COLUMN: Refusing to allow certain media, Nixon distances himself from public

Gov. Jay Nixon hand-picked the reporters he briefed on higher education funding two weeks ago. Everyone, not just journalists, should take offense.

Missouri men's basketball player eager to play boyhood-favorite Georgetown

Missouri junior guard Kim English grew up in Baltimore, just 39 miles from Georgetown, and he has played at the same recreation center as several Hoya greats.

Columbia celebrates extension of Maguire Boulevard

People who work on LeMone Industrial Boulevard say they like the northward extension of Maguire Boulevard, and Mayor Bob McDavid said the project was key to bringing IBM to town.

Missouri men's basketball rises in polls after 3-0 week

The Tigers are ranked No. 9 in the AP poll and No. 11 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll.

Columbia, Boone County reveal federal funding requests

The city of Columbia and Boone County have completed their wish lists for projects they hope will win federal money. The projects include road extensions, airport and public transportation improvements and environmental infrastructure.

LETTER: Support for clean energy more beneficial than another nuclear plant

Ironically, Missouri's renewable energy standard is imperiled in the state legislature.

Former Missouri GOP chair joins RNC race

Ann Wagner is running  for chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, currently filled by chairman Michael Steele.

Sophomore makes impact on return to Hickman girls basketball team

Hickman sophomore Jade Holly scored a game-high 15 points in her first game back since tearing her ACL last season to help the Kewpies win their season-opener 34-27 over Waynesville.

City Council to vote on ordinance restricting parking by mailboxes

Second Ward Councilman Jason Thornhill asked for the proposed ordinance to be drafted after he received complaints from people who said they were missing mail deliveries due to parked cars blocking their mailboxes.

Parks and Recreation, City Council discuss plans for parks tax

The park sales tax, approved by Columbia voters earlier this month, is expected to bring in $12 million for the city's parks. Now the Parks and Recreation Department and the City Council will decide what to do with that money.

Columbia house ignites from second grill fire

The damage from the first fire, at a house on UMC Drive, was repaired only hours before the second fire started.

Affion Public discusses city manager search with council

Affion Public, the consulting firm hired to find City Manager Bill Watkins' successor, is in Columbia this week to meet with city staff and look into what the city needs in a new manager.

2011 Neighborhood Leadership Program invites applicants

The program, which will run during February and March 2011, is geared toward citizens who are involved in neighborhood activities or interesting in becoming involved with their neighborhoods.

President proposes pay freeze for civilian federal employees

The two-year freeze, which requires congressional approval, would apply to 2 million federal employees. It is expected to save more than $5 billion over two years.

Moberly man faces domestic assault charge after woman was hit with car

Kenneth Kean is in custody with bond set at $100,000.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Who would you like to see run for Missouri U.S. Senate seat in 2012?

Contenders are already emerging in Missouri's 2012 Senate election. Who would you like to run?

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Daily incident log

Find out what phone calls the sheriff's department is responding to in the county and see if anything's happening in your neighborhood.

Trial likely for man convicted in 1990 slaying

The man, who was twice convicted in the slaying of a Missouri woman, was her neighbor.

MU struggles to meet state need for more health providers

Administrators at the School of Health Professions, School of Medicine and Sinclair School of Nursing said they’ve taken steps to increase enrollment and prepare students for modern health care challenges.

Four dead in Thanksgiving weekend crashes

State troopers responded to 364 crashes over the weekend, four resulting in deaths.