Tourism funding for festivals stirs City Council debate

In addition to issues regarding Columbia's tourism industry discussed at the Columbia City Council meeting Monday, members also talked about parking at Indian Hills, parking garage art, solar power, Google's broadband network and funding for the Central Missouri Humane Society.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Higher taxes, greater government spending undermine economic growth

Stimulus spending may not prove to be very stimulating. According to a recent study, only spending on highly demanded government services appears to boost growth.

New principal named at Hickman High School

Tracey Conrad will be offered a one-year contract and will begin her new role on July 1.

Mees and Belcher answer questions at "potpourri" session

Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher and School Board President Jan Mees talked about Columbia Public Schools and the district's bond issue.

House could pass budget without Nixon's recommended cuts

House Budget Committee chairman said the House could pass the state budget and let the governor and Senate work together to make the governor's recommended cuts.

Missouri gymnast Sarah Shire ranked nation's number one in all-around

Pujols for Howard trade debunked

Talk of a megatrade had baseball buzzing Monday following an ESPN report based on unidentified sources.


MU student wins competition

Spencer Pearson's idea to legalize marijuana won him the 2010 Idea for Change in America competition. Pearson is one out of the 10 winners, who will receive the chance to share their ideas with the president's adiminstration and have a grassroots campaign.

Man sentenced to seven years for manslaughter, assault

After a car accident that left one dead and one injured, the man at fault was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Nexus String Quartet wins $5,000 grand prize tackling 20th century work

The Kent, Ohio, ensemble performed "Funf Satze" by Anton Webern and the "String Quartet No. 4"  by Bela Bartok.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Should the texting-while-driving ban apply to all ages?

A proposed bill would extend the current state law on texting while driving to all ages; only drivers ages 21 and under are banned from this action under the current law.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Kids Count in Missouri data

Find data about the health of our children in Missouri and around the country.

State review board approves historical district on West Broadway

A half-mile stretch of West Broadway from McBaine Avenue to West Boulevard has earned state approval for a place on the National Register of Historic Places.

LETTER: Blame Obama, not Luetkemeyer for overspending

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer has supported conservative spending during his tenure in Congress.

Columbia man arrested after foot chase

The man was arrested on suspicion of several charges including felony resisting arrest and felony stealing.

Daniel Boone City Building to get a makeover

During renovations to City Hall, a historic building will return to its orginial color after being painted yellow in the late 1970s.

VIDEO: MU professor demonstrates cultural importance of Chinese calligraphy

An internationally known artist teaches at MU and tries to make his Chinese calligraphy relevant in mid-Missouri.

'Fairy Godmother' gets Missouri students ready for prom

Operation Fairy Godmother, a project started by Debbie Leatherman of Joplin High School, helps make prom affordable to all students. Almost 500 students were invited to a recent Fairy Godmother event, where more than 1,000 dresses were available for only $5 a piece.

VIDEO: Rick Buford answers 11 questions

Buford, candidate for Columbia City Council in Ward 4, addresses 11 issues facing the city.

Missouri officials worry about participation in 2010 census

Missouri could potentially lose federal funding and one of its nine congressional districts if the state population is counted as too low.