Three Columbia organizations approved for federal Early Retiree Reinsurance Program

The $5 billion federal program, part of the Affordable Care Act, reimburses some health care costs until 2014 at three Columbia employers that offer health insurance for early retirees.

GULF OIL PLATFORM SPILL: What others are saying

Here's a compilation of information about the oil platform spill from various news sources.

Services scheduled for Missouri soldier killed in Afghanistan

Army Staff Sgt. James Ide was one of seven U.S. troops killed in weekend attacks.

City, county happy with joint planning on East Columbia Area Plan

City and county planning officials call joint planning well worth the effort and long overdue.

Fired aide to former Gov. Blunt runs for U.S. Congressional seat

An aide to former Gov. Matt Blunt, fired for a spat over deleted e-mails, is now running for the U.S. Representative seat long held by Blunt's father.

Former Sen. Talent's wife joins Show-Me Institute

She joins the St. Louis-based research organization as its executive director.

Hearing delayed for accused Missouri lawmaker

Rival candidate's staff member claims he was roughed up by Republican House member Brian Nieves. 

Wanted man arrested on warrant, found with drugs

A man wanted for threatening a bouncer at Jake's Bar and Grill in May was arrested Wednesday.

Columbia looking for ways to cut energy costs

The Columbia Office of Sustainability is expecting an energy assessment report Friday outlining where several city departments can save money on energy.

More Democrats buck plan to let taxes increase for rich

Several Democratic candidates for Senate, including Robin Carnahan of Missouri, are opposed to increasing taxes for the wealthy.

PHOTO GALLERY: Preparing for Hurricane Earl

Mid-Mo Recycling to have electronic waste recycling event in Columbia

Columbia has partnered again with Mid-MO Recycling and Home Depot to host a special electronics collection aimed at reducing landfill waste.

Fired Matt Blunt aide runs for Roy Blunt's congressional seat

Scott Eckersley is using money from the settlement of his wrongful termination suit to run for the Congress seat held by his former boss's father.

Man pleads not guilty to January bomb threat at Lambert Airport

The 35-year-old, charged with threatening to carry a bomb onto a plane, was arrested in Santa Monica last month after punching a police officer in the face.

Principal study triggered by assistant professor Jason Grissom's youth experiences

Jason Grissom, assistant professor in the Truman School of Public Affairs, researches effectiveness of principals in three-year study.

Ex-corrections officer sentenced to 45 years for Springfield rapes

Bobbie Andrew McGhee was sentenced 45 years for raping five women in Springfield over an eight-year period.

MU men's basketball holding tryouts for walk-ons

The Missouri men's basketball team will hold walk-on tryouts at 6 p.m. Oct. 11 at Mizzou Arena.

Hickman tennis team wins first match of season

The Hickman girls tennis team beat Mexico 7-2 on Thursday at Cosmopolitan Park.

Rock Bridge girls golf team edged by Helias

Rock Bridge shot a 187 Thursday at the Columbia Country Club, six strokes behind Helias Catholic's 181.

KC police jailer accused of prostitution ring