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.

Priest from St. Charles Co. faces assault, DUI charges from car crash

A Catholic priest from St. Charles County is facing charges of second-degree assault and driving while intoxicated following an accident in St. Louis County.

Columbia native’s film explores Seattle band, singer’s death

Former Columbian, Jessica Bender, will return to her hometown this Saturday, June 7, to show a documentary at the Ragtag Cinema that has been six and a half years in the making.

Food group plans to lead campaign against crop-based fuels

The Grocery Manufacturers Association plans a high-profile campaign against biofuels, saying they're a key reason for rising food costs. That campaign will bring together diverse groups such as hunger-prevention advocates and environmental activists.

Putting the kibosh on tire dumping in Missouri

Although tire dumping is less of a problem than it used to be in Boone County and elsewhere in Missouri, some landowners still struggle with aging dump sites.

Bond commits to corn-based ethanol industry despite critics

Sen. Kit Bond said ethanol would lower the cost of transportation and lower the cost of food.

Hallmark says goodbye to some greeting card manufacturing operations

Kansas City-based Hallmark Cards Inc. is consolidating much of its greeting card operations to plants in Kansas.

Money will be tight again this year for Columbia

Because the city does not expect increased revenues, city manager Bill Watkins said in his State of the City address that Columbia needs to use existing funds efficiently. This can be done by redirecting money where it is needed most, he said.

One man stabbed after a fight on Garth Avenue

A Columbia man was arrested in connection with the stabbing Tuesday evening, according to Columbia police.

How primaries work: Democratic Party's process makes for longer campaign

The first primary in New Hampshire was on Jan. 8, the earliest it has been in history, and actual campaigns are starting much sooner — some as much as a year before the first vote is cast.

Police searching for suspect in Sanford Avenue shooting

Columbia police are looking for a young man suspected in a shooting in the central city Tuesday evening.

Obama seals victory in Democratic presidential nomination

Barack Obama clinched the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday, becoming the first black candidate to lead a major party into a campaign for the White House.

Nixon extends investigation into Gov. Blunt's office

The investigation into whether Matt Blunt’s office violated Missouri’s public records laws has been extended until Aug. 29 because the attorney general’s appointed investigators recently sued to compel the governor to provide documents at no cost.

Mo. man pleads guilty to killing wife with painkiller patches

The plea came after the trial was interrupted when his brother-in-law allegedly tried to attack him.