Smoking banned on Columbia Public Library grounds

The ban passed 10-3 on Thursday. A previous motion to ban smoking on all Daniel Boone Regional Library grounds, including libraries in Ashland and Fulton, failed.

UM System President: More cuts coming to higher education, tuition increase likely

University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee said maintaining the tuition freeze through next year would "not make economic sense."

GEORGE KENNEDY: Constitutional debate alive and well when it comes to corporations' role in elections

As the Constitution celebrates is 223rd birthday, the League of Women Voters held a discussion of a recent Supreme Court case.


LETTER: Proposed Taser ban a bad idea for personal freedom

Banning the use of CEDs would limit the methods of self-defense available to Columbia residents.

MU to host celebration for street name change

 MU holds celebration in honor of changing streets.

Police: Gov. Nixon was target of stabbing

Kansas City police say the man accused of stabbing a college official appeared upset about getting the wrong person.

Missouri governor "not scared" by stabbing incident

After police confirmed Jay Nixon was the intended victim of the stabbing of a Kansas City college dean, he addressed the incident at the Governor's Economic Development Conference.


Indiana fugitive captured in Sturgeon

The Sheriff's Department met with the fugitive for a separate incident before learning he was wanted on parole violations and failure to register as a sex offender.

Missouri Highway Patrol starts anti-texting campaign

The patrol is using decorative stickers on its vehicles to help promote the campaign.

33rd Annual Heritage Festival will be held this weekend

The festival will offer a variety of entertainment with more than 30 performances.

Drive-through Goodwill store opens in Columbia

More than 60 customers arrived at the opening of MERS/Goodwill's new retail store Thursday. People donating items can drive up to the store where employees will unload their goods.

Unique defense will challenge Missouri football team

San Diego State's defensive strategy, called the 3-3-5, uses three linebackers instead of four. This leaves an extra player to go where needed. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said playing San Diego State will be "a challenge." 

Bond money used to improve Columbia schools

Building improvements are being made on public schools. With excavation of the new high school site completed, the next step of construction is about to begin.

Rock Bridge softball coach sees new side of rivalry

Rock Bridge softball coach Janel Twehous took part in a familiar rivalry Thursday, but she was guiding a brand new team.

Rock Bridge softball team defeats Hickman

The Rock Bridge softball team defeated Hickman 3-0 on Thursday at MU's University Field.

UPDATE: Man accused of stabbing dean faces felony charges

Casey Brezik told detectives he intended to attack Gov. Nixon. Brezik has been charged with first-degree assault and first-degree armed criminal action.

Missouri gets $500,000 bonus for boosting adoptions

The federal government is offering the bonus payment to help increase the number of foster care adoptions.

Longtime donor, former state 4-H director honored Thursday night

Frank Graham, who donated land for the Boone County Extension Center office in 1984, gave his name Thursday night to a fund meant to maintain the same building.

Final draft of East Area plan presented to public

Without much of an audience, the Columbia and Boone County Planning and Zoning Commissions presented a final draft of the East Columbia Area Plan.

PHOTOS: Stephens College Children's School celebrates 85th anniversary

Students and teachers at Stephens College Children's School commemorated the school's 85th year of operation with a party Thursday.