Education in legislative spotlight

JEFFERSON CITY — Education, health care and taxes — the big three of domestic issues — will be on the agenda as Missouri lawmakers convene today for their annual session.

Plan for plaza at City Hall in works

Plans are in the works for a new downtown plaza that would also serve as the “front door” to Columbia city government.

For aging and young, a win-win day care solution

On its surface, Columbia is the prototypical college town — a city that sets its cultural clock to the ebb and flow of young adults enrolled at MU, Stephens College and Columbia College.

Building name would honor MU professor

The University of Missouri Board of Curators could consider a proposal to name MU’s General Classroom Building after Arvarh E. Strickland, a professor emeritus of history and MU’s first full-time black faculty member, at its January meeting.

Weather reduced First Night draw

Despite weather that led to the cancellation of two scheduled fireworks displays, organizers said that First Night — Columbia’s alcohol-free, all-ages event to ring in the New Year — was a success.

Hannah in charge

Missouri can throw out the “a different player every night” theory.

Hansbrough returns to play in Missouri

It wasn’t exactly how Ben Hansbrough wanted to start the only game he’ll play in his home state this season.

Women take on Colorado Buffaloes

Freshman Amanda Hanneman used to go to Colorado almost every year to ski with her family. But she’s never been there to play basketball before.

Super tasters: It isn’t easy eating green

As a child, bites of green bean casserole, brussels sprouts in cream and broccoli-rice souffle were dutifully swallowed, unmasticated in the hope of being untasted, with a large mouthful of milk. This was the practice of my brother and every other child I knew. It worked for nasty things like peas, liver, onions, cooked carrots and asparagus.

Cards’ World Series trophy visits Columbia

This afternoon, a luxury sport-utility vehicle guarded by security officers will be travelling down Stadium Boulevard with a special passenger in the back.

Kewpies roll over Smith-Cotton

Hickman’s Aaron Brady can’t get a break.

Council passes stream-buffer rules

In the works for four years, the ordinance is intended to protect water quality and habitat and to control flooding and erosion.

City adopts fire safety codes for Greek housing

MU fraternities and sororities will be required to install sprinkler systems in their houses now that the Columbia City Council voted to adopt the 2006 International Fire Code.