LETTER: Make federal road dollars stretch as far as possible

MODOT should take an in-depth look into ready-to-go projects and ensure each is fiscally sound.

Resolve to help each other in 2009

Now that the economy is forcing us to review our excesses, more of us should realize the importance of sharing our good fortunes.

City annexation, rezoning for park land yet to be decided

The City Council is expected to decide whether Columbia will have a new park and a trail for Perche Creek at its meeting on Jan. 20.

Program at Benton Elementary helps girls respect themselves and others

Cathy Cox, the home school communicator at Benton Elementary, created the program R.I.S.E. to help unite young girls during weekly discussions about respect.

Brookside Square now has both neighborhood and homeowners' associations

Residents of the Brookside Square Subdivision, who were concerned that their interests were not fully represented by the already existing homeowners' association, have formed a neighborhood association to take up issues of fire protection, crime and construction.

Text message led to ATV crash that killed toddler

The father of a 2-year-old who died in a weekend ATV crash said he looked down to check a text message while the boy somehow pushed the throttle, prompting the dad to fall off the vehicle before the toddler sustained fatal injuries.

Police: Pot found in Missouri prison visitor's shoe

Police say a St. Louis woman is jailed after suspected marijuana was found in her shoe while she was visiting an inmate at a state prison in south-central Missouri.

Missouri jobless benefits fund going broke, again

The unemployment fund could be insolvent by the end of the year. But the state can borrow from the federal government.

MoDOT to begin Safe and Sound bridge campaign

The Missouri Department of Transportation is poised to begin its largest building campaign in state history to repair 802 of Missouri's worst-rated bridges.

Change starts small

In a new year change starts with small steps, such as campaigning for the Humane Society and renovating houses rather than tearing them down.

Smoking ban a good first step toward a healthier lifestyle

Eliminating smoking and fast food on campus would go a long way toward promoting healthier lifestyles.

Holden, others offer advice for Nixon

Former Gov. Bob Holden, as well as Republican legislators, say communication and compromise will be key to Jay Nixon's success as governor.

New MU Student Center will open Monday

The new MU Student Center will open Monday with one entrance at the southeast corner of Hitt and Rollins streets.

Richardson withdraws bid to be commerce secretary

A federal grand jury is investigating how a California company that contributed to Bill Richardson's political activities won a New Mexico transportation contract worth more than $1 million. Richardson said the investigation "would have forced an untenable delay in the confirmation process."

ANALYSIS: Nixon proposing new economic focus

Jay Nixon wants to launch his Show Me Jobs initiative. Problem is, it would tap the same source of funds as Matt Blunt's DREAM program for downtown revitalization. Can both programs survive?

UPDATE: Majority of KC-area nursing homes score below average

A new federal database rating facilities on health inspections, staffing levels and quality of care.

Net installation finished at Bagnell Dam to protect fish

AmerenUE put in the 900-foot-wide net to keep the fish out of the turbines.

Airline passenger arrested in St. Louis for bomb threat

He was arrested, authorities said, after he made a threat to a flight attendant who asked him to close  his laptop computer before takeoff.

Tigers win at Georgia to end road drought

The Tigers snapped an eight-game nonconference road losing streak on Saturday afternoon.

Missouri women win seventh in a row

The Tiger's bench had its most impressive performance of the year in a 76-65 win at Duquesne.