Ruling on Vanderveen Crossing in-home preschool lawsuit postponed until July 9

Judge Jodie Asel postponed the conclusion of a lawsuit against Heather Linneman until July 9. Linneman is being sued by the Vanderveen Crossing Homeowner's Association for running a preschool out of her home. She was first contacted in 2004 by the homeowner's association and fulfilled requests to solve the complaints and says the thought of closing her preschool makes her sick to her stomach.

Fireworks complaints increase 911 calls before Fourth of July

Columbia residents should avoid calling 911 for fireworks complaints and instead call the city's non-emergency telephone number. If someone is injured while using fireworks, even while illegally within the city limits, residents should call 911.

Third Ward councilman to hold Wednesday office hours

Columbia's Third Ward Council Representative plans to hold office hours on Wednesdays.

Regional sewer system proposed again at Lake of the Ozarks

A Kansas City engineering firm recommended a regional sewer system in 1999, but the report was never acted upon.

Faulty dental sterilization reported at veterans hospital in St. Louis

Letters were sent Monday to 1,812 veterans who had dental procedures performed at the John Cochran Dental Clinic from Feb. 1, 2009, through March 11 of this year.

Tad Johnsen appointed Water and Light director

UPDATE: Fields found guilty of first-degree murder

Seven days of proceedings in the Tausha L. Fields murder trial came to a close late Tuesday. After nearly nine hours of deliberation, the jury found Fields guilty of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the 2004 death of Mitchell W. Kemp, one of her former husbands.

UPDATE: Standoff on West Broadway and McBaine Avenue ends with arrest

After a several-hour standoff, Duran Goto Pipes was arrested outside his apartment at 221 W. Broadway. A warrant had been issued for his arrest after an assault reported on June 14.


IBM deal filled with questions, secrecy

Working with companies that aren't accountable to the public allowed Columbia to meet IBM's requirements of speed and confidentiality but raised concerns about potential conflicts of interest.

COLUMN: What to do with a problem like the YouZeum

Here are a few suggestions for what to do with the building now that it's up for sale.

UPDATE: New Columbia high school proceeds as road agreement finalized

Columbia Public Schools continues to push through the paperwork necessary to start construction on a new high school. Groundbreaking is set for mid-July.

UPDATE: MU researchers allowed to re-enter Schweitzer Hall after Monday explosion

Researchers in MU's Schweitzer Hall returned to work Tuesday after the Monday lab explosion in the building. The Columbia Fire Department and MU News Bureau have refused to release the names of the four victims.

UPDATE: Missouri House passes legislation affecting tax breaks, pensions

In a special session, the Missouri House extended tax breaks to seniors, data centers and manufacturers in the transportation center. The House also voted on changes that require state employees to make payments toward their pensions.

New map unveiled at public comment session on East Area Plan

Officials from Columbia and Boone County held the fourth meeting in a series of public comment sessions about the East Area Plan, which looks at the future of development in east Columbia.

Burn specialists offer safety tips for fireworks

The number of fireworks-related injuries is high during this part of the year. Nicholas Meyer, M.D., a fellowship-trained burn surgeon at the George D. Peak Memorial Burn and Wound Center and University Hospital makes recommendations for avoiding these injuries.

Woman, 49, gets 5 years in statutory rape case

Melody R. Link, 49, pleaded guilty in March to a charge of second-degree statutory rape. She was arrested last year after an investigation into her relationship with a 16-year-old boy.

Shots fired at Hinkson Avenue and William Street

Shots were fired in the Hinkson Avenue and William Street area from one or two vehicles at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to a Columbia Police Department news release. There are no reported injuries.

Court denies Rios' appeal of conviction for 2004 murder

Steven Rios, the former Columbia police officer convicted twice for the murder of Jesse Valencia, was denied an appeal Tuesday.

Dentist office to be powered by wind turbine

A 40-foot turbine will power Colin Malaker's Columbia dental office. He sees the turbine as a money-saver.

Sidewalk construction could limit access to Howard Municipal Building

Sidewalk repairs are scheduled to begin Wednesday.