Settlement offered in MU student death

The family of an MU student killed in a July car crash on Interstate 70 near St. Louis will appear in Boone County Circuit Court on Monday to accept a settlement offer from an insurance company.

MU scientist calls his study untrustworthy

An MU researcher whose work is under investigation by the university says his research is not trustworthy and predicted it will be retracted, a prominent academic journal reported last week.

Forecast had it down cold

Listen to your elders: “The Old Farmer’s Almanac” had a bead on Columbia’s late-November heat spell and December’s near-record snowstorm long before forecasters had a chance to give the storm a nod.

MU tables plans for nuclear upgrades

COLUMBIA — MU has dropped plans to double the capacity of its nuclear research reactor, citing progress in a nearly 30-year federal effort to develop a safer alternative to the highly enriched uranium the reactor uses as fuel.

Growing and learning

The growing season is over, but Mike Bachman still has sunflowers to process. The field has been cleared, and now sunflowers hang on walls and fill buckets in the corner of the barn. Mike Bachman grabs a bucket and feeds the sunflower heads into a combine that spits out the seeds in a matter of seconds.

Temple pleads guilty to disturbing peace, is sentenced to probation

MU starting tailback Tony L. Temple, 21, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to disturbing the peace in the 13th Circuit Court.

(Not) putting the brakes on slick, icy roads

Ever since the first flakes started falling on Thursday, Kyle Piper, the owner of Nails Only salon, has been storing a snow shovel and three bags of cat litter in the trunk of his car. Piper, a 6-foot-3-inch former MU football player, said he helped rescue about 20 drivers whose cars got stuck on the icy, snowy roads over the weekend. He keeps the materials in his Oldsmobile Bravada sport utility vehicle, so he has them ready when he comes upon a driver stranded from spinning wheels or buried tires.

Trash collectors weather snow

Charles Thompson squinted as he looked out at the blanket of white that still covered the yards along Katy Lane.

Commission selects Columbia’s 2007 most notable properties

Tuesday, the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission selected a list of the city’s 10 most notable properties for 2007. The members also selected three alternatives in case any property owners decline the recognition.

Trustees consider new BJC lease terms

Boone Hospital Center Trustees say they are rethinking their positions on the lease with BJC HealthCare after a recent offer by BJC.

Lighting restriction ordinance approved

The City Council unanimously passed a lighting ordinance that council members say will help conserve energy and reduce the amount of light pollution and glare after almost two hours of discussion on Monday.

Storm stretches service groups’ efforts thin

It’s been five days since snow covered Columbia’s streets and sidewalks, forcing most people to spend their weekend shoveling driveways and digging trenches through their yards to sidewalks. All of which leaves a person tired. That could be one reason why more people haven’t picked up shovels for the Boone County Council on Aging.

Thousands in donations pour in to help St. Francis Community

About a month ago, Lana Jacobs of the St. Francis Community was lamenting the fact that her organization was $20,000 behind in donations for the year. Now, she said, the public has helped get the charity caught up with its bills.

Weather shutters courthouse, forces rescheduling of cases

Court cases are being rescheduled in Boone County Courthouse after the snowstorm forced it to close Friday — the first weather-related closing in more than a decade.

City plan would offer domestic partner benefits

The city of Columbia would become one of four governments in the state that offer health care benefits to domestic partners, including same-sex couples, if the City Council follows through with a recommendation from the Employee Benefits Committee.

Proceeding with caution

Almost five days after a historic snowfall, some streets remain packed with snow and ice, but county and city officials said Monday that they would not significantly change their approach to clearing roads.

For a second day, buses serving public schools to run on snow routes

The repercussions of Friday’s snowfall will continue today with a second day of snow routes for buses serving Columbia Public Schools.

District considers asking voters to let it borrow money

Overcrowding, the rising cost of energy and the number of school transitions for students are among the problems that the Columbia Public School District needs to address, a committee told the Columbia Board of Education at its November meeting.

Cougars’ home court inhospitable

At first glance, the Arena at Southwell Complex looks like a perfectly safe place to play basketball. The foundation feels sturdy, and the steel beams above look amply strong to support the roof. When the buzzer sounds and the Columbia College women’s basketball team takes the floor, however, four spots on the court become more dangerous than a pit full of rattlesnakes.

Cougars return home after layoff

When the Columbia College men’s basketball team faces Missouri Valley College at 7 tonight at Southwell Complex, the arena may seem as foreign to the Cougars as it does to their opponents.