Brock Williams captures the look and feel of Florence, Italy, from the balcony of the Palazzo Vecchio in December 2006. An employee at the Palazzo let him gather footage from the balcony, which is normally closed.

The mail is still on the bottom step at 3 p.m. and recently emptied Tupperware containers occupy one of the chairs. The second-floor office looks more like a place where college students live than the headquarters of a video and film production company.

State begins Rocky Fork cleanup

The Missouri Natural Resources Department has embarked on a nearly $1 million project to prevent toxins from running off a former Boone County coal mine.

Smoking complaints decreasing

A total of 31 complaints about potential violations of the smoking ban were received from Jan. 9 through Wednesday, according to the Columbia/Boone County Health Department records.

Changes afoot for diversity bill

In a brief Senate Education Committee meeting Wednesday, students, professors and lobbyists spoke about a bill that the sponsor said will stop discrimination against college students because of their religious or political views.

Senate sends MOHELA bill to the House

"Embarrassing,” “ridiculous” and “appalling” were just three of many words Democrats used to voice their opposition Wednesday before the Senate overwhelmingly gave final passage to the plan to sell off some of the assets of the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority.

Variety show to give closing performance at Missouri Theatre

Sutu Forte doesn’t know what she will be doing with herself for the next year.

Denim Day stresses sex assault awareness

In 1999, the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction after the judges decided the victim’s jeans were so tight that she had to have helped her assailant take them off. Women in the Italian legislature expressed their outrage by agreeing to wear jeans to work.

Students urge state to find more education money

The basement in Brady Commons was a flurry of activity Wednesday as students packed in to eat free Shakespeare’s pizza and write letters to their elected officials asking them to go further in supporting higher education.

Blunt and Democrats

Behind the music

More than 200 voices will come together in harmony tonight in Jesse Auditorium for the premiere of a song composed by an MU professor. “The Last Beginning,” by music theory and composition professor Thomas McKenney, was written specially for this concert.

Senate joins House in passing budget

The Missouri Senate passed the $21.5 billion state budget bill on Wednesday, but not without a challenge by one of its members to introduce an amendment to allow embryonic stem cell research in life science research grants.

Senate bill looks to lose limits on gambling losses

The head of the Missouri Gaming Commission said Wednesday this might be the year the state gets rid of gambling loss limits.

Infant’s death not caused by SIDS, examiner says

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome was not the cause of death of a 6-month-old girl whose mother is accused of neglecting her, Boone County Chief Medical Examiner Eddie Adelstein testified Wednesday during day two of a trial charging the infant’s mother with second-degree involuntary manslaughter, first-degree child endangerment and possession of marijuana.

Chairman to make ‘unusual’ move with Medicaid bill

JEFFERSON CITY — With only about three weeks left in the 2007 legislative session, the chairman of the House committee reviewing the bill to restructure Medicaid is holding a second hearing on the bill and may completely restructure it.

Mizzou Night with the Arts to raise scholarship money

Ten years ago, Jill Villasana was a senior at Hickman High School with dreams of attending MU.

Thanks to a scholarship program through the Mizzou Alumni Association, she was able to.

Funds for disabled to run out by 2008

JEFFERSON CITY— A state audit released Wednesday predicts a state fund to compensate disabled workers who suffer additional work injuries will likely run out of money by 2008.

Dandridge’s status in question

It looks like the Missouri Tigers will lose two players from last season’s team.

Martin finds a way

After Wednesday’s 7-1 home loss to Jefferson City, Rock Bridge baseball coach Justin Towe was upset with his team’s effort, comparing it to that of a summer league team. But despite his disappointment, Towe also noticed the defensive work of his first baseman, Ben Martin, who dug multiple balls out of the dirt against the Jays.

Coach can stomach wins, if not pregame meal

Clark Swisher didn’t eat much Wednesday. He never does this time of year. He’s not able to.