Columbia residents learn to relax through yoga nidra

Frances Hayashida lies on a mat in a quiet room as a soothing voice washes over her, guiding her toward a tranquil place.

She listens as the yoga nidra instructor talks her through the emotional and spiritual process of becoming aware and letting go.

As she slips into a serene state, Hayashida is suddenly startled by a familiar sound.

The person next to her snoring.

Flash flood watch in Columbia until Thursday morning

Columbia is expected to see another 2 to 3 inches of rain in the next 24 hours.

Teen arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and drug distribution

A Columbia teen was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, and officers found evidence of drug distribution in his car during a search, according to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

Three men robbed while preparing to deliver newspapers

Three men were robbed early this morning by two men carrying guns. The victims were preparing to deliver newspapers, and one was injured.

Obama inching closer to Democratic nomination

Democratic presidential candidates still running close race. Indiana voters choose Hillary Clinton; North Carolina voters select Barack Obama.

Hickman tennis tunes up for district

Hickman tennis beat Hannibal in its last home match of the season.

Rock Bridge's Aron Franck aiming toward state tournament

Franck says his latest win wasn't one of his best matches of the year, but it gives him confidence heading into the district meet and state tournament.

Creighton’s Venditte is two pitchers in one

Pat Venditte has been able to throw a ball with both arms since he was three. Now a senior relief pitcher for Creighton, he uses both arms to torment his opponents.

Prospect leads Wentzville-Holt past Hickman

Garrison McLagan takes unusual route to college baseball

Partners In Health cofounders speak to Rock Bridge High School class

Paul Farmer and Ophelia Dahl, co-founders of Partners In Health, spoke to a Rock Bridge classroom on Tuesday.

Man injured in vehicle-motocycle collision

The collision occurred about 4 p.m. in the 200 block of Business Loop 70 East.

Benton Elementary K Club works to improve school grounds

Members of the Benton Elementary School K Club began working on additions to the school’s outdoor classroom Tuesday night.

Memphis flights coming soon to Columbia

The U.S. Department of Transportation has chosen Mesaba Airlines as Columbia’s new essential air service provider. Mesaba will provide three flights to and from Memphis every day.

MU names new Campus Writing Program director

On June 1, Jeff Rice will become the new Campus Writing Program Director. Rice will replace Aaron Krawitz, professor emeritus of mechanical and aerospace engineering, who has served as interim director since 2006.

MU geographer keeps 'cosmic conversation' going

Larry Brown, in a lecture titled “Cosmic Reflections on the Cultural Landscape,” will discuss the impact of the cosmos on religion.

Flooded fields cause problems for Columbia Parks and Recreation

The baseball complex near the Boone County Fairgrounds was supposed to be hosting games by now. But the nightly croaking of frogs living in mud puddles around the future fields are evidence of how far it is from being done.

Columbia woman reports rape

The woman, 24, told police she had been walking home along Range Line Street near Big Bear Boulevard when a man stopped his four-door sports utility vehicle and offered her a ride.

Woman reports being watched at Target fitting room

The woman said someone slid a mirror under the fitting room wall at the Columbia department store.

Blunt administration continues with e-mail archive plan

The governor’s administration is continuing with a plan to archive state e-mails — even though lawmakers have not approved money to run it.