County sales tax revenue down

Lagging sales tax revenue means tight budgets for Boone County government, which relies heavily on the tax for its income.


Columbia named one of the top 10 best places to live

Columbia is one of top 10 towns to live in, according to Outside Magazine. The outdoors publication named Columbia the No. 10 best place to live in its August issue. The magazine publishes the list every year with a different theme. This year the theme was “civic renovation.”


Mizzou Students for Christ go to New Orleans for massive cleanup

Thirty volunteers through Mizzou Students for Christ will be traveling to New Orleans for a massive cleanup effort in the city’s Lower Ninth Ward. As part of the annual International Churches of Christ campus ministry conference, held this year in Baton Rouge from July 3-6. 1,400 students from around the country are scheduled to spend the day working.

GetAbout Columbia finalizes project master plan

Members of the GetAbout Columbia executive committee recommended a list of 18 priority projects with a total estimated cost of $15,741,886, in a meeting held Tuesday afternoon.

Kroger expands ground beef recall — but not to Gerbes

The voluntary recall of some ground beef products extended to more than 20 states on Wednesday, and Kroger's urged customers to check the ground beef in their refrigerators.

Anheuser-Busch pushes for lawsuits to be heard in Delaware, not Missouri

Attorneys for Anheuser-Busch argued Wednesday that two shareholder lawsuits in St. Louis should be suspended while a Delaware judge considers nearly a dozen similar lawsuits related to the possible takeover by rival brewer InBev.

Rewarding illegal behavior?

Red-light cameras should not be delayed any further.

Historic shotgun house to move to Nifong Park

The Boone County Historical Society, Columbia City Council, and shotgun house property owners have decided to move the structure to Nifong Park and include it in the Boone Junction historical village.

Judge denies request to block spending for research board

A judge has denied a request from critics of stem cell research to block spending from a state life-sciences research fund.

Police knew homicide suspect well

But nothing in Nicholas T. Sheley's history suggested he was capable of the violence of which he is now suspected: killing eight people in Missouri and Illinois.

Beautification of Eighth Street continues by university entrance

Construction blocking the sidewalk at the intersection of Eighth and Elm Streets is part of MU’s contribution to beautify the historic Avenue of the Columns.

Officials say Sturgeon farmhouse fire was arson

The fire occurred Tuesday. It was found to be started towards the front of the house, which is an indicator of arson, said Division Chief Gale Blomenkamp of the Boone County Fire Protection District.

Monsanto buys Guatamala seed company

Monsanto announced Wednesday it completed the purchase of Marmot SA, which operates Semillas Cristiani Burkard, a private, Guatamala-based seed company with operations in 12 countries.

Blunt cuts funding for refurbishing courthouse

Gov. Matt Blunt has cut Missouri’s $500,000 contribution to help refurbish the courthouse where Harry Truman got his political start.

UMKC chancellor in line to be president of Texas Tech

Guy Bailey, a former provost and executive vice president at the University of Texas-San Antonio, will be offered the job after a state-required waiting period of 21 days.

Killing spree suspect being held in jail near St. Louis

A man suspected in a killing spree that left eight people in two states dead is being held near St. Louis until authorities from western Illinois can pick him up.

UPDATE: Attorney General candidate Harris sides with property owners against feeding operations

State Rep. Jeff Harris says he would use his office to side with local property owners against large animal feeding operations.

Candidate for Missouri Treasurer denounces political consulting business

Brad Lager joins several Missouri Republicans who are upset that House Speaker Rod Jetton has been paid to work as a consultant and fundraiser by several Republican lawmakers.

Columbia writer promotes nuclear disarmament

Steven Starr, a long-time Columbia resident, has written journal articles about nuclear disarmament and spoken before the United Nations and other international groups on the topic.

All names are all-American

Names don’t make the American. They shouldn’t separate people just because sometimes they are hard to say.