LETTER: Roots 'N' Blues festival should be open to all

If the City Council approves admission fees, Columbia taxpayers should not subsidize this private-for-profit event.

Today's Question: Regulating TDDs

On this session's last day, the General Assembly passed the economic development bill, which includes a few paragraphs regulating transportation development districts. Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to sign the bill into law.

Family battles to keep limit on noise with shooting range nearby

In 2007, a Boone County family won the right to peace and quiet at their rural home near a gun club. Then, legislation was passed in Missouri that makes it unlawful to sue a gun club for noise nuisance. The next move in the legal battle is in the hands of the state Court of Appeals.

'Summer Columbia' offers array of festivals, concerts

During the summer, Columbia might seem like a dull town to some, but the city in fact hosts a wealth of films, festivals and concerts.

Arizona new home for softball's champions

With no California teams in the tournament, the presence of two Arizona teams shows a shift in power.

Columbia College professor was a talented artist, teacher

Sidney Larson's ability to restore old murals and create new ones gave him a reputation as one of Missouri’s most prominent artists, his friends said. He was also known for his 50-year teaching career at Columbia College. Mr. Larson died at his home on Thursday, May 21, 2009.

Developer resubmits Richland Road proposal

After completing an initial draft of a development agreement, David Atkins' Richland Road development proposal is beginning the annexation process once again.

Transparency, not secrecy needed for college football

If you're going to use a controversial system to decide which teams play in your national title game, you ought to do your business in the town square.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi blames woes on security breach by Missouri man

The uninvited visit of a Missouri man is the source of a new trial and new troubles for the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Legislation would clamp down on TDDs

Proposed legislation requiring TDDs to be overseen by the state revenue department is likely to be passed, but its details are still under scrutiny.

Two arrested in Columbia robbery at Red Roof Inn

Columbia police arrested two people Wednesday after a robbery in an East Texas Avenue hotel parking lot.

First Presbyterian Church celebrates $4.5 million renovation

The renovation connected three existing buildings with a new central building to improve accessibility. The space will provide the backdrop for the church's new Sunday morning blended worship services.

Striping to close sections of westbound Interstate 70

Center line striping will bring westbound I-70 down to one lane around the Route O/J overpass and Perche Creek overpass on Thursday. Additional striping at other locations will take place over the weekend.

Coaches poll to be confidential beginning in 2010

The American Football Coaches Association announced changes to the poll that helps decide who plays in the BCS national championship game.

Restored 63 Diner reopens for business

The diner, located on Missouri 763, was auctioned off in April 2008 and welcomed old and new customers Tuesday at its reopening.

Patrol makes 2,178 Memorial Day weekend arrests

The Highway Patrol's special enforcement operation led to an increased number of arrests, warnings and citations over the holiday weekend.

Springfield bank warned about lending practices

The Department of the Treasury has issued regulatory warnings against the Citizens National Bank of Springfield.

MU faculty salaries increase but lag behind other public universities

The troubled economy has hampered the University of Missouri System's efforts to increase the salary of faculty members. Associate professors experienced the greatest salary increase, an average of 7.5 percent, for the 2008-09 academic year.

Columbia College to host high school hoops tourney

Former Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart was on hand Tuesday at Columbia College to introduce the Missouri Challenge, an all-star high school basketball tournament for boys and girls players from throughout the state.

Ben Folds to rock Summerfest with his piano

Singer-songwriter Ben Folds continues the outdoor Summerfest concert series with an expected audience of almost 2,000.