Nixon joins request to delay California’s same-sex marriage ruling

Jay Nixon said he’s concerned Missourians will wrongly think they can get married in California and have it recognized in Missouri. He also said it doesn’t make sense to implement a ruling that might be overturned by California voters in November.

Man wants Army to reopen investigation into daughter's death in Iraq

John Johnson’s daughter is the first female soldier from Missouri to die in Iraq and her death was ruled a suicide. Johnson is petitioning Congress to take a closer look because he says his daughter was attacked, raped and her body dumped in a tent, where a fire was started. “I could let it go, but then, someone will get away with murder,” he said.

Conservation Department offers free fishing weekend

The Missouri Department of Conservation is offering anglers across the state the chance to fish without a permit next weekend.

Council approves salary increase for city department heads

The increase is intended to improve the prospects of hiring a new qualified Water and Light director and to fill future openings.

Texas explosion takes Web servers offline

The explosion put 9,000 servers offline, including the server for the MU student newspaper The Maneater.

Last day of school through principals’ eyes

Six school leaders retire from Columbia Public Schools.

Electrical surge causes house fire

A house fire at 409 N. Providence Road around 6:30 a.m. was caused by an electrical surge next to the house’s cabinets, a Fire Department release said.

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

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

City could accept tax incentive applications within next few weeks

The proposed tax-increment financing program aims to attract major development projects in downtown Columbia.


Health summit focuses on preventing violence against women

The 2008 Health Summit sponsored by Missouri Foundation for Health focused on the issue of sexual and domestic violence against women in Missouri.

Social networks vie for members, revenue

The dispute between Google and Facebook reflects the fact that for Web companies, there is nothing casual about the business of Internet socializing: There’s too much money, maybe billions, at stake.

Molestation charges dropped for former eastern Missouri substitute teacher

Amanda Miner, who had been on the substitute teacher list at Northwest Valley Middle School in House Springs, was accused of molesting a 16-year-old boy.

Art in the Park moves stages to encourage more mingling

Some people go to Columbia’s annual Art in the Park for the handmade arts and crafts. Some people go to hear live music. This year, in celebration of the event’s 50th anniversary, organizers want to help the two groups circulate more.

Small fire in central Columbia slows morning traffic

The fire on North Providence caused about $5,000 damage.

High school redistricting process highlights demographic gap

The realignment of the high school districts sends students to high schools that are farther away and pushes the socio-economic gap in the community even higher.

Another Missouri superdelegate picks Obama

A sixth superdelegate has chosen to support Barack Obama in his bid for nomination. Five others have not backed a candidate.

Rare bear cub snarls traffic

Traffic jams are rare in rural southern Missouri. Leave it to a bear cub to cause one.

Young girl killed in car accident

A 15-year-old eastern Missouri girl is dead following a one-car accident.

A defense of Memorial Day celebrations

A pamphlet published by Mid-Missouri Peaceworks denounces the celebrations as promoting militarism, and while the group has the right to speak, it’s important to support those in the military.

Grant Elementary plans to build all-green classroom

Grant Elementary plans to build the classroom with $30,000 of insurance money it received after a trailer burned last December.