• KOMU.com and KOMU 8 News App updated and redesigned Posted on 19 October 2020 at 1:44pm

    KOMU 8 is happy to announce an updated and redesigned KOMU.com and KOMU 8 News app. 

    Due to this change, KOMU.com may be offline for a short period of time. 

  • Trump signs law designating 9-8-8 as universal number for national suicide hotline starting in 2022 Posted on 19 October 2020 at 10:54am

    (CNN) -- President Donald Trump on Saturday signed into law a bipartisan bill that will make 9-8-8 the universal telephone number to reach the national suicide prevention hotline starting in 2022.

    The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, which passed the House of Representatives last month after approval from the Senate and the Federal Communications Commission, will allow individuals seeking help to dial the three-digit number and be directed to the hotline.

  • Here's what you need to know this morning: Monday, Oct. 19 [embedded content] Posted on 19 October 2020 at 5:21am

    CPS elementary families prepare students for in-person learning

    Elementary students enrolled in Columbia Public Schools will begin attending school for classes starting Monday.

    Many parents have long awaited this return for many reasons. One New Haven Elementary parent said it’s been tough for her kindergartner and second grader to pay attention in class via Zoom.

  • IN DEPTH: Gubernatorial Candidates argue over Public Safety Posted on 18 October 2020 at 10:22pm

    JEFFERSON CITY- Missouri has seen a rise in crime in recent years. 

    The most recent FBI Uniform Crime Reporting statistics show Missouri's violent crime rate is higher than the national average. The rate of homicides is almost double the national average. 

  • Simple ways to live more sustainably and help slow rapid climate change Posted on 18 October 2020 at 9:54pm

    COLUMBIA - By now you’re aware science tells us the only way to slow our rapidly changing climate is to change some of the ways we’ve been living since the Industrial Revolution. That can feel daunting and even scary.

    This week I’m talking with Jenn Marlon, a climate research scientist from Yale University, about ways we, as individuals, can do our part.

  • CPS elementary families prepare students for in-person learning Posted on 18 October 2020 at 7:27pm

    COLUMBIA– Elementary students enrolled in Columbia Public Schools will begin attending school for classes starting Monday.

  • State senate candidates respond to false campaign text messages [embedded content] Posted on 18 October 2020 at 4:34pm

    COLUMBIA - Candidates for Missouri's District 19 State Senate seat condemned a false text message reportedly sent to voters this weekend.

    A Missouri Independent journalist said Sunday they received a text message addressing voters, allegedly from republican Senator Caleb Rowden, saying Rowden was stepping aside from politics.

  • Evacuations ordered in Colorado and Utah as crews battle new blazes Posted on 18 October 2020 at 2:15pm

    (CNN) - Blazes roaring through Colorado and Utah have pushed people from their homes and caused damage that officials have not yet been able to assess.

    Two wildfires are believed to have broken out in Utah on Saturday, burning more than 3,000 acres in less than a day, according to posts on Twitter from Utah Fire Info.

  • NASA and Nokia are putting a 4G network on the moon Posted on 18 October 2020 at 1:10pm

    (CNN) - If you're unable to get a cell phone signal when you walk your dog around the block, this will really make your blood boil: NASA is putting a 4G network on the moon.

    To reach its 2028 goal to build a lunar base and eventually sustain a human presence on the moon, NASA awarded $370 million to over a dozen companies to deploy technology on the lunar surface. Those innovations include remote power generation, cryogenic freezing, robotics, safer landing ... and 4G. Because how else will astronauts tweet their moon golf shots and lunar rover selfies?

  • Sunday COVID-19 Coverage: Missouri adds 1,768 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours Posted on 18 October 2020 at 10:40am

    As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. 

    Layered bar/line charts with the daily change in newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in each county and a 14-day rolling average of the changes in new cases are available here.