Two juveniles arrested for duplex fire

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department arrested two girls, ages 12 and 13, in connection with a fire in a south Columbia duplex that caused $15,000 in damage.

Worthington named chief diversity officer at MU

According to a news release, he is expected to serve as a consultant on campus diversity initiatives, support MU’s commitment to equal opportunity and coordinate the Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative, which promotes a more inclusive campus climate.

Report of gunshot leads to three arrests

Police said a search of the home revealed a gun, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and evidence of marijuana distribution.

Three dogs and a cat killed in house fire in northeast Columbia

A home located on Highway PP North sustained $100,000 in damages, but none of the residents was injured in the blaze.

Letter: Stimulus checks won’t help economy

The easy political act of sending checks to taxpayers to buy products made in China will do little to stimulate our economy.

During economic hard times, stay active to avoid depression

Staying busy and staying positive — as well as simple ways to save money — can be helpful during trying financial times.

Small earthquake shakes St. Louis area

A small earthquake shook parts of St. Louis Monday morning. The quake was centered in southwest St. Louis County.

GetAbout Columbia gives away 100 free 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

Rock Bridge tennis defeats two more foes to remain undefeated

The Rock Bridge tennis team defeated Kirkwood and Blue Valley North on Saturday at Rock Bridge to improve to 19-0 with the district meet just one week away.

Missouri baseball team honors former player

Carl E. Bolte Jr., a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, threw out the first pitch at Saturday's game.