Columbia mayor finds funding for Short Street garage problematic

McDavid was critical of a quick deadline given to the city by the redevelopers of the Regency Hotel. He said building the garage would guarantee an increase in parking rates downtown.

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The Missourian is accepting letters to the editor and guest commentaries about the ballot issues and candidates until April 1.

GUEST COMMENTARY: U.S. alone among Western democracies in protecting hate speech

The U.S. is an outlier when it comes to freedom of expression. Although we share other countries’ repugnance for hate speech, particularly the race- and religion-baiting variety, the First Amendment reflects a uniquely strong aversion to government censorship of any kind.

MU men's basketball needs improvement for NCAA Tournament

The Missouri men's basketball team remains confident that it can make a run in this year's NCAA Tournament. The Tigers might have a chance if they can make the necessary adjustments by the time they play Cincinnati on Thursday.

Fulton window washer medals twice in major competition

Ben Appleton of Fulton traveled to the International Window Cleaning Association's annual conference in Florida and came away with two medals in window-washing competitions.

TODAY'S QUESTION: How far will the Missouri men's basketball team go in the NCAA Tournament?

The Missouri men's basketball team received the No. 11 seed in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament. How far will the team go in the NCAA Tournament and why?

UM System avoids fine for tuition increase

The curators approved the average 5.5 percent tuition increase in January but avoided a fine because the increase was below what the university considered necessary.

MU men's basketball opens NCAA Tournament against Cincinnati

The Bearcats are a physical team that fared well in what is probably the nation's toughest conference.

Missouri lawmakers, Ameren continue plans for second Callaway plant

Despite the recent explosions at three reactors at the Japanese nuclear power plant, Ameren and its legislative supporters want to push a bill that would provide the site permit for constructing a second nuclear power plant in Callaway County.  

House Budget Committee ends work on state budget

The $23.2 billion state budget went through an hourlong markup session Tuesday, and 13 appropriations bills passed.

Muriel Battle High School construction proceeds on schedule

This winter's record snowfalls didn't even delay the project; weather days were built into the planning. The school is about 15 percent complete. It opens in fall 2013.

Proposed STEM school model brings hope to Benton Elementary

The science, technology, engineering and math-based school model, slated to begin next year at Benton Elementary, is bringing a mix of excitement and hope to the school. 

TIGER TIPOFF: ESPN's Pat Forde analyzes MU men's basketball team's tournament chances senior writer and MU graduate Pat Forde said he thinks Missouri could make an early exit in this season's NCAA Tournament but acknowledges the benefits of using a frenetic style of play.

Hickman students discuss conflict in Libya with panelists

Panelists came to Hickman High School to discuss the conflict in Libya and other North African and Middle Eastern countries with students Tuesday night. Speak Your Mind is a student-coordinated event that started 21 years ago at Hickman.

NCAA Tournament selection committee completes journey

Stan Morrison and the other members of the men's basketball selection committee turned in this season's NCAA Tournament brackets Sunday to end a season-long process.

Rock Bridge 4-H Club to hold electronics recycling drive

The items will be collected at Rock Bridge Elementary School from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Columbia mobile home fire results in damage, no injuries

A mobile home caught fire at a mobile home park Tuesday morning. Firefighters put the blaze out but not before damage estimated at $5,000 occurred.

School Board candidates discuss closing achievement gap

During the board's candidate forum Tuesday, the candidates drew public questions randomly from a bag and provided their opinions. Some said early childhood education is the key to closing the achievement gap.

Struggling states might cancel or delay primaries

Missouri is among at least six cash-strapped states in which lawmakers are looking into holding caucuses or pushing back presidential primaries to save millions of dollars. Missouri's primary could move to June.

Japanese nuclear official says little of health risks from plant damage

The earthquake and ensuing tsunami that ravaged Japan last Friday may have caused fuel rods to become exposed. An official acknowledged that this exposure is a possibility, but said little of its potential risks.