GetAbout Columbia gives away 100 free bicycles

A Columbia firefighter applies an identification sticker to a young girl's newly acquired refurbished bicycle, which she received for free at the Cycle Recycle event at the Boone County Health Department building today. Bicycle mechanics were also on site to adjust the refurbished bicycles.

Cycle Recycle, a bike giveaway part of Bike, Walk and Wheel Week, draws about 175 hoping to get a refurbished free bicycle.

Farmer an early starter, literally, for Columbia College softball

Ashley Farmer graduated from high school early to claim a scholarship for the Cougars. Despite some teasing by her teammates, she has acclimated to the new environment.

BOONE LIFE: From harsh winter to budding spring

We met the first April day of sun and pleasant temperatures. An appointment had been made with April’s glorious potential. Spring had undeniably arrived.

In Boone County, we are blessed with a climate that provides the opportunity to experience all four seasons.

Late throwing error costs Missouri baseball a win against Kansas State

After giving up 27 hits and 17 runs in the first two games of its series against Kansas State and still finding a way to win, the Missouri baseball team gave up just two runs through eight innings of Sunday’s finale at Taylor Stadium and found a way to lose.

Commissioners call for zoning overhaul

Columbia’s zoning code, which hasn’t been updated in 25 years, no longer meets the city’s needs, planning commissioners say.

Dozens participate in Trail to a Cure to benefit AIDS research

Red was the dominant color Sunday as dozens of people gathered at the Katy Trail entrance to participate in a bike/walk/run event to benefit AIDS research.

Project gives girls free prom gowns

The Cinderella Project was started a year ago by MU students in the Association of Textile and Apparel Management. This year, they teamed up with Alpha Delta Pi sorority, whose members collect dresses through a program called Becca’s Closet.

The two organizations together brought in more than 400 prom gowns.

House committee won't vote on Insure Missouri until hospitals sign off on regulation changes

Gov. Matt Blunt’s Insure Missouri program is being thrown into the middle of a fight between lawmakers and the hospitals association about government regulation of medical facility expansion.

Analysis: Predictions that state revenue would drop have come true

Alarms are sounding in the Missouri Capitol over a sudden downward spiral in state tax revenues. And those concerns already have scuttled millions of dollars of sought-after spending in next year’s budget.

Controlling the rising price of food

The increase in food prices, specifically rice, has resulted in some panic buying in the United States. Some countries, including Brazil, have temporarily stopped the export of rice.

MU softball team loses