats in a Motel 6, 28 alive and four dead, plans to petition the Columbia/Boone County Public Heath and Human Services Department to remove her cats from the Central Missouri Humane Society.

Fireworks complaints increase 911 calls before Fourth of July

Columbia residents should avoid calling 911 for fireworks complaints and instead call the city's non-emergency telephone number. If someone is injured while using fireworks, even while illegally within the city limits, residents should call 911.

New map unveiled at public comment session on East Area Plan

Officials from Columbia and Boone County held the fourth meeting in a series of public comment sessions about the East Area Plan, which looks at the future of development in east Columbia.

Sidewalk construction could limit access to Howard Municipal Building

Sidewalk repairs are scheduled to begin Wednesday.

Columbia Builds Youth teaches students how to prevent stormwater runoff

Students with the Columbia Builds Youth program learned skills that will help them obtain jobs while preventing stormwater runoff.

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