The color of politics

Columbia resident Brian Wallstin writes that the opposition of President Barack Obama is often based on race rather than strictly politics. He cites attempts to show that Obama was born in Kenya and the reaction to his presidential school children as examples.

Breast cancer awareness highlights crosstown volleyball match

Rock Bridge swept Hickman, but both teams joined together for a common cause.

Publicist: Patrick Swayze dies at 57

Actor Patrick Swayze died Monday at the age of 57 after a 20-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Swayze will forever be remembered for his iconic roles in such '80s classics as "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost."  

Engaging People: Mandy Schick

Trainer maximizes convenience, minimizes excuses by delivering personal workouts in clients' homes.

Today's Question: What qualities should Citizens Police Review Board members have?

The city received 49 applications for the Citizens Police Review Board. It's now up to the City Council to choose eight members who will independently monitor police conduct.

The lessons learned from the wedding season

As the wedding-heavy summer season ends, now seems a good moment to reflect on why some ceremonies succeed while others sputter.

Rock Bridge golfers third at tournament

The Bruins placed third out of 18 teams Monday at the Smith-Cotton Tournament.

School district approves funding for online courses, career center addition

Columbia School Board members unanimously voted in favor of Title II-D funding for classroom technology and approved a bid to expand the Columbia Area Career Center. Two additonal budget amendments — involving Title I funding for academically disadvantaged students and funding from a recent property tax increase — were on the agenda for consideration.

Missouri's Economic Development director resigns

Gov. Jay Nixon lost a Cabinet member Monday amid a tumultuous economic climate.

Two-vehicle accident causes serious injuries

A two-vehicle crash on Monday afternoon on Missouri 124 resulted in injuries to both drivers.

Stephens women's volleyball team wins

In their first home game of the season at Silverthorne Arena, the Stars defeated Cottey College in three games.

Ampudia named Big 12 volleyball Rookie of the Week

Paola Ampudia, who was also the Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year, is the first Tigers volleyball player to receive the rookie honors.

UPDATE: Missouri audit finds legislators received unreported funds from lobbyists

A report issued by the state auditor's office Monday found that Missouri lawmakers were soliciting donations from unnamed lobbyists to finance staff gifts and meals. Some of the legislative gifts were not disclosed as required by state law.

Embattled *former representative turns in law license

The Missouri Supreme Court confirmed Monday that state Rep. Steve Brown, D-St. Louis County, has, in fact, turned in his law license, despite several reports to the contrary. Brown resigned from the Missouri House of Representatives in August after pleading guilty to federal obstruction of justice charges.

Clinical trials for H1N1 vaccine run at SLU

Saint Louis University is one of several schools across the country testing vaccines for safety and effectiveness.

New mid-campus residence halls in high demand

The new mid-campus housing, including Dogwood, Hawthorn and Galena residence halls, opened this fall for MU students. The new buildings house freshmen and returning students.

Columbia School Board to vote on career center construction bid

The Columbia School Board will meet Monday to talk about a construction bid and budget amendments.

40 Days for Life campaign set to kickoff in Columbia

The campaign, which is part of a national effort to end abortion, will hold a kickoff rally Monday, with the actual campaign beginning on Sept. 23.

Downturn not hurting corn mazes, pick-your-own orchards

Botanical gardens are also experiencing increased attendance as people opt to have a "staycation-daycation" in the down economy.

4 Missouri men plead guilty in dogfighting case

The four could face up to six months in prison if convicted for the crime. Dogs as well as fighting and training equipment were seized from the men.