Hit-and-run driver leaves behind big clue ... his license plate

The impact from hit-and-run collision left an imprint of the other car’s license plate on the front of Marci Mitchell’s car.

Marci Mitchell was shocked to find a fresh dent in her red Hyundai on Thursday, but the person who hit her parked car left a gift — the other vehicle's license plate.

Columbia students rewarded for summer school attendance

More than 2,500 students in Columbia will receive a $100 debit card for having perfect attendance throughout the five-week summer school program that ended July 13.

Columbia's high school group returns with ideas after KC visit

The visit helped the committee come up with goals for the city's third comprehensive high school.

Firefighters must extricate couple after collision

A Columbia couple in their 80s had to be extricated from their overturned sport utility vehicle after colliding with a minivan in north Columbia on Friday morning.

Reporter's notebook: Covering the Urban League conference

I wondered: Would it be hard for two white journalists from the Columbia Missourian to cover a black conference? Beyond that, I pondered the question every reporter asks: Will I get a good story?

UM curators to present new presidential candidates in August

The goal is to have the finalists chosen by the end of August.

Democratic candidates unveil plans to Urban League

Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards and Dennis Kucinich outlined plans encouraging change in American policy.

Huebert Builders will handle Missouri Theatre’s renovation

Before the Missouri Theatre closes for a 10-month renovation and expansion, there were a few more announcements today.

Nixon’s proposal on returning campaign donations exempts McCaskill, others

Sen. Claire McCaskill and others working to pay off old campaign debts could benefit if the state Supreme Court follows the state’s suggested model for reinstating Missouri’s campaign contribution limits.

Deputy resigns after being accused of assaulting teen in park

A Jackson County sheriff’s deputy resigned today after being accused of sodomizing a 15-year-old girl in a Sibley park.

Rare 53-pound albino catfish dies

Just four days after it was caught, John Young’s famed albino catfish died before it could be transferred to a tank at the Tennessee Aquarium.

Former tanning salon owner indicted on child pornography charges

A federal grand jury has indicted a former tanning salon owner on eight child pornography charges for allegedly videotaping underage female customers with a hidden camera.

Unidentified remains found in popcorn tin

Police said Thursday they are trying to determine the identity of cremated remains in a popcorn tin that ended up in front of a home in the southwest Missouri town.

U.S. House votes down change to end federal raids on medical marijuana

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday night voted down the latest medicinal marijuana bill, which sought to keep residents of states that allow marijuana for medicinal purposes safe from federal raids.

10-year-old boy starts to master the barbecue circuit

In front of his own grill, 10-year-old Sam Thurman, of Columbia, approaches barbecue as more than just a meal. It’s a delicacy that requires knowledge, good taste and a flare for cooking. He doesn’t just sit back and watch.

A life rebuilt with a hammer, an anvil and a forge

Welder Denis Yates had lost everything before he moved to Missouri in 2000. But he's built a new career drawing on 18th-century blacksmithing techniques, skills you can find on display at the Boone County Fair.

Dillard’s suit part of pattern

A 2003 lawsuit against Dillard’s in Columbia, which appears likely to go to trial, contains allegations that “suggest a larger pattern of race based harassment,” wrote Judge Diana Murphy of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in the court’s opinion released last week.

Cooler than ‘Lion King’

Sandra Smith stood under a red-and-white tent Thursday afternoon that housed a petting zoo at the Boone County Fair. The hay-filled, white cages that surrounded her held some unexpected creatures, such as Bendy the kangaroo, Mowgli the 70-year-old tortoise and an emu that preferred the company of goats.

Fire district closing most of its meetings

The Boone County Fire Protection District board of directors has closed its meetings twice as often since Jan. 1 than it did in 2006, as it deals with personnel and legal issues.

Sharpton urges solution to gap in health care

The Rev. Al Sharpton and five other speakers agreed Thursday at a national convention that closing the economic gap between blacks and whites is the most important issue facing blacks today.