Teen killed; 2 arrested

Columbia police officers investigate a car on North Providence Road following the discovery that a teenager had been shot in the head.

The fatal shooting of a teenager in a south Columbia neighborhood unnerved its residents — many of them college students — and prompted the lockdown of four schools Wednesday afternoon, two days after the worst shooting in U.S. history, at Virginia Tech.

MOHELA nears end of Senate debate

JEFFERSON CITY — State Senate Democrats on Wednesday tried a new strategy to block the vote of a bill that includes the governor’s controversial plan to sell off some of the assets of the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority to fund capital projects: they offered a long-winded series of amendments.

Shooter sent video to NBC on Monday

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Between his first and second bursts of gunfire, the Virginia Tech gunman mailed a package to NBC News containing pictures of him brandishing weapons and video of him delivering a diatribe about getting even with rich people.

County told to cut fair board from fairgrounds

One of the first steps to making the Boone County Fairgrounds more financially viable would be to cut the fair board out of the operation, a consultant hired by Boone County told members of the county commission and fair board Tuesday night.

Donated prom gowns allow girls to feel like royalty

Most girls want to look like princesses at prom. At least that’s the belief of the department of textile and apparel management at MU, and the simple logic behind “Cinderella Project,” a collection of “gently used” prom dresses for girls in the community.

Managers pleased with mall’s curfew for teenagers

Store managers at Columbia Mall are generally satisfied with a policy that prohibits unsupervised youths from hanging out at the mall Friday and Saturday nights. Some say the parental guidance program is good for business, citing a family-friendly atmosphere and steady or increasing sales.

Church plans Eden Summit to help develop ‘creation awareness’

The Columbia faith community will get a jump start on Earth Day with the Eden Summit, a series of workshops aimed at explaining the church’s role in protecting the environment.

Project reduces rainwater runoff problems

April showers bring more than May flowers to Columbia residents suffering from water drainage problems.

Eyes on the prize

For more than two decades, A. Mark Smith has been editing and translating a seven-part optical treatise titled “De aspectibus,” or “On Visual Appearances,” written by a medieval mathematician named Alhacen.

Educators work to improve early childhood system

Rather than starting from scratch, early childhood educators in Columbia and Boone County propose to improve and integrate existing programs into a streamlined system of early childhood education.

Citizen groups move forward with visioning

It’s been three months since the Imagine Columbia’s Future citizen topic groups first met, and pieces are starting to fall into place.

Petitioners call for changes to school math curriculum

By Wednesday afternoon, three days after traditional math advocate and Columbia Parents for Real Math founder Michelle Pruitt launched a petition to change the math curriculum in the Columbia Public Schools, more than 280 signatures had been collected on the online version of the petition.

Attorney says fire district’s board wants paid staff

For the third time in about a month, the attorney for the Missouri Association of Fire Protection Districts popped up at the Boone County Fire Protection District’s board meeting — this time accusing board members of wanting to change the fire district from a volunteer system to a paid staff system.

Two apply for open seat on school board

Two people submitted applications to fill a vacancy on the Columbia School Board on Wednesday.

Columbia man convicted of sexually assaulting MU student

A Columbia man faces life in prison after a jury found him guilty Wednesday of sexually assaulting an MU graduate student last year.