Rock Bridge teacher brings AIDS education to forefront of class

A contemporary issues teacher at Rock Bridge High School pushes his students to help resolve problems in the United States and around the world.

Local charity hopes spring cleaning will bring in toy drive donations

First Chance For Children is holding its first toy and book drive to benefit disadvantaged children in Columbia.

LETTER: Postal service making big changes to weather economic storm

The Postal Service has been struggling to compete with e-mail and online bill paying for some time, but the economic downturn of this past year as had an even bigger impact. The Gateway District, which covers central and northeastern Missouri and southern Illinois, saw a 9.1 million drop in mail volume.

Peanut product recalls

Here are the latest products to be recalled out of concerns for salmonella.

KC man gets 25 years for killing grandfather with hammer

James Lowe, 71, had refused to let Justin Lowe, then 23, take his car to Iowa.

Cave-dwelling family fears losing stone home

Curt and Deborah Sleeper bought a cave in Festus in 2004, which they converted into a home. But they've got a big payment coming due on the property and don't think they can afford it. If they can't secure new financing, they've got a backup plan — eBay.

Nixon opposes legislation for nuclear plant

Under current law, Missouri utilities must wait until a new power plant is online before charging electric customers for the cost of building it. The Legislature is considering a bill that would let them charge for the capital costs during construction.

'The Vagina Monologues' takes a stand against violence

Editor's note — This column contains language some readers might find offensive.

True/False Film Festival expands opening night on Thursday

There were 10 documentaries shown on Thursday to acknowledge the growing festival that didn't want to give preference to one of the films over the others. 

MU's Tiller can't help but smile

Missouri men's basketball player J.T. Tiller is one of the Tigers' most intense players on the court. Off it, he can be one of the team's most gregarious members.

LETTER: Tell McCaskill to vote against future spending

Citizens are encouraged to contact Sen. Claire McCaskill about the economic stimulus bill, which was signed into law on Feb. 17, 2009.

Rock Bridge girls basketball claims back-to-back district championships

The Rock Bridge girls basketball team claimed the Class 5, District 9 championship Thursday night with a 45-21 victory over Troy-Buchanan in Wentzville.

Board details upgrade plans for Columbia Regional Airport

The Airport Advisory Board on Thursday outlined its plan for bringing the Columbia Regional Airport up to Federal Aviation Adminstration standards.

Missouri Senate reviews bill to prohibit use of false diplomas

The million-dollar industry is difficult to fit into a legal category, such as fraud, making it nearly impossible to convict anyone, said Zora Aubochon, assistant commissioner for the state Higher Education Department.

Thoughts on basketball, asterisks and other sports

With the recent drop in weekly publishing, the Missourian takes time to beef up on sports reporting and acknowledge even the rarest of topics.

COLUMN: Why not investigate Kenny Hulshof?

In other news this week, outsiders were hired to take control of Columbia's police department and public schools, though it may take some time to evaluate those choices. And there are still questions for new UM President Gary Forsee to answer.

Columbia residents learn to spot tornadoes, help weather service

Columbians, described by Jim Kramper of the National Weather Service in St. Louis as “a room full of Weather Channel junkies,” gathered Thursday night to learn how to become official volunteer severe storm spotters. Volunteers serve as the eyes and ears for the weather service when radar cannot detect dangerous conditions.

New Rock Bridge point guard means more offense, less defense

The Rock Bridge boys basketball team has seen its offense improve, but itsdefense has taken a step back. A big reason for this is the addition of sophomore point guard Justin Miller, who replaced graduate Mike Petrik.

MU Faculty Council recommends change to future finals schedules

The proposed change would move Reading Day from Friday to Thursday, with finals beginning Friday. Exams would end the following Thursday.

True/False ticket sales: controlled madness, excitement and a little disappointment

Organizers for the True/False Film Festival decided to plan ticket pickup similar to a Southwest Airlines flight. Early birds got the "A" spots in the line to buy tickets.