Missouri faces budget battle

So far this fiscal year, Missouri has borrowed $350 million from a budget reserve to help ease cash flow problems. The state will be responsible for returning these funds no later than May 15. State Budget Director Linda Luebbering addressed the House Budget Committee on Wednesday about this issue.

COLUMN: Obama not keeping promise of transparency

Especially on important issues such as health care reform, President Obama  must make good on campaign promises of conducting debates in public and involving members of both parties.

LETTER: Band mixup not that big of a deal

Navy fans bemoaning "hurt" feelings and "disrespect" has grown tiresome.

COLUMN: Community builders unite us better than online social networks

Fans of high-tech communities like Facebook and Twitter should not fall in the trap of neglecting their real-life neighbors and coworkers.

LETTER: Bias found in two Associated Press articles

The Missourian should better edit AP stories or label some of them as commentary.

Missouri advocacy groups seek stiffer penalties for puppy mills

Missouri's animal rights organizations are taking a stand against puppy mills; they're in the process of collecting 100,000 signatures for the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, which would appear on the November 2010 ballot.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Does Mark McGwire's admission of steroid use change your opinion of him?

Putting to rest a question that dogged him for years, former St. Louis Cardinal Mark McGwire has admitted to steroid use. The admission comes on the heels of accepting a job as the Cardinals' hitting instructor.

School Board approves bond issue, new summer school contract

Instead of offering students $100 for perfect attendance at summer school, the Columbia Public School District will offer raffles and other incentives throughout the summer session.

Stephens women's basketball team fades at Williams Baptist

After leading by a point at halftime, the Stephens women's basketball team lost 58-52 on Tuesday at Willimas Baptist.

One dead in Missouri horse-drawn buggy collision

Eli Borntrager was killed in a collision with his horse-drawn buggy and a Chevrolet on Tuesday morning.

Rock Bridge 4-H Club to recycle unwanted electronics

The Rock Bridge 4-H Club will be collecting unwanted electronics for proper disposal from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Rock Bridge Elementary.

Man pleads guilty to production of marijuana

Steven Maurer pleaded guilty to growing marijuana in his home. He faces up to a 15-year sentence.

LETTER: Obama's promised transparency has not come to fruition

Power brokers continue to dominate the way government is run.

Columbia pet stores prepare for decline in tropical fish supply

As the temperatures in Florida slowly drop, so does its tropical fish population. Columbia pet stores are preparing for a decrease of supplies in the weeks ahead.

Missouri food stamp error puts digital records on hold

The $5 million project to create electronic records in several counties was to be funded with part of the $14 million in federal bonuses Missouri received over the past six years for its high participation in its food stamps program. The bonus money is in jeopardy because of the error that caused exaggerated food stamp numbers.

Missouri lawmakers try to reject changes to farm tax

Republican Sen. Bill Stouffer of Napton said Tuesday that he wants to reject the changes approved last month by the Missouri State Tax Commission to increase the value of the four best categories of farmland. He said the agriculture market is too volatile and the timing isn't right.

US Geological Survey in Columbia plans $7 million facility overhaul

The U.S. Geological Survey in Columbia is hosting an open house Wednesday at 4200 New Haven Road to unveil its plan for a $7 million overhaul of its facilities.

Missouri Supreme Court rejects sex offender rules

The court sided with two sex offenders, ruling they cannot be barred from handing out Halloween candy and living within 1,000 feet of schools and child care centers because those restrictions weren't in place when they were convicted.

Boone County Sheriff's Department to receive new investigative device

The Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force will use the device to copy cell phone data, even information that the phone owner thinks has been deleted, that might be useful in its investigations.

Conan O'Brien says no thanks to NBC move

Conan O'Brien is displeased with NBC's discussions to move the former late-night host from prime time to accommodate Jay Leno's return to late-night TV.