Stimulus money should go to intercity transportation

The federal stimulus package includes $8 billion for high-speed rail systems. Since the Interstate 70/St. Louis to Kansas City route has already been designated as a rail corridor, the state use a portion of its stimulus money to create a Regional Transportation District in mid-Missouri.

Second Ward council candidate focuses on safety, economy

Second Ward candidate Jason Thornhill kicked off his campaign Thursday night at an event where discussion revolved around the economy and public safety.

Hickman senior set to raise his intensity

Senior captain Eric Franklin, one of only two seniors on the Hickman boys basketball team, says he not ready for the Kewpies' season to end.

Rock Bridge basketball relying on offense, not defense this season

Rock Bridge boys face Hickman in the Class 5, District 9 championship Friday night in Wentzville.

Missouri women's basketball team looking for depth

Coach Cindy Stein said trying to win close games has kept some young players from getting the experience they need.

MU faculty member's cousin tapped for Energy Department

The nomination of Steven Chu last January is special for one Columbian. Clarence Lo, an associate professor of sociology at MU, is Chu's first cousin and is excited about what his nomination will mean for science.

Tigers baseball team loses fifth straight

The Missouri baseball team lost 2-1 to Arizona State on Thursday night at in the ASU DeMarini Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.

Teens seek $1 million makeover for Humane Society

The Central Missouri Humane Society is in the running to receive a million-dollar makeover from  Two Columbia Catholic School students, Libby Burks and Amanda Huhman, brought attention to the shelter, which is seeking to expand. The shelter has risen to fourth place in the makeover competition.

Two arrested after police search residence

After searching 809 N. Garth Ave., police took two individuals who had outstanding warrants for arrest into custody.

Funeral home finds bullet holes in Kansas City man after death ruled natural

For the second time in 17 months, a Kansas City funeral home had to return a homicide victim's body that was mistakenly ruled a natural death by the medical examiner.

Report: More Missourians seeking food stamps than ever

A report released this week says that 1 in 6 Missourians needed federal aid for food in January. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that January's totals were the highest ever.

Missouri House GOP resistant to unemployment stimulus money

Legislative leaders are debating whether or not to add more stimulus money to Missouri's unemployment program because they fear that businesses would shoulder a higher tax burden.

Columbia convenience store burglarized

Cigarettes, beer and a safe were stolen from the Kwik Store at 5781 E. St. Charles Road early Thursday morning while it was closed.

Mechanical issues delay free condoms in residence halls

One of the condom machines installed in MU residence halls last fall was removed for adjustments. The boxes containing the condoms are jamming the custom-made dispensers.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri beats Kansas State

MU is now 24-4 overall and 11-2 in Big 12 play. Missouri's next game is Sunday at rival Kansas.

Columbia College women's team edges Harris Stowe

With 18 seconds to play, Whitney Davis made two free throws and Fiona Sparks made one to give the Columbia College women's basketball team an 83-80 victory over Harris Stowe on Thursday night at Southwell Complex in the Cougars' final regular season game.

Republicans' proposal would cap homeowner property taxes

While the limit would cap property taxes for homeowners, it could also cause budget issues in Missouri school districts.

Grant aims to aid laid-off auto workers in Missouri, Kansas

About 575 workers laid off from April through December are expected to get skills assessments, training and help looking for new jobs.

Two sought in assault near MU's Crowder Hall

Two victims who had been arguing with two other men on the porch of the FarmHouse fraternity were allegedly assaulted by those same men early Feb. 14 in a nearby parking lot. CrimeStoppers is offering $1,000 for information that might lead to an arrest.

Columbia College men's team wins easily on senior night

The six seniors on the Columbia College men's basketball team went out in style on senior night, beating Harris-Stowe 70-40.