PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia celebrates first-round win in Zootoo contest

The Central Missouri Humane Society won first place in the first round of's million-dollar shelter makeover contest.

Paul Fisher a true champion for freedom of information

Paul Fisher didn't suggest the Sunshine Week promotion, but he surely appreciated the concept behind it. His work led to knowledge and information regarding journalist access, more specificially through the Freedom of Information Center.

Today's Question: City Council candidates discuss crime prevention ideas

The Second and Sixth Ward candidates discussed their ideas for reducing crime at a forum on Monday.

Missouri athletics enjoy success, know more work is ahead

While facilities and results have improved in the last 15 years, there still remains much to do before the Tigers reach an elite level.

Columbia City Council considers using eminent domain for museum

In looking for a new home for the State Historical Society, the city is looking at using eminent domain powers to obtain property in the downtown area.

Four Missouri wrestlers advance to quarterfinals of NCAA meet

The Tigers’ Michael Chandler, Raymond Jordan, Max Askren and Mark Ellis all went 2-0 Thursday in the opening round of the NCAA wrestling championships at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

Cougars win first game at NAIA tournament since 2001

After struggling in the first half, the Cougars pulled out a 72-69 victory over Lee University on Thursday in the first round of the NAIA national tournament in Kansas City.

Downtown area does not make sense for redevelopment

In some cases, eminent domain is a necessary and useful measure toward progress. But, in the case of the Missouri State Historical Society, taking the blocks at Elm and South Sixth streets would be a mistake.

Night-training shifts resume at Columbia Fire Training Academy

The Columbia Fire Training Academy hosts night training for Columbia Fire Department, which consists of three different stations: a propane fire on the side of a house, an automobile fire and an automobile stabilization station.

Central Missouri Humane Society celebrates early success in Zootoo contest

The Central Missouri Human Society won first place in the first round of the competition for a million-dollar shelter makeover.

Many MU departments don't show for technology expo

MU’s Division of Information Technology held The Technology for Tight Budgets Expo on March 4 and 5 that would have educated other MU departments about cost-effective communication methods, but many didn't take advantage of the opportunity.

Columbia School Board considers grants to help ease economic downturn

At Thursday's Columbia School Board meeting, the district's chief academic officer and a group of teachers and administrators from Smithton Middle School proposed the district apply for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Grant. The grant awards $200,000 to improve technology.

Children's play offers lesson about home and family

Jill Womack, artistic executive director of TRYPS children's theater, directs its 48th production, "Alexander Who's Not, Not, Not, Not, Not, Not Going to Move!" TRYPS allows families to share the experience of theater, Womack said.

Libraries warned of possible lead content in older books for children

The Consumer Product Safety Commission wants libraries to close access to children's books printed before 1986 as it investigatea whether those books contain higher lead content. Most libraries nationwide have ignored this, however, and the American Library Association says regulations shouldn't apply because libraries are not businesses.

Missouri wrestlers confident entering national meet

The Missouri wrestling team will send eight wrestlers to the NCAA national tournament, which starts Thursday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The team has high hopes based on high-seeds and a home crowd.

MU seeks student opinions on diversity

A survey was recently sent to students to help MU build on the Campus Climate study, which was done between 2001 and 2005, to access attitudes toward diversity on campus.

First Chance for Children plans Heibel-March building renovation

First Chance for Children plans to raise $250,000 to renovate the historic Heibel-March building and make it the education organization's main office. Green technology will be used to make the nearly century-old building more energy efficient.

TV chef Jeff Henderson promotes education to Columbia students

Celebrity chef Jeff Henderson visited Douglass and Hickman high schools to share his life story with the hope of positively influencing the lives of students.

Mental health center, and most employees, will move to MU Health Care

Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center may relocate to MU Health Care as early as July 1. Officials are looking at the possibility of retaining a "substantial majority" of employees from the center.

To execute or not: A question of cost?

An increasing number of states are considering getting rid of the death penalty as a series of recent surveys have revealed that it is cheaper to imprison killers for life than to execute them.