Devil's Icebox Cave at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

The cave tours are canceled because of a bat fungus.

Compost available in city

Mulch also is available to city residents at no cost.

Great places to get local food

Columbia has several options for finding local food, whether at markets or straight from the farm.

Stephens, Columbia colleges prepare freshmen through service projects, scavenger hunts

Both Stephens and Columbia colleges plan extensive orientation programs to help freshmen beat homesickness and welcome them to college life.

Editor's note: Welcome Back to Columbia

Our reporters spent the summer getting oriented to the city, and they found some great places we thought you should know more about.

GUEST COLUMN: It's not about puppies

I advocate for agriculture, believe in its practices  and know the referendum disguised to help pets is the first step for the Humane Society of the United States to get into Missouri with the ultimate goal of eliminating livestock production.

UPDATE: Carnahan joins Blunt in backing tax cut extension

She said she supports the extension of all Bush-era tax cuts; Blunt want the cuts to be made permanent before they expire.

Columbia Public Schools by the numbers

The district estimates it will have 17,747 students for the 2010-2011 school year.

Goodbye Iraq: Last U.S. combat brigade heads home

Seven years and five months after the U.S.-led invasion, the last American combat brigade left Iraq Thursday.

UPDATE: Missouri court sets execution date in 1989 murder case

Roderick Nunley was sentenced to death for the 1989 killing near Kansas City of 15-year-old Ann Harrison, who was snatched as she waited for a school bus.

UPDATE: Blunt pulls video showing World Trade Center site

Republican Congressman Roy Blunt has taken down an Internet video showing World Trade Center rubble alongside an assertion that his Democratic Senate opponent Robin Carnahan won't oppose building a mosque near the site.

Survey of bankers shows another dip in economy

A survey of rural bankers showed a further dip in the economy after signs of a rebound earlier this year. About 43 percent of bankers said they thought a further recession in 2011 was likely or very likely, while 26 percent said that was unlikely.

Police department's front desk to be closed for renovations

The Columbia Missouri Police Department's front desk will be closed for renovations from Aug. 20 to Aug. 27.

KU athletic director removed as advisory board chair

In light of concerns raised over the past year about questionable actions by Athletics Director Lew Perkins, he will no longer be chairman of the six-member Kansas Athletics Corp. board of directors.

Boeing plans new 75-job manufacturing site in Illinois

The Chicago-based company said the facility at the MidAmerica St. Louis airport in Mascoutah, Ill., will create 75 new jobs.

Missouri panel enhances guidance on criminal sentencing

Missouri judges are getting more information to consult when they decide on sentences for criminal offenders.

Missouri teen identified as victim of carbon monoxide

Authorities said 17-year-old Megan Wyatt died, and her 16-year-old friend is recovering. Wyatt's 62-year-old grandmother is still in the hospital. They were found unconscious in the grandmother's town home.