MU welcomes new freshmen

Summer Welcome leaders teach the MU fight song to a group of incoming freshmen at the Summer Welcome Spirit Rally on Tuesday.

Summer Welcome, a program for incoming freshmen, kicks off at MU.

Parents work towards acceptance, education, pride

Columbia’s chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Gays and Lesbians will be out at PrideFest this weekend to show their support for their children and other parents.

Spring rains washing out softball season

Crews worked all day Tuesday to get fields at Rainbow Softball Complex ready for evening games, but they couldn’t accomplish the task. With this year’s excessively wet weather, recreational softball teams have seen a lot of rainouts.

Math professors seek change in state's K-12 math curriculum

Members of prominent university mathematics departments in Missouri are calling for a change in the standards the state sets for K-12 math education.

Columbia Pride Fest to take place in Stephens Park

Mid-Mo LGBT Coalition Pride Fest grows in its 5th annual celebration.

City’s commercial recycling program presents new opportunity for industrial community

Businesses consider two options for their recycling: Columbia’s commercial recycling program and private recycling services.

Calming horse racing controversy

It’s been a thoroughbred racing season of extreme ups and downs, but racing experts say the downs haven’t been all that out of the ordinary.

Victory Circle helps ex-offenders transition back into society

The program is for ex-offenders and is designed to help them find jobs and adjust to being released back into the community.

Three suspects sought in fatal shooting

A 22-year-old Columbia man was fatally shot in the head early Tuesday morning in a duplex in southeast Columbia, and three suspects are being sought, Columbia police said.


Youth financial assistance program expands options for summer activities

Youth Enrichment Services, offered by the Department of Parks and Recreation, offers reduced-price season passes to outdoor pools along with other choices to qualifying youth ages 2 through 17. The program also benefits supervising adults.

Disturbances prompt addition of 2 police officers at Oakland Pool

These effort is aimed at ensuring the pool remains family-friendly.

South Columbia apartment fire caused by lightning strike

An investigation, including lightning mapping, revealed that a strike matched the latitude and longitude of the apartment building, confirming the cause of the fire.

Major flooding in Boone County unlikely this week

Record-setting rains have drenched the Midwest, but the stage has not been set for another Great Flood in central Missouri.

Gov. Matt Blunt’s Faith-Based Initiative hosts disaster relief symposium

Gov. Matt Blunt’s Faith-Based Initiative is hosting a disaster relief symposium June 23 and 24 at Broadway Christian Church in Columbia.

Columbians are big on using compact fluorescent bulbs

Columbians are saving energy with just the flip of a switch. Last month, Columbia ranked fourth in the nation for compact fluorescent light bulb usage.

Blunt signs bill targeting meth, granting nurses new powers

Under the new law pharmacists will use electronic logs to track purchases of cold medications with pseudoephedrine, which can be used to make meth. The law also allows some nurses to prescribe controlled substances.

Hospital Drive east of Monk Drive closed Wednesday through July

The road won't re-open until July 14.

Obama defends economic policy

McCain says Obama plans to raise taxes. But Obama says his plan would cut taxes for 95 percent of American workers, while increasing taxes on corporations and the wealthy.

Bearfield man killed in robbery

A 22-year-old Columbia man was fatally shot in the head early this morning in a duplex in southeast Columbia, and three suspects were being sought, Columbia police said.

Major flooding possible on Mississippi River

The National Weather Service forecasts moderate flooding in St. Louis and near 1993-level flooding in some river towns.