TODAY'S QUESTION: Does Columbia need a full-time SWAT team?

The Columbia Police Department came under fire for shooting a dog during a raid by its SWAT team that took place eight days after obtaining a search warrant. Should the police department hire a full-time SWAT force? 

GUEST COMMENTARY: 10 things you can do with a cross

The Supreme Court says a cross doesn't mean what you think. So, what else could it be?

Missouri baseball player puts off Major League dream

Missouri first baseman Aaron Senne, a Minnesota native who has always dreamed of playing for his hometown team, was drafted by the Minnesota Twins twice. He didn't sign either time, prefering to stay with the Tigers to play out his senior season.

Infielder stays consistent for Missouri baseball team

Missouri second baseman Eric Garcia had two hits, including his fifth home run of the season, in the Tigers baseball team's 10-3 loss Friday night at Kansas.

MKT emergency phones temporarily out of service

During repair work on an MKT bridge, a tree limb broke a telephone cable connecting the emergency phones.

Columbia College softball team wins AMC tournament

The Columbia College softball team swept McKendree 3-0, 2-0 on Friday in Columbia to earn the championship of the the American Midwest Conference tournament.

Hickman baseball player stays busy

Joey Smith, a junior right fielder for the Hickman baseball team, is also a member of the school's band and choir.

GUEST COLUMN: Empowering the black powerless

Despite civil rights gains, the black community remains relatively impotent. Too many of the black beneficiaries of economic and political progress have squandered our legacy, resources and potency.

UPDATE: More performers confirmed for Roots 'N Blues

The Del McCoury Band, Shemekai Copeland, and Rhonda Vincent and the Rage are among the performers announced Friday.

Week in Pictures: April 30 to May 7

A weekly compilation of photos that highlights violent protests in Greece, local and professional sports, the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales and festive events in Columbia. 

Sewing club for African refugees to host open house Saturday

The "Just Sew You Know" project was begun as a meeting ground for African refugee women to construct native crafts and interact with others in the community.

Bike, Walk & Wheel Week breakfast serves hundreds

Breakfast Station Day, hosted at 12 locations around Columbia, was part of a week-long event sponsored by GetAbout Columbia in partnership with PedNet.

Boil order lifted for Thornbrook, Millcreek Manor subdivisions and area

The boil order for people living in the Thornbrook and Millcreek Manor subdivisions as well as Blackfoot Road, Cedar Cliff Drive and Kraemer Court has been lifted.

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: Interesting elections in Britain, the Philippines; crisis continues in Greece

Stuart Loory and guests discuss elections and problems in Greece and how they influence life in the U.S.

PHOTO GALLERY: Breakfast at Bike, Walk, & Wheel Week

Missouri lawmakers OK bill punishing sex convicts for spreading fluids

Legislation was passed by the Missouri House and Senate to charge sexually violent predators in state custody for spitting or urinating on health workers. Next, the bill goes to the governor.


New website combats school bullying

Students, parents and others can file reports of school violence, bullying and vandalism.

Missouri culinary school enrollment surges in slow economy

Enrollment in postsecondary culinary arts programs has grown by 62 percent in two years, according to the Missouri Department of Education.

UPDATE: E. coli forces lettuce recall; 19 sick in 3 states

College students at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., Ohio State in Columbus and Daemen College in Amherst, N.Y. are among those affected, according to health departments in those states.

Residents question leaders about Columbia's disability friendliness

Columbia residents with disabilities questioned Mayor Bob McDavid and City Manager Bill Watkins about the city’s accessibility and other issues at a forum established to give the community an outlet with city officials.