Ed Robb to be sworn in despite hospital visit

After being hospitalized with an abnormal heart rhythm Wednesday, the man elected presiding Boone County commissioner in November will not attend the official swearing in ceremony Saturday. However, he will still be sworn in sometime this weekend.

Guard play sends Missouri men's basketball team past Old Dominion

Missouri guards Marcus Denmon, Matt Pressey and Michael Dixon combined to help the Tigers knock off a bigger Old Dominion team 81-58 on Thursday at Mizzou Arena. 

Tigers' Ratliffe has reason to impress against Old Dominion

Missouri junior forward Ricardo Ratliffe's cousin and former high school coach are both part of the Old Dominion men's basketball team.


First Night schedule of activities

Columbia abounds with activities for its First Night celebration on Friday. Ballet, jugglers, art exhibits, a 5K run, jazz and other musicians and storytellers.

KOMU-Mediacom battle to the wire over contract negotiations

Negotiations began six months ago to renew a retransmission consent agreement between KOMU and Mediacom. That agreement allows KOMU programming to be broadcast to Mediacom subscribers. As of Thursday morning, the two companies had not reached an agreement.


Fewer join unemployment rolls; good sign for '11

Conference Board economist Kenneth Goldstein said he expects the economy to generate 100,000 to 150,000 jobs a month by spring, up from an average 86,500 a month in 2010. "We may even get to a point, conceivably by spring, where the consumer is going to say that it no longer feels like we're still in a recession," he says.


Storm expected to bring temperature drop on New Year’s Eve

The temperature will drop from an expected high in the mid-60s on Friday to the mid-30s on Saturday.

What you pay for Medicare won't cover your costs

A newly updated financial analysis shows that what people paid into the Medicare system doesn't come close to covering the full value of the medical care they can expect to receive as retirees.

Ex-Missouri Gov. Blunt cancels Kinder loan

Matt Blunt has forgiven a $300,000 loan he made to Peter Kinder's 2008 lieutenant governor's campaign. The decision frees Kinder to focus on fundraising for his likely challenge of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon in 2012 instead of on paying off his past political debt.

Budget woes force state parks to delay maintenance

The backlog of projects and necessary repairs for state parks across the U.S. would require more than $7 billion.

Solid effort for Hickman and Rock Bridge swimmers at invitational

Columbia swimmers posted impressive midseason performances at the CoMo High School Invitational on Thursday night at the MU Student Recreation Complex pool.

Older students face challenges when they return to college

Finding time for both school and family or work commitments is one of the biggest challenges for adults returning to school.

Associated with luxury, Champagne, sparkling wine perfect for celebrations

Paul Vernon of Top Ten Wines said that 80 percent of his Champagne and sparkling wine sales happen in the last three months of the year — fitting for all of the holiday celebrations.

COLUMN: City ordinance thwarts dreams of owning a hedgehog

It would be wonderful to own a cute little critter, but since Columbia considers hedgehogs to be an exotic animal, it's illegal to sell them within the city's borders.

Governor appoints prosecutors for 2 Missouri counties

David Baird of Maryville has been named prosecutor for Worth County. The governor appointed H. Scott Summers of Kahoka as prosecutor for Schuyler County.

Historic Preservation Commission receives grant for study

Patrick Earney, a member of the Preservation Commission, said the main focus of the study will be on buildings and houses that have been restored using money from state and federal historic tax credits.

Police arrest 3 in case of Missouri woman's body found in car

The body of 26-year-old Jessica Eberhardt of High Ridge was found early Tuesday in the passenger seat of the snow-covered car parked outside an Arnold urgent care center.

Fees for Missouri water enforcement to expire

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources earlier this year sought to have the fees renewed, but the Republican-led Senate refused. The fees provide more than one-quarter of the funding for Missouri's water enforcement program.

GUEST COMMENTARY: For Farm Bureau, new year suggestions turn into policies

It's a hallmark of the organization to consider every resolution offered by its membership and then to revise policy booklets to reflect the decisions. 

Picture improving for Missouri men's basketball team

Missouri men's basketball coach Mike Anderson compares the progress of his team to a painting. Colors are everywhere at first, but over time they come together to form a work of art.