Citizen Oversight Committee meeting postponed

The Citizen Oversight Committee meeting scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday was postponed due to the absence of all committee members but the chairman.

Investigators cite smoking materials, electrical malfunction as possible cause of deadly fire

Fire investigators couldn't rule out discarded smoking materials or an electrical malfunction as the possible cause of a fire that claimed the life of one man on Jan. 20, a Columbia Fire Department news release states.

Flat-rate tuition led Missouri student to a Kansas university

Governor Jay Nixon called for the need for more affordability in Missouri public universities in his State of the State address by using the example of Jennifer Long, a student who chose to go to Pittsburg State University in Kansas because of their flat rate tuition fees.

Justice urges support for public defenders in Missouri

In her State of the Judiciary address, Missouri Chief Justice Laura Denvir Stith urged lawmakers to increase spending for the state's public defender system, whch ranks last in the nation in terms of per capita funding.

Storm leaves thousands without power in southern Missouri

About 100,000 power outages were reported in the aftermath of a two-day winter storm, which also was blamed for six deaths.

Missouri incentives encourage 'green' homes

Missouri is beginning to offer tax deductions for residents who have their homes audited for energy efficiency.

Scientists, utilities study sinking Missouri River

The river bottom has fallen at an increasing rate over the last decade. A new study next month may help determine the primary causes and ways of fixing the problem. As of now, some bridges and levees could be in future danger.

Mail days may need to be cut, postmaster general says

Dwindling mail volume and rising costs have the U.S. Postal Service considering cutting a day of delivery.

Benton-Stephens president emphasizes social interaction

Kip Kendrick, president of the Benton-Stephens Neighborhood Association, gave the first annual State of the Neighborhood Address on Tuesday. He said he hopes to make the speech an annual event.

PHOTO GALLERY: Clearing snow after the storm

Weather in the mid-teens and snow on the ground left residents bundled up and shoveling paths. A wind chill of 9 and temperatures between 11 and 17 is predicted for Wednesday with partly cloudy skies.

Police searching for suspect in late-night robbery

A 19-year-old woman was robbed on the 200 block of Unity Drive at 10 p.m. Tuesday, according to Sgt. Roger Allen of the Columbia Police Department

City to replace Albert-Oakland Park exercise stations

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is seeking bids for updated workout equipment along the Albert-Oakland Park trail.

Columbia, Boone County linemen help with storm recovery

Linemen from Columbia Water and Light traveled Wednesday to the city of Campbell in southeast Missouri to help repair lines damaged Tuesday morning during a winter storm that left the city's customers without power and under three inches of ice.

Providence overpass re-do in the works

Locals say the overpass over Providence Road between East Ash Street and East Worley Street is a shining example of the wrong way to do things, and the city of Columbia has made its replacement a priority.