Hard to weigh Missouri pitcher’s potential

Major League scouts say they expect Missouri pitcher Kyle Gibson to get better as he grows bigger. The only question is how much size he adds.

MoDOT considers I-70 truck lanes in Columbia

The statewide strategy would have to be adapted to fit Columbia’s frequent interchanges and limited space.


City reduces price of Douglass Park pool

The Parks and Recreation Department has lowered admission to the Douglass Park Family Aquatic Center to $1 to increase accessibility and attendance.

McBaine bur oak tree’s DNA to be preserved

Samples of Missouri’s largest bur oak tree have been grafted in order to preserve its DNA.

Neighborhood Response Team expands boundaries to include Benton-Stephens, East Campus

The Neighborhood Response Team works to address city code violations in an effort to improve the quality of central Columbia’s neighborhoods. The team is expanding its boundaries this year to include new areas.

Rain causes increase in ant infestations

Columbia residents are facing a surge in ant infestation because of heavy rainfall and hot weather. Ants are normally seen more in the spring and summer, but according to Steven Sides Jr., technician for D&L Pest Control, this year it is worse than usual.

Midday fire causes $25,000 in damage to duplex

Most of the damage was in the back bedroom of the duplex on Nelwood Drive. No one was injured.

Man arrested Tuesday in connection with gas station shooting

A Columbia man was arrested Tuesday evening on suspicion of firing at a perpetrator’s fleeing vehicle after a shooting Saturday at the Petro Mart gas station in which another man was shot in the mouth.

Pilot program credited for drop in Missouri prison population

A Missouri Supreme Court judge told a conference audience Wednesday that keeping nonviolent criminals away from violent criminals helps them to not reoffend.

7-year-old boy drowns in Big Buffalo Creek near Stover

A 7-year-old boy drowned Wednesday after losing his footing and being swept into a culvert by the current of Big Buffalo Creek in central Missouri.

California Supreme Court refuses to delay same-sex marriage initiative

Gov. Matt Blunt expressed disappointment Wednesday that California’s highest court declined to delay until after the November elections its decision legalizing same-sex marriage in that state.

KC's smoking ban is put on hold

A Jackson County judge has postponed Kansas City’s ban on smoking in bars and restaurants.

Salmonella outbreak causes mixed response from Columbia businesses

An outbreak of salmonella food poisoning first linked to uncooked tomatoes has now been reported in nine states, U.S. health officials said Tuesday. However, as of Wednesday afternoon, no cases had been reported in Missouri.

Missouri newspapers report increased use of recycled newsprints

Thirty-nine of the 58 participating newspapers reported using at least 50 percent recycled newsprint, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Benton Elementary celebrates fifth-grade graduates

Thirty-five fifth-graders marked their graduation with reflections and a slideshow on May 29 with their families, classmates and teachers.

Tight wallets in sight for Columbia residents for fiscal year 2009

Rather than creating new programs, City Manager Bill Watkins said, the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, will be focused on efficiency through redirection of funds and strengthening of partnerships with community organizations.

Monsanto executive sets goal to develop new strains of crops

Monsanto Co. plans to develop strains of corn, soybeans and cotton that can yeild more grain and fiber while consuming less water by 2030.

State revenue growth in line to meet budget projections

Missouri collected $7.2 billion in May, which is higher than the growth rate anticipated by the budget.

Salary-setting panel is missing in inaction

A frequently ignored state panel that sets salaries for judges and elected officials appears to be missing almost half its members.

Neighborhood Watch barbecue raises awareness of crime prevention

Benton-Stephens residents gathered Monday evening next to “Sol House” on Moss Street to enjoy hamburgers and hotdogs and to learn about starting a successful Neighborhood Watch program, with preventive crime tips from guest speaker Officer Mike Hayes.