Chefs bring their best pork to Columbia

Apprentice Colin Shive cleans plate edges, making the final preparations before submitting the plates for Chef Mathia Accurso during the Mid-Missouri Taste of Excellence pork competition on Monday.

Versatility may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of pork, but it was the word on everyone’s lips at the Mid-Missouri Taste of Elegance banquet at the Holiday Inn Select Exposition Center in Columbia on Monday

School board unanimously approves tax levy proposal

Facing a $10.3 million budget shortfall, the Columbia School Board gave the go-ahead to putting a property-tax levy increase before voters this April.

Panel OKs extra money for meth fight, energy aid for the poor

A House committee on Monday approved almost $20 million in extra spending for police, the poor and the Conservation Department.

Guards on MU men's basketball team getting noticed

A couple of Big 12 coaches had some good things to say Monday about the recent play of the Tigers' guards.

Columbia Regional Hospital opts to stop sending birth announcements

Columbia Regional Hospital has chosen to stop sending out birth announcements as a matter of patient security and safety. Boone Hospital requires that parents give the hospital permission to release the information to the media.

Rocheport man wins $100,000 playing lottery

A Rocheport man won $100,000 on Wednesday playing the Missouri Lottery’s “Mega Fortune” Scratchers game.

Woman seriously injured after Providence Road traffic accident

A traffic accident on Providence Road near Turner Avenue on Monday morning left a woman seriously injured, police said.

Small-town mayor charged with four counts of soliciting sex from a minor

Allen Kauffman, the mayor of Collins and a pastor with his church, is accused of asking what he thought was a 13-year-old girl for sex.

School board faces $10 million deficit; expected to ask for tax increase

The Columbia School Board is looking for a way to offset a nearly $10 million budget deficit; the board will discuss a 54 cent property tax increase at tonight’s meeting.

Blunt proposes sending shady home lenders to prison

The governor’s plan would make mortgage fraud a felony, punishable by up to seven years in prison

Kansas City man arrested on suspicion of leading authorities on high-speed car chase in southwest Missouri

A Kansas City man wanted for a parole violation was arrested on suspicion that he led police on a highway chase through three cities in southwest Missouri before his SUV was stopped.

Local view: Making way on Mick Deaver Drive

Keon Lawrence back on target<br>for MU men's basketball team

It might finally be time to welcome Missouri guard Keon Lawrence back from his shooting slump.