Cyclones' Brackins looking for help

Iowa State's Craig Brackins, center, defends against Missouri's DeMarre Carroll in a Tigers victory in March of 2008 at Mizzou Arena. Brackins has been named Big 12 player of the week twice in 2009.

Iowa State's Craig Brackins has been a constant for the Cyclones this season, earning Big 12 player of the week honors twice, but Cylones coach Greg McDermott is still searching for some consistent players in his supporting cast.

Let our elected leaders have a say in next police chief

The city charter gives the city manager the power to hire and fire, and it also prohibits council members from "interference" in personnel matters. But is "interference" the same thing as useful advice?

40-year-old horse is oldest in Missouri

Mr. Kid Bars turned 40 this year, which is about twicethe average life expectancy of a horse.

MLK holiday awards breakfast honors James Robnett Jr., MAC Scholars

About 1,000 people attended the Columbia Values Diversity breakfast Thursday to celebrate the life and teachings of Martin Luther King Jr.

LETTER: Eye for an eye makes the whole world blind

Nothing can justify the Israelis' behavior toward Palestinians.

A properly supported public education is the future of this nation

Ines Segert's decision to send her son to private school is not what is expected of a Columbia School Board member.

LETTER: Luetkemeyer will keep campaign promise to work on affordable health care

The Ninth District congressman signed the pledge in June, and he plans to keep his promise.

Wanted: Mid-Missouri artists to create art on a downtown traffic signal box

A project to make art of a downtown Columbia traffic signal box is intended to deter graffiti and help downtown look a little nicer.

Schulte named interim commissioner of education in Missouri

The State Board of Education approved the appointment of Bert Schulte, former assistant superintendent for Columbia Public Schools, as the state’s top education official on Thursday.

Additional school board candidate brings count to seven

Marc Bledsoe filed his application on Wednesday to run for the school board. He said it is time to look at the facts and do what is best for the district and its students.

Missouri highway backers looking to grasp federal money

In Missouri, some lawmakers are backing a bill that would allow the Missouri Department of Transportation to award single contracts for bidders to handle both the design and construction of roads or bridges.

Black Parents Association launches with goal of improving education

About 30 people gathered at St. Luke United Methodist Church for the first meeting of the Black Parents Association of Columbia Public Schools on Thursday night.

Woman arrested on suspicion of statutory rape of 16-year-old boy

Police arrested a 47-year-old woman on Thursday on suspicion of statutory rape of a 16-year-old boy, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

Heating devices cause 16 percent of house fires

Sixteen percent of all home fire deaths are a result of home heating. With the temperature dropping and heater use rising, here are some tips to stay safe while trying to stay warm.

MU Provost gives few details about spending cut

MU Provost Brian Foster, at a press conference Thursday, explained a memo sent to the UM System on Wednesday that outlines where spending should be reduced.

Coldest temperatures since 2003 keep homeless shelters busy

Minus 4 degree temperatures keep Columbia shelters busy. The Salvation Army Harbor House has had more than 700 lodgings since early November, compared to a normal of 300-500 lodgings for the winter season. 

Anheuser-Busch InBev to open New York office

A New York office will take on some of the management of its global operations now handled by AB InBev's headquarters in Leuven, Belgium.

Missouri House approves new rules for chamber

Missouri House members have approved the rules that will govern the chamber for the next two years. This year's rules give the minority Democrats more authority in picking committees in which their members will sit.

Missouri judge rejects lawsuit over stem cell research

For the second time, a Missouri trial judge ruled against critics of embryonic stem cell research who want to block state funds from going to life science grants.

2 Missouri girls die in fire in trailer

Two girls, ages 3 and 5, are dead after a mid-Missouri trailer fire. Firefighters from three different departments responded to the blaze around 8 a.m. Thursday. It happened in a mobile home park north of Jefferson City.