PHOTO GALLERY: Graffiti removed from Hitt Street Parking Garage

Graffiti was removed from a Hitt Street Parking Garage wall Friday morning.

Census appearance cements independence for Pierpont

Nov. 4, 2004, was independence day for Pierpont, a village south of Columbia, and now the U.S. Census adds its official stamp.

PHOTO GALLERY: Snow transforms Columbia landscapes

A snowfall hit Columbia on Thursday.

Hertwig Hopkins named Columbia's acting city manager

Assistant City Manager Paula Hertwig Hopkins will work with City Manager Bill Watkins until his March 11 retirement and will have decision-making authority in his absence.

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Missouri women's basketball team reflects on Colorado's departure to Pac 10

Colorado and Nebraska will leave the Big 12 Conference at the end of athletic seasons this year. The Buffaloes will head west to join the Pacific 10, and the Huskers will face competition in the Big Ten this fall. The Missouri women's basketball team will get their last chance to send either school packing with a loss, as they are set to face Colorado on Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

Ninth snow day pushes Columbia Public Schools to June 3

Cancellation of classes Friday means an additional day of school in early June.

Jefferson City girls basketball upsets Rock Bridge to win district championship

After being down 17-3 in the first quarter, the Jefferson City Jays battled back to win 34-33 on Friday. Kristin Burnett led the Jays with 10 points and freshman guard Monique Townson added eight.

CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien speaks at Jesse Hall in Columbia

CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien visited Jesse Hall on Friday night to speak about diversity in journalism. The National Association of Black Journalists named O'Brien Journalist of the Year in 2010.

Travis Jorgenson steps up as Rock Bridge boys basketball wins district championship

Sophomore point guard spurs early, late runs and Rock Bridge beat Jefferson City 71-48 for the Class 5 District 9 championship.

MU gymnastics defeats Southern Utah despite lowered team score

Veteran gymnasts struggled in some areas, but the Tigers managed to come out on top.

New, MRI-friendly pacemaker arrives in Columbia

A heart patient received the first installation in mid-Missouri of a newly-approved pacemaker at Boone Hospital Center Friday morning. The pacemaker will allow the patient to have future MRI scans.

Second Libyan protest blocks traffic in downtown Columbia

Roughly 60 protesters demonstrated their opposition to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in downtown Columbia Friday afternoon. Several protesters did not attend the first Libyan protest in Columbia at MU's Speaker Circle on Wednesday.

Chamber of Commerce endorsement, infrastructure focus of Muleskinners candidate forum

Candidates for the First and Fifth Ward City Council positions answered questions from the public Friday at Stephens College.

Range Line renovations at Columbia College complete

A portion of Range Line Street from Rogers Street to Wilkes Boulevard has been renovated, now with a new road median, new pavements and curbs, and new street lights. The utilities were also moved underground.

MU to celebrate U.S.'s northern neighbor during Canada Days

Films and presentations are slated as a part of MU's sixth annual Canada Days celebration.

UM System plans to reinvest tuition increase in financial aid

The UM System Board of Curators approved a tuition increase in January. Now plans are being made to put some of that new revenue back into student financial aid.

U.S. to impose sanctions on Libya

The U.S. is working with European partners on additional sanctions and other multilateral actions that could be taken against the African country in response to recent violence.

Robin Carnahan plans run at third term as Missouri secretary of state

After failing to win a U.S. Senate seat last fall, Robin Carnahan will seek re-election as Missouri secretary of state. State Sen. Bill Stouffer announced his intention to oppose Carnahan, Friday, as well.

UPDATE: Fire damages Columbia man's home

A fire Thursday morning at 1810 Brandeis Court caused about $250,000 in damages. The homeowner, his dog and one cat escaped uninjured.