LOCALLY GROWN: Managing stormwater important for individuals, city

After a few failed efforts, I finally mustered the confidence to install rain barrels. My wife, Ashley, and I will use the rainwater to nourish our vegetable garden. We put two barrels together in just about two hours, despite a few technical setbacks. While our barrels aren’t going to make big waves in solving the stormwater issues in Columbia, they will help us conserve water, and put a valuable resource to use rather than having it flow down the street. Contact the Missouri River Communities Network for guidance in building a barrel, or simply buy one of their completed models for $60.

Managing stormwater is an issue that needs to be addressed, particularly how the city, county and MU will work together to achieve a 50 percent reduction in stormwater flow.

DEAR READER: IBM story shows the structure for private deals with public money

The Columbia Area Jobs Foundation and Regional Economic Development Inc. are likely to play roles in future deals as well.

Francisco France driven to succeed in MMA fighting

Francisco "Kiko" France is a professional mixed martial artist who left his native Brazil to seek a better life fighting in the United States. He is 5-1 fighting for the American Top Team gym in Columbia, but plans to leave for Phoenix next week to train with former MU standout wrestler Ben Askren, who has also started a professional MMA career.

IBM awards MU cluster computer for genomics research

As part of a grant, IBM is giving MU a cluster computer for genomics research. The grant is unrelated to a service delivery center that IBM will establish in Columbia.

The Underground Cafe closes, reasons unknown

The cafe, which was formerly The Cherry Street Artisan, closed its doors Wednesday.

Kids learn basketball fundamentals at Mizzou Arena

Children ages 6 to 10 got the opportunity to play basketball and learn fundamentals of the game at Mizzou Arena.

City Council meeting to address bus routes, present downtown plan

At the City Council meeting Tuesday, public hearing for changes in the bus routes and H3 Studio's presentation on the downtown planning charrette are on the agenda.

LETTER: Arizona tackles problem that should be handled by president

President Barack Obama should be congratulating the state of Arizona for helping with the work he should be doing to secure our borders.

Missouri transportation agency warns of paving scams

The Department of Transportation warns Missourians of driveway paving scams.

The Week in Pictures: June 27 to July 2

The week in pictures: featuring images of World Cup games, the Tausha Fields' trial and Ragtag Cinema's 12th anniversary.

Kansas City Best Buy worker in trouble for iPhone-Evo video

A 25-year-old Best Buy employee near Kansas City has been suspended from his job after posting snarky online videos poking fun at zealots of the iPhone and the Evo phone. Brian Maupin expects to be fired by Monday for posting two YouTube videos that slam fans of the iPhone and the Evo.

Missouri revenue falls 9.1 percent in 2010 budget year

The state Office of Administration reported Friday that individual income tax, sales tax and corporate income tax collections all declined last year. State tax refunds increased. Individual income taxes declined by 7.6 percent.


Parley Pratt Run set for Saturday

The Parley P. Pratt Memorial Freedom Run is set for Saturday morning at Twin Lakes Park.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Is the new tanning tax unfair to businesses?

Dermatologists have come out strongly in favor of the tax, calling UV lights a carcinogen. They also note the link between the increased use of tanning beds and skin cancers in young women.

Minority Men's Network awards scholarship to Hickman graduate

Breosha Williams received a $1,000 scholarship through Minority Men's Network. Williams plans to attend Stephens College in the fall and major in fashion design and business.

Columbia Parks and Recreation coordinates Fire in the Sky

This year attendees will see new elements, including performances from the Hickman High School choir, performing dogs from the Columbia Canine Sport Center and more activities for children.

Pension changes, Ford incentives stall in Missouri

The automotive tax incentives aimed at Ford Motor Co. blew a tire when a Senate committee refused to endorse the plan. Then, the pension overhaul faced extended questioning by the full Senate, which twice this year has signed off on similar proposals.

KC attorney uses city time to work on private case

City Hall's top lawyer, who once pushed the firings of two colleagues for doing private case work on city time, recently handled a private case during business hours. In late May, City Attorney Galen Beaufort represented a 19-year-old Harrisonville woman on a minor traffic offense in Cass County without first obtaining the required permission from the city manager.


Missouri gets $1.3M job training grant from feds

Missouri is receiving a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor for on-the-job training program reimburses.