UPDATE: Animal shelter opens after renovation

Casie Farmer brings Marty and Goldie back from the outdoor dog run. The renovations to the shelter replaced chain link cages with glass-front pens.

Renovations are now complete at the Central Missouri Humane Society's shelter on Big Bear Boulevard.

COLUMN: Missouri's Proposition C vote yields wide range of political effect

Primarily along party lines, the political feedback for Missouri's overwhelming rejection of the insurance mandate in the new health care law by a nearly 3 to 1 margin has ranged from euphoria to angry denial with a few yawns tossed in for good measure.

Zweifel proposes dedicating more homes for mentally ill

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel proposed requiring 33 percent of housing units created each year with the aid of agency funds to provide services to the mentally ill who are at risk of being homeless. The Missouri Housing Development COmmission will have to approve his proposal before action is taken.

COLUMN: Proposed mosque raises the question: Are we a nation of intolerance?

If we are to honor the Constitution, our founding founders and the consciousness of our collective faiths, it is clear: Intolerance cannot be accepted, no matter the reason.

UPDATE: Missouri auditor finds improvement in sex offender list

About two dozen counties had a noncompliance rate of at least 10 percent.

GetAbout Columbia to receive additional federal funds

The city is in line for $6 million from the federal government for programs promoting non-motorized transportation. Columbia has already received $22 million over the past four years.

Benton Elementary buzzes in preparation of first day

Thomas Hart Benton Elementary School, true to its mascot of a bee, was buzzing with activity on Wednesday as teachers and staff members prepared for the first day of school.

First-year teacher puts finishing touches on classroom

Teachers and staff prepared Wednesday for the first day of school.

Short day for Missouri football team

The Missouri football team enjoyed mild weather in their morning practice Wednesday and then skipped the second practice of the day so the team could go catch a movie.

Women encouraged to think big about business

Entrepreneur and Columbia College alumna Susan Wilson Solovic spoke at the college on Wednesday. She is the author of “The Girls’ Guide to Building a Million-Dollar Business.”

Some Muslims question mosque near ground zero

Supporters of the mosque near ground zero defend their position against skeptics; pushing for tolerance.

True/False offers fresh summer fare with Boone Dawdle

The True/False Film Festival is hosting the Boone Dawdle on Saturday at Les Bourgeois Winery. Attendees can expect great local food, live music and a screening of "Best Worst Movie," a documentary about the making of "Troll 2," and an actor and director from the film will be present for a question-and-answer session after the screening.

FACT CHECK: Islam already lives near ground zero

This is part of an occasional look at assertions by public officials and how well they adhere to the facts.


Man shot in leg during attempted robbery

An attempted robbery and a shooting left a man with a wound to the leg Monday night. Police are still investigating the incident, which does not appear to be a random act.

TODAY’S QUESTION: Will you vote to ban the use of Tasers in Columbia?

Columbia will decide on Nov. 2 whether or not the use of Tasers should be banned within the city limits.

Study: 1 in 5 US teenagers has slight hearing loss

A stunning one in five teens has lost a little bit of hearing, and the problem has increased substantially in recent years, a new national study has found.

Junior high, middle school set stage for adulthood

Teachers start school work early in Columbia Public Schools. Classes begin Thursday.

Egg recall tied to salmonella grows to 380 million

Salmonella is the most common bacterial form of food poisoning. And the strain involved in the outbreak is the most common strain of salmonella.

Blagojevich retrial looms; will it be different?

Some Illinois taxpayers are not looking forward to having former Governor Rod Blagojevich head back to trial.

Columbia College teams land in preseason top 25

The Cougars' volleyball team is ranked seventh and their men's soccer team is ranked 14th in the NAIA's preseason polls.