Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

A letter to the editor of the New York Sun in 1897 prompted what has become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial.

Coaches in the classroom

Missouri student athletes depend on academic tutors to help them manage unique challenges. 

City organizes family-friendly alternative for New Year's Eve

First Night Columbia, in its 14th year, will provide family-oriented fun and activities to ring in the New Year.

Compiling year-end lists leave some wondering

It doesn't take a genius to realize that some lists are compiled with a methodology that is less than comprehensive.

Santa's milk and cookies are getting cheaper

The prices for cookies and milk are down in Columbia stores, and holiday specials are not the only reason for the decrease.  The rising cost of food has been of major concern this past year and has increased as gas prices rose earlier this year.

Families balance Hanukkah and Christmas celebrations

When Christmas and Hanukkah coincide, some interfaith families balance celebrations for both.

Harbor House full during economic downturn

Nearly 700 people seeking shelter have been turned away from Harbor House, which has been at capacity because of an increased need in the community

DURA brake cables plant to close in Hannibal

A brake cables plant in northeast Missouri is closing by the end of the year. A representative for DURA says the company plans to close a plant in Hannibal.

Blunt pardons 4 convicted of stealing offenses

Gov. Matt Blunt pardons four people convicted of stealing offenses.

Family facing tough holiday gets unexpected gift

An anonymous donation from a Denver family will give a southeast Missouri man awaiting a transplant the opportunity to buy Christmas presents for his wife and six children.

Economy has more families giving up pets

The Humane Society of Missouri says 5 percent to 8 percent more animals were given away this year because families can no longer afford to care for them, or have been forced to relocate to a place where pets are not allowed.

St. Louis dog found in Independence, going home

A St. Louis dog missing since October will be going home with its owners later this week after being picked up 240 miles away in suburban Kansas City.

Man arrested in connection with drive-by shooting

Officers arrested Columbia resident Coty Thomas Galbreath in his home on Wednesday in connection with a shooting that occurred on Sunday, a news release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department said.

Ice and snow to blame for accident; 30 others reported

Ice and snow-covered roads are to blame for an injury accident that occurred Wednesday morning on Brown Station Road, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

December has been nasty, but January is expected to be warmer

December is turning out to be cold and nasty, but look for a welcome warming of winter weather in January.

Ex-trainer pleads not guilty to secretly videotaping female athletes

A former fitness trainer in Springfield pleads not guilty to secretly videotaping female athletes after convincing them to weigh themselves naked.

Control of Kansas City schools debated

A state representative and others say community leaders could do a better job of handling the district's operations.

Columbia man arrested on federal charges

A Columbia man, wanted by the FBI, was arrested on a federal warrant Tuesday night in connection with a narcotics investigation in Kansas City.

Man bails from car, leaves baby behind

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is searching for a man who failed to stop for a trooper then bailed out of the car, leaving a baby in the back seat.

Police use tobacco spit to nab burglary suspect

Randy Lee Shoopman Jr., who police linked to an Oklahoma burglary from tobacco spit left at the scene,  is also suspected of commiting crimes in Missouri.