Man charged in Turner murder knew her through niece

Ryan Bridger is charged with the second-degree murder of Aletha Turner, who was shot in her home earlier this week and later died. Bridger has been held in the Boone County Jail since Tuesday on a burglary charge.

Sledders say best site in Columbia is Stephens Lake Park

Blanket of snow lured outdoor fun-seekers to park for rounds of sledding.

MoDOT urges holiday travelers to be cautious

Road crews will work around the clock if necessary, officials say.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

Secret Santa: NORAD mum on how it tracks St. Nick

NORAD uses "ultra-cool, high-tech, high-speed digital cameras," radar, satellites and fighter jets to help track St. Nick as he travels the globe. But, remember, he only stops at houses where the children are sleeping.

DEAR READER: There's a whole lot of grit in this cinder-free city

The city will be cinder-free this snow season -- unless the conditions make salt ineffective. Why The District and the Village at Cherry Hill won't follow the exemption is grist for another article.

Deaton family gets quad to themselves for snowball fight

The grandchildren of Chancellor Brady Deaton took advantage of an empty Francis Quadrangle to have a snowball fight with their parents.

Police, firefighters are remembered with pizza, cookies

Firefighters on duty on Friday got the gift of pizza. It's a tradition for Shakepeare's.

Kansas City district finds missing letter, saving $6 million

After searching in every file she could think of, an attorney for the district, found the document in a cardboard box of old papers labeled to be thrown away. The letter outlines a contract for helping schools get wired for new technology.

Midwest farmland prices soar due to strong prices

Across the Corn Belt, the price of farmland was on the rise in 2010. The highest increases were seen in Iowa, where values rose 13 percent and an acre of farmland sold for upward of $7,000 in some areas of the state.  Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas all saw average farmland values increase about 9.5 percent in 2010.

Columbia Second Chance collects animal food and supply donations

The volunteer organization is starting to see collection boxes fill up around town with dog and cat food, cleaning supplies, pet toys and paper towels.

A family plans for afternoon filled with playing in snow

Columbia father Zaid Mahir is excited for his three girls to play in the snow. "I mean, watching is nice, but watching isn't part of the event," he says.

Delayed flights keep passengers at airport on Christmas Eve

Snowy weather forced many to wait out Christmas Eve in airports. It was no different in Columbia where passengers stayed put for at least three hours past their scheduled departure times for flights.

Columbia's snowplow drivers train for the big one

In order to perform the tricky work of removing snow from streets, maintenance employees must first pass through the Missouri Department of Transportation's Snow Academy.

Ohio museum to return German item stolen in World War II

The Toledo Museum of Art and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said that "Nereid Sweetmeat Stand" will go back to the Dresden Museum.

Travelers brace for snow, ice in Midwest

Holiday travelers are bracing for weather delays and congested roads and airports. "People that are going to Grandma's house," warned Bobby Boyd, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Nashville, "need to get going."


Colorado inmate charged in 1982 Missouri slaying

The second-degree murder and armed criminal action charges were filed against Richard Walker on Thursday in Green County Circuit Court after Springfield police reviewed the cold case and re-interviewed him in prison last week. He is being charged in connection with the 1982 stabbing death of 22-year-old Angela Baskin.

UPDATE: Midwest storm slows holiday travel as drivers brace for snow, ice

Snowfall made traveling tough on Friday in northeastern Iowa, where the bulk of the storm hovered. Drivers reported few snow plows on the road.

Applications available for city boards and commissions

Citizens may apply for several boards and commissions, including the Citizens Police Review Board and the Downtown Columbia Leadership Council.

Last minute shoppers scout the stores on Christmas Eve

Many shoppers found their way to the stores despite the snowy streets. For some it was a matter of time and money, while others admit to just procrastinating before doing their holiday gift buying.