'Energy Guy' makes Columbia more efficient

David Mars, the "Energy Guy," is filmed by Tim Craft for October's installment of "Conservation Tips," which airs in the last five minutes of the "City Hour" on the Columbia Channel. Every month Mars gives a brief presentation on how citizens can conserve and save money on their energy bills.

COLUMBIA — With his knowledge about the art of conservation, David Mars simply wants to help save Columbia's residents money. As the star of the Columbia Channel's "Conservation Tips," Mars teaches residents not only how to cut down on energy usage, but also cut down on their energy expenses.

Upsets lift Tigers in football rankings

Despite a bye week, Missouri jumped to No. 3 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 4 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll.

BOONE LIFE: Sturgeon Middle School students cheer for a spot

The echoing voices and clapping of Sturgeon Middle School students fill the gymnasium as they chant cheers while practicing for upcoming cheerleading auditions.

AP enrollment increases at Rock Bridge, Hickman

Enrollment in AP classes increased this year at Rock Bridge and Hickman high schools, an increase that mirrors the statewide increase of 14 percent. Douglass High School does not offer AP courses but its students can take the courses at Hickman and Rock Bridge. The increase in AP enrollment can be attributed to two factors: saving money and seeking a challenge.

Columbia midwife can now practice without fear of prosecution

A 54-year-old midwife, Ivy White has assisted with about 600 births and gave birth to four of her own children without leaving home. Her colleagues say she is a well-respected practitioner, but until this summer she faced the possibility of arrest and seven years in jail if found assisting a birth without a physician present.

ANALYSIS: Candidates in governor's race play economic blame game

Government executives often get praise when the economy thrives and get the blame when it doesn’t. But executives, in the form of presidents or governors, might not be deserving of either. All the same, Missouri’s gubernatorial candidates claim their ideas  — their election to the office — would change things for the better. 

Edwards outmaneuvered by Johnson

Carl Edwards daring last lap run to overtake the race leader on Sunday at Kansas Speedway nearly worked.

PHOTO GALLERY: Kewpies stomp Rock Bridge at Providence Bowl

Here's a look at Friday's Providence Bowl, where the Hickman Kewpies overtook the Rock Bridge Bruins 41-7. The win moved the Kewpies to 8-4 all-time against Rock Bridge.

Chavez, Russia gaining influence throughout Latin America

Evo Morales, one of Bolivia's first fully indigenous presidents, is promising change to the nation and reacting strongly to the U.S. government's opposition. Bolivia, Paraguay, Colombia and Nicaragua are embracing Chavez's oil and ideology.

Advocates end effort to renovate drug store

While hopes of a new life have whispered through the Heibel-March building's crumbling walls and ceilings for the past eight years, its future is uncertain.

Thousands of people in the St. Louis area are still coping with flood damages

The flooding that swept the area earlier this month has left homes in the area unlivable, pending repairs. Compounding the problem, is the fact that many living in the flood plain do not have flood insurance and will not be eligble for money that would help them repair and rebuild.  

Hulshof proposes change in Missouri judicial appointments

Congressman Kenny Hulshof's proposal for replacing Missouri's procedure for judicial appointments is being met with strong opposition from the Missouri Bar Association, a group that disagrees with the gubernatorial candidate's belief that the Court Plan has become "very partisan."

Home schooling operates on 'honor system'

Along with Alaska, Missouri is one of just ten states in the country that does not regulate or monitor home schooling, according to the Home Schooling Legal Defense Association.

Columbia man charged with possession of child pornography

A Columbia man faces federal child pornography charges stemming from an arrest in May, after he allegedly drove to a Carthage hotel to meet someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

Driver in stable condition after crash

The driver of a 2006 Hyundai is in stable condition after a car crash early Sunday morning on Ashland Road, police said.