Columbia Taser opponents rally before hearing on proposed ban

Bill Easley and Lily Tinker-Fortel hold up signs encouraging a taser-free Columbia during a protest at City Hall on Monday. The demonstration occurred ahead of a scheduled city council vote to ban tasers from the city that evening.

The Columbia City Council tonight will decide whether to ban Tasers or to allow voters to decide the question in the November general election.

Added weight helps L'Damian Washington excel for Missouri football team

While redshirt freshman receiver L’Damian Washington put on 20 pounds this offseason, he still is one of the Missouri football team's lankiest players.

Columbia City Council puts park sales tax on November ballot

The park sales tax is up for debate again, with residents voting to either terminate or extend it in November. The tax extension would last until March 2016.

Brett Halter is new Missouri track coach

Longtime assistant takes over the track and field program.

Judge: Mo. funeral protests ban unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled that Missouri cannot restrict protests near funerals.

Maplewood Barn finishes emotional season with hope

The past year at Maplewood Barn Community Theatre was marked by tragedy, with the death of actor Mark Durrant and the fire that destroyed the barn, but as cast and crew prepare for "Camelot," Durrant's widow and others find hope and meaning in its message.

Columbia City Council begins fiscal year 2011 budget hearings

The council heard budget recommendation presentations from four city groups.

UPDATE: Taser ban to appear on November ballot

The Columbia City Council voted against an ordinance that would have banned Taser use in Columbia. The proposal now moves to the November ballot as a referendum.

Private investigator champions an unusual case

David Riley pleaded guilty last week to a felony charge of resisting arrest after police said he tried to rob an undercover officer in September 2009. A private investigator has decided to speak out about the case.

Boone County fair queen takes second at state fair

Amy Wilsdorf used the Missouri State Fair contest to promote her platform of connecting urban youths to agriculture.

Tausha Fields sentenced to life in prison

Tausha Fields received a life sentence without the possibility of parole for her role in the 2004 shooting death of ex-husband Mitchell Kemp.

Columnist, wordsmith James Kilpatrick dies at 89

James Kilpatrick, an MU graduate, was a controversial conservative columnist who showed a penchant for the written word at a young age.

On a bicycle built for two, one marriage finds its pace

Robert and Sheila Bailey have been riding bikes together for 13 years. Sometimes they yell at each other, but otherwise their trips wouldn't be possible.

Man shot in hip in northwest Columbia

A 25-year-old man was shot in the hip around 12:15 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Do you plan to visit the 2010 Missouri State Fair?

The 108th Missouri State Fair opened Thursday in Sedalia and will run 11 days. Activities include auto races, bull riding, an aerospace exhibit and a fiddling championship.

New Maplewood Barn theater designs await feedback

Audience members and the public will weigh in on two preliminary barn designs for Maplewood Barn Community Theatre.

State purges data from hospital infection records

Missouri's health department has deleted past years' data of hospitals' infection rates. State officials say it is too expensive to maintain and have received complaints from consumer advocates.

Mo. opening new bridge funded by stimulus package

The nation's first construction project from federal stimulus funds was a mid-Missouri bridge that opened Monday.

Uzbek man in Mo. admits role in human trafficking

Calif. gay marriage on hold indefinitely as case is appealed

The federal appeals court's decision overrules a lower court judge's order to allow same-sex couples to receive marriage licenses again starting Wednesday.