NCAA softball regional postponed because of rain

The opening day of the NCAA softball tournament has been postponed because of rain. Action will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, barring further delay.

DEAR READER: Introducing the world premiere of 'The Inverted Pyramid Song'

The song, just like the inverted pyramid itself, is stupidly brilliant.

Missouri baseball beats Nebraska, clinches spot at Big 12 tournament

Nixon, IBM executive talk jobs at ceremony

Mayor Bob McDavid said IBM will be held to job-creation standards that come with the tax breaks and other incentives it received for coming here.

Diversity of committee to redraw Columbia city wards questioned

The City Council has appointed seven people to a panel that will recommend new ward boundaries based on census results, but the committee includes no representation of the black community.

Murder charges dropped in Coleman case

The Boone County Sheriff's Department said it was acting in good faith when it charged Deangelo T. Grant with second-degree murder. The investigation of the fatal shooting of Donnell G. Coleman continues.

NCAA softball schedule likely to change

The NCAA games committee is anticipating scheduling changes for this weekend’s softball regional tournament due to rain in the forecast.


Fifth-grade students have Civil War experience in Centralia

Students from three Columbia elementary schools traveled to the historic Centralia Battlefield on Friday to experience life during the Civil War. 

MU professor creates sculpture of President Ford

J. Brett Grill created a 7-foot sculpture of former President Gerald Ford and traveled to Washington, D.C., to unveil it at the White House earlier this month.

Police search for man in connection with robbery at Boone County National Bank

Police are looking for a man who entered the Paris Road branch of the bank and demanded money. No one was injured during the robbery on Friday afternoon.

Ten Columbia boards and commissions have openings

The Columbia City Clerk will accept applications for 20 vacancies until noon on June 3.

Thunderstorms could delay Philips Park dedication and fishing derby

A hotline has been set up for participants in the derby to call in case the event is canceled because of storms. The number is 874-7663.

Bike, Walk and Wheel Week caps with free breakfasts

PedNet Coalition Director Ian Thomas expects fewer participants this year because of a decreased budget.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri missing a chance to build an energy future

Passing a bill to clear construction for a second nuclear power plant is essential to future economic development.

Rain garden brings science to Park Avenue Preschool

The Columbia Metro Rotary Club planted a rain garden to help with a drainage problem at the preschool.

Government scientists test water at Birds Point levee

Water samples were taken in the days after the levee was intentionally breached but results aren't expected for several weeks.

Missouri bus driver charged with manslaughter

Willie Loenberger of Auxvasse has been charged with second-degree involuntary manslaughter. The charge is punishable by up to four years in prison.

Bill awaiting Nixon's signature would eliminate jail time for some first-time driving offenses

First-time offenders are rarely jailed for such crimes as failing to maintain liability insurance or driving without a valid license, but the bill would eliminate all possibility.

West Junior High students ask for anti-bullying classes

Students currently receive a 50-minute lecture once a year about the issues of bullying, suicide and depression. The students are asking for a monthly class.

Mississippi River closes after accident

Grain barges broke loose from a towboat and sank, prompting the river's closure. The Coast Guard isn't certain that high water contributed to the accident Friday, but the river will remain closed during the investigation.