Sol House hosts events to raise awareness for homeless youth

November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. The Sol House's events include an essay contest, photo exhibit and documentary screening.

Missouri Supreme Court hears case on public defender caseloads

The Boone County public defender's office filed a lawsuit against two 13th Circuit Court judges over a regulation put in place by the office to limit the number of new cases they receive.

Young hunters killed 13,000 deer in two days

In a two-day season, young hunters in Missouri killed more than 13,000 deer this year. It's the second highest total ever recorded for that period. This year, Osage, Franklin and Callaway counties led the way, with hunters harvesting more than 240 deer in each county.

Today's Question: Do payday loans need stricter regulation?

A six-month moratorium has been placed on new payday loan business and the City Council is now looking into other options to regulate the small loans with high interest rates.

MoDOT bridge repair program tops 100 mark

The Missouri Department of Transportation has completed work on 107 of the 802 bridges slated to be repaired or replaced by Oct. 31, 2013. An additional nine will be finished by the end of the year.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Forsee, Cerner partnership railroaded through at lightning speed

Cooperating with Cerner ties the university too closely to a company with a questionable track record.

New Century Fund asks council to consider community foundation

After researching community foundations this past summer, the New Century Fund is proposing the creation of one in Columbia. It would work with existing foundations as an avenue for the donation of complicated gifts, such as real estate.

Columbia City Council votes to rezone Kardon property

The Columbia City Council voted 6-1 to rezone the lot at Providence Road and Third Avenue. A beauty shop has already signed a conditional lease with the owner of the property.

UPDATE: City Council to gather information on payday loan businesses

After approving an ordinance that places a six-month moratorium on payday loan businesses, the Columbia City Council will look to gather information on how other communities deal with them.

MU Student Health Center cancels seasonal flu clinics this week

Next week's clinics are still on the calendar for now, but the health center will cancel clinics again if the H1N1 vaccine isn't available.

City Council tables proposal to annex near Richland Road

The Richland Road proposal calls for mixed commercial and residential development. The area in question is likely to develop substantially in the years around a proposed extension of Stadium Boulevard that would bisect the property.

Salvation Army taking applications for Christmas assistance

Families with young children, adults with disabilities and senior citizens are all eligible to apply if they haven't signed up with another agency.

Extra points part of Missouri soccer player's repertoire

Jessica Greer, a freshman forward for the Missouri women's soccer team, excelled as her high school football team's kicker.

Baylor's second half against Nebraska offers Bears hope

Baylor coach Art Briles says he wants his team to play Missouri like it did in the second half last Saturday against Nebraska.

St. Louis smoking bans raise questions at state level

With passage of a smoking bans in St. Louis city and county, 50 percent of all Missourians are now living in areas with limits on smoking in public. Legislators are revisiting enacting state laws on the issue.

Egyptian volleyball player adjusts to life in Columbia

Ola Shawky Nosear, a first-year player on the Columbia College women's volleyball team, spent four years playing on the Egyptian junior national team before moving to Columbia. She is adjusting to the style of play and culture in the United States.

LETTER: Cutting online school program unfair to students already enrolled

Gov. Jay Nixon's cuts to the Missouri Virtual Instruction Program leave students with fewer educational options.

Can't spend our way out of our troubles

New giveaways to seniors and others are unneccessary, and are being doled out by people who can't always keep track of their own money.

Win over Rock Bridge advances Hickman to district boys soccer final

Hickman defeated Rock Bridge 1-0 in the Class 3, District 9 semifinal Tuesday behind George Platokus' early goal. Hickman advances to take on Jefferson City on Thursday in the final.

Recession's squeeze teaches hard lessons about importance of workers' rights

When a recession hits this hard, all we can do is try to learn from the experience. This time around, America is being taught some hard lessons about workers' rights. Workers must be paid a fair wage, be allowed to bargain collectively, be protected by government regulation and be treated with dignity.