Moberly man dies in crash on U.S. 63

A Moberly man died Wednesday after his pickup truck overturned in the median on U.S. 63 in Ashland.

Local group plants seeds of change

Founded last summer, Big Canoe advocates sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, affordable housing and the preservation of public space. Those are big ideas for such a small group — there are 14 members now — but the creation of the urban garden marks a milestone in Big Canoe’s effort to grow.

Mo. court upholds class-action lawsuit against Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. won one and lost one Tuesday as state courts in Missouri and New York split on whether worker lawsuits over alleged unpaid wages should be granted class-action status.

Ameren continues settlement talks amid state investigation

Ameren Corp. and state officials will continue settlement talks over the Taum Sauk reservoir collapse, even as state utility regulators launch a new investigation into the disaster.

Two dead at recycling centers found to be married

Police said Tuesday they have confirmed two people whose bodies were discovered at paper recycling operations more than 1,000 miles apart were married.

Owners of group home lose license after fire

The owners of a group home where 11 people died in a fire will not get their state operating license back after failing to contest the revocation.

Wastewater worries

The Columbia sewage treatment plant is meeting clean water standards, but population growth is creating demand that will soon be too much for the 25-year-old facility to handle. “The plant’s at capacity, the town is growing, and the amount of wastewater coming to the plant is increasing,” said Steve Hunt, a civil engineer with the city’s Public Works Department.

Trustees seek to fill mental health fund

The Boone County Mental Health Board of Trustees met Monday afternoon to discuss strategies for approaching county commissioners and Boone County voters with the tax proposition 13 years after it was first introduced.

Voters pick circus tale for One Read

“Water for Elephants,” by Sara Gruer, beat out “Zorro,” by Isabel Allende by a vote of 339-256 as the 2007 One Read book. The 350-page novel tells the story of an old man, Jacob Jankowski, recounting his time in a circus during the 1930s, said Doyne McKenzie, co-chair of One Read and collection development manager for Daniel Boone Regional Library.

Fire district hires aide for chief

A former bookkeeper for the Boone County Fire Protection District was hired last month as executive assistant to Chief Steve Paulsell, the president of the Fire Protection District’s board of directors said Monday.

Developers’ road detour spares homeowners’ yards

The developers of The Overlook, a proposed subdivision of 141 homes, and Bellwood subdivision have agreed to revise their plats to move an extension of West Broadway 25 feet to the north.

Phone tax back in court

KANSAS CITY — A nearly six year fight over taxes many Missouri cities charge to cell phone companies is headed back to court after legislation attempting to settle the issue stalled in the General Assembly.

Less lawn and more garden

Mike Stambaugh has had vegetables in his front yard for two years. He lives on Greenwood Avenue, in a neighborhood where most of the houses have a lawn carpeted with lush green grass.

Higher burden on sex offenders upheld

JEFFERSON CITY — The state Supreme Court has upheld a 2004 law imposing a heavier burden on sexual predators seeking their release from civil confinement.

Ring tones on stage Saturday

The first performance of the Missouri Theatre’s Classical Series, a part of the 2007 Hot Summer Nights Season, will marry cell phones and a symphony. The Missouri Symphony Orchestra will perform “Concertino for Cell Phones and Orchestra” as a part of its “Cell Phones and Beethoven” concert.

Columbia man and woman injured in home invasion robbery

A Columbia man was injured after two armed men broke into his family’s home in south Columbia early Tuesday morning, police said.

Youth center founder to speak about aiding at-risk kids, teens

Although more than a thousand miles separate them, Lorenzo Lawson thinks of the Harlem Children’s Zone in New York City as an older brother to Columbia’s Youth Empowerment Zone.

Police looking for teen boys after robbery and assault

Columbia police said a group of teen boys beat and robbed a 34-year-old man Monday night in central Columbia.

Review board not justified or necessary

Memorandum to Mayor Darwin Hindman: Please lose the notion of appointment of a citizen review board to exercise oversight of the Columbia Police Department. This is an extremely bad idea, the application of which will cure nothing but create a problem that does not exist.

Chasing Rodeo dreams

High schoolers across Missouri gave up their weekends to compete in rodeos throughout the school year.

The athletes travelled to 16 different locations across the state to compete in 32 rodeos throughout the Missouri High School Rodeo season in order to qualify for the state finals.