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Here’s what you need to know: Wednesday 21 September | Mid Missouri News

Columbia’s Citizens Police Review Board in a “Bad Place”; what’s next for the board

Columbia’s Citizens Police Review Board has been the subject of debate for a variety of reasons over the past few months. Monday’s city council meeting began and ended with a discussion of the future of the board, which is currently uncertain for both board and council members.

Disputes between members, disputes between the board and the police, and disputes between the board and council members have been reported.

Ward 1 Councilor Pat Fowler expressed her concerns about how the board has functioned at the very end of Monday’s council meeting.

“I don’t know what the answer is,” Fowler said. “But I know we’re in a really bad place.”

CPS holds first of three briefings on new rating scale

Columbia Public Schools held the first of three public meetings Tuesday night to discuss the district’s grading policy changes.

These informational sessions are designed to help parents learn more about the district’s upcoming transition to standards-based rating (SRG).

“Student learning is measured using 4-level scales, with Level 3 being the level of meeting grade level standards through matched learning objectives,” the website reads. “Ultimately, only academic performance is evaluated, as interfering behaviors can distort it.”

All assignments previously had a lower grade limit of 50%, regardless of whether they were handed in or not. In the future, the lower grade limit for unsubmitted assignments will be reset to 0.

National Voter Registration Day kicks off registration events in Colombia despite confusing voting laws

Several groups are spreading across MU’s campus on Tuesday, National Voter Registration Day, to try to register as many voters as possible before the Oct. 12 deadline.

Some groups use unique methods to get people to sign up. The Associated Students of the University of Missouri (ASUM), a non-partisan political organization on MU’s campus, settled in the Francis Quadrangle with four puppies.

ASUM also had booths outside of the Memorial Union and Student Center that gave out free cacti and cookies.

The Missouri Senate income tax bill is scheduled to go to a vote on Wednesday

The Missouri Senate passed Senate Bills 3 and 5, which would lower the income tax rate to 4.95% in 2023, during Gov. Mike Parson’s special session on Tuesday.

The bill was proposed by Senator Lincoln Hough (R) and Senator Andrew Koenig (R).

Members of the Senate are expected to vote on the bill on Wednesday before it can move into the House of Representatives.

Katy Trail will be temporarily closed Thursday due to construction of the Rocheport Bridge

Sections of the Katy Trail will be temporarily closed Thursday due to construction work on the Rocheport Bridge.

The affected areas are between the Rocheport Trailhead and the Burr Oak Trailhead.

Because most work should occur in the middle of the day, Baldwin recommends using the trail in the morning or late evening to avoid closures.

One person was killed in a home explosion in Maries County

A Viennese man died in a house explosion in Maries County on Tuesday morning.

Wayne Boeckman, 58, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Maries County Sheriff’s Deputy Major Scott John. Next of kin have been notified and no foul play is suspected.

Major John said the explosion is still being investigated. He said the State Fire Marshal and the Missouri Propane Commission were there.

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