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.

Columbia police receive more firework complaints than usual

Columbia police kept busy with 337 firework complaints during the weekend, but there were no fatalities on the roads of Boone County.

Fire damages West Rockhampton Circle home

A Tuesday morning fire damaged the attic, garage and part of the kitchen. The fire is still being investigated. No one was injured.

Space shuttle's legacy: Soaring in orbit and costs

The final NASA space shuttle launch is set for July 8. The launch marks the end of a 40-year, $196 billion investment that some shuttle program supporters say never lived up to its initial promise.

Fire department says fireworks may be cause of house fire

Columbia Fire Department reports the house fire on Tuesday afternoon may have been caused by fireworks.

Nixon signs Missouri law dealing with adoption records

A new Missouri law makes the process of obtaining information about deceased biological parents easier.

Man talked down from Fifth and Walnut parking garage

Part of Fifth Street was blocked off for about 15 minutes Tuesday afternoon. Two officers trained in crisis intervention talked the man down from the building.

DEAR READER: Oxford comma lives; Terry continues reign as Show Me the Errors winner

Contrary to rumor, the Oxford comma has not been dropped by the University of Oxford. Also, Jim Terry won his eighth Show Me the Errors contest.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia celebrates Independence Day

Columbia celebrated Independence Day with a lively display of fireworks at Memorial Stadium on Monday night. It was the 59th annual Fourth of July celebration.

Columbia feral cat caretakers eager to see how City Council will vote on ordinance

On Tuesday, Columbia City Council members could vote on a new ordinance that would increase the responsibility of those who feed and harbor feral cats.


Congested Missouri River threatens tributaries

Some tributaries have covered streets and threatened homes at their intersections with major rivers because heightened water levels have kept them from draining. 

BRAD CLEMONS: Is comfort sapping our potential?

Exploring the comforts of the present and their relation to the accomplishments of the past.

Americans celebrate the Fourth; presidential hopefuls campaign for 2012

A hot dog eating contest, throwing the first pitch or just taking a breather from work: Americans celebrate in a variety of ways.

New contract has potential to knock Carl Edwards off track

Carl Edwards has said if he could, he would wait until the end of the season to figure out his 2012 plans. But waiting isn't possible, not when Edwards represents the largest piece of NASCAR's free agent puzzle.