Today's Question: Obama's health insurance initiative

Are the proposed savings by health care officials an empty promise or a meaningful first step toward universal health care coverage?

Don't write the GOP off quite yet

The Republican Party has some struggles to overcome, but it's not going anywhere.

LETTER: Naoma Powell synonymous with Access Arts

Naoma Powell deserves credit for Access Arts' success.

LETTER: Access Arts wouldn't be what it is without Naoma Powell

New strategies needed for dealing with bullies

Teachers and school administrators should make strict rules in the classroom to prevent bullying, as some students are growing up without a basic understanding of right and wrong.

Columbia's Access Arts provides accessible environment for special needs

Access Arts provides therapeutic and social opportunites for children and adults with disabilities. "The social aspect is really awesome," said Lugine Hein, whose teenage son, Austin, is a regular in the pottery class.

Columbia dedicates Thomas E. 'Country' Atkins Memorial Park

City officials, donors and others involved in the seven-year effort to create two baseball fields on this 80-acre lot north of Columbia gathered to dedicate the city's Thomas E. “Country” Atkins Memorial Park on Monday.

Concealed-carry bill stalls in Missouri Senate committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a public hearing Monday on a bill that would expand the castle doctrine and allow concealed weapons on college campuses. Of the five witnesses who spoke, none were in opposition to the bill. The committee did not vote Monday.

Medicare says it won't cover virtual colonoscopy

Medicare says the virtual colonoscopy cannot, in itself, rid a patient of precancerous growths, like a regular colonoscopy can.

Missouri House debating health care expansion

The plan could expand government-subsiodized health care for low-income Missourians who have trouble getting insurance.

Legislators OK fire safety measure for long-term care facilities

Legislation on its way to Gov. Jay Nixon would allow inpectors from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to conduct fire safety checks in addition to the Missouri fire marshal's office.

Missouri House rejects package of education measures

The House voted down a bill that included expanding a college scholarship program and raising minimum pay for teachers.

Missouri lawmakers OK delay in new car inspections

A new bill would change the mandatory inspection from two years to five years after the car is manufactured.

Hickman golf coach finds job rewarding

Hickman's Carol Kyd coached middle school gymnastics several years ago, but coaching golf has been a first for her. Kyd said being with the students is the best aspect of coaching.

Missouri seniors find meaning in volunteering

A new study indicates that volunteering increases life expectancy. That comes as no surprise to older volunteers at two Columbia hospitals.

Rosie Tippin to step down from school board

The school board also voted to pay teachers an additional one percent of their salary.

Columbia's Mayor Hindman receives Healthy Communities award

Mayor Darwin Hindman received a Leadership for Healthy Communities Award on Thursday. Other mayors receiving this award were New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg; San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom; and Chattanooga, Tenn., Mayor Claude Ramsey.

Rock Bridge tennis team sweeps Jefferson City

The Rock Bridge boys tennis team beat Jefferson City 7-0 on Tuesday at Bethel Park to push its record this season to 21-0.

UPDATE: 'Robo-calls' dial up senators, spur federal investigation

A national wave of spam "robocalls" warn people that their auto warranties are about to expire and that they need to sign up for new service plans. Federal regulators are close to filing lawsuits against companines behind the calls.

Ag secretary to speak at rural forum in Missouri

The USDA says the secretary wants to hear from rural residents about what they believe the USDA can do to help rural communities prosper in the 21st century economy.