More than 200 march in Columbia for peace in Gaza

Ahmed El-Tayash chants for a cease-fire and peace in Gaza during a march by the Islamic Center; Boone Tikkun, a Jewish and interfaith group; the Mid-Missouri Fellowship of Reconciliation; and Mid-Missouri Peaceworks. The group marched at 2 Friday afternoon from the Islamic Center up Providence Road then east to the Post Office.

Demonstrators called for an end to recent Israeli attacks.

UPDATE: State agencies warn of fallout from budget cuts

They say closures of facilities, layoffs, cuts in police security and more are likely if the most severe budget cuts under consideration are made.

Love 'em and challenge 'em — that goes for sports fans and journalists

Some people called the MU-Northwestern game on Monday the "Journalism Bowl" because of the long-standing rivalry between the universities' journalism schools. Journalists and fans alike love to expose weaknesses and challenge authority, always asking pointed questions.

Third candidate enters school board race

Nathan Garten, a 27-year-old senior credit manager at Wells Fargo, filed Friday morning as a candidate for one of the two open positions on the school board on the April ballot. He is the third candidate to enter the race.

UPDATE: Blunt names Columbia man to national committee

Lowell Pearson, Matt Blunt's general counsel, has been named to a national committee that drafts uniform legislation for state lawmakers.

UPDATE: Debt trouble at Lee triggers auditor's warning

The publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and other papers said it will  have trouble paying its debt over the next two years because of plunging revenue. The company also said its auditor questioned Lee Enterprises' ability to remain a "going concern" if it can't refinance its loans.

2008 deadly year for St. Louis, Kansas City

They didn't set records, but both cities reported spikes in homicides — and the bad economy may be partly to blame.

Search warrant leads police to recover TV stolen in 2007

Police recovered a flat-screen TV reported stolen in October 2007 and arrested a Columbia man Friday afternoon while serving a search warrant on the man's home in north Columbia, according to a Police Department news release.

Columbia police seek two men in robbery

Police are seeking two men after a man reported that he was hit over the head and robbed Thursday evening of his money and his groceries, a news release from the Columbia Police Department states.

Survey: Recession will worsen in the months ahead

But the Midwest and Plains states are expected to fare better than the nation, a professor who oversaw the survey said.

Missouri wants new homes for prairie chickens

Farmers in 11 counties are eligible to participate in the program, which could provide some handy money in return for a good nesting habitat for the scarce birds.

5 dead in K.C. car crashes since 2009 started

Two of the crashes occurred on the same street within a few hours of each other.

UPDATE: 2 teens killed in early morning wreck near Black Jack

A 14-year-old boy was driving his parents' car when he hit a sewer culvert just before 3 a.m. Friday.

Two teenagers killed in St. Louis-area wreck

A 14-year-old boy was driving his parents' car when he struck a sewer culvert.

Skydiving business owner faces hearing

Three people died in 2008 in two separate accidents involving the business.

Man indicted for "Boonie Hat Bandit" robberies

Donald Keith Giammanco is charged with the robberies of 12 St. Louis-area banks.

Five people have died in Kansas City wrecks in 2009

Three separate accidents have left five people dead in the first two days of 2009.