GEORGE KENNEDY: If you're not up on the issues, please don't bother to vote

Tuesday's primary features several tough decisions for City Council and School Board candidates. Take time to learn about the candidates before making a choice.

Missouri to drop extended benefits for unemployed

When eligibility ends Saturday, Missouri will become the only state to voluntarily quit a federal stimulus program that offers extended benefits.

Details released on Painter's new deal at Purdue

More details about Purdue men's basketball coach Matt Painter new contract came Thursday during a news conference in West Lafayette, Ind. The deal guarantees at least $2.3 million annually through the 2018-19 season.

Sewing creates sense of community for refugees

The women of SewYouKnow meet twice a week to sew together and work on their English. They hope to engage more refugees in their passion.

Bridge construction on Route WW forces relocation of polling places

Voters received notices Monday of their new polling locations.

Google Fiber headed to Kansas City, Kan.

Columbia applied for the high-speed fiber-optic Internet service in 2010 but was passed up for Kansas City, Kan.

Institute accepts Columbia health director

Stephanie Browning, director of the Columbia-Boone County Department of Health and Human Services, has been accepted into the National Public Health Leadership Institute.

Crews finishing work on Missouri River Bridge

The Missouri Department of Transportation is about to finish work on a $6.7 million addition to the Missouri River Bridge that will give bicyclists and pedestrians a safe way to cross.

Meet the candidates for the Columbia School Board

Three men and three women are vying for three seats on the Columbia School Board. Click through to read the thumbnail profiles of the candidates.

TODAY'S QUESTION: What does Opening Day mean for you?

Opening Day is celebrated as if it were an official holiday in many cities. Fans use the day to relish the idea for the beginning of a new professional baseball season. What do you expect from your team this year?

Q&A with Columbia School Board candidates

The Missourian sits down with the six candidates vying for three seats on the Columbia School Board.

Regional split rises in Missouri redistricting debate

Representatives from rural counties were not happy about being included in the same districts as St. Louis or Kansas City.

Missouri judge strikes down new ethics law

The judge said the law violates the state's constitution and banks' free speech rights.

Anheuser-Busch heir sued over girlfriend's death

The girlfriend's ex-husband filed a wrongful-death lawsuit on behalf of their 8-year-old son.

Police arrest Auxvasse man in connection with assault

Lorne Beers, 44, was arrested on suspicion of a sexual assault. Columbia police assisted the Mexico, Mo., Public Safety Department in the arrest.

Missouri House, Senate pass bills with differing presidential primary dates

In the House bill, Missouri's 2012 presidential primary would be held March 6. The Senate's version would set the primary one week after New Hampshire's, which is earlier.

LETTER: Cooper County Tea Party Patriots meet regularly

The group meets the first and third Thursday of every month at the Boonville Knights of Columbus Hall.