Council recommends Mesaba Aviation

City Council voted unanimously to recommend Mesaba Aviation Inc., which would fly to Memphis, as its preferred airline to fly out of Columbia’s airport.

Council reviews $37 million water bond proposal

The first vision of a proposal for an estimated $37 million water bond issue for 2008 was reviewed by the City Council at a pre-council work session Monday night.

Council tables hospital rezoning request

The City Council voted Monday night to table a rezoning request for a tract of land on the northeast corner of Alfred Street and Old 63.

Council approves annexation of ABC Labs property

The City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve the voluntary annexation of the Interstate 70 right of way and some property on the north side of I-70 east of Columbia, commonly known as the ABC Labs property.

Police association endorses civilian oversight committee

The Columbia Police Officers Association voiced support for civilian review of the Columbia Police Department, a position not shared by police administration, and called for improved communication within the department in a news release issued Saturday. It also denies allegation of racism by police department members.

MU professor Haslag named Kenneth Lay Chair in Economics

The MU Economics Department has finally hired a professor for the department’s Kenneth Lay Chair in Economics, a position it has struggled to fill for nearly a decade.

Program to pay to improve safety for cyclists

The program, GetAbout Columbia, is also looking to make high-risk intersections less dangerous for cyclists.

MU gymnast balances work and play

Adrianne Perry, Missouri’s lone National Championship qualifier, says part of her success comes from her sense of humor.

Missouri corn group funds favorable ethanol study

A study released today and paid for by the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council suggests ethanol could save Missourians almost 10 cents per gallon of gasoline this year.

Former mayor receives service award

Rodney Smith was awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Senior Service Award for more than 40 years of service to Columbia.

Reserve Callaway deputy finds woman’s body

A woman’s body was found Sunday afternoon near the Mokane River in Callaway County, according to a news release from the Callaway County Sheriff’s Department.

House adopts new abortion rules

The bill, which still needs Senate approval, would make it a crime to coerce a woman into an abortion and would require doctors to offer women extra information before an abortion.

Benefit concert to help MU student critically injured over spring break

The MU Greek community is hosting a concert to help Mike Maniaci, who was critically injured after being hit by a car while on spring break in Panama City Beach, Fla. The concert aims to raise money to relieve the Maniaci family of some of the cost incurred by the accident.

Tony Bennett to star in Missouri Theatre's grand reopening gala

Bennett, 81, will star in a black-tie gala on May 21 celebrating the grand opening of the restored Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. The event will mark the end of an almost yearlong, $10 million restoration to return the historic theater to its old-school grandeur.

MU freshman dies in car accident in Illinois

Evan Dalgaard of St. Louis died early Saturday morning after losing control of his car on U.S. 45 in Douglas County, Ill. He was 19.

63 Diner owners default on loan, restaurant to be auctioned

The diner will be auctioned Wednesday, almost 20 years after it opened in north Columbia.

Midwest earthquake highlights need for preparedness

A five-day training exercise by National Guard troops to prepare for “no-notice events” received more attention following last week's 5.2 magnitude earthquake.

School buses, other vehicles no longer required to stop at COLT crossing

Missouri Transportation Department exempts school buses, trucks and vehicles carrying hazardous waste from required stop at railroad tracks across U.S. 63 in Columbia.

After quake, Eastern Missouri residents rush to insurance providers

But they are finding out there’s a waiting period for coverage, even as aftershocks continue to shake the ground.

More aftershocks rock Southern Illinois

The U.S. Geological Survey said 22 aftershocks have been recorded since last week’s tremor that was centered near West Salem, Ill.