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.