Kelly's conservative tax plan vote likely to backfire

Chris Kelly, 24th district representative in Boone County, is supporting a higher sales tax now in the hope he can receive important concessions for the poor later. But this strategy is likely to backfire.

Book recounts growing up in Missouri during the Depression

Columbia resident Harvey Shell published a book, "Whispers from the Maple on the Hill," about experiencing the Great Depression and World War II in southeast Missouri. 

Lessons from history show Obama is on right track

An 'Us versus Them' mentality does not make effective foreign policy.

Columbia church ministry seeks "safe place" for homosexuals

The Open Door Ministry at Missouri United Methodist Church examines and interprets biblical references to homosexuality. The Rev. Adam Hamilton led a discussion last week in which he cautioned against interpretations that don't allow for "leeway" regarding people's views of others.

Conference focuses on faith-based environmental stewardship

The Show-Me Creation Care Conference will be held Saturday at the Community United Methodist Church and will feature a stream clean-up as well as workshops to help make churches environmentally friendly.

Rock Bridge boys tennis continues to dominate

The Bruins defeated Glendale 7-2 on Thursday at Bethel Park. Rock Bridge is now 10-0 this season.

Columbia African American Association offers high school scholarships

The new association will award a $500 scholarship to one student from each of Columbia's three high schools. Applicants should be African-American high school seniors with at least a 2.7 GPA and strong community involvement. The scholarship awards ceremony will be May 17.

Arson suspect arrested for car fire, other charges

Martin J. Sykes, 38, was arrested on suspicion of setting a car fire on Wednesday night. It was the second straight night police were called to the residence at the Georgetown Complex Apartments.

Governor requires state agencies to reduce energy consumption

Nixon signed an executive order Thursday that will mandate state agencies to reduce energy consumption by 2 percent each year over the next decade. He said within the next year it will save state taxpayers more than $1 million.

Community helps family find missing daughter

Ashley Friel was reunited with her family Wednesday after an extensive online effort to spread the word that she was missing.

Today's Question: Is a proposed parking garage right for downtown?

The Columbia City Council on Monday approved a plan to build a $15 million parking garage downtown. Council members said the garage, proposed to be eight or nine stories tall, will be needed as the downtown area expands.

Artist's lines sketch insights into family, digital relationships

Artist Amy Stephenson attracts viewers through emotions she conveys in her paintings. A portion of her work, now displayed in Columbia, centers on misperceptions about motherhood and childhood as well as social networking sites.

Hickman students celebrate Kewpie's 100th anniversary

For the first time, students from Hickman High School will travel to southern Missouri to participate in a celebration of Kewpie doll creator Rose O'Neill. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Kewpie's first appearance, in Ladies' Home Journal. Hickman adopted the Kewpie as its mascot five years later, in 1914.

MU Earth Day farmers market a campus hit

MU's first Earth Day farmers market drew so many students and campus visitors to Lowry Mall on Wednesday that many vendors had to close down early.

GM to temporarily close Wentzville plant, 12 others this summer

While the plants experience an annual two-week shutdown in the summer, signaling the changing of the model year, 13 of GM's 22 North American plants will experience a longer shutdown this year to allow them to cut inventory.

New St. Louis archbishop dealt with difficult diocese

Bishop Robert Carlson, named Tuesday to the St. Louis archdiocese, replaced a bishop in Saginaw who spoke of the church's need to re-examine its stance on abortion, birth control and the ordination of women.

UPDATE: AmerenUE suspends plans for new mid-Missouri nuclear reactor

AmerenUE, the St. Louis-based utility, announced Thursday it will no longer pursue building a second reactor at its mid-Missouri nuclear power plant. Permission to construct it hinged on legislation being passed that state lawmakers said Wednesday would not be revisited in the current legislative session.

House Republicans propose $1 billion tax rebate

The state has flexibility with about $2 billion of stimulus money. House Republicans want some of that to go back to taxpayers.

East Prairie residents irate over poisoned dogs

Sheriff Keith Moore is investigating why 15 dogs were found dead Wednesday throughout East Prairie, in southeast Missouri. Local pet owners suspect someone left bags of poisoned meat on the roads. More dogs are missing, and some owners say it's not a new problem.

Filing indicates Nixa worker in theft case had deep debt

David Griggs and his wife owed about $200,000 with nearly no assets, according to a December bankruptcy filing. David Griggs faces federal charges of embezzling nearly $10,000 from Nixa. He is a former streets department worker for the city.