Missouri softball team set to open NCAA regionals

Missouri softball players rotate through drills Wednesday during practice for this weekend's NCAA regional tournament at University Field. The Tigers open play Friday against Illinois State.

The No. 5 Missouri softball team opens postseason play at 6:30 p.m. Friday against Illinois State. With two shutouts against the Redbirds already this season, the Tigers are confident but also wary of losing their focus.

Form-based zoning discussed at Columbia public forum

City officials, representatives from planning and development groups and members of the public came together to discuss a different method for zoning.

Three Columbia high schools to hold commencement Saturday

Columbia's high schools will hold commencement exercises on Saturday, and an all-night senior party is planned.

Urban farm's rezoning request to allow produce sales tabled

The Planning and Zoning Commission postponed consideration of the request Thursday night, but is considering several options, including an amendment that would allow the sale of produce and food products in office zoning districts.

Public shows support for proposed signal at Nifong and Peachtree

The approval process will continue with a public hearing and direction from the Columbia City Council.

Fishing derby lets residents test waters at Philips Park dedication

The park dedication will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and is followed by a fishing derby.

BOONE LIFE: Couple marks a decade of goat cheesemaking

Ken and Jenn Muno met in Ann Arbor, Mich., while selling cheese at a place called Zingerman's Deli. Today, they own an 80-acre farm with about 60 dairy goats and a thriving cheese business.

Cicadas awaken from 13-year slumber

Cicadas have begun emerging around mid-Missouri after 13 years, and Columbia residents will start hearing their loud songs soon.

Bike, Walk and Wheel Week offers free city bus rides Thursday

Try Transit Day on Thursday brought a boost to the number of passengers on the morning route. Free rides are being offered for the day as part of the 10th annual Bike, Walk and Wheel Week.

Kraig Kahler denied trip to son's custody hearing

A judge suggested that Kahler could participate by phone. He has been charged with killing his wife, two daughters and his wife's grandmother in November 2009.

Belcher presents budget scenarios to Columbia School Board

A 60-cent increase in Columbia Public Schools' property tax levy is among the scenarios the board is exploring as a way to ease budget shortfalls.

ANALYSIS: Curators search committee looks at UM presidential candidates

The committee received more than 30 applications, which they are meeting to discuss, but the nature of the search is secretive. Among UM's four campuses, some people are speculating as to who the candidates could be.

GEORGE KENNEDY: School Board needs to start selling the public on tax increase

The School Board is heading in the direction of asking for a 60-cent incease in the operating levy next April. The job of convincing the public that this incease is necessary — and it is — begins now.

Rock Bridge baseball season ends sooner than expected

The Rock Bridge baseball team was upset 2-1 by Timberland in extra innings Thursday in the championship game of the Class 4, District 9 tournament.

Ameren no longer backs nuclear permit compromise

The company now has concerns about legislation that had represented a last-ditch compromise among utility companies.

Declining funding causes Moog School of Columbia to close

The Moog School of Columbia for deaf and partially deaf children plans to close July 14. Columbia Public Schools is preparing to meet the needs of the children affected. 

LETTER: City fails to appoint a single African-American to Redistricting Committee

There are many qualified citizens who could lend a voice and represent the views of the African-American community, if only the city would include them.

Missouri baseball game suspended by weather

The Missouri baseball team's game at Nebraska was suspended because of severe weather on Thursday evening in Lincoln, Neb.

Columbia police warn businesses of counterfeit bills

Businesses across town have received counterfeit $20 bills, and all are now being encouraged by Columbia police to carefully check bills' security features.

Missouri softball players earn All-Midwest honors

Four Missouri softball players have earned Division I All-Midwest Region honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.