Superintendent candidate Deming takes questions at forum

Columbia School Board President Michelle Gadbois introduced superintendent candidate Skip Deming before he took the podium to speak. Deming spoke about his past career with Columbia schools and answered questions posed by people in attendance.

Columbia Public Schools superintendent candidate Skip Deming fielded questions at a community forum Tuesday night.

Springfield Central hands Rock Bridge first loss

Rock Bridge loses on a last-second shot.

Tigers rebound again on biggest stage

The Tigers used their late-game resilience to overcome a 14-point halftime deficit and beat the Kansas Jayhawks.

Celebrity slip-ups shouldn't be excused

Stars like Miley Cyrus, Vanessa Hudgens and, most recently, Michael Phelps who are caught in compromising situations are responsible for their actions despite their fervent apologies and crocodile tears.

Stem cell research advances will require acceptance

With new advances in the field of stem cell research, the population must learn what they can about the process and accept its potential benefits. This may, however, mean rejecting the idea of natural order.

Former LSU coach joins Missouri's football staff

Web site allows users to prioritize stimulus projects

A new website,, allows citizens to comment on how they think the economic stimulus package should be used by their local government.

Providence Road extension begins

The Providence Road connection from Vandiver Drive to Blue Ridge Road will cost $4.2 million and alleviate traffic on many north-south roads in Columbia.

The Beat: Covering Columbia's neighborhoods

Public life editor Scott Swafford talks to KBIA’s Sean Powers about the Neighborhood News Project.

Askren is fighting MMA for the competition, not the show

Former Missouri wrestler Ben Askren said he is ready to work hard in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. He does not want people to judge him for trying a new sport.

Ameren seeks flexibility in utility rates

AmerenUE's CEO said the company will walk away from the Callaway 2 plant if the state does not ease restrictions on its utility rates.

Lil Wayne OKs Tiger fans rushing onto Missouri basketball court

Rapper Lil Wayne appeared on ESPN's "Around the Horn" on Tuesday and discussed whether Missouri fans should have stormed the court after the No. 19 Tigers beat No. 16 Kansas on Monday.

Best of Breed title eludes Missouri Schnauzer at Westminster

Although Columbia's champion show dog Vegas was a few paws behind winning Best of Breed at the Westminster Dog Show on Tuesday, he did win Best of Opposite Sex. Owner Liz Hansen is proud of Vegas' performance and hopes they'll be back next year.

Missouri Senate approves Martinez to economic development post

The Missouri Senate approved Linda Martinez on Tuesday as director of the Economic Development Department despite criticism of her stance on illegal immigration.

Hickman girls basketball loses to Jefferson City

The Kewpies loss at home drops their record to 11-12.

House member thinks sexual orientation cost her committee seat

Rep. Jeanette Oxford, a lesbian, has served four years on the Special Standing Committee on Children and Families and had expected to be reappointed, but the House speaker chose someone else.  Oxford wants to know why.

Wrestler forfeits match to fast against world hunger

Fourteen-year-old wrestler David Wilson forfeited a Jefferson City tournament to participate in "30 Hour Fast," a fundraiser for World Vision.

Report of gunman temporarily locks down Hickman, Jefferson Junior

Hickman High School and Jefferson Junior High School were locked down Tuesday afternoon in response to notification from local authorities. The gunmen was apprehended shortly after the schools were notified was identified as not being a student.

Missouri dog-fighting laws might become more strict

Two bills came before the Senate General Laws Committee that would increase penalties for attending multiple dog fights and would require a disposition hearing within 30 days.

UPDATE: Former GOP Senator Talent won't run in 2010

Former Sen. Jim Talent, a Republican, said party unity and his work are key to his decision not to run for the Missouri state Senate in 2010.