MU budget plan could draw faculty to join MNEA

For members of the Missouri National Education Association, MU’s new financial plan could turn out to be one of the organization’s primary recruiting tools.

MU’s new dean of vet college wants to boost school’s ranking

Neil Olson, 56, an associate dean from North Carolina State University's veterinary college, will start his new job at MU on Sept. 1.

Discrimination suit against Dillard’s will be heard after all

Plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against Dillard’s Inc. will get their day in court after a decision Friday by a federal appeals court. The plaintiffs, mostly from the Columbia area, sued the retailer in 2003 in U.S. District Court, alleging that Dillard’s had engaged in systematic racial discrimination against black customers.

Sprinkler douses hot-plate fire in MU building

A sprinkler system prevented a fire from spreading at MU’s Engineering Building around 10 p.m. Saturday, according to the Columbia Fire Department.

Congress considers bills to ease student loan woes

Congress is poised to make big changes to the government programs tapped by millions of students to pay for college. The biggest of these for students: a cap on what low-income borrowers have to pay back each month on their federal student loans.

House fire blamed on discarded butts

Discarded cigarette butts caused a weekend fire that destroyed a house at 509 Banks Ave., the Columbia Fire Department said today.

ConocoPhillips, Peabody Energy to build coal-to-substitute natural gas plant

ConocoPhillips is teaming with the coal company Peabody Energy on plans to build a Midwest coal-to-substitute natural gas facility, the companies said today.

Levota selected to follow Harris as Missouri House minority leader

House Democrats have chosen Rep. Paul LeVota, of Independence, as their new leader to succeed Columbia’s Jeff Harris.

St. Louis Browns' Rollie Stiles, oldest ex-major leaguer, dies at 100

Rollie Stiles, a former St. Louis Brown who at 100 was believed to be the oldest former major leaguer, has died.

MU’s cost-cutting plan lacked faculty input, group says

A new campus organization looking to unionize faculty and staff says details of Compete Missouri were decided before faculty were included.

Applicants sought for committee to decide if Columbia police need review board

The committee is being formed after members of the Minority Men’s Network asked the City Council in June to create a citizen review board.

Boone County Fair chooses champions in the saddle

The Boone County Fair’s 4-H/FFA horse show brought color to the arena as boys and girls in bright outfits competed on horseback. Christi Miller, 37, a member of the committee responsible for organizing the show and hiring the judges and the workers, said that this show was not only about horses but also about commitment and dedication.

After 50 years, Stephens' unique summer stage program thrives

Each year, 30 students about to enter their third and final year of the theater program spend their summer at the Okoboji Summer Theatre, named for two nearby lakes — East and West Okoboji. Led by theater professionals, the students produce nine shows in 10 weeks.

Alcohol sales in park draw opposition

After hearing community objections and discussing its own reservations, the commission voted on Thursday unanimously to recommend disapproval of the policy.

Jamming on a blue Sunday

Blues and barbecue in Jefferson City brought visitors to McClung Park on a summer afternoon.

Man robbed at Missouri 763 and Farrar

A man was robbed at Missouri 763 and Farrar Drive on Saturday between 5 and 8:30 p.m.

BOONE LIFE: Hallsville square dancers cross the generation gap

The festivities begin at 4 p.m. with an instrumental jam session, followed by square dance instruction. After a potluck dinner, kids, teenagers and adults begin to line up for the square dancing.

Friends of kidnapped boy miss their pal since his rescue

Shawn returned to life with his mother and stepfather at his home in Richwoods. He has not spoken to the friends he made while living in Kirkwood, and a psychiatrist said it would be a mental strain for him to do so.

Missouri law may restrict abortions

After Aug. 28, any medical clinic performing more than five first-trimester abortions a month, or any abortions later in pregnancy, will be required to be licensed as an “ambulatory surgical center.”

Boat explodes at the Lake of the Ozarks, 3 men hospitalized

Two men were airlifted to University Hospital on Saturday after an explosion at the Lake of the Ozarks.