UPDATE: Search for drowning victim near Rocheport to continue Thursday

Recovery operations for 20-year-old John P. Forget of Chesterfield ended Wednesday evening with no results. The search will resume Thursday morning, weather permitting.

Two injured in shots-fired incident at Richland Heights trailer park

Officers responded at 2:26 p.m. to a report of four or five shots fired at 3901 St. Charles Road, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

GUEST COLUMN: Columbia faces animal care crisis

The Central Missouri Humane Society has taken in too many homeless pets and animals from the city and surrounding areas, and now faces limited resources to care for them. However, all is not lost.

MU faculty seeks answers as chancellor provides few specifics on budget cuts

At Wednesday's general faculty meeting, MU faculty members sought specific ways potential budget cuts of up to 25 percent might affect them. But few specifics were given because the future is still too uncertain, Chancellor Brady Deaton said.

LETTER: Ameren's request for rate increase is unfair

AmerenUE should not ask ratepayers to cover a cost it deems imprudent to pay on its own.

Officials: Columbia schools' low rankings in air quality study not cause for concern

An agency spokeswoman from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Air Pollution Control said the USA Today study's data were not a complete representation of the air quality.

Falling interest rates hurt Missouri's investment portfolio

Managers of Missouri's portfolio are making more of an effort not to lose money after declining interests have hurt state's investments that depend on interest rates to return a profit.

MU alum Ken Paulson to leave USA Today

Paulson leaves USA Today on Feb. 1. to become president of the Newseum and the Freedom Forum, where he will succeed Peter Prichard, who also had been editor of USA Today.

New bills would promote greener living

One bill for the 2009 session would grant an income tax deduction for all hybrid motor vehicles bought after Jan. 1, 2010. The deduction would be either 10 percent of the vehicle's purchase price or $2,000.

Link in popular Missouri hiking trail to be rebuilt

Part of the Taum Sauk section of the Ozark Trail was wiped out in a reservoir collapse in December 2005 that also injured a family of five and did serious damage to much of the state park outside of Lesterville, which volunteers are scheduled to rebuild soon.

Disc jockey chooses music to help with the hard times

Each week, Steve Donofrio tries to keep his radio show relevant, even when it's reflecting the current economic situation.

Missouri Supreme Court sets aside disbarment of Columbia attorney

The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday set aside its disbarment of a former candidate for District 25 state representative that it handed down last month, according to court documents. The attorney was accused of mishandling funds and neglecting his clients.

Rock Bridge Elementary first-graders learn about Kwanzaa

Students learned the seven principles of Kwanzaa including unity (umoja), self-determination (kujichagulia) and creativity (kuumba). They learned Swahili and history through singing, clapping and chanting.

Missouri student loan agency delays payments to state

The Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority will pay the state $350 million over six years to finance improvements at public colleges and universities.

Missouri court upholds takeover of St. Louis schools

The Missouri Supreme Court rejected the elected board members arguments, ending the power struggle for the St. Louis school system and giving control to the state.

Lawmaker-elect reprimanded by Ethics Commission

Linda Fischer, D-Bonne Terre, admitted to sending an e-mail from her North County School District computer to garner support for her campaign.

Clerk chases man who stole video games from Movie Gallery

The man escaped with a bag filled with more than 10 video games.

Too early to know how I-64 shutdown going

Officials are still unsure how drivers are responding to the shutdown of Interstate 64.

Search resumes for possible drowning victim

Authorities continued the recovery effort on Wednesday morning for John P. Forget, 20, of Chesterfield. Forget is suspected to have fallen into the Missouri River after he jumped out of the way of a tractor-trailer Tuesday evening on Interstate 70 bridge near Rocheport.