General Assembly report card: A good session for Columbia

Missouri's General Assembly is wrapping up, and Columbia seems to have come out ahead, but the session isn't over yet.

LETTER: Governement shouldn't prohibit marijuana research

After a recently published article about the benefits of smoked marijuana for HIV and AIDs patients, some wonder why the use of medical marijuana is looked down upon in the U.S.

Rock Bridge pitcher closes out Hickman

Rock Bridge pitcher Travis Bittle has established himself as the Bruins' closer. He showed why Thursday coming in to shut down rival Hickman in the last inning to give Rock Bridge a 5-3 home victory and a season sweep of the Kewpies.

State Historical Society loses bid for stimulus funds

The Historical Society hoped for $30 million for a new building, but any hope of receiving funds this legislative session has dried up.

UM scores big money this legislative session

Despite economic struggles UM has gained significant financial support during this legislative seasons. Legislators cite conducive bipartisan relationships to their success.

Fiber art exhibit opens at Columbia Art League

Columbia Art League's first fiber art show features seven artists from the MU community. It coincides in part with a conference also featuring fiber art in Kansas City next month. Included in the Columbia show is an exhibit that challenges the audience to tell the difference between items made by hand and those made by machine.

Southern Missouri man charged in Myanmar swim

John Yettaw of Falcon, which is about 70 miles northeast of Springfield, was arrested last week in Myanmar after he swam across a lake to the home of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. Yettaw was charged Thursday with illegally entering a restricted zone and breaking immigration laws.

Presbyterian Children's home opens in Columbia

The First Presbyterian Church opens its first all-boys home in Columbia as a community-based alternative for emotionally disturbed children. 

CPD to use downtown as pilot program for geographic policing

The Columbia Police Department will start a new police team Sunday to patrol downtown Columbia on foot, bike and horse. The Downtown Police Team will focus on graffiti, panhandling, traffic and violence in bars.

Retired pastor draws ire of hate group

Westboro Baptist Church is set to picket in Columbia on Thursday because retired Methodist pastor Dick Blount showed support for the city's domestic partner registry. Blount sacrificed his job in ministry to fight injustice and now serves as a mentor of the Open Door Ministry at the Missouri United Methodist Church.

Creators of new Salvation Army garden want to inspire residents

Underneath the hard, cracked topsoil of a new garden at the Salvation Army's Harbor House is moist, cool soil now rich with the roots of young plants. Residents there are growing the garden with the hope that they can add fresh produce to thousands of their meals.

UPDATE: Missouri lawmakers approve public defender changes

Under the bill now headed to Gov. Jay Nixon, the state Public Defender Commission would be allowed to set maximum caseload standards for the lawyers who represent people who are accused of crimes but cannot afford a private attorney.

State Senate passes wide-ranging crime bill

The bill includes a ban on texting while driving and sending explicit photos and videos to minors, in addition to issues such as assaulting a public safety employee and requirements for running for public office.

Missouri Senate passes abortion waiting period bill

The bill would require doctors to meet with women at least 24 hours in advance and offer to show live ultrasound and allow the woman to hear the heartbeat. Supporters say previous legislation has limited the number of abortions, while opponents argue such laws have not reduced the number the abortions. They say women wanting an abortion will have to pay more and take more days off work. The Missouri House can approve the bill as is or edit it in a conference committee.

Google glitch disrupts search engine, e-mail

Many users were unable to access Gmail or conduct online searches.

Chrysler cuts 27 dealerships in Missouri

Here is a list of the 27 Chrysler dealerships in Missouri on a list of eliminations filed by the company on Tuesday.

Today's Question: Will geographic policing lead to fewer fights downtown?

On Tuesday afternoon, Police Chief Kenneth Burton announced a new Downtown Police Team to focus on problems such as controlling graffiti, panhandling and violence at bars.

A continuing opus: John Cheetham relishes a life of composition

If you're a brass player, you've probably played John Cheetham's music. If you're a brass player around Columbia, you've probably played with Cheetham. At 70, the retired MU professor composes almost every day. “I’m not willing to give up melody,” he says. “I still think a good tune goes a long way."

The Mid-Missouri Dance Theatre to perform this weekend

The Mid-Missouri Dance Theatre will be performing this weekend at the Rhynsburger Theatre. The show will feature classic ballet dances as well as some modern inspired dances.

Theatre Institute offers free summer shows

Stephens College Summer Theatre Institute starts next week with a show for children. The institute involves theater students from the college, with the goal of teaching the students to handle all aspects of production and providing free theater for the community.