Auto industry meltdown hurts employees of Columbia part manufacturers

Three of Columbia’s four auto parts manufacturers — Engineered Plastic, Dana Corp. and Otscon Inc. — have been forced to cut costs.

Bricklayer's death blamed on scaffolding failures

A pair of scaffolding failures are to blame for a construction worker's death last fall at the site of Columbia's new elementary school, according to an Occupational Safety and Health Administration report. An engineering consultant who contributed to the report concluded that the incident was "an unfortunate accident."

Ozark National Riverways public hearing set for Thursday in Columbia

The future of national park land in southern Missouri is to be up for public comment this week across the state, and Columbia public hearing about the future of the Ozark National Riverways.

DLC moves forward with urban design planning

The Downtown Leadership Council released an interim report to outline its plans for the redeveloped downtown area.

MU researchers link brain growth to social competition

A study conducted by MU researchers has linked the evolutionary growth of the human brain to larger populations and increased social competition.

Got fans? Donations sought for cooling program

Wondering what to do with that old box fan in the garage? Representatives of the Voluntary Action Center are seeking donations, said executive director Cindy Mustard.

Columbia activists hope Taser settlement teaches lessons

After the settlement that placed a moratorium on Moberly's Taser use, Columbia activists are emphasizing that police need to follow specific guidelines when using the weapons.

International perspectives on Columbia's heat wave

People who live in Columbia and hail from other countries weighed in Tuesday on the heat wave.

It was so hot that...

Residents dealt with Tuesday's extreme heat in a number of ways, including with sweet tea and a dip in a creek.

U.S. attorney general wants cocaine sentences review

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is seeking support to breach the 100-to-1 discrepancy between crack and powder cocaine sentencing.

Renowned dinosaur hunter gets probation in theft case

Famous paleontologist Nathan Murphy was ordered to pay $17,325 in restitution and spend four months of his probation in a prerelease center after he pleaded guilty to stealing fossils.

Oscars doubling Best Picture nominees to 10

The Academy Awards will doubles its number of Best Picture nominees from five to 10 beginning with next year's Oscars. Academy President Sid Ganis said the broader field could make room for documentaries, animated movies and comedies.

Show dogs die after being placed in van

Sheriff Glenn Boyer says the 24-year-old custodian of the dogs had returned home from a show in Iowa and planned to put the dogs in kennels in the garage.

Auditor to release report on Missouri housing commission

Missouri State Auditor Susan Montee will release an audit of the Missouri Housing Development Commission on Wednesday. The report comes on the heels of plans for ethics reform and an FBI investigation at the agency. 

MoDOT to reduce truck emissions

Using a $726,000 grant, the Missouri Department of Transportation will upgrade 17 dump trucks' engines, replace five trucks and equip other vehicles with emission-control devices or idle-reduction technology.