MU Libraries look for ways to offset possible future budget shortfalls

The libraries canceled an earlier plan to reduce acquisitions, thanks to the reallocated money from MU administration and contributions from donors. Worries still exist, however, about rising costs for journals.

Audit finds fewer workers compensation claims since 2005 law

A state audit found that there has been a decline in workers compensation claims since a 2005 law made it harder to prove.

Kansas City Zoo becomes love nest for toads

Endangered Wyoming toads are being bred in captivity at the K.C. Zoo in a last-ditch attempt to save the species.

UPDATE: City puts emergency dispatches online

The Web site provides the date, time, responding agencies and units along with the address and the nature of each call. Information for the Web site comes directly from the Boone County/Columbia Public Safety Joint Communications computer system.

Towns prepare for flooding after weekend rain

Major flooding is predicted at several communities, including St. Louis, St. Charles and Ste. Genevieve.

Council unanimously approves 2009 budget

The City Council unanimously approved the city budget for the 2009 fiscal year on Monday night. The budget totaled $397.6 million, up one percent from 2008.

Local church hosts conference to promote political discussion

In an effort to encourage people with diverse backgrounds to engage in civil discussions of politics, Missouri United Methodist Church is inviting the Columbia community to participate in their “Civil Dialogue in an Election Year” conference.

Boone Electric workers assist with repairs in southeast Missouri

Six linemen from Boone Electric Cooperative traveled to Poplar Bluff on Sunday to assist with recovery efforts after strong winds caused by Hurricane Ike tore through the area.

Greeks Going Green aims to make homecoming eco-friendly

Homecoming — an MU tradition in its 97th year — will be a little greener this year to reduce waste, especially from the paper used in pomping. 

'Three Cups of Tea' author to speak at MU

Greg Mortenson, author of “Three Cups of Tea” — the book chosen for this year’s Mizzou Reads program — will speak about his experience and book at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in MU’s Jesse Auditorium.

Residents cite community involvement as goal in police chief search

 Nine residents attended the city meeting led by management consultant Bob Slavin to discuss qualities of an ideal candidate to fill the vacancy left by former Police Chief Randy Boehm who retired in July after 31 years with the Columbia Police Department.

Sluggish economy prompts workers to return to college

Two Columbia men pursue degrees in nursing at Columbia College after losing their jobs at 3M.