Columbia firefighter promoted to department division chief

Danny Sandker, a 16-year veteran of the Columbia Fire Department, took command on Dec. 1 after former division chief retired.

Smoking ban is not the reason some restaurants have gone out of business

Businesses that have closed and cited the smoking ban as the reason were likely in trouble before the ban even came up.

MU High School offering online driver education course

Teenagers who don’t have access to formal driving instruction now have the option to learn the rules of the road through an online driver education course launched in November by the University of Missouri High School.

Bluffs to get $810,588 from U.S. for new Alzheimer's center

A new Alzheimer’s center planned by The Bluffs will receive $810,588 in federal funds from an omnibus bill signed recently by President Bush.

Multi-purpose development to be built in Randolph County

Just 20 miles north of Columbia, a 440-acre lot of untouched land will be transformed into a $45 million venue, bringing racetracks, horse shows and tourists to mid-Missouri.

What made winners in Iowa? It was hope

The most striking development in the Iowa caucuses was the remarkable similarity between the winners.

Five Ideas: What are your thoughts on these items in the news this week?

MU wrestlers cruise

The Missouri wrestling team dominated Bucknell Friday night in its first home dual of the season

McDonald's at MU's Lowry Mall closing

Since May 1978, the McDonald’s in Lowry Mall has been a symbol of freedom from campus dorm food and 99-cent hamburger specials for MU students. But starting in June, the McDonald’s will be no more.

First case of influenza confirmed in Missouri

A southwest Missouri woman in her mid-20s culture-tested positive for the virus, according to Matthew Forester, a public health laboratory scientist at the State Public Health Laboratory.

Go ahead, live, it's worth it

This year consider making resolutions that bring you to life.

Columbia Access Television: Is the show over?

CAT's future could be an increase in funding and huge growth. Or it could go off the air entirely. A potential contract with the city could keep the station alive.

Prairie Home man survives trench collapse

A Prairie Home man is home from the hospital and the Boone County Fire Protection District said he is lucky to be alive after a construction trench in Sturgeon collapsed around him Thursday.

MU nursing student donates bone marrow to stranger

When she couldn't give blood, an MU nursing student gave even more — her bone marrow — to a complete stranger.

Virginia church attempts to include diverse flock

One Virginia church is attempting to make a wide range of members feel included — and it seems to be working

Columbia vocal coach still going strong at 80

Harry Morrison has built a legacy around helping singing voices sound easy. At 80, he is still teaching voice and directing a church choir.

Kansas defense surprises Virginia Tech in Orange Bowl

While their offense was stymied most of the night, the Jayhawks came up with three interceptions and beat Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl.

Obama, Huckabee come out on top in Iowa

Despite being behind in early polls, both Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee emerged victorious in the Iowa caucuses.

Diverse Obama supporters attend local watch party

A life-long Republican as well as the executive co-director of Black Women for Obama, gathered with about 15 other friends and supporters to watch the results of the Iowa Caucus at a home in north-central Columbia on Thursday night.

Woman doesn't mind living with pigs

Just outside of Rocheport, Nancy Shepherd has built and developed a “Piggy Palace” where she raises, trains, breeds and even adopts out potbellied pigs.