A hot item: Columbia gun enthusiasts stock up

Andy White (right) instructs co-worker Cindy White how to operate a .22-caliber rifle at the Rocky Fork Lakes Conservation Area Shooting Range. Although it was Cindy White's first time shooting, Andy White said he has been shooting for years. "I don't shoot it unless it has a target, or I can eat it." Andy White said.

Columbia has joined the nationwide buying frenzy of ammunition and firearms, stemming from a fear of stringent gun-control under a Democratic-controlled Congress.


MU wrestlers get big win in final dual

The No. 5 Missouri wrestling team bounced back from a disappointing loss Friday by beating No. 2 Iowa State on Sunday afternoon at Hearnes Center.

City Council members weigh in on mayor's Ameren letter

Some council members expressed concern after Mayor Darwin Hindman expressed interest in a proposed nuclear power plant without consulting the council.

Israeli election leaves future of government in question

A large divide between the main political parties leaves little optimism for progress in the peace process.

PHOTO GALLERY: Day Three of the Missouri Grand Prix

The highlight of the day's competition for MU was sophomore Lauren Lavigna's second-place finish in the women's 200-meter backstroke.

New health literacy program begins at Centro Latino

Promotores de Salud (Promoters of Health) will attempt to build a bridge to health programs for the Hispanic community in mid-Missouri. 

Swimmers less intense away from Olympics

Some of the best swimmers at this weekend's Missouri Grand Prix say life changes during the years they aren't preparing for an Olympic competition.

City plans to offer police chief position this week

But first, City Manager Bill Watkins wants City Council to OK changes in the retirement package.

ANALYSIS: Missouri governor reverses on budget proposal after backlash

After receiving backlash against proposal to slice funding for UM, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon reverses on positions.

Lavigna's solid finish lifts Tigers

Missouri swimmer Lauren Lavigna finished second in the women's 200-meter backstroke during Day 3 of the 2009 Missouri Grand Prix. Mary Descenza won the race as well as the women's 200-meter butterfly for her fourth and fifth gold medals of the event.

Columbia chef named semifinalist in best midwest chef competition

Columbia chef Mike Odette was named a semifinalist for a James Beard Award in the Best Chef: Midwest category. He said winning "would change (his) life."

BOONE LIFE: Midway Travel Plaza highlights the honky-tonk

Midway Travel Plaza embodies the spirit of the sublime American travel experience and the Back Door Lounge promises honky-tonk nights just west of town.

Police seek one man after Columbia convenience store robbery

The man robbed the Midwest Petroleum station at 1102 Business Loop 70 E. on Sunday evening, according to a Columbia police news release.

Councilwoman Hoppe kicks off re-election bid at Perlow-Stevens Gallery

Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe was surrounded by supporters and art on Sunday night, where she spoke about new goals and her re-electon bid for Columbia City Council. Rod Robison is running against Hoppe in the April election.

MU softball team wins season opening tournament

The Missouri softball team won its season opening tournament, going 3-0 this weekend at Georgia State's First Pitch Classic.

Artist, student unveil work of art commemorating African diaspora

Artist Grant Blackwell and Isaiah Berry, a fifth grader at West Boulevard Elementary School, worked together to create a work of art depicting the movement of Africans to places worldwide. The piece was unveiled at a banquet at MU's Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center on Sunday afternoon.

Iraq War vet decides to have second leg amputated

Derick Hurt lost his right leg during the Iraq War five years ago. He has decided to have his left leg amputated and to win back the girl he loves.

Famous Washington painting to acquire new ornate frame, touchup

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has hired a frame maker to recreate an ornate gold frame for Emanuel Leutze's "Washington Crossing the Delaware" painting. The frame has been in the works since 2007 and will replace the existing frame after second-floor remodeling at the Met.

Some in arts community favor creation of Cabinet-level cultural position

A petition campaign calling on Barack Obama to appoint a secretary of arts has collected more than 233,600 online signatures.

Plane that crashed near Buffalo was on autopilot

The pilot of the commuter plane that crashed into a home near Buffalo on Thursday may have violated federal safety recommendations. In icy weather, pilots are suggested to take the plane off of autopilot. Investigations will continue.