GetAbout Columbia to hold public meeting on murals Tuesday night

GetAbout Columbia will hold a public meeting to discuss the fall painting of murals on Windsor and East Ash streets at 5 p.m. at the GetAbout Columbia office, on the corner of 7th and Walnut streets.

Missourian will publish letters, guest column ahead of Aug. 3 primary election

All letters for the election should be received by July 30.

Disc golf, MMA keeping Ben Askren busy

Former MU wrestler Ben Askren has transformed his success on the mat to success in the cage, earning a 6-0 record as a professional mixed martial artist. He has also moved into the pro division as a disc golfer.

UPDATE: Acosta family still has questions about disappearance

Family and friends of Edward Acosta, who went missing May 28, question the few details that are available about the night of his disappearance. He left the University Hospital without transportation back to Pulaski County, and remains found July 2 in a wooded area behind Rock Quarry Road are likely his.

Winning murals selected for Bike Boulevard

Two designs by Sandra Eccles — one resembling a compass and the other depicting a sun surrounded by a green ring — received overwhelming support from voters. The designs will be painted on the street at the intersections of Windsor and Melbourne streets and Ash and St. Joseph streets.

Presiding commissioner endorses Scott Christianson

The presiding Boone County Commissioner is Ken Pearson, who has held the position for four years.

Proposed ordinance looks to regulate city dirt piles

The ordinance, if passed, would regulate the size, height and distance of the piles from homes, among other things.

Water main bursts are not getting more frequent

A change in jurisdiction and reporting procedures makes it seem as if water mains are bursting more often.

UPDATE: Missouri senator seeks to block vote on Ford bill

The plan is aimed to assist a Ford Motor Co. plant near Kansas City. Republican Sen. Chuck Purgason of Caulfield has called the measure the wrong approach to economic development.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society to open office in Columbia

People living with multiple sclerosis in central Missouri will have closer access to support services.

Columbia offers cool places to escape the heat

The heat index could get to 107 on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Here is a list of places to stay cool if you do not have air conditioning.

LETTER: Scott Christianson has the needed skills to be Boone County presiding commissioner

TODAY'S QUESTION: What should the Citizens Police Review Board do with its first complaint?

The complaint is regarding the Feb. 11 SWAT raid in which a dog was killed.

Illinois governor floats plan to catch, eat Asian carp

With Asian Carp threatening the $7-billion-a-year Great Lakes' fishing industry, Gov. Pat Quinn has agreed to invest $2 million to help catch and eat them.

Former technician testifies about faulty sterilization procedures at St. Louis VA hospital

Earlene Johnson testified Tuesday during a special hearing called by the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Two weeks ago, the St. Louis VA Medical Center warned nearly 2,000 veterans that sterilization lapses potentially exposed them to disease.

GUEST COMMENTARY: A look at what makes a leader

The more complex our lives, the more we believe we need leaders. And "leader" as a title is different from leadership as a practice.

UPDATE: Lawyer says insurance measure puts Missouri voters in bind

Attorney argues that referendum combines several components into one bill, but forces citizens to vote for or against all of them at once.

Missouri among 10 states to get new National Guard outfit

Gov. Jay Nixon said the state's selection could result in as many as 90 new full-time positions.

COLUMN: Overeating has consequences

Rising obesity in Missouri calls for heightened action in parenting, food-related businesses and each person's health-conscious decisions.

UPDATE: Motorcyclist still in critical condition

A man struck by a bus in Columbia yesterday remained in critical condition on Monday morning.