Sustainable farmer discusses chemical-free practices

Joel Salatin speaks to a group of farmers Thursday at the National Small Farm Trade Show & Conference at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Salatin, a sustainable farmer who has been featured in "Food, Inc." and "The Omnivore's Dilemma," was speaking to the group about how they as farmers must make choices to run their farms more sustainably and not wait for the government to act.

Joel Salatin, featured in "Food, Inc." and "The Omnivore's Dilemma" brought his message of chemical-free farming to a Columbia conference.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Election results were no surprise

With a few exceptions, both state and local election results were as predicted.  

TODAY'S QUESTION: Do you think MU should cut low-producing degree programs?

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton suggested 12 different low-producing MU degree programs be cut or reconfigured.

Republicans pick Rob Mayer for top spot in Missouri Senate

Rob Mayer beat Kevin Engler to serve as the state Senate president pro tem.

Missouri men's basketball faces St. Louis team in exhibition game

The Tigers will play the Harris-Stowe Hornets, a NAIA team, on Friday. Missouri is ranked 15th in the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls.

BOONE LIFE: Hearing is learning process for two sisters

The girls are learning to hear with the help of cochlear implants.

Missouri Senate Republicans choosing new leaders

Republicans appeared to gain three seats in Tuesday's elections, which would give them control of the chamber.

Cat Kelly named new director of Missouri Public Defender System

The new director plans to find solution to the problem of denying new clients because of high caseloads.

Hallsville facing sewage violations

The city of Hallsville has been cited by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for an illegal discharge of sewage and other related shortcomings.

String of pleasant days in Columbia makes record books

Thursday marks the 228th consecutive day that Columbia's high temperatures have reached at least 50, but it appears the streak is about to end.

Thirteen-state coalition urges court to uphold Arizona immigration law

The 2007 law allows business licenses to be suspended or revoked when employers knowingly hire illegal immigrants.

LETTER: It's time for civil dialogue

American's should rethink the costs of endless wars.

Residents gather to discuss ways to close school achievement gap

Columbia Public Schools' black students not only have lower test scores than their white peers but also black students across the state. Community members gathered Thursday to think of possible ways to decrease the disparities.

Richland Road request unanimously recommended by P&Z

With the removal of 90 acres of commercial development, the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission voted to recommend the Richland Road annexation and rezoning request.

Sheffield a 'front-row force' for Stephens volleyball

Megan Sheffield, a junior middle hitter for the Stephens volleyball team, leads the American Midwest Conference in blocks.

Two escape unharmed from Columbia house fire

Twenty-one firefighters and five firetrucks responded to the fire on Arrow Wood Drive.

Columbia woman arrested on suspicion of drug possession

While speaking with Mallory Simpson, sheriff's deputies found drug paraphernalia in plain view in her purse and found more, along with methamphetamine and cocaine, in a subsequent search.

County Commission schedules public hearing for East Area Plan

The project has been in progress for almost a year and a half. The final public hearing will be Nov. 30.

Gov. Nixon appoints Carpenter as new circuit judge

The circuit judge seat for the 13th Circuit had been open since Oct. 1 after the retirement of Judge Gene Hamilton.

Mayer is selected as new president pro tem by chance

The runner-up for the position suggested the influx of staunchly conservative Republicans from the Nov. 2 election contributed to the loss of support for him.