City Council approves drafting alcohol ban in three city parks

The Columbia Police Department has said it has trouble with intoxicated people, many homeless, in Flat Branch, Village Square and Paquin parks.

Safford amped for MU men's basketball team's game against Illinois

For Justin Safford, who is from Bloomington, Ill., Wednesday's Braggin' Rights game against Illinois has a special significance.

Injury creates lineup questions for Missouri men's basketball team

After Michael Dixon Jr., the Tigers' regular point guard, was suspended indefinitely on Wednesday for a violation of team rules, freshman Phil Pressey stepped into the role. But during Sunday’s practice, Pressey fractured a bone in his right hand and will be out for a minimum of two weeks.

Wintry mix predicted to hit mid-Missouri Christmas weekend

KRCG's Zac Evans is predicting rain Wednesday that will turn into freezing rain Thursday. It's too early to say whether there will be snow for Christmas Day.

For staff at Girls Town, a precious, fulfilling mission

Missouri Girls Town is a residential facility for adolescent girls who are victims of abuse or neglect. The staff of Girls Town, however, see the residents, the ones they call "our girls," as survivors.

Sierra Club disputes attorney's authority in city's dispute with EPA

David Shorr has represented Columbia, Boone County and MU in criticizing EPA recommendations for Hinkson Creek. But a letter from his law firm suggests he was hired just to appeal a state stormwater permit.

Volunteers wanted to staff winter shelter at downtown church

Missouri United Methodist Church is providing a winter shelter in January and February for people who are homeless. Volunteers are needed for the "Room at the Inn" program. 

Freshman adjusting to life on MU women's basketball team

Kishaun Williams, a freshman guard for the Missouri women's basketball team, says she has had to get used to being away from her family in Baton Rouge, La.

Study maps need for children's doctors in rural areas

Growth in the number of children's doctors and family physicians has outpaced the increased in the U.S. child population, the study authors found. By moving doctors out of areas where there is already an over-supply, it would be possible for every child to have a doctor nearby.

Council approves REDI's lease of downtown garage space

The City Council approved a plan for REDI to lease space in the garage at Fifth and Walnut.

City Council approves Hindman Discovery Garden at Stephens Lake Park

Construction on the project is scheduled to begin this winter with an estimated completion date of spring 2012. More than $78,000 have been raised to fund the garden’s construction.

Audrain County man sentenced in Ohio drifter's death

Chad Harvey pleaded guilty in October to second-degree murder, and on Monday a judge confirmed the maximum sentence for him. Cases against Harvey's father, stepmother and brothers and his father's friends remain pending.

Driver identified in weekend crash into J.C. Penney

The 71-year-old woman had suffered a "diabetic problem" just before the accident, in which her 2008 Hyundai Accent went though a plate-glass entrance to the store.

Columbia offices closed for Christmas holiday

City offices will be closed Friday, but other operations will continue as scheduled.

Public can experience full lunar eclipse at MU observatory Monday night

Laws Observatory will open its doors to the public free of charge.


TODAY'S QUESTION: What do you think of the tax-cut deal?

Congress approved, and President Obama signed, an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts along with an extension of unemployment benefits, among other things. What do you think of the deal?

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Columbia school district profiles

Find out how the Columbia Public Schools are doing in categories like dropout rates and ACT scores.

LETTER: Reflective powder would make for safer roads

COLUMN: Mother's example of how to live is the best gift she gave

The way she lived  through her illness, with humor and happiness, is a gift that will last a lifetime.

LETTER: City officials should have listened to opposition of Richland Road project

There unheard concerns of residents shows that the City Council only cares about the "good-old boys" network.