Council extends public comment time for Vision Implementation Report

Citizens now have until March 27 to comment on the Columbia Vision Commissions' Vision Implementation Report.

MU drug policy reform groups host public conference

The Drug Policy Reform Conference will offer the public a chance to engage in an open dialogue about alternatives to drug prohibition. It also will give participants a chance to educate themselves about the facts surrounding drug use and criminalization in the United States.

Magical twist on rehabilitation therapy

Kevin Spencer calls on his skills as a professional magician to offer an unexpected type of healing. He brought his "Healing of Magic" program to MU on Wednesday, teaching occupational therapy students and alumni magic tricks that he customized for use in physical rehabilitation.

Youths charged in fatal shooting might stand trial as adults

The two youths suspected of involvement in the fatal shooting of Ronald Cornell Brown, 18, have been formally charged with first-degree attempted robbery and second-degree murder. The juvenile office will recommend whether the suspects be tried as adults or stay in juvenile court on April 13.

Apartment building catches fire twice in a year

Columbia firefighters responded to a structure fire call at 5:26 a.m. at the South Columbia Apartment Building on Waverly Court. No one was injured in the fire.

Boone County flu cases down from last year

National, state, and local flu numbers are drastically lower this year compared to last, but last year's flu season was particularly bad.

Campus Facilities, IT limit spending to meet cuts

Last week, the Board of Curators targeted budget cuts for this fiscal year in MU divisions and auxiliaries. Campus Facilities reduced $600,000 in expenses and the Division of Information Technology reduced costs by $65,196.

UPDATE: Suspect identified in Hickman students chase

Police have arrested another Columbia man in connection with a Feb. 11 incident during which four Hickman High School students reported being chased by three suspects, one of whom had a knife.

Hickman has most National Merit finalists in state

Hickman High School is celebrating all 18 of its National Merit semifinalists; they all were named finalists, which gives Hickman the largest number of finalists in Missouri this year.

Columbia man pleads guilty to domestic assault, tampering

Cortez Gardner changed his plea to guilty on two felony counts Tuesday in Boone County Circuit Court. Gardner was sentenced to up to seven years in prison.

Bruins boys' basketball dominates Truman

The Rock Bridge boys basketball team defeated the Truman Patriots 76-36 on Wednesday in Independence to improve to 23-1.

Kewpies boys basketball falls

The Hickman boy’s basketball team lost 62-43 at Jefferson City on Wednesday. It was Hickman’s final regular season game.

Fewer than 200 customers still without power after January ice storm

The power, which remains out after an ice storm in late January, should be restored by the end of the week, officials said.

UPDATE: Amber Alert canceled for 3-year-old, grandmother

An Amber Alert has been canceled after a 3-year-old northwest Missouri girl was found safe. She had been abducted by her grandmother, whom police said suffers from mental problems.

UPDATE: Ameren to seek rate increase

Ameren Corp. is filing for rate increases in both Missouri an Illinois to make up for the rising operating and financing costs. There is no definite timeline or amount for the increase.

New trial sought against Ford in trooper death

The new trial would include statements about the crashes that occured after the trooper's death. Those statements were deemed irrelevent in the previous trial.

House approves school safety legislation

The House passed legislation Wednesday that puts restrictions on suing teachers and requires student uniforms. It is a part of effort to improve school safety in Missouri.

At Capitol, group rallies to halt death penalty

Protesters rallied in Jeffereson City, asking for a moratorium on the death penalty until 2012. During that time, a panel would review the fairness of the death penalty.

Amber Alert issued for missing child, grandmother

Cameron police say that the 3-year-old's noncustodial grandmother abducted her and left in a white 2006 Kia Sedona minivan that belongs to the victim's mother. 

Teen pleads guilty to rape of woman, 80

The 17-year-old admitted to raping the 80-year-old and stealing two of her credit cards.