TODAY'S QUESTION: Should public safety outweigh individual privacy in airport security?

On Christmas Day, a Nigerian man attempted to blow up a plane en route to Detroit. The foiled terrorism attempt has thrust the issue of airport security into the spotlight again. Should see-through scanners be installed at airports to make it harder to bring dangerous materials onto a plane or would this infringe on individuals' privacy?

Rising caseload strains Columbia Municipal Court

Columbia's Municipal Court is struggling to keep pace with a caseload that has nearly doubled in recent months because of crackdowns on traffic violations and the addition of red-light cameras at two intersections. Four new employees will help ease the pressure.

TODAY'S QUESTION: What is your New Year's wish for Columbia?

Although media outlets are likely to feature highlights and timelines of the "year in review" for sports, entertainment or politics in the United States, they don't do it as often with local news. And even when they do, it's more for fun or casual reflection than for improvement.

If you had a New Year's wish for Columbia and Boone County, what would it be?

MU looking into domestic partnership benefits for employees

MU Equity is gathering stories about how the UM System's lack of domestic partnership benefits affects hiring and retention.

ANALYSIS: Confusion fills skies after attempted bombing

The Transportation Security Administration did little to explain the rules for increased security measures for air travel. And that inconsistency might well have been deliberate: What's confusing to passengers is also confusing to potential terrorists.

39 Missouri drinking water systems fail to complete required tests

Required monthly tests of bacteria levels in drinking water have gone undone by water systems in 18 Missouri counties, according to state environmental officials.

Boone County Sheriff's deputies search for suspect leads to drug arrests

While searching a house for a man with active warrants, officers find evidence of methamphetamine production.

Mother, son sentenced in murder-for-hire plot

A Rolla man and woman — son and mother — have been sentenced for their involvement in a plot to kill to prevent testimony in a methamphetamine case. The killings did not take place.

Dogs provide more than just love to their owners

Service dogs can do more than find lost people or help people with impaired vision. Barbara Willis' dog, Sydney, alerts her to her to the onset of migraines.

Columbia hosts 15th annual First Night celebration

“We always strive to provide a wonderful mixture of favorite First Night performers from years past with new offerings as well,” said director of operations Tracy Lane in an e-mail.


More candidates file to run for Columbia School Board

Incumbent James Whitt, Dan Holt and Jonathan Sessions bring to five the number of candidates for the Columbia School Board. The filing deadline is Jan. 19, 2010.

COLUMN: Farewell to 2009, hello to opportunities to do better

In the coming year, we should all try harder to make our country a better place to live.

Nurses with revoked licenses easily move to others, investigation finds

Greater cooperation between states, by frequently updating databases and sharing information, would lessen likelihood of nurses with revoked licenses in one state working in others.

Ponzi collapses nearly quadrupled in '09

In all, more than 150 Ponzi schemes collapsed in 2009, compared to about 40 in 2008, according to the AP's examination of criminal cases at all U.S. attorneys' offices and the FBI, as well as criminal and civil actions taken by state prosecutors and regulators at both the federal and state levels.

Tests reveal agricultural pollutants in Lake of the Ozarks

After criticism this summer for delaying release of tests that showed the Lake of the Ozarks contained high levels of E. coli, further tests of the lake by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources reveal elevated nitrogen and phosphorus levels.

'Happy New U' event scheduled for Friday

The Mayor's Council on Physical Fitness and Health will host the second annual "Happy New U" on New Year's Day at Columbia's Activity and Recreation Center from 10:10 to 10:55 a.m. and 12:10 to 1 p.m., with "Columbia's Largest Group Workout" in between.

COLUMN: Legislators should not abdicate their responsibilities to the voting public

Missouri voters have been asked to make decisions at the ballot that should have been made by legislators. And sometimes those decisions weren't always the right ones.