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PHOTO GALLERY: Snow & cold remain a double whammy

Snowplows crews worked around the clock but couldn't prevent a spate of weather-related accidents in the last few days. Extreme cold is expected to continue this weekend.

Assault charges dismissed against Kraig Kahler

Boone County prosecutor said the charge relied on testimony from Kahler's wife, who he is suspected of killing.

TODAY'S QUESTION: What changes should be made to the National School Lunch Program?

Concerns over cost and quality of meat has spurred Congress to pledge a review of the Child Nutrition Act this spring.

LETTER: No link between antibiotics used in livestock production, resistance in people

American farmers use antibiotics to keep livestock healthy and safe for consumption.

Columbia hopes new office will improve rental inspection process

The Office of Neighborhood Services will bring together the groups in city government that are responsible for making sure landlords maintain properties to the city's standards. That process hasn't always worked efficiently in the past.

PHOTO GALLERY: Thursday Snow Day

The city received approximately 2.7 inches of snow by 7 a.m. Thursday.

COLUMN: Examining a few bills about to be taken up by General Assembly

As state legislatures around the country get ready to debate bills, here is an analysis of a few bills proposed in Missouri, covering topics from protection for faith-based health care to eminent domain.

COLUMN: Ethics reform in Missouri legislature must include contribution limits

The best ethics reform would be to let the citizenry finance all campaign costs, but that's never going to happen.

3 killed, 5 wounded in St. Louis shooting spree

An ABB employee opened fire on his co-workers Thursday then killed himself. The Webster Groves man had been involved in a dispute with the company over pension benefits.

Columbia Independent School works to integrate, expand international program

Head of School Scott K. Gibson III says his students benefit from seeing international students overcome the challenges that go along with living in a new country. Gibson is working to expand the school's study-abroad program.

LETTER: MU apology to Navy rings hollow

Marching Mizzou was selfish for playing five songs at the end of the game before allowing the Midshipmen to play their revered alma mater.

Seven Columbia women arrested on suspicion of prostitution

Columbia police arrested seven women  Wednesday at a hotel in East Columbia after they responded to online sex ads.

Freedom of Information fund will help news agencies access public records

The fund will pay for certain legal fees, allowing smaller media outlets to press charges when government records requests are not honored.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Disney makes a crowd-pleaser for black community

"The Princess and the Frog" is packed with dazzling characters led by Princess Tiana.

Columbia Police officer's personal car stolen from driveway

The car was left unlocked and running so it could warm up. The police department is urging residents not to leave their cars unattended.

Group seeking moratorium, study of death penalty adds local organizations

More than 100 groups, faith organizations and businesses in Columbia have signed on to an effort to stop executions in Missouri while the use of death penalty is under review. A panel spoke on behalf of the group at a news conference at First Baptist Church on Wednesday.

UPDATE: Winter storm proves deadly elsewhere in Midwest

A highway accident in Ohio leaves four dead and seven injured, as dangerous weather continues to ensnare much of the country. 

Unemployment-claims data signal job gains are near

The U.S. might be close to posting the first monthly job gain in two years. Companies have also noted growth in holiday sales.

Public schools closed Friday

Columbia Public Schools has announced by text message that schools will be closed Friday because of winter weather.

Missouri State Highway Patrol leader to retire

Col. James Keathley has been with the Highway Patrol since 1977 and has been superintendent since 2006.

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