Columbia Public Schools seeks feedback from educators to close achievement gap

Varying educators gathered at a World Cafe to discuss solutions for closing the achievement gap within Columbia Public Schools. Changes to student teaching models, funding and bureaucracy are in the works, according to Superintendent Chris Belcher.   

Rock Bridge boys tennis team repeats as state champions

After defeating Rockhurst in the semifinals, the Rock Bridge boys tennis team successfully defended its state title by defeating Lafayette 5-2 in the final.

Haith visits Joplin, brings donations

MU men's basketball coach Frank Haith toured Joplin in the aftermath of Sunday's devastating tornado and spoke to residents at Missouri Southern State University's Red Cross shelter.

Columbia police warn residents about phone scam

Scam callers are asking for credit card or bank information for the Columbia Police Department or the Columbia Police Officers Association.

Dispatch from Joplin: Pitching in

The resilience of the tornado survivors is encouraging and inspiring. Even in times of great loss, much can be gained from witnessing such horrific events.

Hickman, Rock Bridge track teams prepare for state meet

The girls track and field teams from Hickman and the Rock Bridge boys team are looking to place as teams, while the Rock Bridge girls will try for individual success.

Fairview fourth-graders play ball, spend recess with Screaming Eagles

The Kentucky-based parachute demonstration team fielded questions from students and signed autographs Thursday afternoon.

New MU-themed city buses might be covered with ads

The city is making money off bus advertising, but some of the larger ads might cover the new black-and-gold MU paint theme approved earlier by the City Council.

UPDATE: Tornado shows problem with Missouri Rainy Day Fund

Gov. Nixon does not plan to use Missouri's Rainy Day fund to finance Joplin tornado aid.

Columbia outdoor pools set to open for summer season

The city is looking to hire lifeguards to work at several outdoor pools in Columbia.

Tornado highlights state's Rainy Day Fund issues

Half of Missouri's $500 million reserve fund can be used for emergencies, but the state has been reluctant to use it because of budget difficulties. Money used has to be repaid within three years, and some government leaders think the time allotment should be extended.

Oklahoma child found dead, death toll raised to 10

This week's tornado strikes in Oklahoma have left 10 people dead, and some are still missing.

State parks waive fees for weather victims

Families displaced by recent storms can camp for for free in some Missouri state parks. Fee waivers are good for 30 days, though they might be extended later. Families need to provide their own camping gear.

Ex-Missouri House speaker Jetton pleads guilty to sexual assault

A circuit judge placed ex-Missouri House speaker Rod Jetton on probation Thursday after his second-degree assault charge was reduced to a misdemeanor assault charge.

Missouri River floods as holiday weekend approaches

A high-level forecast for the Missouri River shouldn't affect crops but will pose dangers to recreational boaters. Officials advise people to stay off of the river unless necessary.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Mission: ABLE helps paralyzed veterans live to the fullest

This Memorial Day, by working to improve health care and benefits for our nation's veterans and expanding employment opportunities for men and women paralyzed in the line of duty, we can pay proper tribute to those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of all Americans.

Rock Bridge tennis defeats Rockhurst, faces Lafayette for state title

Rock Bridge boys tennis was victorious over Rockhurst in the Class 2 state semifinal Thursday afternoon. Rock Bridge will go up against Lafayette in the title match on Thursday.