UPDATE: Call to unlisted number prompted Jefferson City hostage scare

The lockdown and police response earlier in the month resulted from a false report called in to an elevator phone at a building where the state government rents space.

Today's Question: How can the Columbia Police Department put its new training facility to best use?

The Columbia Police Department last week unveiled its new 9,500-square-foot training facility, opening up new possibilities for how the department trains its officers. What are some ways you think the facility should be used?

Cancer leaves us tongue-tied — or worse

Sometimes, when we try to talk about cancer we say the wrong thing. "How can I help?" may be the best four words, one cancer patient said.

UPDATE: Missouri competes for $4 billion in extra education money

Gov. Jay Nixon told meeting participants to be bold and break from the status quo when seeking the federal funds.

Missouri freshman finishes strong at cross country National Championships

Kaitie Vanatta sticks to her strategy and finishes 54th.

Single-vehicle accident temporarily closes portion of I-70 Drive

A single vehicle accident occurred on I-70 Drive east of U.S. 63. The driver was alone and taken to the hospital.

Portion of Burr Oak Road to close this week

The road will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday for repairs that will better align the bridge to the road.

Columbia Parks and Recreation breaks ground at Douglass Aquatic Center

The Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation is installing spraygrounds at the Douglass Family Aquatic Center, a project that staff members hope to complete before the onset of winter. The sprayground at Douglass Park will be the third of its kind in the Columbia area.


Members of Missouri women's chorus sing their Hearts out

The Heart of Missouri Chorus, a group of female a capella singers at Lenoir Community Center, has been practicing Christmas songs in preparation for this year’s Living Windows Festival.

Missouri, Panama sign student exchange pact

The agreement renews and furthers a long-running educational exchange.

Suspect may claim shooting Kansas abortion provider prevented future harm

Attorneys for a man accused of shooting a Kansas abortion provider are defending the suspect's right to argue that the killing was justified because it was necessary to prevent the harm caused by potential future abortions.

Missouri competes for $4 billion in extra education money

State Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro will convene a meeting today of several hundred education, business and government leaders to figure out how to best apply for the federal funds.

Missouri competes for over $4 billion in federal education money

More than $4 billion in federal funds are available to improve education systems on the state level. Nixon and other Missouri lawmakers urge the state's education leaders to take a fresh start and be willing to break from the status quo.

Military experiment seeks to predict who might get PTSD

Military researchers are searching for biological and environmental indicators that may show which soldiers are more susceptible to post-traumatic stress disorder. Officials hope to use the data to help at-risk soldiers prevent the condition.

A look at former Columbia Mayor Tom Anderson's years in office

Former Columbia mayor Tom Anderson died Friday following a tractor accident at his farm in Howard County.

MoDOT money to evaporate as residents burn less gas

Missouri's Transportation Department warns that money for highway construction could fall by two-thirds within five years.

Urban farmers collide with Kansas City rules

Collision between urban farmers and residents prompts Kansas City to consider statutes regarding livestock and small produce operations within city limits.

Policies curbed spread of spanish flu in 1918 St. Louis

Although the effects to businesses were protested at the time, policies that temporarily closed places where people gathered reduced the spread of spanish flu in St. Louis during World War I, resulting in the city having the fewest casualties from the epidemic of any major American city.

Drug courts seen as valuable, but perhaps too selective

In St. Joseph, drug courts win praise for their approach to dealing with addiction-related crime. But not every offender who might benefit can make it into the program.

Outpouring of support for girl injured in accident

Margaret Romph, now entering kindergarten, received her FES rehabilitation bike and began to recover use of her arms and legs after a serious accident.