Failing septic systems contribute to high E. coli levels at the Lake of the Ozarks

Residents of Lake of the Ozarks said faulty septic tanks may be to blame for the Lake's high E. coli levels.

Concerns over Columbia's water quality postpone well placement

The Columbia City Council voted Monday to allow more time to study well placement because of evidence that treated wastewater is cycling back into the supply.

Missourians could see energy bill rise under cap-and-trade

The Joint Committee on Missouri's Energy Future met Monday in Columbia to discuss the potential effects of federal cap-and-trade legislation on Missouri energy producers and consumers.

Coal profits mask lack of U.S. economic activity

Coals mines in the U.S. are seeing a rising demand for coal from other countries, but the bulk of U.S. coal goes to electric power plants, and they're not interested in buying.

St. Louis school fight broken up with tear gas

At least seven students were treated for exposure to the gas after security guards used it to break up a fight.

Former grain dealer pleads not guilty in fraud case

Cathy Gieseker faces 12 state charges and three federal charges in the case.

Mueller family baseball: Like great-grandfather, like grandfather, like father, like son

The Mueller family boasts four generations of baseball players.

Changing positions helps Missouri defense get quicker

The Missouri football team recruited Zaviar Gooden and Donovan Bonner as safeties, but Tigers coach Gary Pinkel said moving them to linebacker gives his defense more speed.

Columbia College freshman looking forward to basketball season

Kaleb Turner, the only freshman on the Columbia College men's basketball team, says that he chose the school because of the coaches' attitude and style. He says he is working to fit in with the team and learn from the older players.

MU golfer matures after missing last year's Big 12 Tournament

Hannah Lovelock came to Columbia from Surrey, England, last year a talented golfer needing to mature. This season, Lovelock has evolved into one of the top golfers on the team.

The Columbia Chive: Celebrating 21 years of The Onion

The Onion, America's finest satirical news source, is celebrating its 21st birthday this week. Here follows a celebratory homage, an imagining of what a Columbia edition of The Onion — we’ll call it The Chive —would look like.

Second half struggles cost Columbia College women's basketball team

The Cougars opened the season against the NAIA's top team.

Monday crash leaves four cars damaged

The crash left scuffed paint jobs and license plates. All were wearing seatbelts, and no one was injured.

Slain toddler's father not legal guardian, attorney says

Horace Courtez Johnson, 27, who is charged with second-degree murder in the 2008 death of his 2-year-old son, was not listed on the boy's birth certificate.

Vehicle flips over on I-70; no one injured

Columbia police, firefighters and paramedics responded to a single-vehicle rollover accident Monday evening at mile marker 128 on Interstate 70.

Defendant in Bentley murder on trial this week

Damon A. Williams, 24, has been charged with first-degree murder in a home invasion  in which a 22-year-old Columbia man was shot and killed. Williams will stand trial this week in the 13th Circuit Court for Boone County.

Beginnings: Billboard installing — a high-rise occupation

A 14-year veteran billboard installer describes his work above Missouri highways and interstates.

State Historical Society of Missouri cutting hours, staff pay

The governor said the cuts were necessary in light of lowered state revenues. Three positions were eliminated, and employees are voluntarily taking a 20 percent pay reduction.

Attack at Walmart was racially motivated, police say

James Robert Pezold, 25, drove his truck onto a sidewalk at the Walmart on West Broadway and knocked down a 2-year-old when he tried to run over two black families who had just finished shopping, police said.

Microsoft teams up with Missouri to increase tech literacy

Missouri is one of the first seven states to partner with Microsoft Corp. in the company's "Microsoft Elevate America" program. The program will provide Missourians with access to Microsoft certification programs and 24,750 vouchers for specialized e-learning programs.