Commissioners consider road tax for November ballot

Boone County Commissioners are planning to put a new half-percent sales tax for road improvements on this November’s ballot.

U.S. House expected to vote on marijuana amendment today

The Hinchey Medical Marijuana Amendment,would prohibit the federal government from prosecuting people caught with a misdemeanor amount of marijuana with a doctor’s permission if it is legal in their state.

Menards to open Columbia store

Menards, a home improvement store, is opening an outlet in Columbia, it was announced today. The Columbia store opening is anticipated for late 2008 or early 2009.

Judge confirms Joplin teen will be tried as adult in school shooting case

A Joplin teenager charged with firing an assault rifle in his middle school will go to trial as an adult and not be sent back to the juvenile system, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Official says Ameren staff shouldn’t have removed probes from Taum Sauk reservoir after collapse

Utility employees who removed safety gauges at the Taum Sauk reservoir immediately after it collapsed essentially tampered with key evidence, a state dam safety official testified.

Gunman robs woman in eastern Columbia

A masked gunman stole a woman’s purse Tuesday night in the 200 block of Anita Court, according to Columbia police.

Bloomberg calls for performance-based pay for teachers in Urban League speech

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a potential independent presidential candidate, said today that performance-based merit pay for teachers should be implemented in the nation’s public schools.

Follow these tips and your tomatoes will thank you (and so will your tastebuds)

Since my own tomato plants are getting tall, flowering and beginning to develop fruit, this might be a good time to write about how to care for tomato plants.

Hy-Vee plans to build two new stores

The employee-owned supermarket chain Hy-Vee Inc. is planning to build two new stores in Columbia over the next year, a spokeswoman said.

Proctor gamble: Damaged road is going unfixed

Despite the potholes, cracks and crumbling, Proctor Drive is not scheduled for improvement projects by the city of Columbia.

Katy Bridge lawsuit dismissal upheld

One of two lawsuits filed in the fight over the Katy Bridge in Boonville has been permanently side railed after the Missouri Western District Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling Tuesday.

Locals split on YouTube debate

The CNN-YouTube collaboration on the Democratic presidential debate Monday night was new, and in that way a success, but it didn’t go far enough in engaging the public, said an MU communications professor.

A fair night for racing

Austin, his two brothers, their parents, grandmothers and other family members gathered at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Tuesday evening for the Go Kart races. The races were the second of three mid-Missouri Go Kart races in the fair circuit.

Tram maintenance limits Arch riders for rest of summer

ST. LOUIS — About half as many visitors as usual will be able to visit the top of the Gateway Arch through the rest of the summer.

Growers reel as orchards show freeze’s toll on Missouri

The April freeze that has caused major crop loss on a variety of products throughout the state has also taken its toll on Missouri’s apples. Michele Warmund, state fruit extension specialist with MU, said that in a good year Missouri’s apple crop is worth an estimated $12 million. The freeze caused a $10.8 million loss with 90 percent of the apple crop ruined.

City seeking trash for kids to turn into art

The Public Works Department is asking the public to contribute certain items for a Recyclebration to be held at Columbia’s Festival of the Arts on Sept. 29-30.

Libby case a theatrical witch hunt

I am continually amazed at the torrent of political misinformation fed to us, much of which is by syndicated columnists secure in their knowledge that their loyal and gullible readership won’t bother to look for evidence to the contrary, regardless of its ready availability.

Changes in law needed to avoid planning errors

It is truly amazing what one savvy land owner can do to change the face of development in Boone County. All he had to do was donate a portion of land to the school board and — voilà — we have a new infrastructure problem.

‘Potential’ is Pinkel’s mantra at media day

SAN ANTONIO — Missouri coach Gary Pinkel used the word “potential” six times in his opening statement about his team at Tuesday’s Big 12 Conference media day.

Unlucky Wells suffers his 13th defeat

ST. LOUIS — Carlos Zambrano won his NL-leading 13th game and Aramis Ramirez’s third single of the game snapped a seventh-inning tie in the Chicago Cubs’ 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.