Columbia homeowners, city workers deal with aftermath of storms

Mike Denehy uses an axe to break apart Steve Windmoeller's couch on Thursday afternoon. Windmoeller's basement flooded with 4 feet of water Wednesday night, destroying his furniture.

In a matter of days, heavy rains have caused flooding and spread debris around Columbia. City crews were out cleaning fallen trees and loose dirt until 10 p.m. Wednesday.

COLUMN: Missouri Theatre in need of divine intervention

The Missouri Theatre has accrued at least $2.5 million in debt. One solution to this fiscal problem is a cooperation between the theatre and MU, but that seems unlikely.

Flooding in Columbia: Send us your photos

What did it look like outside your windows last night? We're hearing stories of flooded basements, trash strewn across neighborhoods and impassable trails and roads. Did you snap any photos last night or this morning? Or will you be out with a camera (or, frankly, just a cell phone) when more rain hits later today? We'd love to publish your images.

Police department arrests second shooting suspect

The Columbia Police Department arrested a second suspect in connection with the rash of shootings that occurred last week.



UPDATE: Alisa Maier returns home after being kidnapped three days ago

Four-year-old Alisa Maier clutched a teddy bear and smiled broadly at the crowd gathered Thursday in the yard where she was abducted three days earlier, then held captive before being abandoned alone in a faraway town.

Obama visits Kansas City to support Carnahan's Senate race

Obama's appearance at two fundraisers will bring in at least $500,000, the Senate candidate's campaign said.

LETTER: Strip clubs detrimental to humanity

Instead of giving money to strip clubs, people should give back to their communities. Even being passive about such activities undermines the dignity of all of us.

Lil' Lady Bulldogs Dance and Cheer Group strives for 'sense of accomplishment'

Part of the Columbia Community Recreation program, the Lil’ Lady Bulldogs Dance and Cheer Group assists young girls in gaining self-esteem and accomplishment through the instruction of cheer and dance skills.

Mizzou New Music Summer Festival encourages collaboration

MU composer Tom McKenney brings his interpretation of a poem about blackbirds to the first Mizzou New Music Summer Festival next week. His voice is one of many at a festival designed to showcase new musical perspectives.

COLUMN: Improved intelligence just an outdoor activity away

Science suggests dirt might make you smarter. I can't match Disney characters with their motivations in six minutes. Either way, let's go play outside.

TODAY'S QUESTION: What changes would you like to see to Columbia's bus route?

The City Council is revising bus routes to prevent delays and bring service to more residents. What suggestions do you have to further improve bus service in Columbia?

Kinder lists contributors to lawsuit challenging federal health care reform

Missouri's lieutenant governor, who filed a lawsuit Wednesday claiming Congress overstepped its authority when it passed a federal health care reform bill, released a list of 150 donors who helped fund his case.

Carfax plans to expand, foster collaboration

The company plans to add a 10,000-square-foot expansion and a parking lot to accommodate the natural growth of the company. 

TRYPS to perform "Footloose" and "Annie, Jr."

Children third through eighth grade are scheduled to perform "Footloose" beginning this week and "Annie, Jr." next week.

Wells Fargo Financial to close its Columbia branch

Wells Fargo announced that it is closing all of its financial branches in the nation. Columbia's branch is set to close within 60 days.

Advancing Renewables in the Midwest shines light on sustainable future

Renewable energy in the Midwest, as it is and as it could be, will be the focus of the Advancing Renewables in the Midwest conference this week in Columbia.

Carfax expands data center in Columbia

Carfax has purchased a four-acre piece of land that is adjacent to its existing Columbia data center on Maguire Boulevard.

Turtle race to support recovering addicts

A fundraiser scheduled for the Donald Howard Scholarship Fund this Sunday at Stephens Lake Park will feature free turtle racing. Lunch is planned for 12:30 p.m. and costs $5.

Columbia's Lake Sundance hosts water skiing tournament

The tournament will feature skiers from all over the state, including some from Columbia.



Missouri to pay interest sooner on delayed tax refunds

Under a new law, Missourians who pay their taxes on time would start earning interest on refunds that aren't paid 90 days after the April 15 deadline.