Body found in Missouri River identified as missing philanthropist

Police have identified the body of a man found in the Missouri River as that of I.E. Millstone, a 102-year-old builder and philanthropist.

Storm batters St. Louis hotel

A thunderstorm ravaged the Renaissance St. Louis Hotel, but no injuries were reported. Guests were moved to other hotels.

Brooks named Columbia's economic development director

J. Mike Brooks was appointed Columbia's first economic development director on Monday; the current president and chief executive of the Indiana Health Industry Forum will officially take the position on July 15.

Enrollment is up for free summer school program

Enrollment has increased by 1,200 in Columbia public schools apparently because of the economy, new elementary school sites and increased high school credit requirements.

Shooting suspect granted continuance

At a sentencing hearing scheduled Monday, Michael Jaco was granted a continuance until June 20 to allow him a chance to testify in the trials of co-defendants in the murder of Nathaniel Bentley, which occurred in 2008.

Four applicants apply for vacant seat on school board

Four applicants have applied for the vacant school board seat as of Monday. The deadline for application is Friday.

GM files for bankruptcy, causes local economy concern

Columbia customers and car dealers ponder the economic consequences of GM's recent file for bankruptcy, the fourth-largest in U.S. history.

Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre opens season with Broadway hit 'Hairspray'

"Hairspray," which opens at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre on Wednesday, offers more than laughs and catchy tunes. It also delivers a message about people "getting together and being one," according to one actor.

Window air conditioner drive successful

Columbia Water and Light gave away about 30 air conditioners Monday as part of its annual exchange program.

Columbia organizations receive funds to stop human trafficking

Victims of forced labor, sexual exploitation and other similar crimes will be the focus of several organizations, trained to identify and assist them.

Sylvan Learning Center customers have options after Columbia facility closes

Clients of Columbia's Sylvan Learning Center have a few options after the facility shut Friday. Sylvan Learning Inc. said it will honor students who have prepaid for classes by offering reading and math courses through Sylvan Online or elsewhere within the community.

City Council votes to make Range Line easier for walkers, bikers

Columbia City Council members are moving forward with plans to create sidewalks and bike lanes in the Range Line Street area. The project is estimated to cost nearly $600,000 and will utilize funds from the efforts of a GetAbout Columbia project.

Suspect charged with murder in Tiller's shooting

Scott Roeder was charged Tuesday in the murder of Wichita doctor George Tiller, a physician who provided late-term abortions. A preliminary hearing is set for June 16.

Petitioners seek signature recount on Kansas City mayor recall effort

A petition to recall Mayor Mark Funkhouser was 129 signatures short of a needed 16,950. No process for a recount is included in the city charter, so it is unclear how a recount would be launched.

Supreme Court pick Sotomayor to visit senators Tuesday in Washington

The roughly half-hour meetings offer the opportunity for candid conversation and a chance to set the one for coming public hearings over appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor.

Pujols: Spikes helped prevent injury in slide

The St. Louis Cardinals player got his foot caught in the dirt during his team's 5-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.

$2 million in loans now available to Missouri small businesses

Owners of Missouri small businesses with five or fewer employees are eligible for between $2,500 and $25,000.

Committee to probe study suggesting link between militia members, politicians

Many Republicans objected earlier this year to the report, which says militia members tend to back such presidential candidates as Republican Congressman Ron Paul of Texas.

Frequent-fighter miles: NH man arrested for 153rd time

Portsmouth jailbird Paul Baldwin plans to come home to roost, saying he'll plead guilty to assault, trespassing and alcohol charges. This latest arrest comes only one week after Baldwin had finished serving a one-year jail term for a previous incident. 

Probe of bartender's death in St. Louis widens

A St. Louis bartender died after being shot during a robbery Monday at Maggie O'Brien's. Police are investigating whether another man who was shot and killed a short time later was involved in the robbery.