Governor considers MOHELA shortcut

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers will convene Wednesday for their annual session. But this year, there is a new uncertainty: Will they convene once, or twice?

MU Music School to get $1 million

The MU School of Music is singing its praises of alumna Isobel “Robin” Degnan. The pianist recently announced her plans to give $1 million to the school from her estate when she dies.

Columbia, Boone County to update building codes

The building codes for Columbia and Boone County, which have not been updated since 2000, are about to get a makeover.

Getting the skinny on personal trainers

America’s waistline is growing. Almost a quarter of the population is obese, according to a 2005 report by the Trust for America’s Health. But health club membership is also increasing.

Life-saving sale: flu shots half off

Around 6,000 flu vaccines have been given by the Columbia/Boone County Department of Health, and 3,000 more are in store.

Holiday sales surge

Despite slow sales across the country and a Dec. 1 snowstorm that stalled the shopping season for days in Columbia, many local merchants are reporting better than average holiday sales this year.

Law now requires 40 hours of driving

Beginning today, teenage drivers who get their instruction permit will need 40 hours of behind-the-wheel driving instruction to meet one of the requirements to obtain a driver’s license.

Veterans Hospital open

All Truman Veterans Hospital outpatient clinics, including the community-based outpatient clinics, will be open Tuesday. Federal offices, banks and the U.S. Post Office will be closed in observance of a national day of mourning for former President Gerald Ford, who died last week.

Rodeo regular

Gerry Lisby is a supervisor for the Columbia Public Works Department in the Sanitary Sewer Maintenance section, at least during the week.

First Night 5K brisk start to holiday

Some families spend the holidays eating food by the bucket-load and sitting around a television watching football or movies. Other families go for a run.

Chiefs sneak into playoffs

KANSAS CITY — Sometimes teams that enter the final game of the season needing half a dozen things to break their way get their wish.

Finish gives Rams promising outlook

MINNEAPOLIS — Steven Jackson and the St. Louis Rams played like contenders with a promising performance. The Minnesota Vikings still have plenty of work remaining on their reconstruction project.