After almost a year of speculation about its future here, State Farm Insurance Co. announced Wednesday the transfer of roughly 300 jobs to Columbia from its Monroe, La., facility.
As part of a companywide consolidation, State Farm will move roughly 300 claims and underwriting jobs to its Columbia operations center at 4700 S. Providence Road. At least 200 more jobs will move from Monroe to Tulsa, Okla.
While Columbia celebrates the prospect of 300 new jobs, city officials in Monroe, La., are trying to come to grips with State Farm Insurance Co.’s decision to close its operations center in the northeastern Louisiana city.
Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo said his community is “shocked” and “devastated” by Wednesday’s announcement, which will dissolve more than 1,100 jobs in the region and move at least 500 of them to Columbia and Tulsa, Okla.
For exercise, Ed McDaniels walks twice a day in his south-side neighborhood off of Katy Lane. Lately, though, his routine has called for more than simply trotting along with Sammie, his Doberman pinscher. With winter weather hitting Columbia, every journey outside presents a challenge.
“Look at that,” McDaniels said, pointing to an ice-covered sidewalk on Misty Glen where Sammie was losing her footing. “If you are walking at night and don’t see that, you’re gone,” he said.
Southwest Missouri State University will get its desired name change only if legislators in both the Missouri House and Senate approve a $190.4-million bond for the University of Missouri system.
The Springfield school wants to change its name to Missouri State University to attract better students and faculty and private funding. Opponents in the UM system fear the change would take money and prestige from its four campuses.
For some, the big question in the Democratic primary race is not who will win, but what happened to Howard Dean.
As recently as Jan. 13, Howard Dean was pegged as the front-runner in the race for the Democratic nomination with the support of 26 percent of registered voters who described themselves as Democrats in a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll. However, after two rounds of primaries, many political analysts have said it’s all over for Dean. Some wonder what happened to the support Dean gained early on.
Assaults and burglaries were the only crimes to show an increase in Columbia during 2003, according to a crime statistics report released by the Columbia Police Department.
“We’re concerned about all crime, but our priority is Part 1 crime, or felony crime,” Police Chief Randy Boehm said. “Everything but assault and burglary has gone down or stayed the same.”
The shadow of the Improve I-70 project has become narrower thanks to the results of a recent survey.
The project’s “footprint,” which is the area of businesses and residences in the Interstate 70 corridor that would be affected by the project, is gaining definition with the results of a survey conducted by transportation consultant CH2M Hill. The survey is part of an ongoing study being conducted by the firm so when federal funding is available, design and construction can begin, said Buddy Desai, project manager for CH2M Hill.
JEFFERSON CITY — All convicted felons in Missouri would have DNA tests on file under a proposal discussed in the Missouri Senate on Wednesday.
The bill would also compensate individuals cleared of a crime because of DNA evidence and released from prison.
Just like the streets of Columbia, the newly founded Pedestrian Theatre Company is open to all walks of life.
The group’s first formal production, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” puts a community cast in fishnets and eyeliner to retell the story of Hedwig — who is no average blonde and no average woman.
JEFFERSON CITY — Massachusetts’ high court ruling Wednesday reaffirming same-sex couples’ right to marry has fired up debate among Missouri’s lawmakers.
At issue is whether Missouri will have to recognize gay marriages.
How Islam views other religions will be the focus of a lecture Friday by the head of Washington University’s religious studies department.
“Apart from its intrinsic interest, it’s important to question how different religions view each other,” said Ahmet Karamustafa, whose lecture is part of MU’s annual Paine Lectureships in Religion series.
After almost a year of speculation about the future of State Farm Insurance Company in Columbia, the company announced Wednesday the transfer of roughly 300 jobs to Columbia from its Monroe, La., facility.
John Kerry dominated Boone County in Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary without investing in an extensive campaign here. His victory showed decisive strength in what has been called a county of maverick voters when compared with the rest of the state.
With nearly all results totaled late Tuesday, Kerry led all candidates in Boone County with 44.4 percent of the vote. He declared victory in Missouri less than three hours after polls closed, finishing with more than half the vote statewide.
When John Clark moved to Columbia in 1968, he was one of its approximately 50,000 residents. The crowd has grown significantly, but Clark hasn’t gotten lost in it. He’s more recognizable now than ever.
Clark, 61, is a candidate in Columbia’s mayoral election. He talks a lot about how Columbia has grown and how he feels it will grow. His written platform, released Sunday, places expansion issues at the forefront of his campaign. Clark doesn’t seem totally satisfied with the way Columbia has developed since his arrival.
Lax city oversight prompted the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to hold up land-disturbance permits for 23 construction projects in the Hinkson Creek watershed.
The DNR on Tuesday, however, granted permits to 16 of those 23 projects, including a Wal-Mart Supercenter in south Columbia, that had been on hold because the state feared they could further pollute Hinkson Creek. Five other projects, including a Bass Pro Shop planned for Vandiver Drive and a new student commons for Columbia College, remained on hold.
State officials in Louisiana have offered State Farm Insurance a $33 million incentive package that they hope will bring the company’s newly consolidated operations centers to Monroe, La.
State Farm plans to announce the results of an internal review of its three Central Zone operations centers in the next few weeks. The results could affect the company’s Columbia operations center, which employs about 785 people.
A former undercover narcotics agent thinks U.S. authorities aren’t using the right tactics to fight the war on drugs.
“This is not a war on drugs — it’s a war on people,” said Jack Cole, who spent 26 years with the New Jersey State Police and 12 years as an undercover officer. He calls the law enforcement effort a “dismal failure” and is spreading that message across the country.
A Sturgeon man died Tuesday in a silo accident on Route Y in southern Audrain County.
The Boone County Fire Protection District responded to a 911 call and found Robert Pollard trapped in machinery inside the silo. Assistant Fire Chief Ken Hines said that Pollard, who was hanging about 40 feet off the ground, was removed from the silo by an aerial ladder device. He had no pulse and was not breathing, Hines said. The Columbia Fire Department was also dispatched to assist with Pollard’s extrication.
The family of a woman who died in an accidental house fire last week has released the 57 dogs she owned to the custody of the Central Missouri Humane Society.
Humane society workers, assisted by Boone County Animal Control and the Boone County Fire Department, moved and transported the animals, which had been found in an outdoor kennel with no water and little food. Elouise Sipe died Thursday in a flue fire that caused more than $100,000 damage to her house at 5660 Liddell Lane.
It’s not every day that a U.S. congressman’s schedule includes helping get a puppy out of Iraq, but that’s what Kenny Hulshof is offering to do.
The puppy, a black-and-white mutt named Niki, belongs to Army Pfc. Jeremiah Smith. Stationed in Baghdad, Smith and his company befriended Niki when she was found starving at the gate to their base.