City passes new feral cat ordinance addressing caretakers

The ordinance will make feeding or harboring feral cats in Columbia more expensive.

Task force recommends options for paying for road repairs

The City Council heard a report that suggested increasing taxes and adding new fees in order to deal with the lack of funding for the building and maintaining city roads.

COLUMN: Prisoner benefits — a law-abiding citizens' dilemma

Is it fair when our nation's prisoners are receiving more benefits than its law-abiding citizens?

Scientist questions flood benefits of public lands along Missouri River

Conservation areas along the Missouri River, long considered important in countering the impact of flooding, might not play that important of a role after all.

Missouri coach leads USA Baseball Collegiate National Team to 3-0

Missouri baseball coach Tim Jamieson coached the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team to a 3-0 record over Independence Day weekend. The team is currently 9-1.

Missouri baseball player selected for California Collegiate League All-Star Game

Sophomore outfielder Blake Brown will play in the 2011 California Collegiate League All-Star Game July 13 in Glendale, Calif. He is playing this summer with the Santa Barbara Foresters.

Former Missouri baseball player selected for MLB All-Star Game

Aaron Crow will represent the Kansas City Royals in the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game July 12. This is the second straight year a Missouri player was chosen.

ROSE NOLEN: Independence Day brings memories of great community events

Reflecting on the July 4 celebrations of yesteryear and looking toward those of the future.

Army Corps of Engineers sent land acquisition letters to Missouri landowners

A corps spokesman called the timing of the letter a coincidence and a mistake. The letters said the corps has the "authority to acquire land" in the Missouri River basin.

City Council approves proposed crosswalk construction on Providence

The pedestrian overpass in front of Douglass High School will be replaced with a landscaped median, crosswalks and pedestrian signals.

Curtain falls on Missouri Film Office; future for tax credits looks bleak

Gov. Jay Nixon followed through with the long-held plan to close the Missouri Film Office. Missouri's filmmaking community remains concerned about the fate of the industry and the loss of potential revenue.

PHOTO GALLERY: Harvesting wheat at Ravenswood farm

Ravenswood farm harvested its 42 acres of wheat Wednesday and Thursday of the past week.

UPDATE: MU researchers drown in Branson hotel pool

The couple was discovered at a Branson hotel swimming pool. People on the scene and EMTs tried to revive them using CPR. Police found no signs of foul play.

Extending bus hours won't be part of city budget recommendations

An increasing percentage of the Transportation Sales Tax, which accounts for more than a third of public transportation's revenue, is going to streets and airport subsidy each year.

Leanna Krogmann welcomed home after Special Olympics World Summer Games

The swimmer placed in the top three for three events and fourth in another event. There will be a welcoming ceremony Wednesday in Columbia.

Dispatch from Joplin: Reclaiming our unalienable rights

On the Fourth of July, the people in Joplin smiled and participated in familiar Independence Day activities. The time for mourning the destruction was over.

Joplin tornado leaves Kansas City-area first responders under stress

First responders struggle with traumatic stress despite critical incident stress management training. Some medical associations have only begun studying disaster trauma in the past 20 years.

Recession hits transit budgets despite rising need

Public transportation systems across the country are aging, but tight budgets are making improving them a challenge.

MoDOT awards $3.4 million under Safe Routes to School program

The Missouri Department of Transportation has awarded $3.4 million for projects in 16 cities and counties to make it easier for Missouri children to walk, wheel and bike to school.

Service to honor Missouri swimmer

A memorial service for Missouri swimmer Sasha Menu Courey, who died June 17, is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at MU's Newman Center.