Rios gets life sentence for murder

Former Columbia police Officer Steven Rios was found guilty of second-degree murder and armed criminal action on Friday. A jury recommended a sentence of life in prison for the June 2004 murder of Jesse Valencia.

Jury deliberations start in Rios murder retrial

The deliberations started at noon Friday in the murder retrial of Steven Rios. Attorneys for both the state and defense presented their closing arguments earlier in the day.

Pinkel, Stoops discuss Big 12 title game

During the past two seasons the Tigers have clawed to the cusp of greatness, have staggered and now find themselves teetering upon prominence once more.

MU men's and women's swimming consider themselves one

MU women's swim team member, Lori Halvorson, nearly broke a school record.

Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center forced to close one wing

As a result of a tightening budget, the Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center announced Thursday the closing of one wing, which holds 15 in-patient beds. The move leaves the center with a capacity of 45 in-patient beds.

Stars cruise to 23-point win

Three men arrested on drug charges

The three were arrested Friday afternoon when a warrant was served at 3518 La Mesa Drive.

Twinkie maker cleared to exit bankruptcy

Kansas City-based Interstate Bakeries Corp. was cleared to exit bankruptcy Friday.

Columbia businessman found guilty in multi-million dollar fraud case

Daryl Miles Brown faced 11 counts of wire and travel fraud. In December 2005, a 12th count was added, alleging Brown conspired to commit money laundering, the Missourian previously reported.

Columbia College in top 20 of military-friendly colleges

Columbia College was named one of the top 20 military-friendly institutions in the country. Columbia College has 17 campuses on military bases and has developed a system to help military students get an education.

Teen charged with murder in mother's death

The Columbia teen police pulled over for driving erratically in August and found his mother’s body in the trunk of the car was indicted for second-degree murder Friday, and his younger brother is considered a suspect in the case.

Nixon appoints citizen advisers

Three Columbia residents, a doctor, a retiree and a student, are part of a group of 100 citizens picked to help the transition team of Gov.-elect Jay Nixon.

Meth offender registry proposed in House.

Rep. David Sater of Cassville prefiled a bill to create a registry for methamphtamine offenders.

Palestinian author shares story of struggles and inspiration

Ibtisam Barakat has written a book about her struggles as a child growing up in Palestine. She now lives in Columbia, and she shared her thoughts on Columbia, writing and telling the Palestinian story.

Full Service City (some areas excluded)

For the past 10 years, the city and county fire departments have shared responsibility for calls in those parts of the city governed by the territorial agreement. But the city says it can no longer afford the agreement, and some city residents object to getting county fire service for their city tax dollars.

Second-generation Secret Santas offer holiday hope

Secret Santas will be handing out $100 bills to those in need Friday in St. Louis.

Columbia woman mixes love of children, nature to make toys

Chris Willow-Schomaker is the creator of mamaroots, a local business selling toys made from all-natural materials.

Center hopes to breed endangered salamanders

The hellbender, considered by some to be the most grotesque-looking salamander in North America, has been on the state's endangered species list. A program is being developed to breed hellbenders in captivity and release them into the wild.

Fenton Chrysler workers agree to buyouts

More than one-third of plant workers have agreed to buyout or retirement offers, and the packages would impact near 1,700 employees.

Noranda announces layoffs at New Madrid plant

Fifty salaried workers learned they would be losing their jobs in this third round of layoffs for the aluminum plant.