Nixon names economic development director

Linda Martinez, 54, a St. Louis lawyer, has worked for 26 years advising businesses about tax credits, tax-exempt financing and other economic development tools.

Human remains found in central Missouri

Law officers are investigating the discovery of human remains on farmland in central Missouri, north of Lake of the Ozarks.

Missouri unemployment benefit call line closing two days a week

Missourians seeking to extend jobless benefits will have to start doing that on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. An unemployment benefits hot line run by the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations will no longer be available on Tuesday and Thursday except for first-time applicants.

English making strides for Tigers

Freshman guard Kim English's work ethic is helping him make progress early in the Missouri men's basketball team's season.

Liberal rules of linguistic etiquette

Post-colonial theorists make a great argument for why words like "Oriential" are hurtful, even if the intent is not to be.

Columbia to release names of police chief candidates Wednesday

The candidates will answer questions and make personal statements in a session open to the public on Jan. 12.

City Council approves funding for Columbia Police training center

The Columbia City Council unanimously approved $83,593.50 to be used for furnishings for the Columbia Police Department’s future regional training facility.

City Council requests further research for Wi-Fi on city buses

A plan to provide wireless Internet on Columbia Public Transit buses is on hold while the city looks into ways to fund it.

LETTER: Make federal road dollars stretch as far as possible

MODOT should take an in-depth look into ready-to-go projects and ensure each is fiscally sound.

Resolve to help each other in 2009

Now that the economy is forcing us to review our excesses, more of us should realize the importance of sharing our good fortunes.

City annexation, rezoning for park land yet to be decided

The City Council is expected to decide whether Columbia will have a new park and a trail for Perche Creek at its meeting on Jan. 20.

Program at Benton Elementary helps girls respect themselves and others

Cathy Cox, the home school communicator at Benton Elementary, created the program R.I.S.E. to help unite young girls during weekly discussions about respect.

Brookside Square now has both neighborhood and homeowners' associations

Residents of the Brookside Square Subdivision, who were concerned that their interests were not fully represented by the already existing homeowners' association, have formed a neighborhood association to take up issues of fire protection, crime and construction.

Text message led to ATV crash that killed toddler

The father of a 2-year-old who died in a weekend ATV crash said he looked down to check a text message while the boy somehow pushed the throttle, prompting the dad to fall off the vehicle before the toddler sustained fatal injuries.

Police: Pot found in Missouri prison visitor's shoe

Police say a St. Louis woman is jailed after suspected marijuana was found in her shoe while she was visiting an inmate at a state prison in south-central Missouri.

Missouri jobless benefits fund going broke, again

The unemployment fund could be insolvent by the end of the year. But the state can borrow from the federal government.

MoDOT to begin Safe and Sound bridge campaign

The Missouri Department of Transportation is poised to begin its largest building campaign in state history to repair 802 of Missouri's worst-rated bridges.

Change starts small

In a new year change starts with small steps, such as campaigning for the Humane Society and renovating houses rather than tearing them down.

Smoking ban a good first step toward a healthier lifestyle

Eliminating smoking and fast food on campus would go a long way toward promoting healthier lifestyles.

Holden, others offer advice for Nixon

Former Gov. Bob Holden, as well as Republican legislators, say communication and compromise will be key to Jay Nixon's success as governor.