COLUMN: Downtown cameras, Davis health care proposal are bad ideas

Downtown cameras are expensive and don't work to solve crimes, while the proposal to nullify provisions of a federal health care bill is unconstitutional.

City agrees to settlement with man shocked with Taser

The city of Columbia has agreed to a settlement with Phillip Lee McDuffy, who was seriously injured in July 2008 after being shocked with a Taser and falling off an Interstate 70 overpass.

New MU organization advocates for student parents

Mizzou Families Involved Together, or MIZFIT, a new MU student organization aims to bring student parents together and advocate for their needs. MU doesn't track the number of student parents on campus, but if MU’s student-parent population corresponded to the national average, this would translate to more than 2,500 undergraduate student parents and nearly 2,000 graduate student parents.

Bench gets chance for Missouri women's basketball team

The Missouri reserves outscored the entire Texas-Pan American team in the Tigers' 83-34 victory Thursday night at Mizzou Arena. Bailey Gee and Christine Flores led the team with 14 points apiece, pushing the Tigers' record to 6-2.

Attorney General sues Columbia developer about pollution

A lawsuit has been filed against Garth Coleman Builders, Inc. The suit alleges that the company allowed contaminants to enter a tributary of Rocky Fork Creek.

Freshman fills key role for Rock Bridge boys basketball team

In a perfect scenario, freshman Travis Jorgenson would be providing a spark off the bench for the Rock Bridge boys basketball team. That all changed when regular point guard junior Justin Miller was diagnosed with a stress fracture.

Hanneman gives Missouri women's basketball team outside threat

After being plagued by injuries throughout her Missouri career, senior Amanda Hanneman is finally healthy and leads the Tigers this season with 25 3-pointers.

TODAY'S QUESTION: How can the government best mitigate the effects of unemployment for Americans?

If the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program is not renewed, 53,048 Missourians will lose federal unemployment benefits between January and March, according to the study. Nationwide, more than 3.2 million will be affected.

COLUMN: Surveillance cameras will improve safety in downtown Columbia

Downtown surveillance cameras have proven their effectiveness around the world and won't violate anyone's right to privacy. Why, then, are local officials opposed to installing them in Columbia?

Slow start hurts Hickman girls basketball team

The Hickman girls basketball team lost 39-31 to Pembroke Hill on Thursday at the Blue Springs tournament.

Symbols tell stories of Hanukkah

Hanukkah begins Friday and continues until sundown eight days later. Many of the items used to observe Hanukkah are also symbols of the story.

Anti-inflammatories may undermine vaccines, according to study

Mid-Missourians may want to stop taking anti-inflammatory medicines when getting the H1N1 vaccine, according to a recent study.

Pregame playmakers: Sports medicine department dedicated to athletes

Keith Sparks, MU junior, interned in the sports medicine department to help with his physical therapy major, but is now considering sports medicine as a career.

UPDATE: Kansas AG files revised complaint in slayings of four

Kansas' attorney general filed a revised capital murder complaint against James Kraig Kahler, a former Columbia, Mo., city official. Another murder was added to the charges against him after one of the people he shot died in the hospital.

Missouri drug courts offer second chance

According to one graduate of Missouri's drug courts, the program helped save her life and win back custody of her children. Some critics of drug courts, however, say they treat drug addiction as a crime, not a mental health issue.

Missouri pension fund not planning on suing credit rating agencies

State officials are not considering asking Missouri's attorney general to sue credit rating agencies to try to recover losses to state pension funds.

Residents volunteer most hours ever recorded in Columbia

Residents volunteered more hours in fiscal year 2009 than ever before recorded in Columbia.

Four Columbia men arrested on drug charges

After finding marijuana and drug paraphernalia in a Columbia home, police arrested four men. Police went to the home to look for a suspect in a fraud case.

U.S. Department of Energy approves Missouri's Energy Star rebate

The rebate program will be launched concurrently with Missouri’s next annual "Show Me Green Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday" on April 19, 2010.

McCaskill: Small businesses feeling credit crunch

Senator Claire McCaskill suggested Tuesday that unused bailout funds could be used to create a subsidized federal direct loan program to help small businesses grow.