Sheriff Dwayne Carey wants officers to retain Tasers

Carey was a featured speaker at the Boone County Pachyderm Club's Tuesday meeting.  There, he urged voters to reject a proposition on the November ballot that would ban Tasers in Columbia.

TODAY'S QUESTION: What should be the name of the new high school?

Three recommendations for a name for the new high school, which is set to open in 2013, were discussed on Monday night.

Bill Watkins to retire after five years as city manager

City Manager Bill Watkins, with a total of 26 years of service to the city working in various positions, gave the Columbia City Council five months' notice of his retirement.

Gabbert keeping MU football team on steady course

In the Missouri football team's first four games, quarterback Blaine Gabbert has played with confidence teammates say he didn't have last year during his first season as a starter.

Boone Hospital expansion aids ER staff, patients

New emergency rooms and an expanded nurses station and waiting room are just a few of the improvements that came with the $1.8 million renovation.

Missouri Supreme Court denies Nunley execution stay

Roderick Nunley is scheduled to be put to death Oct. 20. The state Supreme Court says it won't delay the execution.

24th District Missouri House candidates highlight differences in local debate

Incumbent Rep. Chris Kelly and his challenger, Columbia City Councilwoman Laura Nauser, discussed issues including the state's budget and federal stimulus money.

Faith plays large role for Missouri volleyball team's libero

Senior libero Caitlyn Vann's faith has affected her life both on and off the Missouri volleyball court. She even has tattoos that signify her beliefs.

Police chief against putting SWAT changes in ordinance

Making changes in SWAT raid policy a matter of city code would put an undue burden on his officers, Police Chief Ken Burton said.

Storm-chasing tourists seek to learn amid thrills, MU study says

Many of the tourists have a lot of money and no children waiting back home, researchers say.


Big-name companies to help colleges train workers

The Obama administration has set a goal of 5 million more community college graduates and certificate-holders by 2020, part of broader push for the U.S. to again lead the world in number of college graduates.

Columbia making history interactive

The Historic Preservation Commission plans to develop an interactive historical map which will allow people to view information about historic buildings in Columbia.

Presiding commissioner candidates spar over budget philosophy

Candidates Ed Robb and Scott Christianson ended the night civilly, but not before hashing out significant differences of opinion regarding how to address Boone County's budget issues.

Faculty and students react to list of "low-producing" degrees

Faculty and students say the list is more about the evaluation of the programs and that its meaning has been misconstrued.

Sterilization clinic gives glimpse of unwanted horse economy

MU veterinary students sterilized 11 horses in an attempt to help the problem with unwanted horses.

Missouri women's golf finishes 14th in Johnie Imes Invitational

The Johnie Imes Invitational ended on Tuesday with Oklahoma State finishing first and Missouri finishing 14th.

Charter outlines selection process, duties for city manager

The manager must live within the city limits while serving in that position, prepare the budget, make policy recommendations and attend all City Council meeting, along with other duties and responsibilities.

UPDATE: Watkins to retire; colleagues, acquaintances react

Folks who have worked with City Manager Bill Watkins say he will be missed when he retires next year.

Voluntary Action Center's Christmas program to hold sign-ups

Families now need a local agency to refer them to the Voluntary Action Center to enroll in the adopt-a-family Christmas program.

Bill Watkins' resume details work in Columbia, elsewhere

Bill Watkins' had held posts in Ohio, Illinois and Missouri.