James Baker talks U.S. power during Westminster College lecture

Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker speaks at Westminster College’s John Findley Green Foundation Lecture on Wednesday. In his hour-long address, titled “The Case for Pragmatic Idealism," Baker discussed ways to successfully implement foreign policy.

James Baker, a former U.S. secretary of state, spoke at Westminster College, where he outlined 10 rules for U.S. foreign policy planners to follow. 

Retired group of Columbia men build homes for Habitat for Humanity

Since 1991, a close-knit group of retirees has helped to build 75 percent of the Habitat for Humanity homes in Columbia, and they have no plans to stop anytime soon.

Washington's attorney enters not guilty plea

Derrick Washington's attorney waived formal arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty on the felony charge of deviate sexual assault.

UPDATE: Columbia man dies after gunshot wounds

The 30-year-old man taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound on Tuesday has died.

Condition of woman who fell at Quinton's upgraded

Kelsi Poe, the Columbia College student who fell at Quinton's Bar and Deli, is now in serious condition after more than two weeks in critical condition.

DAVID ROSMAN: Fox News need not take Carnahan commercial so personally

If Fox News wins the lawsuit against Robin Carnahan, political advertisements could see some changes.

Jarrell Harrison makes the most of return to Missouri football team

With senior safety Jarrell Harrison's quick recovery from a knee injury and the potential return of free safety Jasper Simmons from a similar, the Missouri football team could have three options at safety for the first time since mid-August.

Nothing sad about the blues at West Boulevard Elementary with T.J. Wheeler

For the fourth year, blues musician T.J. Wheeler is teaching the blues to elementary school students in Columbia. It was his first time to meet the students at West Boulevard Elementary School, and they made a whole lot of music.

Ella's Hope cracks top ten ranking in Pepsi Refresh Project

Hope McPheeter's plan for a nonprofit organization, Ella's Hope, has made the top ten list for its category in the Pepsi Refresh Project.

Despite mandatory status checks, Missouri troopers arrest fewer illegal immigrants

Advocates for immigrants said the decline in arrests may be due to the poor economy and the decrease of available jobs in the U.S.

Panel discusses property seizure laws

About 30 people gathered at The Blue Note on Wednesday night to listen to a panel discussion about civil forfeiture laws. The gathering was sponsored by the Americans for Forfeiture Reform.

Columbia's city manager defends officers in February SWAT team raids

City Manager Bill Watkins informed Green Aid in a letter that he supports Columbia's police officers' actions during a SWAT team raid in  February. Green Aid said it was disappointed in the city's actions and the message it sends.

Judge Gene Hamilton concludes career spanning 28 years, 500 cases

Hamilton said he does not know who Gov. Jay Nixon will choose to replace him. In 1989, Hamilton presided over the state’s first case to accept DNA evidence. After retiring, he will begin conducting arbitration mediation for Fulton law firm Riley and Dunlap.

Dow Chemical to help power Columbia Solar One program

A cooperative agreement with Dow Chemical Co. will allow Columbia to construct a prototype rooftop capable of producing electricity.

Historic Preservation Commission discusses Maplewood Barn reconstruction plans

Commission members said they want historically appropriate materials and construction types from 133 years ago in the construction of the barn.

Bernie Andrews of REDI receives economic development award

Andrews started doing economic development work with the city of Columbia in 1996 and was honored for his length of service, positive effort and contribution to the field.

Columbia celebrities compete for top burger

Stadium Grill invited six Columbia celebrities, including Mayor Bob McDavid and Tigers' commentator Mike Kelly, to create the most appetizing burger, to be decided by voters online and at the restaurant. A portion of the proceeds from the celebrity burger sales will be donated to a charity chosen by the contest winner.

Health care provisions kick in Friday

Insurance companies can no longer place lifetime limits on their coverage and people who become sick cannot be dropped. In addition, insurers can't exclude children with pre-existing conditions from coverage.

Cell phone use drives up distracted driving accidents

Cell phones are blamed for 791 traffic accidents in the first half of 2010 in Missouri. There were 1,780 accidents related to cell phone usage in 2009.

Drill at Columbia airport to simulate plane crash

Nineteen agencies will test readiness during the drill, which begins at 6 p.m. It will simulate the crash of a 50-passenger aircraft and a post-crash fire. The drill also will require emergency responders to tend to actors portraying victims with injuries.