COLUMN: Proposed Missouri tax cuts are a bad idea

Missouri already has one of the lowest tax burdens – especially on the rich and powerful – of any state. Our level of services – especially for the poor and weak – is also low and headed down.

UPDATE: Pearson won't seek second term as Boone County commissioner

Boone County Presiding Commissioner Ken Pearson said Thursday that he would not run for re-election in 2010. Bondi Wood announced her plans to run for the Democratic nomination to the office.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Should California’s same-sex marriage case be telecast to test the new pilot program for broadcasting trials?

The U.S. Supreme Court said no to this question on Wednesday, stating in part that the pilot program should not be tested on such a high-profile case. What do you think?

Haiti death toll continues to climb as quake cleanup begins

Tuesday’s earthquake brought down buildings great and small — from shacks in shantytowns to President Rene Preval’s gleaming white National Palace, where a dome tilted ominously above the manicured grounds.

Second half run lifts Columbia College women

The Cougars were led by Rachel Oswald's double-double.

Quake aid starts to arrive for desperate Haitians

International aid made its way to Haiti Thursday following Tuesday's earthquake that killed an estimated 45,000 to 50,000 people.

Boone County search and rescue team nearly deployed to Haiti

Members of Missouri Task Force One were almost deployed to help find and rescue victims of Tuesday's earthquake. The Task Force is still ready to be deployed if necessary.

Columbia offers many options for MLK Day

A candlelight march from Douglass High School to St. Paul AME Church will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, followed by a memorial service to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

UPDATE: Community honors, celebrates diversity

The 17th annual Columbia Values Diversity breakfast took place Thursday morning.  The breakfast featured awards and performances highlighting different cultures. Bill Clark and his wife, Dolores, were honored with the individual award, and Centro Latino won the award for organizations.

Missouri men's basketball sells out next two home games

High-speed car chase south of Columbia ends in arrest

Jefferson City man was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and careless and imprudent driving.

Two Columbians trying to learn fate of families in Haiti

Two Columbians who were trying to contact Haitian family members, had no success by Wednesday afternoon. Charities are open to donations to help Haiti through text messaging.

Where to send money to help earthquake relief in Haiti

Find a list of organizations helping victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

MU professor in Port-au-Prince unharmed

Carsten Strathausen, professor in the MU German and Russian departments, received an e-mail from his wife, Valerie Kaussen, from the hard-hit capital of Port-au-Prince. She was unharmed, and her building was still standing.

Columbia's Bleu restaurant serves Haitian cuisine to support relief efforts

Profits from  the restaurant's Haitian cuisine night on Tuesday will go toward a Florida medical team deployed to Haiti to aid earthquake relief efforts.

Missouri children's agency earns national accreditation

Five years after the death of Dominic James, a 2-year-old of Springfield, the state's Department of Social Services's Division of Children is one of six nationwide accredited for its work. Paula Neese, director of the Division of Children, said the designation was a first step toward improving the situation for children and their families

Voluntary Action Center Moves

Columbia's Voluntary Action Center will move from Providence Road to 403A Vandiver Drive. The center will close at noon on Friday and reopen in its new location at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

UPDATE: Missouri Supreme Court hears challenge to malpractice limits

Attorneys for patients argued that the limits violate the Missouri Constitution and that lawmakers had no rational basis for them.

PHOTO GALLERY: Bill and Dolores Clark, Centro Latino win diversity awards

The awards go to those who make significant contributions to the promotion and appreciation of diversity and cultural understanding.

St. Louis plant reopens one week after shootings

Employees of the ABB Inc. plant in St. Louis returned to work Thursday, a week after 51-year-old Timothy Hendron arrived armed with four guns and killed three men and injured five more before killing himself.