School district releases requested documents

Documents released by Columbia Public Schools on Friday contained no information about the 10 to 12 landowners Superintendent Phyllis Chase says the district talked to while looking for a site to build a new high school.

City starts new Saturday bus route

A new bus service will start Saturday, providing shorter wait times between buses on all routes throughout Columbia.

Heat to continue through next week

The heat is here to stay for Columbia residents. “The conceptual models are suggesting this heat could last for the entirety of next week,” said Benjamin Sipprell, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in St. Louis.

School district to release correspondence on school site

Columbia Public Schools will release information at 2 p.m. about the negotiations between Chris Mallory, the district’s land consultant, and community members about the search for and purchase of land for Columbia’s third main high school, according to a fax sent to “all media” today.

Police search for armed robbery suspects

Columbia police were looking for a man this morning who they said attempted to rob a 24-year-old cashier at gunpoint at a West Columbia grocery store, said Columbia police Sgt. Ken Hammond.

Anyone with any information should call CrimeStoppers at 875-8477.

Death penalty sought for man accused in 1991 killing

The case of Michael Dowell, accused of raping and killing a Wentzville teenager, has been moved to Boone County on a change of venue.

Backpack drive to benefit abuse shelter

To help The Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Verizon Wireless is holding its first backpack drive to provide backpacks to children in need and prepare them for school. Although The Shelter is not directly involved with organizing the drive, it is the only beneficiary.

Biologist advocates pigeon birth control to tackle MU’s bird problem

OvoControlP, which comes as a ready-to-use bait, was developed by California-based company Innolytics. Pigeons fed OvoControlP still lay eggs and sit on them, but the eggs simply don’t hatch.

A really hot opening day at the state fair

McKaley Taylor, 14, of Agency, and her class-seven sheep, Willie, braved the heat on the opening day of the Missouri State Fair on Thursday in Sedalia.

Taylor, a veteran of the Buchanan County Fair, ranked ninth in the sheep competition with Willie. She commented on how many more people there were at the State Fair.

Gov. Blunt supports repealing tax law

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius warned Thursday that a new Missouri tax law that hits Kansans in the pocketbook could lead to legislative retaliation. Gov. Matt Blunt responded that he favors repealing the law.

High heat stresses concrete workers

General Manager Troy Dawkins said that in the past week, four of his employees have experienced heat-related illnesses.

“One of our drivers had to call an ambulance,” Dawkins said. “Drivers usually don’t have a problem, but in this weather they get out and help (concrete workers) a lot more.”

MU dormitories McDavid, Hatch reopen following major renovations

On Thursday, MU opened the doors of the newly renovated Hatch and McDavid residence halls. University staff, students and parents toured the revamped halls and dorm rooms and glimpsed a vision for dorm living for coming generations of students.

Blunt plans special session

Gov. Matt Blunt plans to call lawmakers into a special session starting Aug. 20 to consider an economic development package and a measure that could help speed up repairs to Missouri’s bridges.

Board of Curators continues search

The UM System Board of Curators interviewed three to five presidential candidates in a closed session on Thursday in St. Louis. This is the second try for the curators to replace Elson Floyd as UM System president.

Fire district settles lawsuit over copier

One of at least three lawsuits pending against the Boone County Fire Protection District will be dismissed from the Boone County Circuit Court after the court is notified of the settlement.

Second Chance to open new facility

Columbia Second Chance, an organization aimed at providing homes for mainly dogs and cats, is having a grand opening of its first public adoption center Saturday. The event will coincide with a dog wash fundraiser, with the money going to rescue activities such as extra veterinarian care or general upkeep of animal facilities.

Patton settling down

“There’s more responsibility now that I’m married,” the quarterback said after Thursday’s morning practice. “I feel like I’m more on top of things, and maybe that followed onto the football field.”

Rams' rookies ready for first taste of NFL

The important players from both teams will soon be on the sidelines, and the fans at today’s preseason contest between the St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings will quickly remember they’re watching an exhibition, not a game that counts.

Ankiel returns to Cards as outfielder, hits 3-run homer

After flopping in his attempt to rejoin the St. Louis Cardinals as a pitcher, Ankiel was called up from the minors and hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning off San Diego’s Doug Brocail.

Royals’ Davies dominates Twins

Kyle Davies pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning, combining with three Kansas City relievers to beat the Minnesota Twins 1-0 on a steamy Thursday afternoon.