Mayor appoints committee to promote sewer bond issue

Mayor Darwin Hindman appointed a new committee Thursday to drum up support for the city’s $77 million April sewer bond issue.

Boone Hospital Heart Fair educates residents on health issues

Thursday marked the seventh Heart Fair at Boone Hospital.

School board changes time of work session on budget cuts

The Columbia Public School Board has changed the time of its March 20 work session, during which the board will discuss possible budget cuts and considerations, to allow more of the public to attend.

Children's toys to be screened for lead at library

Millions of toys were recalled in 2007 for containing lead, and now parents in the area can find out if their children’s toys that have not yet been tested are safe.

Great Lakes interested in providing Columbia flights

The Wyoming-based airline, which competed with Mesa Air Group for the initial essential air service contract, says it probably will bid to replace Mesa and is interested in flying eventually to destinations other than St. Louis and Kansas City.

Services Advisory Commission explores ways to tweak funding process

The commission is looking at ways to put the more than $800,000 annually allocated to social service agencies where need is most urgent.

Roads treacherous but outages slim across Missouri

ST. LOUIS — Another winter storm blew into Missouri on Thursday, shutting down schools, causing accidents and creating commuter headaches.

Judge selection method open to vote under proposed amendment

JEFFERSON CITY — Critics of the way some Missouri judges are selected today filed a proposed constitutional amendment to let voters pick a new method.

Law dictating governor use of state cars needs work, audit says

JEFFERSON CITY — A state audit of the governor’s office released Thursday points out continued problems with political and personal use of state vehicles.

Flu vaccine for fall will be aimed at tackling 3 new strains

WASHINGTON — Next year’s flu vaccine is getting a complete overhaul to provide protection against three new and different influenza strains — hopefully better protection than this year’s version.

IRS passes on Boone County Fire District audit

The Fire District will pay the full amount of back taxes it failed to collect from two temporary employees.

Columbia man pleads guilty to child pornography charges

An April 7 sentencing hearing has been set.

Press release: Columbia Transit running on emergency weather schedule today

Editor's note: The following is an unedited press release from the city of Columbia regarding Columbia Transit routes.

Gun safety training should be mandatory

The guns in the NIU and Kirkwood shootings were obtained legally. Although the freedom to bear arms should not be curtailed, mandatory gun safety training is a must.

Press release: City snow removal update

Editor's note: The following is an unedited press release from the city of Columbia.

Break in precipitation expected Thursday evening

Forecasters were anticipating a break in precipitation Thursday evening, but another round of winter weather was expected late tonight, the National Weather Service in St. Louis reported at 4:20 p.m.