Columbia elementary school participates in earthquake drill

Paxton-Keeley Elementary School was among the local participants in the multi-state Great American Shakeout Earthquake Drill.

Columbia Public Schools redistricting committee hears growth projections

Road projects are also a factor for the committee to consider because it found that a main concern of district parents is the safety of their children.

South braces for rising Mississippi River

Mississippi and Louisiana governors issued flood warnings Thursday and declared states of emergency. 

TODAY'S QUESTION: How have the recent floods, tornadoes affected you?

Storms and floods have been ripping through southeast Missouri and five southern states. How has the flooding affected you so far? Do you plan on aiding any of the affected areas? How?

TORNADOES: Information about the Southern storms

At least 280 people have been reported dead following a storm system that spawned dozens of tornadoes in the Southern United States on Wednesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Day-by-day coverage of 2011 flood — Day 4

Missouri officials argued at a federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau that intentionally breaking the Birds Point levee would send a rush of water over a huge chunk of valuable farmland. The judge left the bench Thursday without issuing a decision in the dispute.

PHOTO GALLERY: Smith, Gabbert go top-10 in NFL draft

In a surprise pick, Missouri's Aldon Smith went to the San Francisco 49ers at No. 7, and Blaine Gabbert followed at No. 10.

Assistant coach Henderson keeps mood light for Columbia College softball

Columbia College first-year softball assistant Joe Henderson has energized the Cougars with a fun-first mentality and deep passion for the game.

Former Hickman track star excels at Missouri

Former Hickman standout Tucker Bounds is starting to make a name for himself on the Missouri track and field team.

Rock Bridge baseball team extends winning streak

For the 18th straight time, the Rock Bridge baseball team came out victorious Thursday, defeating Kirksville 4-2 at Rock Bridge.

At top colleges, diversity not just black and white

Several universities are trying to improve their diversity — but by income, not race.

Rock Bridge wins district golf tournament

The Rock Bridge boys golf team placed first at the district golf tournament in Lebanon.



Redistricting keeps Columbia rural, changes representation

As the Missouri legislature adjusts political districts for 2013, Columbia could get shuffled from the vanishing 9th District to similarly-rural District 4.


Detective Joseph Jackson selected as Officer of the Year for Columbia

The Columbia Police Department honored employees today with its annual awards ceremony. Among the recipients was the 2010 Officer of the Year, Detective Joseph Jackson.

LETTER: GOP scheme to convert Medicare to voucher program is lunacy

The program would funnel billions of taxpayer dollars into the coffers of insurance companies and eventually either increase expenses or reduce coverage for recipients.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tornado damage in Alabama

The death toll from the wave of severe storms and tornadoes in the southern United States on Wednesday has risen to over 200. On Thursday, Alabama residents returned to their homes to survey the damage.

Death toll from severe Southern storms climbs above 200

The storms Wednesday spawned tornadoes and winds in five Southern states: Alabama, Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Georgia. All five states have reported fatalities; 128 have been confirmed dead in Alabama.

Government to urge food companies to limit ads for kids

FEMA officials assessing St. Louis-area storm damage

A report from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will eventually be sent to the state. Then Gov. Jay Nixon can seek federal assistance for areas damaged by the tornado that hit the St. Louis area Friday.

Columbia fire ignited in flowerpot

The fire, which caused $5,000 of damage, may have been caused by incense.