LETTER: Cutting funds for Ellis Fischel doesn't make sense

Unexpected evening storms sweep across parts of Missouri

The storms packed strong winds that caused property damage across the northern Missouri. The winds also caused power outages in Columbia, where 167 households in the northern part of the city lost electricity.

UPDATE: Structure fire in Columbia leaves man dead

A structure fire at 7101 Ray Lea Lane left one man dead Wednesday morning.

Taken: America's sense of adventure

Traveling, especially to big cities, can be dangerous no matter what continent you are on. Although some cities are more dangerous than others, I have also found that ineptitude often causes more problems than the environment.

Missouri's Carroll, Lyons set for NBA draft

Before the start of Missouri’s 2008 season, forwards DeMarre Carroll and Leo Lyons weren't often mentioned as draft prospects, but stellar play in their senior seasons and strong performances in tournaments and workouts since the end of the season has changed that.

Willie Smith's trial postponed for depositions

The attorney for Willie Smith, who is charged with resisting arrest during an incident in March, was granted a continuance in order to take depositions.

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Benefits tax advances in health care negotiations

As negotiations over the health care overhaul continue, debates revolve around specific aspects of the plan: a benefits tax, the overall cost, requiring employers to contribute and whether to set up a government insurance plan to compete with private companies.

I-70 Drive accident kills one, injures another

Darin Garr, 21, was killed in a car accident on I-70 Drive Southeast on Wednesday afternoon. Another man was injured in the collision.

Howard County fugitive apprehended in Columbia

Columbia police arrested a man who had escaped from the Howard County jail on Monday.

E. coli levels close two Lake of the Ozarks beaches

Officials from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources are blaming the high levels at the beaches near U.S. 54 on water runoffs from recent storms and a large flock of geese.

Kansas City man stabbed during sleepwalking episode

Police say a sleepwalking man ignored his girlfriend's efforts to wake him, and reportedly fearing that he may turn aggressive, she grabbed a knife.

UPDATE: South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admits to affair

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said Wednesday that he secretly flew to Argentina to visit a woman with whom he'd been having an affair. Sanford said he will resign as head of the Republican Governors Association, but didn't announce whether he'll leave office.

Chrysler to idle St. Louis Dodge Ram plant in July

The St. Louis North Assembly plant is closed, but it will reopen for two weeks to fulfill orders that were halted when Chrysler filed for bankruptcy protection April 30. Sales of the Dodge Ram fell 29 percent in the first five months of 2009 compared with the same period a year earlier.

Gov. Nixon appoints Bindbeutel to Administrative Hearing Commission

Joseph Bindbeutel was initially tapped in April for the Public Service Commission, but the Senate never acted, so the appointment was withdrawn.

UPDATE: Missouri ignition lock law could affect 70,000

The law, which is targeted at repeat drunken drivers, was passed in 2008 and goes into effect July 1. It applies to anyone convicted of applicable offenses in the past 10 years.

Summerfest continues tonight in Columbia

The Bel Airs and Roomful of Blues are slated to play Wednesday night at a free show on Ninth Street between Broadway and Walnut Street.

Today's Question: Should Columbia replace and/or remove street lights in order to reduce its budget?

Contrary to popular belief, increasing street lighting might not be that effective in deterring crime. Should Columbia replace and/or remove street lights in order to reduce its budget?

Missourians to lobby in D.C. for health care reform

Two central Missouri residents are heading to Washington to lobby in support of a public health insurance option and the needs of rural Missourians.

UPDATE: Structure fire leaves man dead