Columbia launches campaign to counter recycling decline

The city of Columbia is starting a new initiative aimed at making recycling easier for residents by educating people on how to recycle while also making the sorting process simpler. Waste Minimization Supervisor Layli Terrill describes what items the city will and will not accept and also explains how the new program will make recycling easier.

Recycling has remained stagnant in Columbia for several years despite the city's growing population. Officials in the Solid Waste Division hope to change that with an ambitious marketing campaign.

PHOTO GALLERY: State of the Union

President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday.

Rock Bridge tops Hickman at Pink Out girls basketball game

The Rock Bridge girls basketball team beat Hickman 52-43 on Wednesday night at Rock Bridge. 

ANALYSIS: Humbled Obama checks boxes

President Barack Obama took a humbled approach to his State of the Union address on Wednesday. He admits "change has not come fast enough" and touched on topics such as jobs, debt and disappointment.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Should MU consider bringing a live tiger to campus for home football games?

Both the tigers of Louisiana State University and the University of Memphis have a live tiger that is present at home football games. The president of MU’s Missouri Students Association is trying to acquire one for MU football games.

COLUMN: Benefits of constant media use far and few between

A certain dependence on being immersed in media has developed in America, but are the benefits really all that worthwile?

State of the Union speech text

President Barack Obama's first State of the Union address, delivered on Wednesday evening, focused on economic recovery and job growth. The text was provided by the White House.

Republicans say nation can't afford Democats' policies

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address said Democratic policies are resulting in an unsustainable level of debt. He said Americans want affordable health care, but they don't want the government to run it.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Will the real Missouri First please stand up?

A plan is needed to rid Missouri of initiatives that conflict with the free market and disrupt economic gains of Missouri citizens. Gov. Jay Nixon should promote programs that allow the free market to function.

Columbia law professor addresses U.S. achievement gap

Organizers said they hoped the event would bring together groups of people who don't normally mix.

Families fighting Alzheimer's voice concerns at community forum

A state task force intends to bring the results of its findings to the governor and the General Assembly.

Obama's goal: Get agenda moving, people believing

In his first State of the Union address Wednesday night, President Barack Obama will focus his speech on the economy while both acknowledging missteps and defending the agenda that won him the presidency. Obama is expected to emphasize strategies for tackling unemployment and reining in the federal deficit.

Obama will try to salvage U.S. health care bill

President Barack Obama is expected to address the health care reform bill in his State of the Union address Wednesday night. The Democrats' loss of their 60th Senate seat cost them their ability to override Republican opposition in Congress, leaving them with no clear path to finish the bill when it was on the verge of passage.

More than 100 volunteer to build home for injured veteran

Homes for Our Troops, an organization that builds specially adapted houses for veterans who are paralyzed or have had amputations, is building a new home in Columbia for Staff Sgt. Robert Canine. Canine had both of his legs amputated after he was injured while serving in Iraq.

State of the Union Address Q&A

The Missourian staff supplies some facts about the history of the State of the Union address.

Two Missouri softball players named to watch list

Junior Rhea Taylor and sophomore Chelsea Thomas were two of 50 NCAA softball players selected.

Links offer information about issues mentioned in President's address

News reports and online sources offer context for issues discussed in the State of the Union address.

Joint Committee on Tax Policy calls for tax credit accountability

With $8 million in deductions last year for Missouri insurance companies, some legislators want to know why a 60-year-old law is still on the books.

LIVE EVENT: Obama gives State of the Union address

Residents want jobs, health care addressed in President's speech

Five Columbia residents voice their expectations for President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, airing at 8 p.m. local time.