Columbia proposes $362.8 million budget for fiscal '08

COLUMBIA — The city would spend 10.6 percent more in fiscal 2008 under a plan unveiled by City Manager Bill Watkins on Tuesday morning.

Some Columbia officials urge improved communication with school district

COLUMBIA — Local officials want closer ties after feeling excluded from the decision to locate a high school three miles east of the city limits.

St. Louis man contracts West Nile

ST. LOUIS — A 40-year-old St. Louis County man has contracted the first human case of West Nile virus in Missouri this year, health authorities said Tuesday.

Wireless security often breached at subscriber's peril

COLUMBIA - While you’re outside relaxing on your porch with your laptop, do you know if anyone else is using your network?

Cole county man shoots ex-wife, then himself

JEFFERSON CITY - A Cole County man fatally shot his ex-wife and later himself after holing up in his apartment and refusing to surrender to police.

Campers learn GPS skills

COLUMBIA - Clusters of young Missourians walked the streets of downtown Columbia on Monday, staring at small electronic boxes as they competed to be the first team to finish their checklist.

Statutory rape suspect arrested

COLUMBIA - Columbia police arrested a 24-year-old Sullivan man Saturday morning in connection with the statutory rape of a 13-year-old Columbia girl he met on the Internet, Columbia police Sgt. Ken Hammond said.

Columbia man ordered to give DNA in rape case

COLUMBIA - On Monday afternoon, a Columbia man was court ordered to provide a DNA sample that could potentially help the state convict him of rape charges brought against him last March.

Angry driver arrested for assaulting officer with car

COLUMBIA - A Columbia police officer was assaulted by a motorist who police say didn’t want to wait for them to move their cars Saturday afternoon.

ExxonMobil needs to invest in new energy

Exxon Mobil Corp. is reporting yet another quarter of staggering profits near $10 billion. While we pay the high gas prices that pump up Exxon’s profits, we are also paying for Exxon’s campaign to block action on global warming.

Life is tough enough, be attentive to others

Now is the time to wage a major campaign against nuisance. We are in an unendable war, we are being poisoned by food and injured by products from we don’t know where and our rights are being protected by a Department of Justice whose reputation is suspect.

Midwifery ruling: 'an unfair treatment' of rights?

COLUMBIA - Expectant mothers Kimberly Fallon and Dallion Rehm were planning to take advantage of a new state law by giving birth at home, using certified professional midwives as their primary caregivers.

Mediator talks review boards

COLUMBIA - William Whitcomb told a packed audience Monday that whether they want a citizen review board or not, the community must educate itself on the topic and reach a consensus.

Theater gets hand from Boy Scout

COLUMBIA - The whir of air ratchets and the clanking of crowbars filled the Missouri Theatre on Monday night as volunteers took part in removing its 1,200 chairs.

Study links excessive 'girl talk' to depression

COLUMBIA - What appears to be healthy, harmless “girl talk” can actually lead to depression, a new study by MU researchers shows.

Cole County residents mourn slain boy

ST. MARTINS - Two days after police said a Cole County man gunned down his 9-year-old son in their home, residents of St. Martins signed a memorial photo, which featured a beaming Kyle Lueckenotte with his baseball team.

Columbia little league wins another state crown

COLUMBIA - Laura Knoesel couldn’t hold back tears of joy as her son slid into home. Jack Knoesel, who just turned 11 this week and was starting for the first time in state tournament play, hit an inside-the-park home run, giving his team a 4-0 lead in the state championship game.

Bullpen keeping Cards in race

ST. LOUIS — Players whose names don’t exactly roll off the tongue are largely responsible for the St. Louis Cardinals’ somewhat improbable presence in the NL Central picture.

Excessive ‘girl talk’ can lead to depression in adolescents, study finds

Results revealed that adolescent girls who talk about their problems at length are more likely to show signs of depression and anxiety, although this was not the case for boys, according to a new study by MU researchers.

Missouri program leads nation in cutting inmate population

Missouri is leading the nation in reducing its inmate population, thanks to changes in recent years designed to get offenders back on their feet, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Sunday.