Police say additional suspect involved in July home invasion

Columbia Police still don't know the suspects identities but believe that both a man and a woman could have been involved in the July 12 home invasion.

Pettis County contracts with MU for autopsy services

MU’s School of Medicine is extending a helping hand to Pettis County by providing medical examiner services. Pettis County will pay MU $15,000 through Dec. 31, 2008 for the services.

26-year-old Check Please clerk robbed at gunpoint

COLUMBIA—A man robbed a 26-year-old clerk at gunpoint at Check Please in north Columbia on Wednesday morning, demanded money and hit the clerk with the gun.

Mature Living Festival will include entertainment, resources

The Boone County Council on Aging will hold its 17th annual Mature Living Festival at the Holiday Inn Expo Center from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

“Our goal is to expand healthy living and do it in a fun way,” executive director Lois Shelton said.

Schools, city to split cost of Hickman pool renovation

The Columbia Public School District is proposing the renovation of the Hickman High School swimming pool based on an in-depth evaluation that recommended significant upgrades.

44 more plaintiffs in lawsuit involving popcorn plant

Forty-three current or former workers at a southwest Missouri microwave-popcorn packaging plant have joined in the suit claiming they sustained lung damage by working with a butter flavoring.

Hot, humid air blankets South and Midwest; 3 deaths blamed on heat

Much of the nation continued to sweat Tuesday under oppressive heat, made worse by high humidity, that stretched from the Midwest to the East Coast. Three deaths were blamed on the heat, and the nation’s biggest public utility said its 8.7 million customers set an all-time peak record for power consumption Monday.

Turning the tables

The Mid-Missouri Furniture Bank has expanded its business to reach out to families in desperate need of furniture. Now the furniture bank itself is in need — of new warehouse space.

Eagle Bluffs soon will add 200-acre wetland habitat

The Army Corps of Engineers and Missouri Department of Conservation are nearing completion on a new habitat for migratory birds at Eagle Bluffs conservation area.

School district to limit early-dismissal days

Students in Columbia Public Schools will have more days off and fewer early-dismissal days in the coming year.

Man is accused of firing rifle at female relative

Columbia police arrested a 23-year-old Columbia man after he shot at a relative during an argument at his home, police said.

Road tax won’t be on ballot

With the deadline approaching for getting issues on the election ballot, County Commissioners decided to postpone a proposed half-cent increase in the sales tax that funds major road projects.

City’s sales tax revenue still lagging

Columbia’s sales tax revenues have been lagging for months, and it’s expected that the trend will continue into the 2008 fiscal year, City Manager Bill Watkins said when he released his new budget proposal on July 31.

Alcohol sales in park considered

A new policy allowing alcohol sales in eight of Columbia’s city parks has the City Council opposing one of its advisory boards. But both groups agree that the issue needs public input.

Columbians unite to promote safe communities at National Night Out

Columbians celebrated National Night Out on Tuesday, gathering in about 30 neighborhoods across town.

MU minority program opened to all

An MU summer workshop for minority students was opened to all students after a lawsuit accused the Dow Jones-sponsored program of racial discrimination.

News media priorities not quite right

One development I have noticed in my perhaps not-so-gracious, advancing years is the growing plethora of news reporting that appears to lack a corresponding increase in relevant information or any apparent endeavor to seek out meaningful alternatives.

Hot weather will stick around

The heat index on Tuesday was 108 degrees, and meteorologists expect the stifling weather to stick around.

Mizzou’s Temple injures knee, but not seriously

The sight was shocking: Starting MU tailback Tony Temple carted off the practice field. The Tigers, however, received good news Tuesday evening after Temple’s MRI.

Giant moment

Barry Bonds hit No. 756 over the right-center field wall Tuesday night, and hammered home the point: Like him or not, legitimate or not, he is baseball’s new home run king.