Sheriff's department says telephone fundraiser is scam

Officials said recent phone calls about the sheriff's department's Christmas fundraiser were a scam. The Boone County Sheriff's Department does not conduct any telephone solicitations and urges residents to be careful to never provide any personal or bank account information to telephone solicitors.

Blues festival nets more than $14,000 for Columbia

The Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival grossed $168,170 in ticket sales this year. Columbia is to receive more than $14,000 for its share of the proceeds.

Emergency declaration increases weight limit for trucks hauling crops

Missouri's transportation department issued an emergency declaration allowing trucks taking crops to local grain bins, elevators or processors to carry 10 percent more than their legally licensed weight. Heavy rains made it more difficult for many farmers to harvest their crops this year, and the state Department of Agriculture asked for the declaration to make it easier for farmers to take their crops to market.

Today's Question: What do you think of activists' proposal to ban Tasers in Columbia?

A coalition of six community organizations calling itself the “TASER-Free Columbia Campaign" announced on Friday a proposed November 2010 ballot initiative that would ban all use of Tasers inside city limits.

State budget office created to counter governor's power closes

Missouri's Legislative Budget Office closed Friday because lawmakers had earlier decided not to reauthorize it. The office was created in 2007 as an independent resource for lawmakers looking to analyze how bills and policies affect the state's budget.

Belief in brief: Day of the Dead

The Day of the Dead, also known as “El Dia de los Muertos,” is a celebration of a time when the dead are believed to return to their families. 

Missouri family puts together a special prom

Sarah Jones, 12, was born 15 weeks premature with cerebral palsy, followed by various other health conditions. A life-long friend, Zaph Boand, along with the help of the family and friends in the community, organized a night to remember event for her.

Mayor Hindman plans Columbia, Maryland, visit to talk bicycles

People in the Maryland city have started encouraging increased use of bicycles, and they're asking the mayor of their Missouri counterpart to help because of the work he's done here. 

Analysis: Budget cuts could unplug virtual school

The governor's $204 million budget cut included ending $4.8 million in state funding for Missouri's online school. About 1,600 students would be affected.

Missouri State University president to resign

Citing the "demanding" and "complex" nature of the job, Mike Nietzel submitted a letter of resignation, but he is willing to continue working until a replacement president is found. founder sentenced to 4-plus years

Gary Kaplan, the founder of, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, violating the Wire Wager Act and conspiring to violate it. Kaplan was sentenced to four years and three months in prison.

Missouri politicians delay reporting party contributions

In Missouri, political campaigns are required to report contributions of over $5,000 within 48 hours, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch found that only about 80 percent of campaigns report a contribution of exactly $5,000 within 48 hours.

A Joplin church's stained glass marks beginning, end for glazier's career

A Joplin man who made a career out of restoring stained glass came out of retirement to save the glass at the church that started it all for him.

Urban chicken farmers learn the final truth

The Blue Door Farm in Kansas City provides an opportunity for urban farming students to see the nice and not-so-nice aspects of raising chickens in backyards.

St. Louis group wants to resurrect the mustache

Channeling their inner Tom Selleck, public relations firm says if they can bring back the mustache then they can sell anything

State lawmaker resigns from House

Ed Wildberger, D-St. Joseph, is the fifth state lawmaker to resign this year. A special election will be held Feb. 2 to fill his seat.

Turnovers, sacks finally come for Missouri defense

Coach Gary Pinkel has said it all season. His team’s defense was close. If it kept doing the right things, the turnovers and sacks would come. In Saturday’s win over Colorado, they came in bunches.

No. 2 Texas avoids Halloween haunting

The Longhorns started talking about playing with swagger on the road at Missouri.

After crashes, McMurray takes the flag at Talladega

NASCAR demanded drivers be on their best behavior at Talladega Superspeedway.

Hope for tomorrow begins today

There are homeless people in our community who do not have pillows to rest their heads on, food to eat or clothes to wear. They cannot be forgotten, as the Lord tells us that the poor will be with us always.