Mediator Sarah Read is on a mission to improve communication

Sarah Read listens as other members of the First Christian Church planning committee debate the church's meeting room rental rates and schedule. Read is involved with several planning committees across the city to try to help improve quality of life in Columbia.

Facilitating discussions about the vision for Columbia is only one of Sarah Read's many efforts to help people communicate.

Leave decision on Tasers to the pros

Despite wide-spread public outcry for their removal, Tasers provide a more appropriate solution to the problems officers face in the field.

Despite abortion stance, Obama takes Catholic vote

Catholics weighed more than just that issue in deciding their vote, and some suggest that even priests and Bishops cast their vote for the president-elect.

Missouri women's basketball team improves to .500

The Missouri women's basketball team scored 18 points off 31 turnovers on its way to an 83-54 victory over Bradley.

Keeping up earthen dams can be costly for owners

Conducting necessary repairs on outdated and unmaintained dams can be costly, and the responsibility for funding the maintenance falls on the property owners.

UPDATE: Stem cell critics file revised suit to block funding

Missouri Roundtable for life has filed a lawsuit similar to one dismissed by Cole County Judge Richard Callahan in November. The suit seeks to block $21 millon in life science research funding.

Judge blocks deposition of Blunt on e-mails

A judge has blocked efforts to take the sworn testimony of Gov. Matt Blunt in an investigation into his office’s e-mail practices.

UM Intercampus Faculty Council talks potential cuts in closed meeting

The council met Tuesday with President Gary Forsee, but system spokesperson Jennifer Hollingshead said she didn't know what was said in the closed meeting and wouldn't be able to release documents handed out during it.

LETTER: Thanksgiving recipe was scrumptious, much appreciated

The turkey recipe published in the Columbia Missourian provided a delicious, unforgettable recipe that will continue to be used.

Public asks Missouri budget writers to be gentle

About 90 people testified in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee Tuesday. Some asked for additional funding during this time of national recession and others asked that the expected cuts not affect their program.

Missouri pulls away with Hollins on the bench

Foul trouble limited Alyssa Hollins to seven minutes of playing time in the second half.

City Council begins to narrow down visioning applicant field

The City Council interviewed nine of 23 applicants Monday evening for the Columbia Visioning Commission. The commission will keep track of the Imagine Columbia’s Future vision.

Columbia schools change with technology

As cell phone policies have become more lenient in some some Columbia high schools, other gadgets are also becoming more common in schools. Bridges, an alcohol and drug prevention organization at all three Columbia high schools,  will hold an event Dec. 10 to inform parents about Internet safety and their children.

Independent actors bring 'Santaland Diaries' to Ragtag

For the second year, the Independent Actors Theatre will perform David Sedaris' "The Santaland Diaries," which chronicles the trials of a department store elf.

City, Fire District to review territorial agreement talking points

City Manager Bill Watkins has assembled talking points to be addressed at the next meeting between the city of Columbia and the Boone County Fire Protection District, scheduled for Wednesday morning.

Share the Harvest expects another bountiful year

Donations of deer meat to Share the Harvest, a Missouri program that has the meat processed and distributed to charities, are on pace to rival 2007's record numbers, program coordinators say.

Stankowski Field will shut off lights to darken skies

For the next year, MU's Department of Recreation Services and Facilities has agreed to turn off the lights on Stankowski Field for two hours per month in observation of the International Year of Astronomy.

Wireless Internet coming to two parks

The city plans to outfit Flat Branch and Stephens Lake parks with wireless Internet by spring.

Chillicothe women's prison to ease overcrowding at Vandalia

Missouri's female offender population has risen by 150 percent over the last decade and the Vandalia women's prison has struggled to hold all of the offenders.

Stem cell research critics refile lawsuit to block funding of life science research

Missouri stem cell research critics have resurrected a lawsuit to block $21 million from going to life sciences research. The amended suit questions whether there is legal authority to disburse the research grants.