Campaigns and legislation target texting drivers

Mallory Benedict, a junior at MU, stands with her new car near the site of her August 2007 car crash on Sept. 22, 2009. Benedict had been driving home from a friend's house on North Ballenger Lane near Mexico Gravel Road at 4 a.m. when she texted the friend for directions. While typing her message, Benedict overcorrected her steering three times, which led to her rolling and totaling her car. Although her airbags did not deploy, Benedict, who had worn her seat belt, was not injured.

In 2007, Mallory Benedict, 20, survived a car accident caused by texting. She says she still has to fight the temptation to dash off a quick text while she's driving.


UPDATE: State plays recorded phone conversations between Clinch, family members

The second day of the trial of William Clinch continued with a series of clips from conversations between Clinch and his family members, and the defense called Clinch as its first witness.

Rock Bridge girls golf team fifth at state championships

The Rock Bridge girls golfers enjoyed themselves at this year's state tournament, something they say helped produce an impressive performance. 

UPDATE: Mourners gather to remember Tracy Fisher

Fisher would have turned 19 years old on Tuesday.

Columbia College soccer team falls in final AMC match

In their final conference game Tuesday, the Cougars fell at Hannibal LaGrange 4-3. 

Trench collapse causes traffic light outage on Stadium Boulevard

Missouri Department of Transportation generators will power the lights until a damaged transformer is repaired.

Jury shown video of shooting in Clinch trial

The second day of William Clinch's murder trial began with the viewing of a video of the September 2007 shooting of Jeremy Bohannon in a McDonald's parking lot.

Missouri's pregnant women may have to wait for H1N1 vaccine

Under Missouri law, pregnant women and children under 3 aren't supposed to receive vaccines with the mercury-based preservative thimerosal.

Women are qualified to bring a return to civility

History contains many examples of women being the force behind change. Perhaps it's time for women to follow history's footsteps and lead the campaign to return to civility.

Columbia City Council approves airport improvement plan

The Columbia City Council approved a master plan Monday for the Columbia Regional Airport. The planning document outlines $64 million in construction and improvement projects at the aiport over the next 20 years but makes runway reconstruction and extension the first priority.

Pinkel addresses decision behind playing Gabbert

In his weekly press conference, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said that despite Blaine Gabbert's injury he still felt the sophomore quarterback was functional and gave his team the best chance to win.

Two Missouri women's soccer players earn honors

Missouri soccer players Crystal Wagner and Michelle Collins earned weekly awards after the Tigers' successful road trip last weekend.

Friends mourn freshman Tracy Fisher

Nearly 100 mourners attended a memorial service at Hillel Jewish Campus Center on Tuesday night to remember MU freshman Tracy Fisher.

Today's Question: What would you like to see in the future for Columbia's airport?

Columbia Regional Airport is on track for its highest use in seven years. On Monday, the City Council approved plans for a runway system expansion and improvement. What would you like to see done to improve the airport in the future?

Columbia Public Schools superintendent off to a brisk start

When Chris Belcher gave his first press conference as Columbia Public Schools superintendent last July, he was asked what he wanted to accomplish in his first 100 days in office. A little more than three months have passed since that day. So how is he doing?

Limbaugh undeservedly banned from Rams purchase

Limbaugh is a controversial figure but should not be banned from NFL business deals.

Law enforcement on I-70 will increase Friday

On Friday, law enforcement officials will step up its efforts in enforcing buckling seat belts and driving safe on Interstate 70.

Scientists attempt to determine age of Hickam House

Scientists hope to offer the Rock Bridge State Park an answer to the Hickam House's elusive age through tree ring analysis. In the late '60s or early '70s, the house was reinforced with modern technology. Currently, park officials are unsure if the original logs were used in the renovation process and are discussing dismantling the withering cabin.

Missouri Honor Medalist Bill Eppridge discusses photojournalism, technology

Bill Eppridge, a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, received the school's Missouri Honor Medal for his work as a photojournalist.

New Haven Elementary School will resume class Wednesday

New Haven Elementary School dismissed students at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday after a waterline broke.