UPDATE: Family's suit seeks damages over SWAT raid that killed dog

A lawsuit filed by the Whitworth family claims the city and police officers violated their constitutional rights during a Feb. 11 SWAT raid at their Columbia home.

COLUMN: Remember the lessons of Vick, Roethlisberger and Clemons before judging Washington

Missouri football player Derrick Washington is facing a class C felony charge, suspicion of third-degree domestic assault and unfair judgment from the public.


TODAY'S QUESTION: What do you think about the proposed medians along College Avenue?

The City Council will consider a proposal for waist-high medians along College Avenue during its Monday night meeting. What do you think about the plan?

Council passes 2011 budget with smaller-than-proposed electricity rate increase

The Columbia City Council unanimously approved the budget for fiscal year 2011. It also approved the hiring of four firefighters, one police officer and two joint communications operators.

Columbia City Council considers police chief's downtown camera report

The council asked the Police Chief Ken Burton to provide more specific information regarding the camera model and price before it chooses how to proceed.

Missouri's Aldon Smith: Injury? What injury?

Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel announced Monday morning that sophomore defensive end Aldon Smith would miss Saturday’s game against Miami (Ohio) with a broken fibula in his right leg.

Missouri defensive end Smith injured

Tigers football coach Gary Pinkel said Monday that the star defensive end will miss Saturday's game because of a broken bone in his leg.

St. Louis-area school named after Obama

The Normandy School Board voted unanimously to put the president's name on its new school in Pine Lawn. Students submitted the naming suggestion.

Big 12 football coaches juggle job stressors and personal health

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio's mild heart attack Saturday has led other coaches to examine their own health.

Disabled POWs might get tax break in Missouri

Amendment 2 on the November ballot will ask Missouri voters to exempt disabled former prisoners of war from paying property taxes on their homes. If approved, the exemption would eliminate all property taxes on owner-occupied housing.

Judge rejects challenge to Missouri tax measure

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem on Monday upheld the constitutionality of a proposed earnings tax initiative for the November ballot.

Deaths from truck accidents decrease in Missouri

The state's transportation department attributes the decline to fewer crossover accidents on divided highways and the installation of rumble strips.

Dinner train wins time to develop accessible car

It will cost around $175,000 to make the Columbia Star dinner train comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, but the city and Central States Railroad struck a deal that promises it will happen within five years.

Columbia College volleyball fighting fatigue, injury

A key injury to setter Paula Ferreira, along with five matches in six days, contributed to the roller coaster ride Monday against Hannibal-LaGrange.

Pension task force created, Comprehensive Planning Task gains member

Members were named to a new pension task force, and a new member was named to the Comprehensive Planning Task Force after the Monday night meeting.

Columbia's Fleet Operations Division hopes for increase in budget, staff

The budget for the 2011 fiscal year of the division, which works on vehicles and equipment for the city, was approved Monday night.

Economic panel says recession ended in June 2009

The National Bureau of Economic Research said Monday that the recession which had begun in December 2007 ended in June 2009. These reports, while of interest to economic historians and political leaders, have little impact on people trying to recover in an economy where unemployment is still expected to rise.

Carnahan seeks quick resolution for Fox News lawsuit

Robin Carnahan wants her lawsuit with Fox News Network to end soon.  Fox News alleged that Carnahan made a copyright infringement in one of her U.S. Senate campaign ads.

Nixon to announce aerospace firm expansion in Missouri

The announcement will take place at the proposed site of the new plant to be built by Valent Aerostructures.

Fun-loving Rock Bridge offensive line clears path to success

A lighthearted but hard-working offensive line has been a big part of the Rock Bridge football team's 3-1 start this season.