Missouri insurance department helps return nearly $6 million to customers

In the first half of 2009, the state's insurance department has assisted in returning nearly $6 million dollars to customers from insurance companies.

City Council to discuss Roots 'N' Blues ticketing at next meeting

The Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival is coming back to Columbia in September, this time with some additional costs to cover last year's losses.

Columbia literacy, math coaches look to new roles after budget cuts

With their remaining positions eliminated in Columbia School Board's 2009-10 budget, the district's literacy and math coaches prepare for their next step.

Teachers seek alternatives after Columbia School Board boots field trip budget

The elimination of the elementary and middle schools' field trip budgets won't prohibit schools from planning field trips, but classes will now have to find alternative funding sources, such as the PTA, which already sponsors trips.

Today's Question: Can the Columbia School Board maintain educational values and large-scale budget cuts?

How should the Columbia school board handle large-scale budget cuts while preserving and improving the education system?

Columbia home invasion suspect to be tried as adult

Austin J. Hammers, 16, is to be tried as an adult on suspicion of two armed robberies that took place in April and May.

Vets recommend safety measures when dealing with pets, firecrackers

Fireworks are dangerous on many levels — especially for pets — and pet owners are encouraged to take safety measures to protect their furry friends.

Filing: Teen faces rape charge in connection with Columbia incident

Joshua Cortez Dent, 19, was charged Tuesday with forcible rape after his Saturday arrest. Another teenager also was arrested in connection with that incident.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri approved for tax credits

The youth mentoring program received $85,000 in tax credits from the Missouri Department of Economic Development on June 30.

MU research director steps down after internal audit

The director of MU's Research Animal Diagnostic Laboratory stepped down to a researcher because of a conflict of interest, according to a statement issued by the university.

St. Louis civic leaders concerned about violence

Violent crime has increased in St. Louis in the past two days.  Rep. Jamilah Nasheed called a town hall meeting Thursday night so that politicians, police and members of the public could discuss the issue.

Recent killings in Kansas bring concern of trend

Kansas City, Kan., is now at 22 homicides in 2009, up from 14 this time last year. But police say violent crime has been steadily declining overall.

St. Louis man shot, drives through fence near Arch

On Friday morning St. Louis police discovered a man who'd driven through a fence near the Laclede's Landing area after being shot.

Police: 911 call led to suspect in Cole Camp shootings

Robert Blurton of Garnett, Kan., is charged with three counts of first-degree murder.

Accident on U.S. 63 causes minor injuries, major spills

The driver of a semitrailer suffered minor injuries after driving off U.S. 63 Friday morning.

Missouri names first female commissioner of education

Chris Nicastro was selected as Missouri's first female education commissioner Thursday. She will start on Aug. 1.

New police chief already winning hearts, minds

Although he's only been in office a short while, Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton has already defused a long-running controversy, made a good impression on City Council and openly supported the idea of a civilian review board.

American Recovery Act turns growth green in Columbia

"Green" provisions in the stimulus bill are set to boost energy-efficiency-related businesses in the Columbia area. The provisions could also put money in the pockets of consumers who take advantage of the bill's tax incentives for energy-efficient products. 

Mid-Missouri plans Fourth of July celebrations

If you’re looking for an Independence Day celebration, mid-Missouri has something for everyone, including traditional fireworks displays and turtle races.

Paquin Tower program might get funding after all

Boone County Family Resources has offered $16,000 to supplement the city's funding of a recreation program at Paquin Tower.