Violence closes Douglass Park early: two stabbings, a fight and a large crowd

Two men end up in the hospital with stab wounds. Police say they don't know if they're victims, suspects

or both. Two hours later, police are back at the park, breaking up a growing crowd and looking for a weapon.

Heart of American Marathon training run to be held Saturday

Columbia runners in training for the Heart of America Marathon will practice covering a 17-mile loop in the course.

Salary increases still on chopping block for Columbia Public School District

Columbia School Board members were encouraged not to award employees any scheduled pay increases for the upcoming year.

Scouts praised for response after tornado hits Iowa camp

Boy Scouts who came to each others’ aid after a tornado that killed four of their comrades and injured 48 people were hailed as heroes Thursday for helping to administer first aid and search for victims buried in their flattened campsite.

Mo. tomatoes added to the 'safe to eat list'

Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Katie Smith gave the thumbs up to Missouri-grown tomatoes by placing them on the FDA’s “safe to eat list."

Columbia artists offer their ideas for a new flag on Flag Day

Old Glory hasn’t seen too many changes over her 200-year reign, so we asked local artists to draft a new version more in keeping with our time.

City Council considers changes to public meetings

Council members are looking for ways to streamline meetings, including moving comments and some planning and zoning issues to the consent agenda.

Missouri communities prepare for river flooding

The Missouri River was expected to crest in northwest Missouri this weekend, but more concern was focused on the Mississippi River, where more significant flooding was expected the middle of next week.

MU Sinclair School of Nursing appoints new dean

MU’s Sinclair School of Nursing announced Thursday the appointment of Judith Fitzgerald Miller as its new dean. Miller, who is currently interim dean of nursing at Marquette University, will begin her position Aug. 1.

Accused shooter in Bentley homicide arrested; police still looking for one suspect

Damon A. Williams was arrested on suspicion of shooting Nathaniel Bentley on Tuesday in Columbia’s first homicide this year.

City appoints new Water and Light director

J. Kraig Kahler is director of utilities in Weatherford, Texas, and his appointment takes effect July 14.

Missouri Theatre to host Festival of the Violin

Philippe Quint and Vadim Gluzman will play in “dueling” fiddles style and individually.

Mo. universities agree to give scholarships for college-savings plan

The $500 scholarships should be available for the 2008-2009 school year, State Treasure Sarah Steelman said.

Public comments encouraged at special session board meetings

The public is encouraged to make comments regarding the 2008-2009 budget during an upcoming meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Missouri Scholars broaden their experiences at MU

Students with the Missouri Scholars Academy retreat to campus for a learning experience incorporating academics, social interaction and goal-setting.

Rating the candidates’ public speaking skills

McCain needs to stop smiling so much and return to his impromptu speaking style. With comparisons to Kennedy, Obama’s the man to beat, but his great oratory skills don’t necessarily mean he will win.

Nonprofit group to pay state $450,000 for continued solicitation

A judge has ordered the Police Protection fund to pay Missouri for requesting money from residents after being asked to stop.

Letter: U.S. tactics must evolve with terrorism warfare

Outdated war rules may not be serving overseas soldiers well.

Letter: City Council retreat far from unproductive

Several ideas for city development were discussed, with stakeholder views in mind at the City Council retreat.

Man arrested on burglary and stealing charges

A man was arrested Thursday after being found by residents in their kitchen eating their food.