Senate agrees to audit war contracts

The U.S. Senate has approved the creation of an investigative commission to examine wartime contracts in Afghanistan and Iraq following reports of fraud and mismanagement of contracts worth billions of tax dollars.

Citizen group asks Columbia City Council to support county road tax

Boone County Presiding Commissioner Ken Pearson presented council members with a brief overview of what the county has done with the tax, and the city will consider a resolution at an upcoming council meeting.

Columbia annexes property in northeast section of city

The 50-acre site, northeast of Masonic Drive, is being considered for a retirement community and possibly other businesses.

Poking about in the pumpkin patch

With cooler temperatures and falling leaves, pumpkin patches invite visitors to poke about and enjoy the scenery, the vegetables and the animals.

Advisory board explores caps on tourism grants

Major festivals and events in Columbia could become part of a “signature series” that would guarantee them $10,000 a year in city funding but save some extra money to help new events.

9th Street Video holds its own in a sea of rental chains

The last in a dying breed, Columbia’s only independent movie rental store has managed to stay afloat amid intense competition and changing consumer behavior.

Senior citizens trade retirement for the workforce

More senior citizens are re-entering the workforce or remaining there longer.

None injured in two-alarm fire

A two-alarm fire broke out at a Columbia factory Monday, injuring one firefighter and forcing the evacuation of 90 employees.

Columbia man sentenced to six years for drug possession

Creston J. Johnson was sentenced to six years in prison for possession of a controlled substance.

Columbia woman admits to stealing thousands from employer

An employee of Simon Steel who stole approximately $72,000 from the business through forging checks and altering records faces up to seven years in prison.

Film quiz answers

We asked: How many titles from the American Film Institute’s original 1998 list of the top 100 American movies can you spot in this article?

Local View: Columbia's 3M plant

‘Troublemakers’ taking troubles out of the world

People who are labeled as ‘troublemakers’ advocate for better changes and find remedies for tough dilemmas.

Boone County foreclosure rates reach all-time high

Recent foreclosure levels have been correlated to the high number of adjustable-rate mortgages that allow buyers to borrow with artificially low interest rates.

The foreclosure process

A foreclosure occurs when a property owner cannot make payments on a loan, usually leading to seizure of the property.

Early-season favorites fade in Big 12

Two of the Big 12 Conference's best hopes for BCS success, Texas and Oklahoma, both lost to unranked opponents on Saturday.