Texas company wants to buy Jefferson Commons

Texas-based developers JPI want to sell their Columbia luxury apartment complex, Jefferson Commons, to a Texas nonprofit corporation that specializes in low-income housing.

Panel backs ban on public smoking

A cigarette with your dinner could become a thing of the past.

Columbia plans reconstruction for roads near downtown

John Clark is excited that Columbia has begun a reconstruction project to improve the dilapidated streets near downtown.

This time, more at stake for Missouri against Kansas

The first 50 people Gary Pinkel met at Missouri greeted him the same.

"How ya doin'? Beat Kansas," Pinkel recalls.

All-American Barker kicked off wrestling team

All-American Scott Barker has been kicked off the Missouri wrestling team for breaking team policies, coach Brian Smith confirmed Thursday. Smith would not comment further on the situation.

A national runner-up in 2003 at 18-2, Barker helped Missouri finish No. 16 in the nation. In March, he won the Big 12 Conference Championship at 184 pounds, defeating Oklahoma State's Jake Rosholt. Barker qualified for the NCAA Championships, but he lost to Rosholt in the national final.

Campaign opens doors

What started out as a bad day for Peter Freidin snowballed into a yearlong struggle for accessibility to the downtown post office.

Lost toddler wanders nearly a mile to house

Minutes after hordes of police officers and firefighters scoured Rock Quarry Park in a lunchtime search for a lost 2-year-old boy, he was found safe nearly a mile away at his day care. He had walked there alone.

The search lasted for about 40 minutes in the park, near the intersection of Rock Quarry Road and Grindstone Parkway. The boy was found at 3805 Churchill Drive, a home where the boy attends day care.

New testing methods for deer ailment

While chronic wasting disease has yet to appear in Missouri’s white-tailed deer herd, state wildlife researchers remain persistent in their testing for the fatal illness.

This deer season, Boone will be one of 30 counties in Missouri randomly selected as a testing site for chronic wasting disease, the neurological disease that has crippled deer and elk herds in several Midwestern and northern states.

Stephens to focus on next five years

Stephens College is planning for the future. Its Board of Trustees has passed a resolution to begin a major strategic planning initiative.