Hominy Creek in need of stabilization after dam break

The Moon Valley Lake dam broke in March, causing drained lake to release large amounts of silt into Hinkson Creek. A number of parties are looking into fixing the problem.

Blunt seeks consolidation of defamation suit over fired attorney

A Jackson County judge divided the locations for a wrongful firing and defamation suit levied at the governor’s office by a former staff attorney. Blunt wants to move the cases to Cole County.

Planning and Zoning to hear requests for gas station, Taco Bell at Crosscreek Center

Two separate site plans are scheduled for public hearing at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Daniel Boone City Building.

Lewis and Clark monument dedicated at Capitol

The Lewis and Clark Trailhead Monument commemorates members of the expedition 204 years after the date the explorers are said to have floated past Jefferson City on the Missouri River.

McClellan’s book shows an informed, warranted change of mind

The former White House press secretary’s new book casts light on the lies circulated by the Bush administration and what finally changed his mind about the president.

Letter: Democratic voters should support Bob Pund for state representative

Bob Pund, who is running for the Missouri General Assembly’s 25th District seat, would be an effective member.

Columbia man arrested on suspicion of cocaine trafficking

A Columbia man was arrested in connection with suspected cocaine trafficking after Columbia Police and agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency found about one pound of cocaine during a search Wednesday evening.

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.