Police make arrest in connection with Big Brothers & Big Sisters agency burglaries

A Columbia man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of being involved in a series of burglaries at the Big Brothers & Big Sisters agency on Providence Road last week.

MSU student’s stance brings about change

When Emily Brooker decided to sue Missouri State University over a grade she received, it set in motion a series of actions that still reverberate. Brooker was a student in the undergraduate social work program and by all accounts highly motivated to engage in a career as a professional social worker. Her particular interests were in the area of child welfare. There are several lessons to be learned from examining Brooker’s experience at MSU.

Complications force officials to euthanize tiger

Sulley, the 400-pound Bengal tiger that came to MU’s Veterinary School last month for a groundbreaking six-hour surgery to correct bone deformations in his right leg, was euthanized Saturday after succumbing to post-surgical complications.

Lessons to learn from Imus fiasco

Some of us who grew up in homes where lewd and irreverent language was not allowed often learned pretty fast that the same was not true in every household. This was so, even at a time when good manners were the order of the day. Until about 15 years ago, I can remember being shocked at the words and phrases children used in front of their parents and adults used in public. Nowadays, my senses are pretty much dulled to inappropriate language.

At Virginia Tech: Gunfire ‘seemed like it lasted forever’

BLACKSBURG, Va. — An outburst of gunfire at a Virginia Tech dormitory, followed two hours later by a ruthless rampage at a classroom building,

At MU: Campus security comes under scrutiny after shootings

Monday’s shootings at Virginia Tech show the need for specific safety policies for faculty members to follow when faced with a shooter or similar threat in their classroom, said Jenice Prather-Kinsey, vice chairwoman of the MU Faculty Council.

Deadliest campus shootings

Yesterday’s shootings on the Virginia Tech campus were the deadliest gun rampage in U.S. history. The following is a list of fatal campus shootings that took place at U.S. colleges and universities in the past few decades.

State Senate observes moment for shooting victims

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri’s state Senate reacted with a moment of prayer Monday as they learned of the shootings on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va.

City Council favors Mesa Air’s proposal

With all council members in agreement, Greg Cecil, member of the Columbia Regional Airport Advisory Board, might have said it best. “It’s a short-term fix, but I think we need to look at the larger picture,” he said.

Budget passed by state Senate would increase UM funds

JEFFERSON CITY — The Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday unanimously passed the state’s $21 billion budget, which includes a more than 4 percent increase to higher education and the University of Missouri System.

A new program works to get kids out of the house and into the woods

Richard Louv’s best-selling book begins with a quote from a fourth-grader: “I like to play indoors better ’cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are.”

Library committee to explore building options

A proposed property tax increase to finance two new libraries in Boone County suffered a decisive loss in the April 3 election, and now the Daniel Boone Regional Library Board is trying to find out why.

Author to show link between persecution and terrorism

Mary Jane Engh came up with the idea for her most recent book, “In the Name of Heaven: 3,000 Years of Religious Persecution,” right after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

MU chancellor offers condolences, assures security

Hickman's heads-up player

JEFFERSON CITY — When a hitter who represents the final out of the game is faced with a two-strike count, his mind-set isn’t always the most stable.

Columbia runners brave Boston’s harsh weather

Coming down with hypothermia Monday at the 111th Boston Marathon was an adventure that Stacy Reed will remember.

Bruins, Kewps in top three

The Rock Bridge Bruins boys golf team was second and the Hickman Kewpies were third at the 14-team Helias Invitational on Monday in New Bloomfield.

Council approves construction of two new baseball fields

Baseball was a hot topic of the Columbia City Council on Monday night.

20 left homeless after blaze

A fire destroyed an eight-unit Ashwood Apartments building Monday evening in less than 30 minutes and left 20 residents homeless. The blaze was so intense it singed the first fire truck on the scene. Two firefighters suffered burns.

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