TODAY'S QUESTION: Should Columbia lower fluoride levels in its drinking water to meet new federal recommendations?

Fluoride levels in Columbia’s drinking water are higher than a new recommendation from the EPA and Department of Health and Human Services.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Calling Kit Bond — your favorite university needs a new leader

The recently retired U.S. senator would be an excellent choice to become the new president of the University of Missouri System.

Anderson looks for first win over Texas A&M with MU men's basketball team

Missouri men's basketball coach Mike Anderson is 0-4 against Texas A&M, making the Aggies the only Big 12 team the Tigers haven't beaten under Anderson.

Pastor who fights for LGBTQ community honored with award

Retired Rev. Dick Blount was honored with an award at the Columbia Values Diversity Awards celebration and sees it as a stepping stone for the community.

First Student school bus catches fire at Stadium and Providence

A bus driver, bus monitor and 28 children were inside a First Student bus when the engine caught fire.

Unpredictability normal for Missouri women's basketball team

It's been an up and down season for the Missouri women's basketball team, so it's hard to know what to expect when No. 7 Texas A&M plays the Tigers on Saturday at Mizzou Arena. Missouri might be without junior forward Christine Flores, who averages 15.4 points per game.

Missouri native's invention allows transportation workers to plow more snow at once

Farmer and engineer Bob Lannert began developing the TowPlow, which clears 25 feet of snow at a time and decreases the need for salt, in 2000.

Young teams set for Beauty and the Beast event

The Beauty and the Beast, a simultaneous competition at Hearnes Center featuring the MU gymnastics and wrestling teams, will require the complete focus and attention of even the greenest competitors.

UPDATE: Computer edges out 2 'Jeopardy!' champs

Watson, a computer with artificial intelligence, won a short practice round ahead of a million-dollar tournament that will be televised on "Jeopardy!" next month.

Early T. rex ancestor found in South America

Before the Tyrannosaurus rex, there was the Eodromaeus — a 4-foot-long hunter that set the stage for a fearsome giant.

Gov. Nixon provides $7.5 million to schools

The decision by Nixon amounts to a little more than 10 percent of the $70 million he withheld from schools when the budget year began July 1.

Missouri finances up, but spending cuts remain

Nixon's budget director Linda Luebbering said Missouri revenues are still forecast to fall short of the original budget.

Landlords converge for crime summit

The Columbia Property Managers Against Crime Summit addressed concerns related to drugs, slumlords, eviction and communication.

MU Children's Hospital patients create artwork

Thirty MU Children's Hospital patients created a quilt to be displayed at PACE Youth Theatre's performance of "The Yellow Boat," which premiers Friday.

Downtown bridal shop to close in March

The new owners of the building that houses The Villager plan to convert a large portion of the three-story space into luxury apartments.

Tax levy increase a possibility for Columbia Public Schools

Columbia Public Schools is facing up to an 18 percent reduction in state revenue, which accounts for 33 percent of the district’s budget.

Children's theater production seeks to teach community about HIV, AIDS

PACE, a children's acting group, will perform "The Yellow Boat," a play based on the true story of a child's battle with AIDS during the 1980s. PACE hopes to educate the Columbia community about the issue.

Slavery symposium to be held Saturday in Columbia

Event coordinator Carla Marroquin said Columbia is vulnerable to human trafficking because it lies on an interstate and because of the high numbers of students who might lack funds.

Gov. Nixon announces increased scholarship amounts for students

Under the Access Missouri program, 46,000 Missouri students would receive scholarships for the spring 2011 semester.

GUEST COMMENTARY: West Broadway decisions the worst of 2010

An earlier column by George Kennedy failed to point out that all Columbia citizens will end up paying to widen Broadway between Garth Avenue and West Boulevard.