Boone County firefighters assist with California wildfires

Two Boone County Fire Protection District firefighters were dispatched to help battle wildfires in California as part of the Missouri Iowa Coordination Center, said Division Chief Gale Blomenkamp.

Obama emphasizes green economy during rural Missouri economic tour

In front of a roaring, standing-room-only crowd at the Missouri University of Science and Technology on Wednesday, Sen. Barack Obama, D—Ill., detailed his economic plan for the nation if he is elected president. The senator stopped in Springfield, Rolla and Union on Wednesday as part of his economic tour through rural Missouri.

Consultants review east downtown for historic properties

A 2006 study suggested an extension of Elm Street through the area.

Obama speaks at town hall meeting in Rolla

Sen. Barack Obama’s rock-star appeal has generated buzz in the media, but many voters are still asking why. About 1,500 came to hear the candidate speak in Rolla on Wednesday.

Street Crimes Unit arrests three on suspicion of drug possession, felony warrants

Officers found a handgun and drugs, including crack cocaine, in a vehicle in the area of Douglass Park.

City manager proposes ‘squeaky’ FY2009 budget

The total proposed budget for the city of Columbia for FY2009 is $397.6 million, a 1 percent increase from 2008. City Manager Bill Watkins presented the annual budget proposal at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

Warren Funeral Chapel to close for 15 days

The state and Warren Funeral Chapel agreed to a temporary restraining order Wednesday afternoon in order to resolve some of the issues in the case.

Primary primer: 10 candidates vie for 9th District spot

Five Republicans, four Democrats and one Libertarian hope for their party’s nomination for 9th District Representative to the U.S. Congress.

Ball fields by the fairgrounds still a challenge after rainfall

Heavy rains continue to delay work on ball fields at the Boone County Fairgrounds. While most of the large projects are completed there are lots of smaller jobs to be finished, supervisors say.

Columbia Police Department seeks to educate public in Tasers user policies, standards

City Council members are invited to participate in a training program similar to what Columbia's Police officers receive.

9th District candidates speak to GRO about health care

The candidates highlighted their respective experiences in relation to health care.

Rain causes more flooding and problems in Missouri

Ralls County Sheriif John Forney estimates 30 residents living near Mark Twain Lake have evacuated from their low-lying homes. Tuesday night,  8.5 inches of rain fell in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kan.

Columbia opts out of tax-free weekend

Local sales tax will still be applied to purchases made this weekend, but the state sales tax will be waived.

Columbia Police Department to conduct active shooter training exercise today

The exercise will begin at 5 p.m. today at Rock Bridge High School.

Columbia man sustains gunshot wound in leg

Obama makes stop in Springfield, scheduled to make stops in Rolla and Union

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is stepping into traditionally Republican territory as he travels through Missouri on Wednesday.

Update: Sandbagging needs fulfilled

Letter: Tasers more hazardous than helpful

Columbia resident voices concerns of Taser use by police both for the public

Sandbagging begins at Mark Twain Lake

Volunteers are needed to help with the effort after heavy rains have cause flooding.

The government should not regulate our food behavior

Obesity may be an issue in society but government organizations go too far in regulation.