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.

Jackson County prosecutor announces new cold case unit

The program, which is being funded by a grant from the National Institute of Justice, would evaluate cases using DNA technology. About 1,500 cases have been set aside to be looked at in Jackson County.

Chilean police arrest woman traveling with suitcases made of cocaine

A 26-year-old Argentine woman attempting to fly from Chile to Spain was taken into custody after police discovered her cocaine carry-ons. 

Kansas City suburb rejects chicken permit

Overland Park's City Council voted unanimously to deny a test permit to keep backyard chickens.

Jefferson City man admits to trying to defraud Medicaid

The 29-year-old signed log sheets stating that he had worked when he was actually in jail for other charges, acting U.S. Attorney Michael Reap said.

Barry Comden, ex-husband of Doris Day, dies at 74

The fourth husband of Doris Day died last month at his Los Angeles home. The two were married between 1978 and 1981 but divorced because they were "just incompatible," Day once said.

St. Louis to lose Illinois-Missouri football series

Illinois and Missouri's traditional season-opening football game in St. Louis will come to an end after 2010.

Rams owners taking steps toward sale

The family of former St. Louis Rams owner Georgia Frontiere has hired the investment banking firm of Goldman Sachs to review the assets of her estate, including the NFL team, opening the way for a possible sale of the franchise, the Rams said in a statement Monday.