The Beat: Downtown projects apply for tax breaks

Public life editor Scott Swafford and reporter Jewels Phraner talk about the significance of these tax breaks for Columbia.

Missouri lawmaker proposes trimming Nixon's UM System budget

The House Budget Committee chairman recommended cutting $18 million in funding from Gov. Jay Nixon's budget for the University of Missouri System, including MU health care.

Missouri prepares for Sooners' star

Oklahoma forward Blake Griffin leads the Big 12 Conference with nearly 22 points and 14 rebounds per game, and he is the heavy favorite to win National Player of the Year honors and be selected No. 1 in June's NBA draft.

Today's question: If the Supreme Court decides to hear this Taser case, how do you think they should rule?

The Supreme Court might take its first Taser case, as Taser use is increasingly questioned. The suit under consideration stems from a 2004 incident in North Florida, where Jesse Buckley refused to sign a speeding ticket and was shot with a Taser.

Animal law field expands — too late for some

New laws are being enacted in many states to widen protections of animals against cruelty. At the same time, an increasing number of students are getting involved in animal law studies, and cases in the area are being pursued more seriously.

Truck-only lanes to be topic for public hearing Wednesday

The Missouri Department of Transportation will host a public session in Columbia about truck-only lanes on Interstate 70. The Improve I-70 program seeks to widen the interstate across Missouri.

Video sets atmosphere for MU basketball games

KOMU's Chazz Maddy is the man behind the popular action-packed video montage shown on Mizzou Arena's scoreboard before the start of Tigers home basketball games.

Boone County's vote counting system is a model for other governments

People who live in Boone County are lucky that their votes are in the hands of an efficient system and clerk.

County Commission tables decision on veterans sanctuary

People for and against David Sallee's proposed veterans sanctuary testified for hours. Then commission members decided they wanted to reflect further on Sallee's appeal and asked Sallee and the lawyer representing his opponents to make their case in writing.

MU women's basketball team loses final home game

Alyssa Hollins, Missouri's only senior, was called for a controversial foul at the end of the Tigers' 62-47 loss to Iowa State.

Dressler an asset for Rock Bridge boys basketball team

With three years of experience as a varsity starter, coaches and teammates say Jordan Dressler is one of the keys to the success of the Rock Bridge boys basketball team.

Three Rock Bridge girls' basketball seniors could face final game tonight

For four years, three seniors on the Rock Bridge girl's basketball team have spent time together both on and off of the court, creating life long friendships. Tonight, their final high school game is put on the line when they take on Waynesville at 7:45 in their sectional game.

Three-point barrage buries MU women's basketball team

The No. 24-ranked Iowa State women's basketball team made 10 more 3-pointers than Missouri and shot 70 percent from behind the arc in the second half on Tuesday night.

Columbia Chamber honors longtime MFA employee for agriculture work

Don Copenhaver, a 47-year employee of MFA Inc., accepted the Agriculturalist of the Year award and praised the 49 people who won the award before him.

Missouri lawmaker Yates seeks red-light penalty increase

A Missouri lawmaker is sponsoring a new bill that would make penalities from red-light cameras equivalent to those handed out for getting pulled over by a police officer for the same offense.

Bill to finance Callaway power plant moves forward

A bill moved forward in the Missouri House and Senate to raise pay rates on utilties, despite opposition from Gov. Jay Nixon. The rate increase would be to fund building of a second Callaway power plant.

Senator urges committee to insure more than 200,000 Missourians

No one spoke against the bill discussed during a committee hearing Tuesday.

Bench gives Bruins energy

The Rock Bridge boys basketball team has arguably the best starting five in the state, but guard Ricky Kreklow says the Bruins' bench is what makes the team great.

Columbia Car Classics ordered to repay customers

A settlement released Tuesday concludes that Aaron Payne, the owner of the used car dealership, didn't give five of his customers titles for the cars they were purchasing – a violation of Missouri law. He also did not purchase warranties for nine customers to whom he promised coverage.

Activity pyramid offers guideline to exercise

An MU professor and fitness specialist with MU Extension helped develop the pyramid to simplify new government exercise information.