Council approves application process for Citizens Police Review Board

The City Council set an application deadline for noon Sept. 4 for the review board Monday night, and also heard a report on juvenile crime statistics.

City Council approves plans for public transit commission

On Monday City Council approved a report for the formation of a public transit advisory commission. City staff will now draft bylaws for the commission, which will be discussed by the council at a future meeting.

Appeals court upholds ruling against gun club

Besides determining whether the damages were excessive, Cedar Creek Rod and Gun Club also asked the appeals court to vacate a permanent injunction against the club based on a statutory amendment that grants firing ranges in Missouri immunity from civil lawsuits based on noise nuisance.

Obama nominates MU alumnus for Homeland Security medical post

Alexander Garza, a 1996 graduate of the MU School of Medicine, has been nominated to become assistant secretary for health affairs and chief medical officer of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Human trafficking documentary to screen at MU

"Very Young Girls," a documentary about girls forced into prostitution in New York, will air at MU next week with sponsorship from campus and community anti-human trafficking organizations.

Women's comprehensive care center opens in Columbia

Columbia Regional Hosptial opened the Missouri Center for Female Continence and Advanced Pelvic Surgery on July 20 and celebrated with an open house Tuesday. The center is designed to treat women with pelvic disorders, combining practices for higher efficiency.

First red-light camera is operational at Broadway and Providence

The city's first red-light camera is now operational for a 30-day warning period at the intersection of Broadway and Providence Road. A second camera, at Stadium Boulevard and Worley Street, should be up and running next week.

MU journalism school names honor medal recipients

Two Columbia residents will receive the 2009 Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism, as well as four other individuals and the daily online magazine, Slate.

Columbia middle school receives nearly $200,000 from stimulus grant

A Columbia School District middle school has been awarded nearly $200,000 in stimulus money to increase the use of technology in its classroom teaching.

Shooting victim released from hospital

A Columbia teenager injured during a Friday afternoon shooting has been released from the hospital.

Historic preservation commission starts 2010 Most Notable Properties progam

Columbia's Historic Preservation Commission is getting started on its annual historic property recognition program, "Most Notable Properties." Applications for 10 of the city's 2010 historic properties are to be submitted by Oct. 1.

St. Louis County to again consider smoking ban

If passed by the voters, the ban would exempt casinos and most bars.

Missouri Medicaid program searches for efficiencies

Ian McCaslin, director of MO HealthNet, said that his program is looking for ways to run the health care program for the poor more efficiently.  Currently, MO HealthNet is projected to cost more than $7.6 billion over the course of this year.

Veteran racer takes on Missouri River for first time

Cami Ronchetto and Linda LaFontaine are two of the many racers participating in the Missouri River 340. Ronchetto has participated in a number of adventure races over the years, but this is her first time tackling the Missouri River competition.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Police use of force in Columbia growing more out of control

With the recent arrest of Carl Alan Giles, in which at least 10 officers were present when Giles was found urinating in an alley, it's time to reexamine the department's use-of-force procedures.

Missouri River race presents daunting challenges

A record-number of competitors will paddle down the Missouri River this week as part of the Missouri River 340. The grueling race presents physical and mental challenges to the participants during its four-day run.

Today's Question: Charging for admission at Roots 'N' Blues

Will charging for Roots 'N' Blues tickets this year produce a lower attendance at the festival?

Sheriff's Department looking for missing man

The Boone County Sheriff's Department is searching for 52-year-old Mark Durrant, who was last seen Monday night. No foul play is suspected.

Columbia man arrested for drug possession

The Boone County Sheriff's Department found cocaine and pills in a Columbia man's vehicle after the man called the department.

Administrators, professors look to social media to communicate with students

Columbia area educators are adopting social media as a new way of teaching and connecting with students. Educators aren't sure how best to use this technology, but are trying it out in a variety of ways.