Columbia police chief search down to two candidates

City Manager Bill Watkins met with members of the citizen-staffed Police Chief Advisory Committee on Friday and said the search for police chief has been narrowed down to two candidates: Kansas City Police Major Christine Laughlin and Haltom City (Texas) Police Chief Kenneth Burton. Watkins said both were the best-suited for the position.

Columbia school bus hit by two cars

Children aboard received no major injuries in the after-school accident.

Odd men out: Why 17 men attend Stephens College

For decades, Stephens College has admitted a handful of men to its undergraduate programs as "male apprentices." Faculty in the college's key programs of theater and dance believe including men provides a more realistic performance environment for the women. The men feel both the privilege and the responsibility that come with being a "Stephens man." They also feel the oddity of it.

Don't worry — we're keeping the comics

The newsroom has had a long week of moving furniture, and many more tough decisions will have to be made by the end of February.

LETTER: Don't let convicted terrorist walk free

Don't forget the bombing of the USS Cole in the changed political atmosphere; instead, contact your representatives — local, statewide, nationwide — to voice your opinion on the trial of suspected terrorist Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri.

THE BEAT: Gang members indicted on drug, gun charges

Missourian public safety editor Katherine Reed talks about the significance of these charges with KBIA’s Sean Powers.

Columbia woman helps build Romanian church in honor of son

Sherryl Laws and her son, Scott, forged a bond with the people of Craiova, Romania. Even after Scott's death in 2007, his dream of building a church there is being pursued by members of Evangelical Free Church in Columbia.

Mail thefts reported in Meadowbrook West subdivision

Mailboxes were vandalized and mail was opened, and almost every home in the subdivision was effected, said Maj. Tom Reddin of the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

Developer Rolland 'Raul' Walters dies

Mr. Walters was responsible for building and financing many of the early Wal-Mart stores.

Five ideas: Is Obama on the right track with the stimulus package?

This week, we ask you to weigh in on the stimulus package, the search for a new schools superintendent, Gov. Jay Nixon's plans for the UM System, parking at the public library and the impeachment trial of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Two downtown projects to apply for tax breaks

The Columbia Tax Increment Financing Commission is set to review applications for financial assistance for the Tiger hotel and a mixed-use project at Tenth and Locust streets.

'Souper Bowl' Sunday for Columbia churches

Twenty-six Columbia-area churches will be collecting nonperishable food and money for the Central Missouri Food Bank on Super Bowl Sunday.

Global Scholars program on hold for at least a year

Faculty members had already been nominated for 2009 trips to Turkey and Vietnam, but those itineraries will be put on hold.

City seeks feedback on vision plan

The City of Columbia posted the complete "Imagine Columbia's Future" report online. Any and all comments are requested to better develop a strategy for Columbia's immediate future.

Hunters charged with shooting trumpeter swans

Seven hunters face misdemeanor criminal charges for allegedly killing protected migratory birds in central Missouri.

State will collect Mercury-containing items in February

Almost 90 locations around the state will accept people's mercury-containing items.

Missourians without power told not to rough it

A second Branson Walmart closed by ice-sagged roof

The Mountain Grove Walmart will likely reopen Friday if an inspector declares it safe.

Attorney says Blunt e-mail report back on track

Investigators looking into former Gov. Matt Blunt's e-mail practices are protected by the state's legal expense fund, according to the attorney general's office. The investigators now are expected to file a report on their findings.

Ice-sagged roof deemed safe, Branson Walmart reopens

A Walmart Supercenter in Branson has reopened after a structural evaluation found the snow-laden roof to be safe.