Today's Question: How effective are term limits?

An Associated Press analysis estimates that term limits have cost the state as much as half a million dollars, which is the tab for special elections held to replace legislators who left early to take other jobs.

No one injured in quadplex fire on Wildwood Street

The cause of the quadplex fire is still under investigation. According to a news release, the Boone County Fire Protection District responded to a 911 call at 9:21 p.m. Monday reporting heavy black smoke coming from a closet.

Woman reports sexual assault at fraternity house

Charges have not been filed because the victim has not decided if she wants to seek prosecution.

Columbia woman robbed at gunpoint

The suspect left the woman's home in northeast Columbia with a small amount of cash, Columbia Public Information Officer Jessie Haden said.

Columbia man arrested with $8,000 of heroin

Nalenza Lee Edwards, 41, was arrested on charges of possession with an intent to distribute a controlled substance, resisting arrest and possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana.

Third candidate to seek Columbia's Fourth Ward City Council seat

Rick Buford, a senior network analyst at CarFax, will seek the City Council seat being vacated by Jerry Wade.

Akeman Bridge Road to close Nov. 16 and 17

The road work will occur during the day at the Route VV intersection.

Columbia celebrates veterans

The city is recognizing Veterans Day with a variety of events, including a parade down Eighth Street, a ceremony at the Boone County Courthouse and the annual Veterans Day Celebration at MU.

Humane Society considers new operating models

Four alternative business models were proposed at Tuesday's meeting, including serving a smaller area, to address budget deficits.

Nine consulting firms to create proposals for downtown

The Downtown Leadership Council will be selecting a consultant to be part of the urban design charette, which is meant to get input from the community about downtown development. A subcommittee will review the proposals and recommend four or five to the Downtown Leadership Council.

Mid-Missouri man killed in shootout with deputy, police say

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the death, which occurred after the Holts Summit man's brother called the Callaway County Sheriff's Department, the patrol says.

Missouri governor nominates state personnel director

Bill Miller was chosen by Nixon to run Missouri's human resources system.

Police identify man killed in Kansas City crane accident

The man killed when a crane fell over at a Kansas City construction site Tuesday has been identified as 35-year-old Ryan Goodman of Lee's Summitt.

OSHA to fine Springfield company after fatal workplace accident

Following the death of a 59-year-old worker, OSHA has concluded that a Springfield company exposed workers to being hit by debris and fined the company $511,000.

Job cuts could cost Pfizer tax incentives

After the drug maker Pfizer announced plans to cut 600 jobs in Chesterfield, the company is in danger of having $7 million in tax breaks revoked if it falls under a certain level of employment.

Happy tales for some former fighting dogs

On July 8, the largest dogfighting raid in U.S. history took place in three states including Missouri. Four months later, more than 120 dogs from the raid will have been placed in foster homes by week's end, with an additional 117 still waiting.

Bloomfield museum honors soldiers' newspaper

The Stars and Stripes Museum and Library chronicles the Stars and Stripes newspaper's history from its Civil War beginnings to current day. The museum's displays include weapons, vehicles and uniforms paired with photos and stories from the Stars and Stripes.

Former quarterback settles down at running back for Kansas State

Daniel Thomas is accustomed to playing quarterback but he has more that 1,000 yards at running back this season for Kansas State, helping the Wildcats excel in the Big 12 North.

Jefferson City funeral home closed over mishandled contracts

State regulators have ordered a Jefferson City funeral home to close amid accusations that it double-charged clients and did not issue refunds for canceled plans. A court hearing is scheduled for Friday.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Take time to talk to a veteran today

There is an incredible amount to learn from our country's veterans. Historically, we have manuscripts, tapes and film, but we must also treasure our living veterans. Take the time today to thank a veteran.