Columbia examines energy resources

Mounting environmental concerns and aging equipment at the Columbia Municipal Power Plant have turned conversations to the future, which might include retiring some of the city’s turbines or using additional resources.

LETTER: School system could be improved with more like Segert

School Board member Ines Segert should be commended for doing what she thinks is right for both her family and community.

FIVE IDEAS: Reversing Bush administration policies on terror suspects

This week, we ask you to weigh in on Obama's decision to close Guantanamo Bay, the deal struck between Gary Forsee and Jay Nixon to stop tuition increases, the proposed statewide smoking ban, the killing of protected birds and another killing at Virginia Tech University.

LETTER: Ending uncontrolled borders could save the American Dream

Immigration law and border control should be addressed with a positive approach.

Missourian to pursue how race matters

Mr. Obama is making history as President Obama. His presence also has sparked discussions about race. It still matters. But how has the discussion about race changed over the years? What problems exist today? The Missourian starts a yearlong effort to tell the stories about Columbia.

Columbia College women's basketball loses

The Owls beat the Cougars with a 21 point lead Thursday.

Slow start haunts Tigers against Nebraska

On a night where the No. 12-ranked Tigers raised money for breast cancer awareness, standout performances by Mary Burke and Adrianne Perry weren't enough to knock off the No. 13 Huskers. 

Woman extradited in Boone County murder

A woman charged with first-degree murder in the death of her husband in 2004 was extradited from Texas on Thursday.

Embers stirred by wind spark field fire

Boone County Fire Protection District responds to fire in a Columbia field.

Public meetings set with schools superintendent finalists

The public will be able to meet the finalists for the top job in Columbia Public Schools at receptions and then ask them questions.

MU hiring freeze creates faculty vacancies

At the MU Faculty Council meeting, Deputy Provost Ken Dean said there are about 117 faculty vacancies. He also said the search for a dean of the College of Education has been canceled until next year.

New campuswide smoking policy goes into effect

Smoking is now prohibited within 20 feet of all building entrances, exits, windows and fresh air intake systems. This is the first step in reaching the goal of becoming smoke-free by 2014.

Columbia man builds and gives away computers on Freecycle

Jordan Grant enjoys tinkering with computers, so much so that now he builds them from odds-and-ends parts and then gives them away to people who need a computer but can't afford to buy it., a Web site where individuals can post and exchange items they need or don’t want anymore, is used to communicate the need.

KCOU to stop FM broadcast for at least two months

MU's student-run radio station KCOU/88.1 FM will be broadcast online only at least through spring break.

Correction to Columbia Art League story

Nixon asks community colleges not to raise tuition

Gov. Jay Nixon announced Friday a deal with two-year higher education institutions that they would not raise tution if spared from budget cuts in the next fiscal year. The deal is similar to one made with four-year institutions earlier this week; both agreements are dependent on legislature cooperation.

Father charged after infant remains found

A 47-year-old man is charged with murder after the remains of two infants were found on the property where the family once lived. He is also charged with fathering four children with his teenage daughter.

Missouri environmental lobbyist joins in efforts to repeal utility law

Irl Scissors told the Missouri Conservation and Environment Alliance, which he has  represented, that he plans to help repeal a 1976 Missouri law which prevents utilities from charging customers for the cost of construction. Scissors, in a Jan. 14 e-mail, said he doesn't think it's "viable" to stop the repeal.

Lawmakers seek to change funding requirements for power plants

AmerenUE has applied to build a second mid-Missouri nuclear reactor and wants to recoup its costs as the plant is built.

Anonymous donor pays for renovation of Hannibal statue

Hannibal's Tom and Huck statue is being renovated thanks to gifts from an anonymous donor. The statue in Mark Twain's hometown attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year.