Search finds marijuana, 20 pounds of hallucinogenic mushrooms

Two Columbia residents were arrested after the search of an apartment turned up nearly 20 pounds of hallucinogenic mushrooms and about 23 grams of marijuana.

College bonding bill clears Missouri Senate committee

A Senate committee approved a bill on Wednesday that would issue up to $800 million in bonds for capital improvements; $550 million of that would go to improve college campuses.

Longtime Columbia DJ 'Crazy Charley' Blackmore still scratching and spinning

As Hickman High School celebrates the 100th anniversary of its mascot, one die-hard alumnus of the school, Charley Blackmore, keeps cheering on his Kewpies and serving the community by sharing his time and vast music collection.

Honor Flights give veterans opportunity to see war memorials

Through community involvement and donations, 35 mid-Missouri veterans are able to take an Honor Flight to visit the war memorials and Arlington Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

Audubon members will flock to Columbia for annual meeting

An Audubon Society event this weekend will feature 15 field trips to observe birds in the wild.

Missouri might cap minimum wage for tipped employees

The bill that has passed in the House of Representatives would not effect the non-tipped minimum wage, which would still increase twice per year.

KOMU television lays off four employees, cuts anchor's hours

NBC television affiliate KOMUis laying off four employees in its production department and cutting the hours of a morning anchor. Management said a drop in advertising revenue, tied to the recent economic downturn, led to the cutbacks.

Campus conceal-and-carry bill faces uncertain future in Senate

The amendment, which passed in the House, was attached to a bill that would lower the age for obtaining a conceal-and-carry permit from 23 to 21.

Franciscan priest speaks in Columbia on U.S.-Iran relations

Father Vitale speaks at MU of terrorism, torture and war.

Secretary of State: 230,000 Missouri voters might lack ID

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan estimated some 230,000 Missouri voters lack a photo ID from comparing a voter database to a government-issued identification card database.

Virginia Tech survivor condemns Missouri college gun bill

A man who was shot during the Virginia Tech rampage said more guns would have worsened the situation.

68 dogs taken from alleged puppy mill in Phelps Co.

The dogs were living in inadequate cages and many appeared to need veterinary care. the dogs were removed and taken to the Humane Society in St. Louis.

Funeral held for Waynesville player hit by pitch

Family, friends and teammates attended the funeral of Patrick Clegg, who died after being struck by a wild ball.

Olbermann pressing on Hannity's waterboard offer

When Fox's conservative Sean Hannity appeared to volunteer last week to undergo waterboarding for charity, MSNBC's liberal commentator Keith Olbermann jumped at the offer. He hasn't heard anything since.

Obama talks at Missouri town hall meeting for Day 100

Obama spent part of his 100th day in office with a town hall meeting at Fox Senior High School in Arnold.

Missouri schools prepare for possible swine flu

School health officials are trying to inform students and families about the illness.

Store owner accused of selling knock-offs

The owner of two St. Louis stores has been accused of selling counterfeit goods, smuggling goods into the U.S. and money laundering.

Today's Question: Is NASCAR doing enough to keep its drivers safe?

NASCAR uses restrictor plates to prevent cars from traveling at unsafe speeds, but an unintended consequence is that cars bunch up in large packs, creating more opportunities for collisions. Do you think NASCAR needs to do more to ensure the safety of its drivers?

Belittling, second-guessing is lazy journalism

Name calling and insults are not becoming to any columnist, no matter his or her political leanings.

GUEST COLUMN: Investigative reporting may have helped overturn wrongful conviction

A class project for journalist Ben Poston, investigating the possible wrongful conviction of Josh Kezer, finally came to a conclusion almost two years after he graduated from MU when Kezer was exonerated by a Cole County judge. Poston published an article in 2007 that broke the news that the case had been reopened after 14 years. It also highlighted new witnesses and evidence not presented at the original trial.