Columbia police Capt. Martin to retire

Columbia police Capt. Mike Martin, executive assistant to the chief, announced Wednesday he will retire from the department to pursue a career with the Missouri State Teachers Association.

Missouri House repeals village law, adds new restrictions

Missouri House members voted Wednesday to repeal a contentious law making it easier for landowners to incorporate their properties as villages. But they linked it to new restrictions on sexually oriented businesses.

Kansas man convicted of murder of MU student may get retrial

On Tuesday, the Missouri Western District Court of Appeals upheld the ruling by Boone County Circuit Judge Gene Hamilton that Taron Crawford deserved a new trial because of ineffective counsel during his trial on a second-degree murder charge for the death of Charles Blondis in November 2003.


A view of development from residents' backyards

This is the fourth in a four-part series on growth and development in Columbia. You can find the other stories at

You can also visit the Missourian’s Public Life blog, The Watchword, to read the reflections of reporters Rachel Heaton and Sarah Palmer, who have spent more than a month working on the series.

Some House members call for removal of speaker

A group of Republicans in the state legislature approached the Democratic leadership Wednesday asking about the potential removal of House Speaker Rod Jetton.

Sheriff’s deputies think three burglaries in Midway area are related

Belongings, including several thousand dollars in jewelry, credit cards and a gun, were taken between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday from three houses on Locust Grove Church Road near Hatton Chapel Road, deputies said.

Women learn about wellness at fair

As a part of National Women’s Health Week, the Columbia/Boone County Health Department held a health and wellness fair Wednesday.

Permanent substitute teachers on school budget chopping block

Columbia Public School’s remaining permanent substitute positions may be cut in the next draft of the budget.

U.S. House passes farm bill

The House has passed a $290 billion farm bill with a strong veto-proof majority. The legislation includes more subsidies for farmers, food stamps for the poor and special projects that lawmakers can bring home to voters this election year.

MU graduation begins Friday

MU graduation ceremonies will be held Friday through Sunday. MU will distribute 5,194 degrees to 4,774 graduates, according to the MU News Bureau.

Missouri illegal immigration bill stalls in Senate

Senators stopped just short of a vote on an illegal immigration bill because of questions about its cost and jockeying over an unrelated measure. The legislative session ends Friday.

Evangelicals’ ties should be to the Bible, not to political parties

An Evangelical Manifesto urges evangelical Christians to focus on a biblical agenda, not partisan politics.

President Bush should be impeached for war crimes

The interrogation techniques used on prisoners of war were authorized by the White House and should be considered war crimes.