Fire leaves Columbia trailer a complete loss

Marsha Harrison takes photographs Wednesday of the damage caused to her mother's mobile home in Columbia after an electrical short in the clothes dryer caused a fire. No one was hurt in the blaze.

Three people and their dog escaped an early-morning fire on Range Line Street.

Today's Question: Would suspending bike harassment ordinance be bad precedent?

If City Council suspends the bicycle harassment ordinance, does it set a bad precedent for the future?

LETTER: Missourians should support the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts

Now is the time for the people of Columbia and mid-Missouri to reinvest in the historic Missouri Theatre.

LETTER: U.S. needs election system fix before it criticizes Iran

Before our elected officials criticize Iran's election system, they should look themselves in the mirror and make changes to the U.S. system, including abolishing the Electoral College.

A case for alien invasion

Humans are notoriously exclusive creatures, allowing the familiar into their circles and rejecting the foreign. Only an alien invasion would present a foreign entity great enough in size and type to unite us all as a people.

Has the digital age made cemeteries obsolete?

Although graveyards can aid in the grieving process, a much more peaceful and cathartic experience could be had by leaning against a couple of trees in honor of the deceased and be surrounded by life.

LETTER: City sidewalks in disrepair

The sidewalks in many portions of the city are badly cracked or completely unnavigable.  The city needs to do something about it for joggers, walkers and citizens in wheelchairs who have no other options.

Fire district may have to pay FEMA back $752,453

Both the Fire District and FEMA disagree with several of the audit's findings, according to the release.

Boone Hospital Center jobs event draws 181 people

A jobrecruitment event Tuesday brought people to the Hampton Inn and Suites Columbia. They were seeking to land one of 20 patient care associate positions.

Group considers reservoirs for southwest Missouri

Members of the Tri-State Water Resource Coalition hope to commission an in-depth study of three potential lake sites.

2 arrested in connection with 2008 double stabbing deaths

Matthew D. Laurin, 21, of Springfield, and Darren J. Winans, 19, of Jasper, were being held without bond after their arrests Monday in the Oct. 11 deaths of Robert Sheldon, 70, and his wife, Ellen Sheldon, 71. Laurin and Winans are each charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action and one count of burglary.

Missouri governor criticizes lawmakers on autism bill

Governor blames Republicans for a weak bill,  but signed it for the progress it does make, he said. In the meanwhile, the House Speaker has asked a committee to draft a new autism coverage bill for the 2010 legislature to consider.

UPDATE: SUV crashes into Columbia family's kitchen

A 46-year-old male driver crashed into a house on West Oak Drive on Wednesday morning. Fire department officials estimated the damage to be around $20,000.

Slammed door thwarts Columbia home invasion

Closing the door was all it took to deter two armed men from robbing a Boone County home.

Dog-fighting raids conducted in three states, including Missouri

Authorities arrested about 30 people in dog-fighting raids Wednesday across three states, and seven men were indicted in connection with a dog-fighting ring in northwest Missouri.

UPDATE: Boone County fire district overpaid itself, audit says

According to the findings of a federal audit, the Boone County Fire Protection District paid itself twice for Task Force One's deployments to Hurricane Katrina.

Nixon requires newborns be tested for 5 diseases

Missouri infants are already screened for 67 diseases, but the state is one of the first to check for lysosomal disorders.

Car crashes through home on West Oak Drive

A car crashed through a home Wednesday morning on West Oak Drive. No one was home at the time.

Fire destroys Columbia mobile home

A fire that began with an electrical short in a clothes dryer destroyed a Columbia mobile home Wednesday.

Study: Positive teacher-student relationships necessary to raising achievement

A new article by MU researchers showed that positive student-teacher relationships can have a powerful effect on individual achievement. Gentry Middle School teacher Neal Blackburn supports these findings and builds positive relationships with students in his classroom.