New plan aimed at slowing down fire, police retirements

An ordinance authorizing a new retirement option for employees of the Columbia Police and Fire departments will be introduced to the City Council on Monday.

Movie-goers watch Casablanca at Stephens Lake Park

Developing financial skills

Beverly Thompson is enrolled in Money Smart, a 10-week course that teaches money management skills to Columbia Housing Authority residents and other people with low incomes.

Columbia’s workforce receives small raise

Columbia City Manager Bill Watkins called the city’s workforce his highest priority while unveiling a budget proposal for fiscal 2008 that gives employees smaller raises than this year.

FAA continues investigation into helicopter crash

The Federal Aviation Administration’s investigation into Tuesday’s helicopter crash in Columbia is ongoing, said Elizabeth Corey, a spokeswoman for the agency.

Five Ideas

What steps do you think need to be taken to keep Missouri’s recreational water clean and safe? Is there a better way to enforce the noise ordinance without holding landlords responsible for violations? What city and county groups should have input in choosing a location for a new school? Why do you think Koster switched to the Democratic party? Would you be willing to pay more in taxes to ensure that Missouri’s bridges are in top condition?

Missouri’s Wehrli inducted into pro Hall

Roger Wehrli praised the timing of his election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame at induction ceremonies Saturday night in Canton, Ohio. He said it allowed his grandchildren to share something special with him.

Rodriguez celebrates 500th

Alex Rodriguez leaned to his right and watched the ball as it sailed toward the foul pole in left. When it stayed true, he threw up his hands _ the long wait for No. 500 was finally over.

Cardinals can’t contain Nationals

Ryan Zimmerman hit two home runs, and Joel Hanrahan added a two-run double in his first major league win as Washington pounded the St. Louis Cardinals 12-1 Saturday night, extending the Nationals’ winning streak to a season-best five games.

Tigers are riding high expectations

The MU football team’s official Fan Day is this afternoon, but that didn’t stop one fan from making his appreciation heard during the team’s first practice Saturday afternoon.