Columbia Police disband Violent Crimes Task Force

The Violent Crimes Task Force disbanded less than one month after its inception. Police say the officers needed to return to their job and look at other possibilities if crime continues to rise in Columbia.

Study ranks Missouri lottery as ninth best in U.S.

In a study by San Antonio professor Gerald Busald that was released Dec. 14, Missouri ranked ninth overall in the lottery's disclosure and fairness policies.

Bids accepted for Mick Deaver Memorial Drive extension

Although an extension of Mick Deaver Memorial Drive would alleviate traffic around MU’s sports venues, it has elicited criticism from environmental organizations.

Drop in DWI charges during holiday season may be deceiving

DWI charges over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays were down in 2007, but not necessarily because less people were breaking the law, Columbia Police said.

Four MU agricultural research programs to receive federal funds

Four MU agricultural programs could receive more than $4.7 million in federal funds as a result of the U.S. Sentate’s passing of the 2008 omnibus budget bill on Dec. 18.

Parks and Recreation to move major chunk of Recreation Services Division

Columbia’s Parks and Recreation Department is moving its office in charge of recreation programming for seniors from a location accessible by bus to a facility near Stephens Lake Park.

Appeals court ruling says public defenders can be sued

With its ruling, the appeals court overturned a Boone County judge's decision to dismiss a Missouri prisoner's lawsuit. The ruling is the first to address official immunity from legal action by former clients.

Governor wants tax incentives for ethanol sales

Gov. Matt Blunt says his initiatives would provide money to increase the number of Missouri gas stations that sell E-85 fuel.

Violent Crimes Task Force disbands

The task force has been credited with helping make 42 arrests during its nearly monthlong existence.

Cotton Bowl win can't stop<br>MU fans' Web complaints about BCS

Message board posts cheer TIgers' fantastic finale and bemoan lack of a BCS bowl bid

Hickman girls basketball team falls in OT

Sales of MU merchandise surge

Seniors guide MU football team to memorable season

With the help of its seniors, the 2007 MU football team became one of the best the university has seen.

The Tigers rang in the New Year winners of the Cotton Bowl and on the cusp of greater possibilities.

Many resolve to hit the gym in January

There were some new faces at the gyms around Columbia this week, but not all of those people will stick around, according to one health psychologist.

Mo. college students get boost in scholarships

Thousands of Missouri college students are getting an increase in their state scholarships.

Chief says fire at Grant Elementary School set intentionally

The Columbia Fire Department has determined that a fire at Grant Elementary School was set intentionally, but there are no suspects. Fire investigators are working with the Columbia Police Department’s major crimes unit and Columbia Public School officials on the investigation.

Gov. Blunt plans to seek $100,000 for State Historical Society of Missouri

The governor has promised $100,000 to the State Historical Society of Missouri, but the organization’s director is hoping for an additional $600,000 in state funding to start planning for a new building.

Growing up with music

What Kercy Main lacks in size he makes up for in his passion and talent for music.

What’s that smell? Neighbors complain that factory hog farms are ruining their ways of life

Since 2000, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has received more than 1,700 odor complaints against concentrated animal feeding operations, according to a Missourian analysis of records held by the state agency. But industry leaders say many complaints come from people opposed to factory farming, not because of excessive odor.

Faulty fireplace cited as cause of fire