State, county maintain disparate offender lists

In Boone County, it’s anyone’s guess where a significant number of registered sex offenders really live.

Commission’s political ties draw scrutiny

Too many cooks spoil the broth, but this time the Sierra Club believes it’s too many Republicans that have spoiled the Clean Water Commission.

MU center hopes to boost transfers

Each year, more than 1,000 students transfer to MU, many from two-year institutions. To increase that number and to make transferring here easier, the MU College of Education has created a research center to monitor community-college admissions.

Family receives special delivery in early hours of Christmas Day

While most of Columbia spent the wee hours of Christmas morning sleeping and awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus, Kelly and Joe Eddy were awaiting the arrival of their second child. Abigail Renee Eddy, 8 pounds, 3 ounces, was born at 3:17 a.m. at Boone Hospital Center.

Volunteers needed to help count Missouri’s bird species

Christmas became a much easier time of year for birds of the Western Hemisphere after 1900.

Two file for run at open board seats

Two challengers and an incumbent said they will run for seats on the Columbia Board of Education, while a longtime mainstay on the board said he will not seek re-election.

MU Extension hires director for Fire Training Institute

Dave Hedrick will have to hit the ground running. He assumes command of the MU Extension’s Fire and Rescue Training Institute on Jan. 8. Less than three weeks later, he’ll host the institute’s annual Winter Fire School and Expo, Feb. 2 to 4, in Columbia.

Police seek details about holiday vandalism spree

Columbia police received more than 20 reports of vehicles and homes being vandalized in southern Columbia on Christmas Day.

Missouri's longest-serving county clerk looking forward

CAPE GIRARDEAU — The longest-serving county clerk in Missouri will step down Friday, after 28 years on the job.

Tigers get heads in game

EL PASO, Texas — The day before the Missouri football team left for the Sun Bowl, Martin Rucker had an idea.

Rucker rehashes NFL plans

EL PASO, Texas — Junior tight end Martin Rucker is rethinking his original declaration that he will be coming back to play his senior season for the Tigers.

Blues fall short in another overtime

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Alexander Radulov converted his first NHL shootout attempt to lift the Nashville Predators over the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Tuesday night.

The road to El Paso — Day 1

4:45 p.m.: The reduced-rate bus trip to El Paso got off to an early start. Students and their guests lined up around 4:30 to check in at the Reynolds Alumni Center. Students presented their signed waiver and checklist of responsibilities in order to get the free Sun Bowl shirt. A pinkish-red sunset illuminated the sky behind the alumni center as riders made their way down from Turner Ave. Garage with their belongings.

Video: Tigers at Thomason Hospital

The Tigers visited several children Tuesday at Thomason Hospital in El Paso.

Seniors Dedrick Harrington and Brad Ekwerekwu share their thoughts about the trip along with event host Trini Acevedo.

Centenarian's art doubles as visual diary

Alice de Boton relaxes and swaps anecdotes with her daughter, Aline Kultgen, in the living room of her third-floor apartment at The Terrace Retirement Community, where for more than a decade she has risen each morning and worked tirelessly on her art. A dozen or so portraits and landscapes line the walls, a small sample of the art that has earned her an international reputation.

Police unsure why driver fled in fatal high-speed chase

Three people involved in a high-speed chase died early Friday morning when their car crashed into the back of a parked tractor-trailer at the Rocheport exit off Interstate 70. The chase began at about 1 a.m. as a traffic stop in Columbia after police received a tip that a female robbery suspect was a passenger in the car.

Giant Garland

A downtown shopper passes by the window of Poppy, 920 E. Broadway, where a giant papier-mache garland hangs from an artificial tree made with hula hoops and painted paper. The garland, created by Leah Martin and fashioned to look like a string of popcorn and cranberries, is a remnant of the store’s award-winning living window display from earlier in the holiday season.

Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus

Experts warn of carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide has been blamed in the deaths of seven Kirksville residents and for sickening six Overland Park, Kan., residents. In the Kirksville case, investigators are focusing on a car that was in a garage adjacent to the victims’ duplex. In Overland Park, however, a damaged furnace flue apparently allowed the poisonous gas to seep into an apartment complex.

Community Sketchbook

ARTIST: Loren Persley