City Council passes ordinance allowing urban hens

Ellen Thomas smiles after the Columbia City Council voted to change the city ordinance governing the ownership of chickens, a change she spoke in favor of earlier in the evening on Monday.

City Council decided Monday night that Columbia residents will be allowed to keep six hens per residential lot.

LETTER: Football games are no place for a live tiger

Surely he was joking when Missouri Student Association President Tim Noce suggested purchasing a live tiger mascot for MU home football games. Doing so would be inhumane and a waste of finances.

LETTER: Obama's job plan more promising than GOP's

Republicans use ideology and rhetoric to argue for what they want. President Barack Obama's plans are built on objective consideration of the facts. Republicans will show themselves to be the greatest domestic enemy of the country they claim to love.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Will you buy the Apple iPad?

The Apple iPad has been involved in plenty of talk, both positive and negative, since its unveiling Wednesday.

COLUMN: The Missourian's top commenters of 2009

The Missourian's comments section was dominated by four titans in 2009, and I've got the numbers to show it.

MU's University Bookstore starts textbook rental program

Rentable textbooks, which might save some MU students money, are being offered at University Bookstore this semester.

Questions and answers on Toyota's gas pedal fix

Starting this week and continuing over the next several weeks, Toyota will send letters to customers telling them when and where they can have their vehicles repaired. Parts will begin arriving at dealerships this week and repairs will begin as early as this weekend.

Columbia commission to name "Most Notable Properties" at Tuesday gala

Historical and architecturally significant properties in Columbia to be named at The Tiger Hotel event.

Johnson sentenced for second-degree murder of toddler

Horace Johnson was sentenced to 30 years in prison for beating his toddler son to death.

Columbia Area Senior Center hosts bluegrass jam session

Every Monday morning at the Columbia Area Senior Center, several friends gather to practice a repertoire of bluegrass, country and gospel music. The jam sessions are open to the public and anyone willing to play can come and try it out. The group performs from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Boone Landing.

Columbia College women's basketball slips in poll

Last week's loss causes the Cougars to drop two spots to No. 10.

MU journalism student to appear on "Jeopardy!"

The category: Contestants on "Jeopardy!" The clue: This senior in the Missouri School of Journalism appears in the famous game show's college championships this week. The answer: Who is Lindsay Eanet?

Great Hang-ups owners withdraw rezoning proposal

In the wake of opposition from the neighborhood association and denial by the Planning and Zoning Commission, property owners Mark Nichols and Patra Mierzwa have withdrawn their rezoning request.

MU employee arrested on suspicion of sexual misconduct

A University Club waiter was arrested Saturday on suspicion of sexual misconduct with a co-worker.

Four Missouri men plead not guilty on charges of raping family members

Four defendents charged with raping and molesting young relatives in the 1980s pleaded not guilty Monday.

China and Missouri envision a trade hub in St. Louis

Despite national disagreements, a Chinese ambassador met with the governor to discuss an adaption to Lambert Airport in St. Louis that would make it a cargo trade center. The governor is confident that this venture would create more jobs and be financially beneficial.

Blunt widens cash lead over Carnahan in Missouri Senate race

Rep. Roy Blunt reported taking in $430,000 more than Secretary of State Robin Carnahan during the last quarter of 2009. Both are vying for Missouri's U.S. Senate seat in November.

States seeking to ban mandatory health insurance

Lawmakers in 34 states have filed or proposed amendments to reject federally mandated health insurance. If passed, citizens will have state-based rights to refuse medical insurance and prohibit penalties for those without insurance.

New Boone County Sheriff's Web site adds more crime-tracking tools

An interactive map of recent crimes in Boone County is one of the features of the Boone County Sheriff's Department's new Web site, which was unveiled Monday.

Former House Speaker Gingrich to speak at Missouri Western

The appearence will take place Oct. 6-7 during the annual Convocation on Critical Issues at the St. Joseph school.