Local Government

Columbia legislators examine potential increase of US's lowest cigarette tax

Missouri's cigarette tax hasn't been raised in more than a decade, making it more than a dollar less than the national average.

Local businesses earn big from Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival

A study estimates that 65,000 people —26,130 from outside of Boone County — attended the third annual Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival, netting more than $4 million for Columbia businesses.

Columbia Police Officers Association outraged at review board decision

In a statement released Thursday, the association argued the board based its decision on facts the officer did not know at the time of the incident.

UPDATE: CPOA outraged by review board decision

The Columbia Police Officers Association was highly critical Thursday of a Citizens Police Review Board decision that found an officer used excessive force, but the board chairwoman defended the finding.

Citizens Police Review Board says officer used excessive force

The Citizens Police Review Board voted to recommend to Police Chief Ken Burton that Police Officer Nathan Turner used excessive force against Derek Billups during an December 2009 incident at a nightclub.

Regency Hotel Downtown could be redeveloped as Hotel Indigo

The Regency Hotel Downtown is officially going to become part of the Hotel Indigo franchise when it reopens in 2013. Hotel Indigo is part of the InterContinental Hotels & Resorts chain.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Hospital infection rates

Find out your risk for infection at local hospitals, and compare it to others in the region across the state and/or country. 

Cat Kelly named new director of Missouri Public Defender System

The new director plans to find solution to the problem of denying new clients because of high caseloads.

Richland Road request unanimously recommended by P&Z

With the removal of 90 acres of commercial development, the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission voted to recommend the Richland Road annexation and rezoning request.

County Commission schedules public hearing for East Area Plan

The project has been in progress for almost a year and a half. The final public hearing will be Nov. 30.

Gov. Nixon appoints Carpenter as new circuit judge

The circuit judge seat for the 13th Circuit had been open since Oct. 1 after the retirement of Judge Gene Hamilton.

Taser issue voted down

Citizens and police can continue using Tasers in Columbia after Proposition 2 was roundly defeated. The group People for a Taser-Free Columbia planned to issue a statement Wednesday.

Incumbents mostly retain seats in local state House races

John Cauthorn, Stephen Webber, Chris Kelly, Paul Quinn, and Mary Still were elected to the General Assembly.

Robb edges Christianson for Boone County presiding commissioner

Republican Ed Robb campaigned on a platform of reducing the salaries of Boone County's elected officials.

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.