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.

ANALYSIS: Nixon brought new tone to Missouri Capitol

House Majority Leader Steven Tilley, R-Perryville, partially credits Gov. Jay Nixon for what he describes as a "very cordial, good working relationship" between legislative leaders and the governor.

Hanneman, Johnson return in MU women's basketball team's win

After missing the Tigers past two games after a brief suspension, seniors Jessra Johnson and Amanda Hanneman came off the bench in a 71-44 victory over North Texas.

Missouri women's basketball team goes undefeated in December

The Missouri women's basketball team rolled to a 71-44 victory over North Texas on Monday night at Mizzou Arena to go 6-0 in the month of December.

Judge upholds Harris' double 25-year sentences

Antoine Harris, 32, has been sentenced to 25 years for second-degree murder and 25 years for first-degree assault, to be served concurrently, in connection to his involvement with the 2008 slaying of Antonio Flores-Ramirez.

Holiday weekend traffic accidents normal for snowfall

Summary of traffic accidents reported in the mid-Missouri region.

New security guidelines have little impact at Columbia Regional Airport

Travelers should plan to arrive at least three hours before an international flight because of added restrictions and screenings.

Fatal wrecks down in Missouri in 2009

The Missouri Department of Transportation says it would mark the fourth straight yearly decline.

Wet year raises spring flood concerns in St. Louis

Significant spring flooding is possible because of an abundant snow melt from the north.

New form of malaria threatens to become global health emergency border

Scientists have confirmed the first signs of resistance to the only affordable treatment left in the global medicine cabinet for malaria: Artemisinin. If this drug stops working, there's no good replacement to combat a disease that kills 1 million annually. As a result, earlier this year international medical leaders declared resistant malaria here a health emergency.

Animal groups propose rules for Missouri dog breeders

Under the proposal, dog-breeders could only have 50 breeding dogs and would be required to feed animals daily, provide annual veterinary care and not breed animals more than twice every 18 months, among other rules.

Sheriff identifies body found in tractor-trailer

An autopsy ruled that the man's death was a homicide. The Audrain County Sheriff's Department also said he was from Ohio but provided no details on where in Ohio he was from.

Missouri brother gives sister bone marrow

A former Sedalia resident receives a gift that helped save her life. Today she is cancer free.