No small task

At 5 feet 2 inches tall, Venicia Vaughn hardly looks like she belongs on the basketball court for the Stephens College Stars (2-8), much less as the team captain and the starting point guard.

County examines streets on tour

It was a beautiful day for a drive in the country.

A sister in progress

With a moderate climate year-round, a scenic location on the coast of the Yellow Sea and a majestic mountain range that includes the picturesque Mount Laoshan, the city of Laoshan, China, has no problem attracting tourists from around the globe. Hsiao-Mae Weidmeyer, however, hopes it also can attract the attention of the city of Columbia.

Bruins wrestlers rise and shine

With dawn breaking on another season of high school wrestling, the wrestlers at Rock Bridge High School are doing their part to get an early start on their competition.

Signs hint Rams will start rookie

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Rams interim coach Joe Vitt has been coy all week about whether rookie Ryan Fitzpatrick had earned his first career start.

Bill proposes booster seat requirement

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri children will be required to wear booster seat restraints if a major transportation safety bill expected for the upcoming legislative session passes.

Programs aim for healthier children

Obesity in children is a growing problem in Missouri, and local health officials are about to unfurl a new arsenal of programs to combat the fat.

YouZeum nets $750,000 grant, closes in on fundraising goal

The YouZeum, a planned science center intended to help children learn about healthy lifestyles, got a $750,000 booster shot from the federal government Wednesday.

K.C.’s Sims expects to return Sunday

KANSAS CITY — Ryan Sims hasn’t exactly slimmed down. Going from 315 pounds to 310 hardly qualifies as an ad campaign for a trendy new reducing salon.

Debate over watershed draws crowd

A packed house at the Tiger Hotel ballroom participated in a town hall-style debate over the land management policies of the Bonne Femme watershed.

Bus station plans keep rider in mind

Designs are complete for the $2.5 million renovation and expansion of the historic Wabash Station bus depot at Tenth and Ash streets. The plans, in the works since 1999, were released last week.

Officials stick with salary formula

Boone County officials voted Tuesday to continue using a formula adopted in 1997 to determine their salaries. The formula calls for the salaries of the county’s elected officials to increase accordingly with raises granted by the Boone County Commission to county employees.

Medicaid cuts worse for women

JEFFERSON CITY — Recent cuts and eligibility reductions to Missouri Medicaid affect women the most, said a report released Wednesday by the National Women’s Law Center.

Columbia lawyer leaves state role

After just seven months on the job, the director of Missouri’s Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control announced his resignation Wednesday.

World AIDS Day serves as reminder about epidemic

Today is World AIDS Day, internationally recognized to raise awareness about the still prominent AIDS epidemic. Local public health officials, however, worry that on this day, like so many this year, the world will continue to remain apathetic or silent about this deadly disease.

Student leader faces scrutiny for photo

The 19-year-old vice president-elect of MU’s student government might face penalties from the university for a picture of herself drinking beer that she posted on Facebook, an online social network for some college campuses.

Columbia College hosts panel discussion on world hunger

Mid-Missourians and Columbia College students gathered in Dulany Hall’s Banquet Room on Wednesday night to discuss poverty, hunger and health in the developing world.


Here are snapshots of local initiatives that will involve eight local organizations during the next two years:

Six plead guilty for rushing Faurot Field

Six of the 21 people charged with second-degree trespassing for illegally entering Faurot Field after the Oct. 22 MU-Nebraska football game entered guilty pleas this morning in Columbia Municipal Court, resulting in fines of $250 or 10 hours of community service.