Reformers blast runaway spending in college sports

During a recession that has forced schools to increase tuition and fire professors, a new report released from The Knight Commision on Intercollegiate Athletics pushes NCAA schools to use Bowl Championship Series money toward academics. 

Missouri lawmakers: Nixon to call extra session to discuss tax credits for Ford

In order to save about 3,700 jobs at Ford Motor Co.'s Claycomo factory near Kansas City, Gov. Nixon plans to call a special session discuss new tax incentives. One incentive could change the public pension system in Missouri. 

COLUMN: Missouri gets short end of the horn in Big 12 deal

We may never know whether our leaders were misled by winks and whispers or by wishful thinking.

Cowgirl says high school rodeo full of life lessons

Victoria Meyer of Moscow Mills says competing in high school rodeo has taught her to be persistant, which helped her in Thursday night's events at the Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals. 

Nixon announces $300 million in budget cuts

Gov. Jay Nixon announced the state budget cuts for the fiscal year starting on July 1. Approximately $280 million in program cuts were made.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Should Columbia change its recycling program to a bin system?

A pilot program being undertaken in three neighborhoods is showing lots of promise.

Justin Becker balances rodeo, everything else

Just as calf roping requires New Bloomfield's Justin Becker to keep track of a number of different factors at the same time, so does his lifestyle.

MU grad cashes in at World Series of Poker event

Jeff Tebben, an 1994 MU graduate, won more than $500,000 on Wednesday at the 2010 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

Columbia College building receives first LEED silver certification in Columbia

Using sustainable features such as low-flow toilets, efficient lighting and better ventilation systems, Columbia College's renovated Missouri Hall became the first building in Columbia to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.

Investigations regarding cats in Motel 6 room are ongoing

After removing 28 cats from a Motel 6 hotel room Wednesday, Boone County Animal Control continues to investigate the incident.

Library lockers to be installed at Hallsville Quik Stop

Readers won't have to make the 25-minute trip to Columbia to use the library anymore. Card-holders will be able to make requests online and pick them up from new library lockers in Ed's Quik Stop.

Texas lawmakers want Houston in Big 12

Texas lawmakers wrote a letter Thursday asking Big 12 officials to consider adding the University of Houston to the conference.

Nixon signs new budget; education leads program cuts

Education took a big hit Thursday in Missouri's latest round of budget cuts, as Gov. Jay Nixon halved busing aid to public schools and significantly reduced college scholarships for the upcoming academic year.

COLUMN: You can't get there from here — at least, not on Columbia Transit

The Columbia Transit bus system is inconvenient and should be replaced with an expanded service that runs according to a grid system.

Centro Latino to host vegan soul food benefit at Cafe Berlin

The event proceeds will go to Centro Latino's Comedor Popular, or "people's diner," under construction at 609 N. Garth St.

Boone County firefighters plan benefit for colleague

Keith Null, a Boone County Fire Protection District firefighter, was injured in a traffic collision in May, and fellow firefighters are holding a car wash to benefit him.

Roy Blunt to speak at Missouri Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention

Blunt, a current U.S. Senate candidate, is planning to address caring for veterans of war at 8:15 a.m. Friday.

Kansas City School District looks to businesses for principals

If the district could find good matches, corporate managers might take charge of one or two schools still without a principal. All principals were required to reapply for their jobs when the district recently closed 40 percent of its schools.

Marshalls store to bring new jobs this fall

Marshalls, a discount clothing store, plans to open in Columbia this fall in the vacant Circuit City building at 1901 Bernadette Drive. Community officials look forward to the impact the new store will have on Columbia.

Floody Muddy 101 to teach about river ecology

Instead of Canoe for Clean Water, experts will teach about river flooding and ecology from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at Katfish Katy's boat ramp.