Clark emphasizes controlled growth at mayoral forum that attracts two dozen people, but only one candidate

Wednesday night’s mayoral candidate forum got off to a late start, but no one seemed to mind. It was almost 6:30 p.m. and children were still filing in and out of the Downtown Optimist Club, grabbing handfuls of blue corn chips before returning to their basketball game outside.

Increased use of renewable energy always driven by government policy, says expert at annual MU conference

Last year, the United States installed 8 percent of the world’s solar-electric technology, the executive director of the Solar Electric Power Association said Wednesday. By contrast, Germany, which receives about the same amount of sunlight as Alaska, installed 55 percent.

Mees cites experience with district

Jan Mees had been retired only six months when she decided to run for the Columbia School Board.

Refresh your garden this spring with new plant varieties

Every year, there are introductions of new plant varieties to the market.

Higher ed bill clears first hurdle

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Matt Blunt’s higher education recommendation to increase spending survived the first day of House action Tuesday. But because of complicated House rules, higher education money could still vary before the budget debate is over this week.

Conference to focus on renewable energy

Ironically, too much wind may have delayed when the Bluegrass Ridge wind farm will come online and deliver the energy its turbines will produce into Columbia’s power grid.

Senate panel considers dropping ‘mental retardation’ from agency name

Several Boone County residents attended a Senate committee hearing Tuesday on whether the words “mental retardation” should be removed from the name of a state division that provides services for people with disabilities.

Judge orders new trial in MU student’s 2003 shooting death

A man convicted of the 2003 murder of MU student Charles Blondis should receive a new trial, Circuit Judge Gene Hamilton ruled. But Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Knight said Tuesday that he will appeal the decision to Missouri’s Western District Court of Appeals.

Candidates address Columbia growth

Sub-area plans. Growth-management planning. Mixed-use neighborhoods. Planned annexation. Sustainability.

Library sites are questioned in north Boone

STURGEON — On a dreary Tuesday afternoon, stay-at-home mom Cathy Marek and her three daughters arrive in their minivan at the parking lot of a small grocery store. But they’re not here to pick up milk or bread. They are here to browse for books.

Police-minority relations focus of NAACP forum

Columbia City Council candidates spoke about the relationship between police and minorities at Tuesday night’s forum held by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Council to hear library contract

A contract to allow the Daniel Boone Regional Library to build a branch north of the Boone County Fairgrounds will be on the Columbia City Council’s agenda Monday.

Rare race, revered record

MELBOURNE, Australia — Michael Phelps stood on deck with 50 Cent blaring in one ear, a steely determination in both eyes. When his name was announced to the crowd at Rod Laver Arena, the young American did nothing more than stare down the strip of water at his feet.

No slowing Columbus

ST. LOUIS — Fredrik Modin scored twice and Fredrik Norrena stopped 19 shots, helping the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the St. Louis Blues 4-1 on Tuesday night.

Blues get close look at prospects

ST. LOUIS — Keeping tabs on top prospects in the Frozen Four will be a snap this year for the St. Louis Blues.

Long time has past since thriller

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — More than four months ago, Wyoming lost a heartbreaker at Kansas State when the Wildcats won 68-62 in overtime after tying the game at the end of regulation on a shot from just beyond half-court.

Missouri comeback falls short

The Missouri baseball team lost 4-3 to Creighton on Tuesday in Omaha. The Tigers trailed 3-0 by the sixth inning, but tied the game in the seventh when Junior Jacob Priday hit a two-run double, and sophomore Kyle Mach scored off junior Dan Pietroburgo’s ground out to first base. Creighton freshman Robbie Night scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth on senior Chad Ogden’s double

Building brilliance

Clark wants city to be on better footing

Ask John Clark a question, then brace yourself. There’s no telling exactly what the candidate for Columbia mayor is going to say, or how long he’ll take to say it.

Audit faults state downtown rehab program

JEFFERSON CITY — A state panel did not have a rational basis for bypassing certain cities in favor of others in a program to help rebuild downtown communities, a state audit released Monday said.