Caution prevails at Big 12 meetings

Many said there won't be any real answers to the question of conference realignment until presidents of Big 12 Conference schools join the discussions at the Big 12 meetings on Thursday.

State of the City lays out goals, strategies for Columbia, despite tight economy

Excellence in core service areas is the top priority at this year's City Council retreat. This year's retreat will take place at the Country Club Hotel in Lake Ozark. It begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and ends around midday Saturday.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Will IBM help or hurt Columbia's housing market?

IBM employees brought in to Dubuque from other locations to staff the service delivery center flooded the town's rental housing market. Will the same thing happen here?

Linen King plans to bring 25 jobs to Columbia

The CEO said the city's workforce made Columbia the most attractive place for the company's fifth location.

Autopsy results on drowning victim inconclusive

A medical examiner said it's the possible the man had a seizure, but further investigation will be needed.

Family and friends gather to celebrate Jean Marie Vianey Mugabo-Kenda's life

Jean Marie Vianey Mugabo-Kenda's life was defined by his faith; after he drowned, faith is how his friends and family remembered him.

Few teams for home-schooled athletes

While there may not be a specific bylaw about home-shooled athletes, the Missouri State High School Activities Association does have minimum eligibility requirements students must meet to play competitive sports. The academic standard requirement makes it impossible for an unconditional home-schooled athlete to become eligible.

Rental housing considered a challenge for IBM's new service centers

IBM's service center in Dubuque has affected several industries, but the biggest problem is finding rental housing for employees. REDI president Mike Brooks says that Columbia's housing market is more prepared to handle the influx of new employees.

DEAR READER: The myth of newspaper bias

There’s a lot of junk journalism out there, and it feeds the public’s sense that “the media” are high on agenda and low on ethics.

Columbia residents express outrage over Israeli flotilla raid

At two events on Wednesday, some Columbia residents expressed dismay about Monday's raid by Israeli on ships delivering humanitarian aid to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Missouri basketball recruit's academic status questioned

Dallas television station reports that Tony Mitchell, one of Missouri's prized recruits, will not graduate with his high school class.

Board discusses unique perspectives of police interaction

The Citizens' Police Review Board got a lesson on Wednesday night in how different perceptions among citizens and police officers can lead to misunderstandings.

People For a Taser-Free Columbia present more than 4,000 signatures to city clerk's office

The clerk's office has 30 days to check over the signatures to see if the petition qualifies to be forwarded to the Columbia City Council.

Columbia Regional Airport improvements a priority for city

Columbia Regional Airport plans to create improved runways and terminal facilities to meet federal safety and security standards.

Sales tax could bring $12.3 million to Columbia parks and trails

City Council plans to decide during its annual retreat if a one-eighth-cent sales tax benefitting Parks and Recreation projects will be on the November ballot.

Fire chief plans to ask city for additional personnel funding

Fire Chief Bill Markgraf also plans to ask the city to create two new positions to allow the department more flexibility.

Columbia stormwater utility needs work to avoid fines

Proposed rate changes could help fund improvements to Columbia's stormwater utility and save the city from facing fines.

City Council to consider proposal for a 10th fire station

Fire Station No. 9 opened in February, but officials say another one is needed.

Council to discuss new routes, timeliness of bus system

Columbia Transit hopes to expand its service and eliminate delays by shortening the Orange South Route and adding another route to serve south Columbia.

Nixon signs Missouri drunken-driving overhaul

New legislation aims to keep better track of repeat drunken-driving offenders and enforce stricter penalties statewide.