Republican senators divided on Missouri energy bill

Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, alleged on the floor of the Missouri Senate on Tuesday that Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, is behind calls to Columbia constituents telling them that their rates would increase if an AmerenUE-backed bill is passed.

VOTER REACTION: Voters at Activity and Recreation Center share thoughts

Michelle Pruit gains votes with residents concerned about teacher salaries and math curriculum.

VOTER REACTION: Thoughts from voters at Shepard Boulevard Elementary School

What voters had to say at Shepard Boulevard Elementary about the Sixth Ward elections

VOTER REACTION: Voters at Trinity Presbyterian Church want fiscally prudent schools

The budget for the city and Columbia Public Schools were key issues for those voters who turned out Tuesday morning.

VOTER REACTION: Residents share thoughts at Rock Bridge Christian Church

Voters at Rock Bridge Christian Church had these thoughts about Tuesday's election.

Obama ends trip with surprise visit to Iraq

At the end of an eight-day overseas trip to Europe and Turkey, President Barack Obama flew into Iraq on Tuesday for a brief look at a war he opposed as a candidate and now vows to end as commander in chief.

VOTER REACTION: Residents discuss school board choices

A trickle of voters showed up Tuesday morning at the Columbia Public Library to choose two school board members from among nine candidates.

Former Columbia deputy superintendent hired to lead in Fulton

Jacque Cowherd, a name well known for years in Columbia Public Schools, was named the Fulton Public School District's new superintendent on Monday. Cowherd has worked in education for more than 30 years. 

Black Parents Association hosts college prep workshop

The workshop will be held from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at St. Luke United Methodist Church. It is free and open to the public, and all high school students are welcome to attend.

Jazz percussionist and ambassador Matt Wilson visits Columbia

Percussionist and bandleader Matt Wilson is promoting jazz to children — and everybody else.


ReadMOre program brings author Jane Smiley to Columbia

The author of "A Thousand Acres," the book chosen for a statewide reading and discussion program, will speak Wednesday at Columbia Public Library.

Black Man's Think Tank explores art as vehicle of social change

About 30 people attended Monday night's Black Man's Think Tank, which focused on black expression in the arts.

Two egg hunts scheduled for Easter weekend

Columbia Parks and Recreation's annual Egg Hunt EGGstravaganza will be held Saturday in Douglass Park. In addition, the department partnered with an MU recreation class to hold a Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt Friday at Stephens Lake Park.

Rock Bridge soccer team nets first victory

The Rock Bridge girls’ soccer team bounced back from its slow season start with a dominant 2-0 win over Hannibal on Tuesday evening at Rock Bridge.

Club basketball team represents MU well

The MU club men's basketball team won the the National Collegiate Championship Series title last weekend in Detroit.

Missouri lawmaker among 6 to meet Cuban President Raul Castro

The meeting came a day after six representatives — including one from Missouri — met with Cuban President Raul Castro.

Vermont legalizes gay marriage with veto override

Vermont, by virtue of a veto override, became the fourth state in the U.S. to allow same-sex marriage. The legislature's override was unexpected and came less than 24 hours after the governor's veto.

Missouri Senate endorses scholarship expansion plan

The Senate on Monday endorsed Gov. Jay Nixon's plan to expand Missouri's scholarships by eliminating the mentor requirment of Missouri's existing A+ Schools Program. The program would also apply to all students from public high schools.

Rock Bridge boys tennis team shuts out Jefferson City

The Rock Bridge boys' tennis team remained undefeated after beating Jefferson City 9-0 on Tuesday. 

Missouri House endorses drug tests for welfare some recipients

The Missouri House gave its preliminary approval to a bill designed to facilitating tests of work-eligible welfare recipients for illegal drug use.  The drug tests would be given based on "reasonable cause."