KAHLER KILLINGS: Teachers, friends mourn children lost in triple homicide

Lauren Kahler photo from Facebook.

Friends and classmates in Texas and Missouri remember Emily and Lauren Kahler, who were shot to death, along with their mother, on Saturday evening. "She could light up a room with her smile," said one of Lauren's Columbia friends, Paige Shipma.

KAHLER KILLINGS: Slain woman had troubled marriage with suspect

Karen Kahler's marriage to James Kraig Kahler had shown signs of trouble prior to the the fatal shooting of her and her daughters. She had filed for an order of protection earlier in the year and was working towards a divorce.

KALHER KILLINGS: Former Columbia utility director charged with murdering wife, daughters

James Kraig Kahler, the former director of Columbia Water and Light, was charged with capital murder in Kansas in the shooting deaths of his estranged wife and two teenage daughters.

COLUMN: Mom never forgot that cup of tea from the Salvation Army

During World War II, while Mother was a member of the Royal Air Force, her troupe received tea and biscuits from the Salvation Army when they landed in Northern Africa.

Obama to explain Afghan strategy to public Tuesday

President Barack Obama will explain his strategy for the war in Afghanistan on Tuesday. The plan includes sending between 30,000 to 35,000 more troops to the country, some of whom will be deported before Christmas.

Today's Question: What do you think about the police department removing its detective from the Internet Crimes Task Force?

The Columbia Police Department has recently had to cut several programs for budget reasons. In October, for example, the department removed one of its detectives from the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force.

Missouri's Ampudia nets Big 12 volleyball's Newcomer of the Year

Missouri women's volleyball player Paola Ampudia was named Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year in a unanimous vote from the 11 coaches in the league.

Missouri's Ressel earns Big 12 footbal honors

Sophomore kicker Grant Ressel was named the Big 12 Conference's Special Teams Player of the Week

LETTER: Webber, Still should support medical marijuana

As representatives of the people of Columbia who voted in support of medicial marijuana, Reps. Stephen Webber and Mary Still should support it.

Columbia NFL fans dedicated despite down years for Chiefs and Rams

St. Louis Rams fan Jacob Glazer and Kansas City Chiefs fan Theresa Musket won't be selling their season tickets anytime soon.

KAHLER KILLINGS: Criminal psychologists explain triggers for family violence

Although each case is unique, criminal psychologists say there are common elements to certain crimes that help shed light on how they happen. The Kahler case reveals how that process works.

Beginnings: Taxidermist's work preserves animals

Curt Shahan, owner of Woodland Wonders Taxidermy, turned his love for hunting and his artistic side into a hobby and his hobby into a full-time job.

Former Water and Light director due in court today

Former Columbia Water and Light director James Kraig Kahler, 46, has been charged with capital murder in an eastern Kansas court on Monday morning after being arrested Sunday on suspicion of murdering his wife and their teenage daughters.

Columbia Public Schools to host forum about objectives

Columbia Public Schools will host a public forum Thursday to discuss the five-year Comprehensive School Improvement Plan.

Unclaimed remains follow convoluted path to rest

Some counties struggle to deal with unclaimed remains, such as those of a Sedalia man who was recently buried after nearly 3 years in the county morgue.

Sick girl's wish for others comes true

A Kansas girl asks Make-A-Wish Foundation to donate wish to food pantry

Slam poetry event in St. Louis has urban theme

Volunteers said the poetry slam experience helped build self-esteem and encourage self-expression. Dozens of students from various elementary schools participated.

Alzheimer's patient restoring log cabin built in 1902

An 84-year-old southeast Missouri resident isn't letting his fight with Alzheimer's slow him down. He's hard at work restoring the with his son-in-law, using century-old logs.

Columbia man arrested Saturday after shots fired at car

Columbia resident Hunter Garza, 21, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon.

Deadline for sending military care packages nears

Deadlines to send holiday packages to Air/Army Post Offices and Fleet Post Officess are quickly approaching. The U.S. Department of Defense has tips for family and friends sending packages to servicemen and women.