GUEST COMMENTARY: Building a new garage downtown — unnecessary and wasteful

The new parking garage downtown won't help us dig out of the hole we find ourselves in as tons of its spaces remain empty.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hundreds flood Missouri Capitol in support of disability rights

Advocates hope to pass several pieces of legislation that would close habilitation centers, which they say are ineffective and isolating for individuals with disabilities.

Missouri men's basketball defeats Texas Tech in Big 12 Tournament opener

The Missouri men's basketball team beat Texas Tech 88-84 in Wednesday's Big 12 Tournament opener in Kansas City.

Taylor breaks another record for Missouri softball team in win against Arkansas

After breaking the Missouri softball hits record Saturday, the senior center fielder steals her 154th base in the first inning, a Big 12 Conference record.

Two perfect games put MU's Thomas in exclusive company

Chelsea Thomas' perfect games against Drake and Missouri State were the eighth and ninth perfect games in Missouri softball history.

UPDATE: Illinois abolishes death penalty, clears death row

Illinois abolished the death penalty and commuted the sentences of all 15 inmates remaining on death row to life in prison with no hope of parole. Gov. Quinn called it "the most difficult decision" he had made as governor.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Should Columbia build another parking garage near the Regency Hotel?

Columbia City Council has tabled the decision to approve a new Short Street parking lot.

Wisconsin Republicans approve collective bargaining bill without Democrats

The Democrats have not yet returned to the Wisconsin Senate, and Republicans are moving forward without them. Republicans split from the legislation the proposal to curtail union rights, and because the curtail doesn't involve spending money, a committee approved the bill.

Crowd gathers for hearing on Ameren Missouri, Callaway nuclear plant

The state Senate heard legislation Wednesday that would allow Ameren Missouri to charge its ratepayers an extra fee to fund an early site permit for a second nuclear power plant in Callaway County.

Missouri’s Gregoris finally finding place in college

The redshirt sophomore wrestler didn't reach the NCAA Tournament this year, but his coach said he believes he has the potential to make it in years to come.

PHOTO GALLERY: Lent begins with Ash Wednesday traditions

Ash Wednesday, which was March 9 this year, marks the start of the liturgical season of Lent, a time of solemn preparation for Easter. Church-goers in Columbia observed the start of the season at services Wednesday.

Missouri baseball's offense strikes out against Gonzaga in home loss

The Tigers struggled offensively Wednesday night in a 4-1 loss to Gonzaga. The Tigers struck out looking six times and had only five hits.

UPDATE: Columbia Public School District employees could receive pay raises

The Columbia School Board will vote on various district employee salary schedules at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Police: Columbia driver hits pedestrian at College Avenue and Rollins Street

The pedestrian was transported to University Hospital, and a court summons was issued to the driver.

UPDATE: Missouri hospitals could be required to provide emergency contraception

Hospitals would be required to inform all sexual assault victims of its availability.

Missouri hospitals charge different rates for rape kits

Missouri hospitals are charging variable rates to the state of Missouri to process rape kits. The costs have ranged from $29.50 per test to as much as $1,568 per test.

Two people in fair condition after I-70 wreck

University Hospital commented on the status of two people who were in an accident after a tractor-trailer hit a minivan Monday.

Dairy Queen on Forum gets a face-lift

What? No Blizzards? Only temporarily. The Dairy Queen on Forum is undergoing renovations.

English-only driving test gains first-round approval in House

A bill to make all driving tests in Missouri English-only was given first-round approval by the Missouri House of Representatives.

Columbia Public Schools finance committee to discuss teacher pay increases

A Columbia Public Schools committee will discuss whether to increase teachers' pay at its Wednesday evening meeting. The outcome will be presented to the School Board on Monday.