UPDATE: Suspects of reported Red Roof Inn robbery released

Columbia police have determined the report of a robbery at the Red Roof Inn Wednesday did not qualify as a robbery. Both suspects were released.

Today's Question: Did GetAbout Columbia put too much money toward advertising and education?

City officials are split on whether GetAbout Columbia is spending enough of the federal grant money on infrastructure.

Chase is out of retirement, back as a schools administrator

Less than a year after she left Columbia Public Schools, former superintendent Phyllis Chase has come out of retirement to help lead a district in the Kansas City area.

Questions raised on how Sotomayor would deal with religious issues

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's track record on issues such as separation of church, and the effect it may have on the court, is causing discussion among many.

Jefferson City man suspected of getting package with weed inside

A Jefferson City man was arrested Thursday morning in connection with a FedEx package that held 20 pounds of weed.

Sacred Heart Choir hosts gala to promote third album “Endless Grace”

Proceeds from the CD, which sets out to offer listeners hope and consolation, will be used to help fund the reparation of the church’s stained glass windows.

Excessive weight gain during pregancy is harmful, guidelines say

Maintaining a healthy weight before conception and during pregnancy is important in preventing health problems for newborns, Institute of Medicine guidelines shows.

Saint Louis University studies TB vaccine

Researchers at St. Louis University are figuring out whether a tuberculosis vaccine can be made more effective by giving it to patients in different ways.

Three-day ragtime festival heads to Columbia this weekend

The "Blind" Boone and Early Ragtime Festival is expected to bring performers and ragtime-lovers from around the world to MU's Jesse Hall starting Sunday.  The three-day event is an effort to chronicle the evolution of ragtime music from spirituals to stride, boogie and blues.

Bacterial ecosystem thrives on our skin, scientists say

The National Institues of Health "Human Microbiome Project" has discovered that thousands of micro-organisms live on human skin. The bacteria and other organisms help maintain a person's health and prevent infection.

Future of Missouri outdoors discussed at summit

A social ecologist spoke on the potentially negative consequences of never getting outside, while Gov. Jay Nixon discussed the importance of nature in Missourians' lives.

Work on Planning and Zoning Commission growth plan begins

The Planning and Zoning Commission began the long process of creating a comprehensive planning document for the city that would take into account everything from road projects to hospital space.

Court denies Monsanto injunction on German ban

Last month, the sale and planting of the genetically engineered corn was banned after Agriculture Minister Isle Aigner cited a study that the corn poses an environmental danger.

Hickman's Leftwich takes his speed to the track

The Kewpies' Wesley Leftwich qualified to compete in four events at the state track and field competition beginning Friday at Lincoln University in Jefferson City

Rock Bridge track team set for state championships

The Bruins' Lauren Flaker is on track to do well in the girls 100-meter dash.

Supporters say pro-democracy leader Suu Kyi needs urgent care

Detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi needs medical attention in the Myanmar prison where she is being held, her party said Friday, while closing arguments in her trial were delayed until the end of next week. Her defense team admitted that John W. Yettaw, a Missouri man, swam to her home but argued it was the goverment guards' duty to prevent intruders.

Gallatin farmers hear payback proposal for grain theft

More than 100 northwest Missouri farmers who lost money to a Gallatin grain elevator will receive about 12 cents on the dollar under a state Department of Agriculture proposal.

Cape Girardeau could get aquarium, shopping district from new plan

A master plan for Old Town Cape has been approved by a board of directors, but still needs approval from several other organizations. The plan targets three sections of the city for potential redevelopment.

Governor to sign bill allowing tractor parades

Gov. Jay Nixon intends to give tractor parades the go-ahead by signing a new bill.

Missouri National Guard soldier to be buried

Sgt. Paul Faris Brooks died in Iraq on May 21 and will be buried in Springfield on Saturday.