Abortion bill is hypocritical

The Missouri House passed a bill that outlaws coerced abortion while essentially mandating that physicians do all they can to coerce women into giving birth.

LETTER: Alice Walker turns blind eye to Israeli losses

Alice Walker's visit to Gaza to see the results of the recent Israeli offensive doesn't take into account that there is devastation on the Israeli side too.

LETTER: Stephens needs to treat its student like adults

Stephens students, who are required to live on campus all four years, will be forced to share rooms next year.

Effects of climate change in Missouri take root

Temperatures have been rising slowly over the past several decades in Missouri, causing cardinals to sing sooner, some birds to move northward and different species of plants to thrive in more northern climates. Scientists say now is the time to take action.

Columbia electric rates increasing

Both the Boone Electric Cooperative and Columbia Water & Light are raising their rates. Boone Electric will have an increase of almost 10 percent in May, and Columbia Water & Light will increase its rates by 5 percent on Oct. 1.

Today's Question: Are you concerned about turnover in school leadership?

With a new superintendent on the way in, the Columbia School Board president and vice president are leaving and two new members will be elected.

Columbia League of Women Voters to host energy efficiency workshop

The group will host a free "Utility Bill-Cutters Workshop" at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Columbia Public Library. Experts and community members will be there to share information on cutting energy costs.

Mid-Missouri Fellowship for Reconciliation prepares for Iraq War protest

Their protest is a precursor to a peace rally sponsored by the Mid-Missouri Peaceworks scheduled to take place March 21 at 1:30 p.m. at Courthouse Square. The rally will take place two days after the six-year anniversary of the start of the Iraq War

What is Purim?

Parents and children gathered Sunday to celebrate this year's Purim carnival at Congregation Beth Shalom.

Requests rise for audits of governments in Missouri

Residents who think something is amiss can petition the state to audit political subdivisions, such as cities, school districts and water districts. Last year, a higher than average number of audit requests were made in Missouri.

Police bust marijuana growing operations, find 450 plants

Two Columbia men were arrested after police searched two homes and found marijuana-growing operations in each. Officers found approximately 450 plants growing in the elaborate systems, which were concealed behind false walls.

Columbia man arrested after high-speed chase

Leo B. Robinson, 38, of Columbia was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, second-degree assualt, driving under suspension, possession of a controlled substance and failure to register a motor vehicle.

LETTER: Media ownership doesn't allow for free market, democracy

Corporations shouldn't have control of democracy.

UPDATE: Man charged in church shooting suffered from Lyme disease

Terry J. Sedlacek was charged Monday after the shooting death of the Rev. Fred Winters and the stabbings of two parishioners of the First Baptist Church in Troy, Ill. Sedlacek once suffered from Lyme disease, which can have serious effects on the brain if left untreated.

No joke: 'Real World' audition challenges reality TV perceptions

A Missourian reporter learns first-hand that reality TV has some truth to it — and, so far, he's made it to the third round of casting.

Father of dead soldier investigates daughter's death

Army Pfc. LaVena Johnson's death in Iraq in 2005 was ruled as a suicide by Army investigators, however, her family is reveiwing evidence and death scene photos, which they think point to signs of murder and possibly sexual assualt.

Columbia Regional Hospital to receive baby sleepers from 4-H members

Members of the MU Extension 4-H are sewing baby sleepers for the Columbia Regional Hospital. These sleepers reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and help teach parents proper swaddling techniques.

UPDATE: Police investigate shooting at St. Louis-area church

Authorities expect to soon charge a man suspected of killing an Illinois pastor Sunday. The gunman was in serious condition Monday from wounds he sustained in the confrontation.

UPDATE: Heavy rain creates concerns about Midwest flooding

Weather experts said the rain is a cause for concern, but mostly dry weather is expected in the immediate future.

Heavy rain prompts flood concerns

Some areas of Missouri, Illinois and Iowa received up to 3 inches of rain over the weekend. The National Weather Service is predicting another round of significant rain through Tuesday.