A peek inside the Bookmobile Jr.

On June 18, the Daniel Boone Regional Library System introduced its new Bookmobile Jr., which replaces the previous 24-year-old youth bookmobile.

Boil advisory in effect for Whitegate Drive

A broken water main is under repair on Whitegate Drive between Towne Drive and Sylvan Lane. Although service could be restored by 10 p.m. Thursday, residents should boil water until further notice.

COLUMN: Can we put an end to corporate socialism already?

Recent events with Ford, IBM and financial regulation have one common theme — passing the expense to you and me.

COLUMN: Twilight is not for lovers

By the time I got to the fourth book, "Breaking Dawn," I realized these books were an unwitting assault on any ambition a woman may have in this world outside marriage and children.

Gov. Nixon increases travel; other state employees cut back

The Missouri governor has flown on about 175 days since taking office through the end of May, charging his flights to state agencies, while other state employees have had their travel budgets cut. 

Missouri softball staff earns regional honor

The Missouri softball coaching staff  was named as the Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year, announced Wednesday by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

UPDATE: Several reports of shots fired related, police say

The Columbia Police Department says four recent reports of shots fired are related. The separate incidents occurred within a one-and-a-quarter mile radius of one another.


UPDATE: Four women released from hospital after dump truck rear-ends their car

Four women were taken to University Hospital on Thursday after their car was rear-ended by a dump truck. The driver was not injured, and all four women were released later in the afternoon.

Matter of Trust collects hair to help clean up Gulf spill

A nonprofit organization has been taking hair donations of all lengths to make hair booms that would soak up oil in the Gulf. BP announced in May that it would not be using booms, but the organization continues to collect.

Missouri highways to get less money in next 5 years

Columbia organization encourages shopping locally during its Independents Week

Columbia Locally Owned Retail and Services began its Independents Week on Thursday, challenging residents to shop locally to boost the community economy.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Should the IBM deal have been conducted the way it was?

IBM insisted on speed and secrecy when negotiating with the city to bring a new data center to Columbia.

Nixon OKs law ending printing of Blue Book, other Missouri information

The governor said it did not make sense to continue spending funds to print state information when all the information can be accessed online. The law is estimated to save about $1.7 million over two years.

AUDIO: Children in Moving Ahead program explore state park

The Moving Ahead program is a Columbia Housing Authority initiative that provides kids from low-income backgrounds with tutors, field trips, and special events.

St. Louis VA Medical Center secretary: Inadequately sterilized equipment 'unacceptable'

The medical center is urging nearly 2,000 veterans, who had dental procedures from Feb. 1, 2009, to March 11 this year, to have their blood tested for viral infections because of the improperly sterilized equipment. 

Committee to hear public comment on parking garage art

The Standing Committee for Public Art will review comments Friday on a proposed design for the garage that is scheduled to be built at the intersection of Fifth and Walnut.

Missouri Gas Energy customers to see rates increase

Starting July 8, Missouri Gas Energy customers will see their utility rates increase because of the rising cost of wholesale natural gas.

UPDATE: Ford incentives stall in Missouri Senate committee

The bill offering up to $15 million annually in tax breaks for the automotive industry passed the House and a Senate economic development committee, but a Senate panel charged with reviewing the financial effect of legislation adjourned Thursday without voting on the bill, thus blocking it from reaching the Senate floor.

University Concert Series's January performance of 'Grease' canceled

The company had to cancel its Jan. 30, 2011, performance because of unapproved mileage in its travel schedule. Ticket holders will be receiving a letter about exchange and refund options.

Boone County Government Center renovation approved

The Boone County Commission approved a $3.9 million expansion and renovation of the Boone County Government Center and the former Johnson paint company building during a Tuesday meeting.