St. Louis alderman calls on residents to get armed

An alderman said Tuesday he is frustrated with police's response to crime in north St. Louis.

Washington University, corporate sponsors launch clean coal effort

Two St. Louis-based coal companies, along with Ameren Corp., are joining forces with Washington University to form the Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization, the university's chancellor announced Tuesday.

School's lead paint angers St. Louis parents

Preschool-age children were denied enrollment in a before- and after-school care program after a state inspection showed lead at their school.


Kansas City mayor, wife deny allegations of harassment

A former staffer is suing because she said she was paid less than her peers and because the mayor's wife used racial slurs around her.

Adviser: $342 million budget shortfall likely for Missouri

After reporting an $833 million surplus this summer, the state drew lower-than-expected tax revenues and now anticipates a  deficit by the end of June 2009.

Police seek three men in attempted burglary

The Columbia Police are looking for three men in connection with an attempted first-degree burglary that occurred early Tuesday morning on Anthony Street, according to a Police Department news release.

Columbia police search finds more than 250 grams of marijuana

A 21-year-old MU student was arrested on suspicion of three counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hog farm's odor draws lawsuit from southwest Missouri residents

The residents said they have suffered health issues and that family and friends have refused to visit them because of the hog farm.

Opening statements in Rios' retrial suggest DNA is most important evidence

Attorneys on both sides laid out their case in the murder retrial of former Columbia police officer Steven Rios, who is accused of killing Jesse Valencia in 2004.

Modern-day breadwinners left to ask: 'Who's the Boss?'

Turning on the TV provides hours of family stereotypes, often with the woman of the house portrayed as the ruler of the roost. But research from the Pew Center and stories from mid-Missouri homes suggest it's a bit more complicated.

Columbia Terminal Railroad crossing at U.S. 63 to be replaced

City Council voted unanimously on Monday to replace the Columbia Terminal Railroad (COLT) crossing at U.S. 63 with a loan from the Electric Utility fund.

Columbia celebrates World AIDS Day

Columbia community members participated in World AIDS Day as they walked down College Avenue with fistfuls of helium-filled balloons on Monday evening. World AIDS Day is celebrated annually around the globe on Dec. 1 to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS.

Hickman opens with a win

The Kewpies beat Warrensburg at the Dairy Queen Shootout in Marshall.

Former chief of staff to Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder sentenced to jail

Eric Feltner was sentenced to 10 days in jail for violating probation on a pornography conviction. Feltner was found accessing the Internet for personal use, and one of the terms of his probation was that he not use the Internet except for business purposes.

Former state trooper challenges Springfield's red-light law

Adolph Belt Jr., a retired state trooper, was found liable for running the red light in municipal court in September and fined $100. He has filed a lawsuit challenging the city of Springfield over its use of red-light cameras.

Mom, stepdad plead guilty in Perry County boy's 2005 death

Emily Altom's son, Ethan Patrick Williams, died after being hopitalized with an infection. Charges of voluntary manslaughter against her and Michael Altom will be dropped.

Fatal traffic accident on U.S. 54 result of icy road

A Fulton man died after losing control of his sports utility vehicle Monday morning on icy roads and veering into the path of a utility truck.

Local efforts to combat childhood obesity receive $400,000 grant

A  grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation gave $400,000 to public efforts in Columbia to combat childhood obesity. Partners in the grant include PedNet, the city, Columbia Public Schools and MU.

Tigers proud of Christensen

Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel and the Tigers players said Monday they are glad to see offensive coordinator Dave Christensen get the head coaching job at Wyoming. 

Economic troubles for Big Three automakers trickle down to Columbia auto parts manufacturers

Four major auto parts manufacturers in Columbia have experienced varied levels of difficulty making ends meet during the economic downturn.