Corrupt governments would prey on financially weak press

As its legion of critics cheer lustily, the newsgathering business continues to implode, with no end in sight. The Tribune Company, the newspaper and television chain that publishes the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, filed for bankruptcy protection on the very day that the news agenda convulsed with news of the arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Federal Reserve makes record interest rate cut

The Federal Reserve cuts its benchmark interest rate to the lowest on record, as low as zero, in another attempt to help the struggling economy.

Unrealistic 'green' expectations must be lessened from autos

The fragile auto industry needs a bailout that will get to the source of the problems without destroying the qualities that Americans value in their cars.

LETTER: Colorado right to ban soda in public schools

Soda is an addictive, damaging product that should not be readily available to children in school or at home.

UPDATE: Search to resume Wednesday morning for man who fell into Missouri River

A 20-year-old man was suspected to have fallen into the Missouri River after he jumped out of the way of a tractor-trailer about 8 p.m. on the Interstate 70 bridge at mile marker 115 near Rocheport, authorities said.

Columbia sees its third-wettest year on record

As of Tuesday, Columbia had experienced the third wettest year on record, and — with the possibility of more precipitation in the next few weeks — it could rise in the ranks before the year's end.

Council looks for new red-light camera company

The City Council rescinded a contract with LaserCraft, Inc., a company which was supposed to install red-light cameras at certain city intersections. The council is now seeking bids for another company to complete the job.

Injuries reported as car hits people, trooper's vehicle

The patrol said 70-year-old Beverly Lawrence of Belleville, Ill., lost control of her vehicle on an icy stretch of Interstate 70 near Columbia and rammed into a concrete wall and the trooper's patrol car.

Man shot by Taser sends city settlement offer

Phillip Lee McDuffy, who fell from the Providence Road overpass onto Interstate 70 in July after being shot with a Taser, has submitted a settlement offer to the city for $500,000.

Incoming state leaders outline job creation strategies

Infrastructure investments and alternative energy are key, legislators say.

Several accidents occur on westbound Interstate 70

Two tractor-trailers and several vehicles slid off the road on Interstate 70 at Sorrell's Overpass Tuesday.

Congregation Beth Shalom to host charitable Hanukkah party

The party will collect toys, books and games for charity. A $6 chartiable donation will be accepted at the door for entrance into the party. Children under the age of 5 can enter for free.

City Council appoints Vision Commission

The Columbia City Council is considering reducing the number of voting members on the commission.

Humane Society considers enforcing mandatory fees

Facing financial woes, the Central Missouri Humane Society is now considering enforcing an intake fee for all surrendered animals, which would effectively turn the organization into a "closed-door" shelter.

Students sell books for cash despite weather

Two book-buying businesses set up shop in a parking lot on Ninth Street, hoping to attract students.

Task force to advise City Council on sprinkler issue

An ordinance that would require Greek houses to install fire sprinkler systems by 2012 has called unfair by Greek representatives.

Dairy group to pay $12M in trading investigation

Under an agreement with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced Tuesday, Dairy Farmers of America and two of its former officers will pay $12 million and will not engage in speculative trading for two years.

Missouri to discuss repealing outdated margarine law

A Springfield representative plans to bring up the issue when the 2009 legislative session starts in January.

Wintry weather in Missouri leads to school closings, traffic accidents

Two days of wintry weather in Missouri led to school closings and traffic accidents, including two fatalities.

Tour of Missouri gets continued state support

The Missouri Development Finance Board on Tuesday approved $500,000 to support media coverage of the 2009 race. The board contributed the same amount for this years' race.