Chertoff encourages audience to continue support for Iraq war

Michael Chertoff

The secretary of the Department of Homeland Security spoke Wednesday at Westminster College in Fulton, and students had the opportunity to ask him about U.S. policies.

State pays enough for schools now, Mo. judge says

The state provides as much public school funding as the Missouri Constitution requires, a Cole County judge ruled Wednesday in rejecting a lawsuit filed by almost one-half of the state’s school districts, including Columbia Public Schools.

Governor proposes free exams for rape victims

Gov. Matt Blunt announced a plan to spend $2.3 million to cover the cost of rape forensic exams for Missouri rape victims

Moving Greyhound services to Wabash still a major goal for City Council

The city projects that Wabash Station will be the location for Greyhound services in the future, but funding is a major obstacle to accomplishing the move.

Staph infection becomes a bigger threat, state health experts says

Community-acquired Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, a type of staph infection, is a recently found illness that is more easily treatable but capable of more damage.

Nebraska continues dominance<br>of Missouri volleyball team

Nebraska ended the Missouri volleyball team's five-match winning streak with ease Wednesday night, and extended its winning streak in Columbia to 23.

Judge rules against state's school districts

The state provides as much public school funding as the Missouri Constitution requires, a Cole County judge ruled Wednesday.

Hulshof takes flak for vote against children's health insurance program

With the Democrat-led House set to attempt to override a presidential veto of an expansion of a federal health insurance program for low-income children Thursday, Rep. Kenny Hulshof, R-Mo., opposes expansion of the program he helped create.

High school Homecoming festivities to converge at downtown parade Friday

High school Homecoming activities scheduled for the next week showcase spirit and alumni.

District warns of counterfeit American Express checks

The Columbia Special Business District has alerted its members that counterfeit American Express gift checks are circulating downtown.

Worker struggles with medical needs long after accident

John Fry tells his story of his uphill battle with the health care system and his struggles to live without insurance.

Essay contest aims to raise awareness of domestic violence

The Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is sponsoring a student essay contest to raise awareness about the impact of domestic violence.

Commission awards contracts for highway projects

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission selected contractors for three projects that will affect U.S. 63 and Interstate 70.


About 7:15 this morning, Columbia residents were treated to one of those rare moments of living art -- a double rainbow to the west as the rain clouds gathered, and brilliantly lit clouds to the east, shaped almost as if a string of curtains had been hung, as the sun rose. Did you shoot a photo? Go to to share it with other mid-Missourians.

Seats available on city boards and commissions

Applicants interested in participating in city government should apply by Nov. 2 to fill the current vacancies.

Woman in serious condition after traffic collision

A Wednesday morning collision resulted in one woman in serious condition at University Hospital. The other driver was not injured, police said.

Mid-America games launching in Columbia next summer

The regional amateur sports competition will be held with the Show-Me State Games. Athletes in the State Games of Mid-America may qualify for the biennial State Games of America in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Severe thunderstorms expected in mid-Missouri

Storms might bring tornadoes, hail and 60 m.p.h. winds through the area Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

Texas Tech’s Bobby Knight riffs on baseball

At the Big 12 basketball media day, Bobby Knight spent most of his time talking about baseball.

War spreads war

In his recent opinion piece, “National Defense Deters War”, Col. J. Karl Miller quotes George Washington as saying: “There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well prepared to meet the enemy.” In other words, war preparation deters war. The basic question regarding that assumption is: “How’s that working for us?”