LETTER: Luetkemeyer right to vote against bad consumer protection bill

Paul Sloca, the communications director for Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, responds to a letter to the editor by Jane Whitesides on the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

TODAY'S QUESTION: How prevalent is racism in today's society?

The cotton ball incident at MU and the continued racial tensions at the University of California-San Diego have produced two recent public incidents of perceived racism.

UPDATE: Heartfelt views aired as MU addresses cotton ball incident

A town hall meeting at MU's Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center provided a venue for MU officials and the community to talk about Friday's cotton ball incident as well as other issues.

MU students, Columbia community discuss cotton ball incident

The Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center, which was the site of cotton balls being strewn on the lawn, held a town hall meeting Monday to allow students, faculty and community members a chance to discuss the incident.

Gov. Nixon: More cuts coming to Missouri government

Gov. Jay Nixon says preliminary revenue figures from February make it clear that officials "will need to downsize the scope of state government."

UPDATE: Safford to continue rehab for torn ACL

Missouri men's basketball forward Justin Safford will continue rehabilitation on his injured knee and will not undergo surgery for the time being.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Cotton balls at Black Culture Center show racism still very much alive at MU

While protesting or rioting might not be neccessary, a serious conversation needs to take place about racism at MU.

Resolution might slow down traffic on US 63

Council passed a resolution tonight to lower speed limit from 70 mph to 60 mph on U.S. 63 within city limits. The proposal must be approved by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Stephens women's basketball team wins tournament opener

The Stephens women's basketball team won 62-53 on Monday at Harris-Stowe in the first round of the American Midwest Conference Tournament.

Democratic senators call for better water test

Testing the water of Missouri's lakes and rivers, including that of the Lake of the Ozarks, is being discussed by Republican and Democratic senators.

City Council to let mayor decide meeting seating

City Council voted unanimously to give the mayor the ability to choose where the city manager and members of the City Council should sit.

Attempted break-in at Columbia Salvation Army

An act of vandalism has left the Salvation Army Thrift Shop on East Walnut Street with low spirits and at least $200 in damages.

Oak Park's Maus named Rock Bridge High School principal

Columbia Public Schools named Mark Maus principal of Rock Bridge High School Monday. Maus is currently assistant principal of Oak Park High School in Kansas City and will replace Rock Bridge Principal Kathy Ritter.

MU tennis club qualifies for national tournament

The MU tennis club became one of three teams in the USTA Missouri Valley section to qualify for the Tennis on Campus National Championships.

Statewide college access conference Tuesday at MU

MU will host the first annual access conference Tuesday to discuss improving college access across Missouri.

BOONE LIFE: Family gives foster children a place to call home

Paul and Karen Heywood have had a licensed foster home since 1999, caring for more than 25 different children. .

Three suspects flee scene after robbery at Forest Village Apartments

The Columbia Police Department is investigating a robbery that took place at Forest Village Apartments on Sunday evening.

Two Mohler brothers to receive new judges in cases

Two of six Missouri men accused of sexually abusing their young relatives two decades ago have been granted requests for new judges in their cases. 

Chile troops, police attack post-quake looting

Troops and police quell looting in Chile after a magnitude-8.8 earthquake struck the country Saturday. The death toll is 723, with 19 others missing, according to the National Emergency Office.

Today's Deer Park Road closure is canceled

A construction-related closure for Deer Park Road at Deer Knoll Road scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday is canceled because of the weather.