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.

Winter weather puts pressure on Walmart

A Walmart Supercenter in Branson is closed because of its sagging roof.

Missouri man pleads guilty in Oklahoma sex crime case

The man was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for attempting to have sex with a child.

Consultants propose closing 29 St. Louis schools

Consultants hired by the St. Louis public school district recommended closing nearly a third of the district's schools and said other facilities need extensive renovations.

St. Louis-China trade effort gets federal boost

The U.S. Department of Commerce will release $1.7 million to support an effort to improve trade between St. Louis and China.

State economic development chief confirmation delayed

One senator wants the nominee's former client list released to avoid conflicts of interest.

Top-ranked Rock Bridge fights off Hickman

The top-ranked Rock Bridge boys basketball team used an 11-0 run in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter to pull away and beat rival Hickman 63-45 on Thursday in a sold-out Rock Bridge gym.

16 suspected members of Columbia gang federally indicted

The announcement Thursday of federal indictments against 16 people — 14 of them from Columbia — came as a departure from the Columbia Police Department's usual dismissal of gang activity in the city. Those indicted are accused members of the Cut Throat gang.

Lyons struggling for playing time

Six games into the Big 12 schedule, Lyons is out of the spotlight. After serving a one-game suspension for a traffic arrest, he returned to find Keith Ramsey filling his position in the starting lineup.

History offers lessons in selecting superintendent

Columbia Public Schools have been in tough spots before. This time the district needs a superintendent who will stick around to restore the system.

Mayor refutes report that he schemed against council colleagues

Mayor Darwin Hindman addressed allegations that he participated in discussions about removing city council members at a City Council work session Thursday. He denied knowledge of any discussion concerning council members' removal.

Obama's plan will create jobs we need

A review of the president's stimulus proposal and that of Republicans shows Obama has the right idea for getting Americans back to work and the economy back on track.

Missouri women suffering confidence crisis

Heading into a matchup with the No. 2 team in the country, Missouri women's basketball coach Cindy Stein said starting spots are still up for grabs after an uninspiring loss Wednesday night.

House bills on cell phone usage aimed at Missouri drivers

Different bills restricting hand-held phone usage while driving have been pre-filed following two fatal traffic accidents in the St. Louis area involving text messaging.