Fifth and Walnut garage lighting discussed at meeting

The Environment and Energy Commission met Tuesday to discuss lighting issues present at the Fifth and Walnut parking garage. Some commission members said the garage's lights are too bright and stay on for too long.

The Environment and Energy Commission talked about the brightness of LED lights in the parking garage at its meeting Tuesday night.

Fourth-grader served as inspiration for friends and family

Blake Merson, 10, beat cancer at an early age and showed a maturity beyond his years. Blake died last week of pneumonia and a strep infection that affected the blood.

Missouri House approves ban on 'bath salt' drugs

Synthetic drugs that mimic cocaine and marijuana and that are sold as incense or bath salts would be outlawed in Missouri, if the governor signs the bill.

Missouri's Gabbert among rookies hurt by NFL lockout

Former Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert, chosen 10th overall by Jacksonville in the NFL Draft, has a Jaguars playbook but no teammates to run through plays with.

MU seniors bring competitive bond to Big 12 Track & Field Championships

Missouri seniors Chris Holly, Brian Hancock and Lars Rise all have a shot at winning titles at the Big 12 Track & Field Championships this weekend in Norman, Okla.

Missouri lawmakers pass human trafficking bill

Under the legislation, prison sentences would be five years to 20 years for those convicted of crimes such as trafficking for sexual exploitation and forced labor.

MU museum director named to federal committee

Alexander Barker will join a committee charged with ensuring museums and Native American tribes resolve repatriation issues in accordance with the law.

Missouri softball player Nicole Hudson earns more Big 12 honors

Hudson has been named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season.

New farmers market plans to offer veggies and art

If approved by the Columbia City Council, a new farmers market downtown will feature not only fresh fruits and vegetables, but also local artwork. 

Doggie Play Day raises funds to aid wild tigers

Participants could play with adoptable dogs from a local shelter in exchange for a donation to Mizzou Tigers for Tigers.

Moberly mom detained on suspicion of dumping infant in pond

Investigators said they found a towel bearing Cassidy Nicole Ann King's name with the infant's body.

Welfare recipients could undergo drug testing, lose benefits

Final approval is up to Gov. Jay Nixon; however, the bill passed through the state legislature with enough votes to override a potential veto from him.

Mississippi crests at Memphis at nearly 48 feet

South of Memphis, residents were preparing for the worst.

Rock Bridge boys tennis team advances to district tournament final

The Bruins shut out Camdenton on Tuesday in the semifinals of the Class 2, District 9 Tournament.

Senior's intensity bolsters Rock Bridge tennis team

Senior Jimmy Hunter's competitiveness has helped him become the No. 2 singles player on the Rock Bridge boys tennis team.

Harrisburg school district approves reducing school week

Beginning next fall, Harrisburg schools will run Tuesday through Friday for eight hours a day, an increase from the current 6 1/2.

Mississippi River crests in Memphis at nearly 48 feet

The river is expected to stay very close to its crest level of 47.85 feet for the next few days. Hitting the high point means things shouldn't get worse in the area, but it will take weeks for the water to recede.

Federal scientists study wild weather during April

U.S. scientists looked for the fingerprints of global warming and La Nina on last month's deadly tornadoes, but couldn't find evidence to blame those oft-cited weather phenomena.


ROSE NOLEN: Fight against drugs becoming worse, affecting Missouri's future

The ongoing war against drugs in Missouri is straining resources and tainting the state's image.

Nixon to speak at meetings on flood recovery

State officials will be on hand at community meetings to talk about the needs of residents in southeast Missouri.