Registered sex offender is a risk to harm again, psychologist testifies

COLUMBIA — After a five-hour interview with registered sex offender William G. Bradford in June, clinical and forensic psychologist Kent Franks concluded with a “reasonable amount of scientific certainty” that Bradford is a sexually violent predator and will cause harm again if released into the community.

Take Christ-centered approach to homosexuality, speaker says

COLUMBIA — Improper Biblical interpretation and the use of “outmoded, culturally decided arguments” are among the causes of a Christian view of homosexuality as immoral, Jack Rogers argued Wednesday night at a lecture at MU.

Kaldi's makes four coffee shops near the corner of Ninth and Cherry streets

Kaldi’s Coffeehouse, founded by two MU graduates, is entering the Columbia coffee shop market with a full-service restaurant. Some store owners are worried about the competition that exists between the many coffeehouses in Columbia.

Third hearing on state regulating school sports heats up

Some legislators said they were getting frustrated about whether the state should should regulate the Missouri State High School Activities Association.

Waste management group urges disposal of unwanted tires

Whole tires are banned from landfills, and cutting tires can be a difficult process. To help people get rid of unwanted tires, the Mid-Missouri Solid Waste Management District will be collecting them for a fee Saturday.

School, city, county officials agree to more frequent collaboration

City, county and school district staff members plan to start meeting monthly to increase collaboration. That was one outcome of a meeting early Wednesday of the Columbia School Board, the City Council and Boone County commissioners.

City to celebrate Wabash renovation

A $3.5 million renovation of the historic downtown station is finished, and the city will celebrate at 10 a.m. Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Despite a nationwide shortage of nurses, MU’s Sinclair School of Nursing thrives

While some nursing schools around the country have had trouble attracting students, MU’s Sinclair School of Nursing has reached its capacity.

Blunt appoints new judge to Missouri Court of Appeals

Clay County Circuit Judge James Welsh was chosen Wednesday by Gov. Matt Blunt to fill a vacancy on the Missouri Court of Appeals.

‘Hullabaloo’ brings community together to paint mural

The old Heibel-March building will get a makeover on Saturday as community members are invited to come and paint a mural celebrating the building’s history.

Duplex sustains massive damage in second fire in 24 hours

Smoldering insulation caused the second fire in 24 hours at a north Columbia duplex early Wednesday morning.

Police seek help identifying shooter

Police say the suspect who shot two people in central Columbia Tuesday night is believed to have left the scene in a car.

Local View: The design review board

Candidates lack leadership in presidential election

The democratic candidates are not showing enough leadership to be successful future presidents.

Outer space: the new battleground

The United States’ move from defensive applications in space to offensive weapons, including particle beams, lasers and rocket and missile launchers is a dangerous gambit.

Fall season gives gardeners time to prepare for spring

Fall is the perfect time to get ahead on your gardening by pruning shrubs and trees and clearing leaves from the beds.

High school evaluation committee recommends St. Charles Road site

The St. Charles Road Development site was ranked first by the High School Site Evaluation Committee above the other five sites under consideration for Columbia Public Schools’ next high school.