East Columbia Area Plan explained

The Columbia and Boone County Planning commissions will hold the second of three public meetings Tuesday to discuss the future of a 21-square-mile area east of Columbia.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Let voters decide on bond issue for higher education

The Missouri business community must speak up for Missouri to allow a bond issue for higher education imporvements to pass. A similar issue was proven successful in the past, and currently, Missouri needs the jobs. State legislators must put the needs of Missourians before politics.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Was the Austin, Texas, plane crash an act of terrorism?

There has been debate concerning how to define Thursday’s plane crash into an Internal Revenue Service office in Austin, Texas.

UPDATE: Sudanese 'lost boy' touches hearts in Fayette

After reading about Valentino Achak Deng, a "lost boy" displaced by the civil war in Sudan, a librarian at Central Methodist University was motivated to try to get him to speak on campus. Though Deng will not be able to make his scheduled speech on Feb. 25, several activities related to his cause in Sudan brought staff, students and faculty of the university together.

Fourth Ward Candidates address development issues at forum

Three Fourth Ward City Council candidates discussed community-level education, development and accessability issues at a forum for the Westmount Neighborhood Association.

Mayoral candidates address neighborhood association's concerns

Parkade Neighborhood Association held an informational session for mayoral candidates and campaign representatives on Monday to address issues such as crime, city programs and schools.

Bill proposes Nixon play the lottery to fix budget

Some Republican representatives proposed a bill that would deduct $2 from Gov. Jay Nixon's paycheck to play the lottery and give all winnings to the state budget.

Missouri Secretary of State gives tips for safe investment

Robin Carnahan visited Columbia Area Senior Citizen Center to promote awareness of investment fraud.

BOONE LIFE: Les Bourgeois wine preparations begin in the cold

This year's vineyard harvest preparation begins in February's 30-degree weather. Bottling of Norton wine begins this week.

County resident John Sam Williamson enters county commissioner race

John Sam Williamson, who owns the property where the county-famous giant burr oak tree resides, joined Bondi Wood and J. Scott Christianson in the race for Boone County Presiding Commissioner. The primary election is Aug. 3.

Acceptance of urban chickens is causing problems throughout Missouri

Jerry Seinfeld, an outlaw rooster in St. Louis' Soulard neighborhood, has been causing trouble for some city residents. Although some urban dwellers treat their chickens as pets, others release chicks when they become roosters.

Obama puts forward last-effort health care reform plan

President Barack Obama attempted one more time to pass a health care reform presenting a 10-year agreement costing nearly $1 trillion Monday.

BLOG: Registration is open for Shakespeare’s MaxTrax Duathlon

Athletes can compete in one of two different length duathlon courses.

BLOG: Downtown cameras debated at Stephens College

Karen Taylor, the founder of Keep Columbia Safe, and others debated Proposition 1, which, if voted on, would result in the installment of multiple cameras downtown.

Faith gives mothers strength to care for dependent children

Two mothers say faith and knowing their limits is what gets them through the hardships of being caregivers of their children.

Flooding highly probable for Missouri, Mississippi rivers

Similar to past years, the recent weather suggests flooding of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Midwest states are looking ahead for ways to avoid flooding.

Former Missouri official killed when plane crashed into house

Former Missouri Division of Commerce and Industrial Develoment head Donald Estell has been killed in a plane crash in Illinois. Estell was piloting. His passenger, Robert Clarkson, was killed as well.

VIDEO: MU diver looks to break more records

Local diver Dante Jones chose the University of Missouri more than two years ago. Since then, he has claimed one record and has several more within his reach.

Bill that would ban fake pot is stalled

The process to make K2 illegal has been slowed because of mistakes in the classification of other drugs included in the bill.

BLOG: City Office of Neighborhood Services to meet East Campus residents

The office will promote discussion between departments and residents hoping to tackle issues more easily.