Residents concerned with firing range plan

Neighboring residents were assembled at the National Guard Armory Tuesday night to discuss a tough issue — the possible location for the Columbia Police Department’s new training facility at Boatman Hill and McGee roads.

Assemblies of God leader to leave 2 years early

The head of the Assemblies of God church will step down two years early, ending 14 years at the helm of one the nation’s largest Pentecostal groups.

St. Louis judge orders 12-year-old stabbing suspect to stay in custody

A 12-year-old St. Louis boy accused in the stabbing death of a 13-year-old neighbor girl will remain in custody for now.

Gas line broken on Monk Drive

A natural gas line along Monk Drive in Columbia was broken by a contractor between 9:30-10 a.m. this morning.

It's Potter-mania as fans at last get to see the latest movie

Professor Trelawney predicted the crowd of expectant Muggles that flooded Hollywood 14 theater’s lobby for the midnight premiere of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” She saw it in her crystal ball.

One MU biolab under way

While Columbia awaits word on whether it will become home to a federal laboratory to handle some of the world’s deadliest pathogens, a laboratory for the study of potentially lethal air-borne diseases is under construction on the MU campus.

Columbia Access Television needs funds to stay on air

Columbia Access Television was launched in October 2004. But without a change in city policy, it will be off the air by the end of the year.

Background checks eased by gun law

Missourians will no longer have to get a permit from their local sheriff’s office before they buy a pistol. With the governor’s signing last week of Senate Bill 62, Missourians can buy a handgun without undergoing a background check by local law enforcement.

New Columbia high school site a matter of availability

It was the simple availability of land, not its location, that drove Columbia Public Schools officials to choose a farm southeast of Columbia as the site for a third major high school, Superintendent Phyllis Chase said.

More mature ‘Potter’ soars

“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” the fifth installment of the Potter series, is a lot like a graceful kid in junior high who manages to navigate puberty relatively unscathed.

Fisherman hooks albino rarity

As a competitive fisherman, Young has caught roughly 30 catfish that weigh more than 50 pounds each, with two of them upward of 70 pounds. But even the most experienced fisherman could be taken aback by what Young found on the end of his line Saturday.

Less than 5 gallons of oil spilled into Flat Branch Creek

The Columbia Fire Department announced Tuesday that less than five gallons of mineral oil spilled into Flat Branch Creek from an overheated transformer at the MU Power Plant on Sunday.

Park road position is pondered

Dennis Stroer does not like the idea of a road separating homes in Auburn Hills from a proposed neighborhood park. The approximately 30 people at Tuesday night’s meeting, hosted by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department, agreed with Stroer.

Missouri State paid high price to lose 9 employees

Missouri State University has paid almost $700,000 to nine departing employees in the past five years, nearly half of that to cut ties with an associate professor who was outed as a sex offender and a former women’s basketball coach.

Two police officers assaulted during arrest

A Columbia man assaulted two Columbia police officers Monday afternoon as he was being arrested on three outstanding drug warrants from 2006, Columbia police said.

Sanders to defend Columbia Seniors crown

One week after failing to make the cut in the U.S. Senior Open, Dee Sanders is back on the golf course and facing a new group of competitors at this year’s Columbia Seniors Championship.

Florida plane crash claims five lives

SANFORD, Fla. — A small plane carrying the husband of a NASCAR executive crashed into a neighborhood Tuesday and engulfed two houses in flames, killing both people aboard the aircraft and three others on the ground.

Carp cakes may be solution to controlling unwanted fish

The “grinding room” at the Columbia Environmental Research Center has become a stepping stone for a potential solution to an environmental problem in the Missouri River by turning unwanted fish into food for zoo animals.

Some crimes require final punishment

Regardless of whether one agrees or disagrees with the death penalty as an appropriate punishment for aggravated murder or other grievous assaults upon humanity, we should applaud the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that Missouri’s lethal injection procedure is neither cruel nor unusual punishment.

Wannabe Harrys crowd movie’s opening

Professor Trelawney predicted the crowd of expectant Muggles that flooded Hollywood 14 theater’s lobby for the midnight premiere of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” She saw it in her crystal ball.