Room 100 down to no mold

The classroom in Benton Elementary School, previously found to have elevated levels of mold, now has no mold, and the school's principal said the room should open again by May 1.

Columbia plugs into nature

Jeff Finley, a local biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is trying to get people to reconnect with nature. He is one of the people involved in planning to bring an outdoor education program to Columbia.

Celebrating women "with no muss or fuss"

More than 100 women from across mid-Missouri are expected to attend the annual Progressive Women event “Politics as Art/The Art of Politics” on Friday. Attendees will be able to network and meet candidates running for office in upcoming elections.

Judge: Mo. corrections workers entitled to back pay

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri probation and parole workers are entitled to more than $4 million in back pay because lawmakers illegally excluded them from a pay raise granted to other state employees, a state judge ruled. But the Republican-led Senate today refused to insert the back pay into the budget.

Morel mushroom mania

Local morel enthusiasts weigh in on the morel mushroom crop this spring.

Audit: Getting tax credits to low-income Mo. housing inefficient

JEFFERSON CITY — State Auditor Susan Montee asserted today that Missouri's tax credits for low-income housing have grown too costly while providing too great of a benefit to developers and investors.

House defeats amendment to change judge selection method

JEFFERSON CITY — The House soundly defeated a constitutional amendment to change how state judges are picked.

New music written to be a bumpy ride

“Bumpy” is not a word people typically associate with classical music. But it’s the term composer Patrick Dell chose as the tempo marking for his new piece, “Caustic Ride,” which is premiering in Columbia on Saturday.

Missouri legislature discusses state dessert and obesity

At the same time as the Missouri legislature is considering bills that would make the ice cream cone the official dessert of the state of Missouri, one representative has introduced legislation that would create a Missouri Commission on Prevention and Management of Obesity.

Numerous tax breaks get OK from House

JEFFERSON CITY — The House voted Thursday to approve millions of dollars in tax breaks for investors, employers who pay for their workers' health care and developments near the Kansas City airport.

Execution date sought for man convicted in 2 Boone County killings

ST. LOUIS — One day after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of lethal injection, Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon today asked the state Supreme Court to set execution dates for four death row inmates, including one convicted of killing 2 people in Boone County.

Masked men rob two homes, police say

Two homes were forcibly entered and robbed Wednesday night. Police believe the two incidents are related.

Flu season is worst in 4 years, CDC says

ATLANTA — The current flu season has shaped up to be the worst in four years, partly because the vaccine didn't work well against the viruses that made most people sick, health officials said today.

$22.6 billion Mo. budget passes Senate

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri senators have passed their version of a $22.6 billion state budget.

Police find 52 grams of marijuana in Columbia apartment

A Columbia man was arrested Wednesday night after police found marijuana, marijuana seeds, scales and drug paraphernalia inside an apartment on Ashland Road, Columbia police said.

Violent acts should not be tolerated

Brutality in our society must end, and peer pressure to stop the beatings and bullying can be far more effective than legal actions.

Sports briefs

Anti-affirmative action initiative debated

Arguments concerning the Missouri Civil Rights Initiative, a proposed constitutional amendment, were presented Wednesday at a forum at the Gaines Oldham Black Culture Center.

Tigers senior sets career home run, RBI records

Jacob Priday, a fixture in the Tigers lineup for the past four years, has climbed atop the record books.