Senate bill would complete capital improvement projects, reduce tuition

A proposed Senate bill would channel the remaining $119 million of MOHELA funds toward only those capital improvement projects begun on or by Jan. 1, while the remaining money would be put into a tuition reduction fund.

Missouri seeks $260M from feds for jobless benefits

Projections provided Monday to the Missouri State Unemployment Council show it could take until 2015 to pay back the borrowed money.

Stars swimmers find comfort in small team

The Stephens College swimming team and its coach share a bond that not only helps them as athletes but in other aspects of their lives.

UPDATE: Missouri seeks $260 million for jobless benefits

Missouri is seeking to borrow as much as $260 million from the federal government to bail out an unemployment benefits fund that is expected to go belly up next week.

Missouri governor selects associate judge for 43rd circuit

Nixon announced the appointment Monday. The circuit covers Caldwell, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb and Livingston counties.

UPDATE: Homes still without power prove toughest to restore

At the height of last week's storm, when ice and snow paralyzed the region, 127,000 customers were without power. All but about 44,000 homes and businesses in storm-whipped southern Missouri have had power restored. The homes left will be the most difficult to restore power to, say utility officials.

Changes to zoning procedures will reduce public hearings

A change in procedure that will eliminate some duplicate public hearings for rezoning and development proposals won the approval of the Columbia City Council on Monday night.

Laptops become a question of ethics in Missouri Senate

After a prolonged debate Monday in the Senate, the chamber decided to continue its ban on laptops on the chamber floor.

Man sentenced to nine years for possession, promotion of child pornography

A Columbia man was sentenced Monday in Boone County Circuit Court to a total of nine years in prison for possession and promotion of child pornography.

Mercury item collection this month

The Columbia/Boone County Health Department has launched a month-long campaign with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources urging citizens to rid their homes of items containing mercury. Long-term exposure to mercury can endanger your health.

Proposed Missouri Promise program earns support of students, parents

Families and administrators see potential benefits of Gov. Jay Nixon's proposal to expand the A+ Schools Program and institute a four-year university scholarship for students who meet certain criteria.

Teaching history as it happens: Columbia teachers build on current events

 With visits to the City Council and mock presidential elections, Columbia students are learning about history as it happens.

Three suspected of gang activity to be arraigned in federal court

One of the 16 people suspected of involvement in a Columbia gang pleaded not guilty to federal drug trafficking charges in the central division of the U.S. Court for the Western District of Missouri in Jefferson City.

Traffic tickets issued in Missouri and Boone County down in 2008

Traffic violations have decreased yearly since 2006. Many variables have contributed to the decline, including high summer gas prices and vacancies within the Columbia Police Department's traffic unit.

Council opts out of Energy Star sales tax holiday

The City Council chose not to participate in the state's Show Me Green Sales Tax Holiday amid fears that it would push the city even farther into the red.

Steelers win Super Bowl

Santonio Holmes made a brilliant 6-yard catch deep in the right corner of the end zone with 35 seconds left Sunday night, lifting the Steelers to a record-setting sixth Super Bowl win, 27-23 over the Arizona Cardinals.

Nothing selfish about Cougar senior

Jason Ellis is a key to the success of the Columbia College men's basketball team.

Additional superintendent candidate to be interviewed Thursday

Board members extended their interview schedule to accommodate another candidate. The final two or three candidates were to have been announced Sunday. Meet-and-greet sessions for this week have been canceled.

True/False Film offers preview of festival fare

The sixth annual True/False Film Festival is nearing and co-founders Paul Sturtz and David Wilson let the Missourian in on some previews of the documentaries.

Leadership lacking in post-crisis world

As many nation's economies are in crisis, no visible leaders have stepped forward with clear solutions.