Many have problems with H1N1 vaccine distribution

Health officials have inaccurately predicted the amount of available vaccine and distributed the vaccine unevenly, critics say.

Proposed downtown reorganizing could double budget through sales tax

A petition has been approved by members of the existing Special Business District and Central Columbia Association that would create a community improvement district, if enough downtown property owners sign it. The petition drive will start in January.

Children's theater puts new spin on 'A Christmas Carol'

The show starts Friday and is put on by Theater Reaching Young People and Schools. It turns the story into a musical and offers a softer version of the Charles Dickens' classic.

Renovations to J.W. 'Blind' Boone Community Center complete

Friday marks the grand showcasing of the newly remodeled J.W. "Blind" Boone Community Center. The open house will go from 4 to 6 p.m.


MU Faculty Council discusses incorporating MU in the Evening

A review committee found that the evening program no longer meets the need it was created for. The proposal suggests that MU in the Evening be absorbed into the traditional education structure of the university.

Accident on Providence Road momentarily blocks traffic

Two cars collided  at Providence and Stewart roads after one pulled out of a Taco Bell parking lot.

Late-night robbery committed at Break Time

A man pulled a gun on the clerk at the Break Time on Paris Road on Thursday, police said.

NEWS RELEASE: Statement From the Board of Directors of the Central Missouri Humane Society

This is the full text of a statement from the Central Missouri Humane Society.

Central Missouri Humane Society's executive director resigns

Patty Forister has resigned as the executive director of the Central Missouri Humane Society. Alan Allert, a veterinarian and environmental consultant, will be the interim executive director effective Tuesday.

Race and Civility forum addresses difficulty of talking about race

Members of the community met Thursday for the third and final Race and Civility discussion. Panelists talked about their personal experiences and ways to improve race relations.

Columbia School Board discusses contract options for new high school

The Columbia School Board talked about whether to use a general contractor or a construction management agency for construction of the new high school.

Report: 20-somethings can go 2 years between Paps

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released new guidelines for when women should have Pap tests, saying an annual test is unneccessary.

Missouri public defender system topic at attorney forum

Members of The Missouri Bar will receive an overview of a report Friday that warns Missouri's public defender system is on "the brink of collapse." Public defenders have said for years that they are struggling with high caseloads because of a lack of money to hire additional employees.

SLIDESHOW: Heart of Missouri Chorus prepares for Christmas

The Heart of Missouri Chorus is a Sweet Adelines International group of women a capella singers. They practice several Christmas songs from October through December as part of their Holiday Singing Invitational, including “Carol of the Bells.”

Teacher testifies about scuffle at Kennett Walmart

Heather Ellis is accused of cutting in line at Walmart. Police said Ellis used obscene language and kicked and bit officers as they led her out of the store.

Gov. Nixon details community college tuition freeze

Gov. Nixon said Missouri community colleges have agreed to freeze tuition next school year if budgets are cut by only 5.2 percent, a similar deal Missouri's four-year colleges and universities recieved earlier this week.

Students unhappy with St. Louis college day care decision

St. Louis Community College trustees voted to close day care centers at the Meramec and Forest Park campuses next July to save money. Students depending on the service might have to drop out because other options are too expensive or inconvenient.

Soldier charged in Sedalia high school incident

Michael John Frederick of Kansas City was charged with making a terrorist threat after an incident at Smith-Cotton High School on Saturday night. The 19-year-old, who had been reported as AWOL, allegedly told an assistant superintendent about six escaped convicts that might kidnap or hold students hostage.

Survey suggests improving but weak Midwest, Plains economy

The economic index rose to 38.4, but a score below 50 is in negative territory.