Only 2 people attend Clinton support meeting

Only two people showed up to a meeting in support of presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday night after an afternoon of severe thunderstorms.

Burned SUV found in Rock Bridge State Park

An investigation has been launched after the discovery of a charred and abandoned sports utility vehicle in the parking lot at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park.

Affirmative action ballot language unfair, judge rules

A judge on Monday rewrote the ballot language for a proposal banning most government affirmative action programs in Missouri, striking down a version originally crafted by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan as unfair.

More wild weather; 2 tornadoes reported in Moniteau County

The recent stint of unseasonable, and somewhat odd, weather continued Monday with temperatures in the 70s, heavy rain, hail and severe storms that produced reports of tornadoes in Moniteau County.

Police find suspect hiding in vehicle

With two outstanding warrants and 15 arrests in the last four years, wanted suspect Koda Coats was found Saturday evening hiding on the floorboard of a vehicle that was stopped

Mo. Democrats urge increase in student aid

House Democrats in Missouri propose spending more money on universities and expanding scholarships for community college students.

Blunt backs tax break for military retirees

Military retirees in Missouri might have a state tax cut coming, if lawmakers go along with a proposal by Gov. Matt Blunt.

Nixon plugs property tax cut plan for senior citizens

Attorney General Jay Nixon detailed a plan Monday to provide property tax relief to thousands of Missouri senior citizens, as he downplayed Republican efforts to address the issue.

Neighborhood Watch newsletter no longer mailed to residents, only available online

Police will try to help make sure people without Internet access receive a printed copy.

Country now sorely in need of entrepreneurs with vision

The big corporations have a private club where CEOs and CFOs and other big bosses are the only ones who are allowed to prosper at the expense of the working and middle classes.

This is January?

It’s been nearly 100 years since Columbia has seen January temperatures like those recorded on Saturday.

With a recorded high of 72 degrees, tied with the previous record of 72 in 1907, Columbians took advantage of the summer-like weather to partake in outdoor activities not typical for this time of the year.

Local car washes saw increased business and parks were filled with basketball players and picnickers.

The nice weather isn’t likely to last, however, as rain and snowfall is possible throughout the week. The lowest recorded temperature in Columbia was on Jan. 7, 1919 at -12 degrees.

Full day on a farm

Elaine Walker is a farmer. A strong, resilient woman, she carries more than a handful of responsibilities.

Mo. native featured in 'The Great Debaters'

“The Great Debaters” stars Denzel Washington as Melvin B. Tolson, a college professor who forms the school’s first debate team. Before working at Wiley College, though, Tolson lived in Moberly.

Salina, Kan., sets standard for access television

Community Access Television of Salina, Kan., isn’t the biggest or the busiest public-access center in the country, but it’s proving public access can be successful and valuable.

Building commission urges repeal of Greek house sprinkler rule

A year after the City Council approved an amendment requiring fraternities and sororities to install sprinkler systems by the end of 2012, the city’s building commission is pushing for a repeal.

Council to vote on how to fund 7 police vacancies

With seven positions unfilled in the Columbia Police Department, the City Council will hear a report at its Monday meeting on police staffing levels and vote on financing for the hiring of officers to fill those positions.

Mo. lawmakers ignore own demands for Medicaid accountability

Lawmakers who sought to inject more accountability into the state’s Medicaid program have failed to live up to their own demands.

Events overtake our issue of Parade magazine

The Sunday, Jan. 6, issue of Parade magazine, which featured an interview with Benazir Bhutto was printed and distributed around the country before Bhutto was assassinated.

Problems overseas crowd out interest in U.S. election

Trouble in Kenya and Afghanistan has people’s attention more than the beginning of the U.S. presidential campaign.

Candidates need courage to win

Candidates who will speak to the issues and offer solutions are dearly needed.