Mild winters rough on slopes

In Kirksville, a once flourishing ski resort sits abandoned. Cracked concrete paths, overgrown with dying grass, long ago led the way for tourists and college students eager to get on the slopes. Graffiti-clad walls with fist- and chair-sized holes once held the warmth from an oversized fireplace in a comfortable ski lodge. And a huge tree grows right between two chains that form an old ski lift.

Bidding airline would keep flights

The president of a commercial airline that’s considering whether to replace Trans States Airlines’ service at Columbia Regional Airport said his company would probably not reduce the number of daily flights to St. Louis but would lean against adding more destinations.

Hindman hopeful, council wary after loss of airline

Although much of the city is lamenting the eventual loss of Columbia Regional Airport’s sole commercial airline, Mayor Darwin Hindman sees some hope in the announcement by Trans States Airlines that it will cease flying in and out of Columbia in June.

MOHELA plans split Blunt, GOP

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri House Republicans broke with their party’s governor Thursday on how to use profits from the sale of college student loans held by the state.

Columbia to get new electric line

New federal standards for reliable distribution of electricity are forcing the city to spend $3.5 million on a backup power line that will bisect property owned by MU and Lenoir Woods in southeast Columbia.

Passengers react to Trans States’ pullout

Patrick Lee of Ashland flies out of the Columbia Regional Airport at least once a month for business purposes. Lee, a self-employed motivational speaker, was on his way to Washington on Thursday morning. His clients pay for travel expenses, he said, and his contract specifies the Columbia airport as his preferred departure location. While waiting to board the 6 a.m. flight, Lee said flying from Columbia is more reliable than driving to St. Louis.

Medicaid director addresses fraud in budget

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri’s Medicaid director estimated Thursday that up to 3 percent of the program’s budget could be consumed by waste, fraud and abuse.

MOHELA wouldn’t be first state loan program sold to Sallie Mae

Before Gov. Matt Blunt unveiled a plan to sell some of the holdings of the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority, some states had already passed off their student loan organizations to private companies, and others had declined to sell them.

Newman Center to take stage

When you hear the words “church play,” you might not think “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Chariots of Fire,” “Mission Impossible” or “Tainted Love.” But those and 12 other pop and rock songs are included in the St. Thomas More Newman Center’s musical “Upon this ROCK.”

Time difference is a challenge for viewers

Once every four years your regularly scheduled programs are interrupted to bring you the Winter Olympics.

College loan program laced with history

Behind the controversy over Gov. Matt Blunt’s effort to sell the state’s college loan program is a complicated process with a decades-long history in Missouri.

Former borrrower warns that MOHELA sale to Sallie Mae is a mistake

One of the companies cited as a possible buyer of the student loans up for sale by the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority has been the target of a national campaign against its predatory lending practices.

Hundreds of students attend stem cell forum

The discussion generated during Hickman High School’s Speak Your Mind forum proved that the stem cell research debate is just about as complex as the biology behind it.

O’Brien becomes a force for MU

Four years ago, the Missouri track and field team had a future distance heavyweight right at its fingertips.

Earning name recognition

Hickman senior wrestler Tony Pescaglia earned the nickname as a child eating a bowl of Frosted Flakes. It took a literal meaning when, earlier this season, the defending state champion signed a letter of intent to compete for Missouri.

Cougars win physical game in OT

Early in the first half of Thursday’s game, Missouri Baptist forward Jimmy Cessna collided in midair with Columbia College forward Nahowan Saxon while going in for a layup. Instead of landing smoothly, Cessna stumbled and fell into the first row of bleachers, with his head taking the brunt of the punishment.

Broken hand doesn’t deter Bruins’ Davis

Broken bones and torn muscles are nothing new to Rock Bridge wrestling captain Justin Davis. But breaking his hand during his first wrestling match this year almost cost him his season.

Wheelchair basketball ready to roll

Missouri wheelchair basketball coach Steve Paxton has been shaving his head since he was in college. But this year Paxton has made a habit of shaving it the night before the team has a game.

Coach Snyder resigns

Quin Snyder stepped down as head coach of the Tigers men’s basketball team today, according to athletic department spokesman Dave Rieter.

Commemorating a fallen officer

A portion of Nifong Boulevard was dedicated Friday to Columbia police Officer Molly Bowden on the one-year anniversary of her death.