Fire Protection District teaching kids Internet safety

Internet safety tips will be incorporated into the Boone County Fire Protection District’s Survival Kids program, which has taught kids lessons about topics including fire and bicycle safety for 13 years.

MU law student chosen as next student curator

Tony Luetkemeyer, a former student body president, will succeed Maria Curtis Kerford, but his appointment is for one semester.

St. Louis-area businessman named to Conservation Commission

Don Johnson, 60, of Festus, was appointed by Gov. Matt Blunt to a six-year term on the panel that oversees the state Department of Conservation.

Release denied for death row inmate with cancer

A Missouri death row inmate dying of throat cancer will apparently spend his final days in prison. The Missouri Probation and Parole Board has denied a request filed by Brian Kinder’s doctors that the 47-year-old inmate be released to his family.

Elected St. Louis school board fights on against state control

The elected St. Louis school board says it won't give in to state intervention that turned over control of the district to an appointed board.

Man arrested in convenience store robbery

A Columbia man was arrested Tuesday morning in connection with the Interstate 70 Eagle Stop Service store robbery, police said.

The cost of cool

Even though the dog days of summer are nearing full swing, the recently renovated pool at Douglass Park had only three swimmers at 3:15 on Tuesday afternoon, a sight pool employees say is common.

Stamper: Focus on economy

Drops in the average median income and sales tax receipts and increasing housing costs are some of the reasons Don Stamper, executive director of the Central Missouri Development Council, thinks the Columbia City Council should make the local economy a main priority.

Youth center extends hours

The J. W. “Blind” Boone Center will have extended hours from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. for the rest of the summer to provide a safe environment offering space for recreation, educational activities and empowerment to local youths.

Hussmann retires to kind words

Mary Hussmann, who retired from her paid position as lead organizer for Grass Roots Organizing on June 4, has hardly slowed down. It’s clear that for her, retirement is a mere formality.

Councilmen invite citizens out for joe

Fourth Ward Councilman Jerry Wade’s Saturdays are about to get a little fuller. After his special time with his grandson, he told the Columbia City Council he will be drinking coffee waiting for the community to join in conversation.

MU professors get grant to solve hydrogen mystery

A team of MU professors will receive $880,000 over the next three years from the U.S. Department of Energy to study hydrogen fuel storage, an effort they hope will someday revolutionize transportation.

New road design to be tried

CAMDENTON — Hurry up and slow down. Everyone who has ever driven a busy two-lane road knows this frustration: You wait miles for a break in oncoming traffic to pass a slower vehicle, only to get slowed down again by another caravan of cars and trucks.

Shots fired at apartment complex; man arrested

Columbia police arrested a 25-year-old Columbia man Tuesday who they said fired several shots at a north Columbia apartment.

No need for fairness doctrine

As the proverbial bad penny, there are fundamentally terrible ideas which continue to resurface from time to time. The latest in this parade, reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine came about largely as a result of yet another “foot-in-mouth” reaction by Trent Lott, the well-meaning but often judgmentally challenged Senate Minority Whip.

Level 3 labs need closer examination

Thank you for putting the MU level 3 biocontainment lab on the front page of the Missourian on Wednesday. In my experience, very few people in Columbia have known anything about it.

Vertical gardening offers a way to grow around limited space

Do you think you don’t have enough space to grow a lot of plants? If not, you could always try “growing up.” Vertical gardening, as the technique is called, is a great option for those who have limited space.

Scoreless in Miami

MIAMI — Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez was certain Rick Vanden Hurk had accepted his role as a spot starter. But after a strong performance by the young right-hander on short notice Tuesday night, that might not be the case.

Grimes kicked off team

Senior forward Kalen Grimes was dismissed from the MU men’s basketball team on Tuesday. The dismissal came after Grimes was charged with second-degree felony assault from an incident earlier this month.

Key assistant returns to MU wrestling

MU assistant wrestling coach Lee Pritts spent six years with the Tigers before taking a job at Old Dominion University in 2004. In August, he’ll return to the team that still has wrestlers whom he recruited.