Planning and Zoning adds flexibility in bid to attract tech companies

Recommended changes Thursday were an attempt to be attractive to the high-tech industry, Planning and Development Director Tim Teddy said.

Butterfield returns for MU men's basketball team

Darryl Butterfield’s suspension ended and the Missouri men’s basketball team defeated Missouri Western 113-55 in the Tigers’ final exhibition game.

Jury begins deliberating in Midgyett murder retrial

COLUMBIA — A Clay County jury began deliberations late Thursday in the retrial of a Columbia man accused of bludgeoning a friend to death with a piece of wood during an attempted robbery in March 2006.

Public shares thoughts on new regional park

Members of a small audience voiced their ideas about the future of Columbia’s second regional park Thursday night at a public meeting.

Cougars advance in AMC volleyball tournament

For one of the few times this season, Columbia College volleyball coach Melinda Wrye-Washington seemed satisfied with her team’s performance Thursday in the semifinals of the American Midwest Conference Tournament.

Embryos raise legal issues

The law on embryo adoption is unclear. In some respects, embryos are considered property rather than life.

In fight over embryonic stem cell research, some Christians turn to embryo adoption

Embryo adoption is a growing phenomenon, especially among Christians whose faith has put them in the middle of the debates over abortion and stem-cell research. For some people, this relatively new, controversial form of adoption is as much a moral issue as it is a personal decision.

City settles police assault lawsuit

Christopher and Paula Lee filed suit against the Columbia Police Department, alleging police forced their way into the Lee’s William Street home and assaulted them.

Highway construction could halt without more money, report says

The Transportation Department said it needs a budget increase now that state funds are drying up.

Columbia readies itself for rifle season

The rifle season in Columbia, beginning Nov. 10 and ending Nov. 20, brings an economic boom and the passing down of a tradition.

The Met to come to Columbia

The Forum 8 is bringing live performances of the Metropolitan Opera to Columbia — via an HD broadcast.

UM System president search committee to interview candidates Friday

The UM Presidential Search Committee will meet at 1:45 p.m. Friday in a secure third-floor conference room at Boone County National Bank.

Family Resources board proceeds toward member’s removal

Tatlow denies the allegations from fellow members of the Boone County Family Resources board.

City to spend $120,000 on park building

The second phase of work will focus on repairing the exterior walls that have water damage and improving storage spaces.

Police department promotes three as part of a reorganization

The reorganization, set for January, comes as the department is reviewing its internal affairs policy.

Diwali marks most important Hindu celebration of the year

Diwali is a five-day-long celebration praising Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth, and rejoicing in the triumph of light over dark and the emergence of wisdom. And though not all of the rituals are possible in the U.S., many Hindus still follow their traditions as best as they can.

Street sign theft a costly problem

Columbia replaces about 1,600 street signs every year at a cost of about $100 apiece and is struggling to find a way to deal with the problem.

Columbia's dirty jobs: Grease trap cleaner

Tom Lee opened his own business in 2005. Now he’s doing one of the dirtiest jobs in Columbia; he’s a grease trap and septic tank cleaner.

Popular toy Aqua Dots recalled

A chemical coating on the beads converts into the date-rape drug, GHB, when ingested.

Ideological scales: A look at Columbia's political landscape

At the intersection of Providence and Broadway, Claire Garden holds a sign above her head that says: “This Time Don’t Buy the Lies.” It’s less than 50 degrees outside, and the wind is chilling. But she and a dozen other Columbia residents are out soliciting honks for peace.