Jury selection begins in the capital murder trial of Kraig Kahler

Some potential jurors knew too much about the case against former Columbia Water and Light director James Kraig Kahler — and had firmly set opinions about the charges against him: four counts of capital murder in connection with the slayings of his estranged wife, her grandmother and his two daughters.

Missouri walk-on brings 'rock and roll' attitude to offensive line

Max Copeland might not be the face of the Missouri football team's offensive line, but he is one of its most prominent voices.

UPDATE: Missouri Senate redistricting panel struggles to reach deal

How to redistrict the St. Louis area was one of the biggest topics of disagreement.

Ground broken for interchange on U.S. 63 near Columbia Regional Airport

The scheduled changes should improve traffic flow and safety near the airport.

City's bus fund faces serious finance problems

City Manager Mike Matthes said during a coffee session that the city's bus system, which has been running a deficit, would use up its fund next year.

Websites for Missouri hacking victims of 'Anonymous' mostly back up

The websites of five county sheriffs in Missouri, along with the Missouri Sheriffs Association, were hacked by a group known as Anonymous.

Hearing set for soldier in health clinic shootings

Army Sgt. John Russell is accused of killing five service members at a mental health clinic in Iraq in 2009. His hearing started Monday.

Gabbert gets to keep hair after Jaguars coach limits hazing

Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio ended the practice this season, saying players need to have more respect for each other.


Last two Summerfest concerts move back to Ninth Street

A petition from downtown businesses and a Columbia City Council decision had forced Richard King to move his concert series to Forrest Rose Park in July.

High winds cause power outages in Boone County

A storm that blew through Boone County late Sunday afternoon knocked out power in some communities and broke tree limbs. The weather station at Columbia Regional Airport clocked the strongest gust at 62 mph.

Joplin, Duquesne meet FEMA debris removal deadline

FEMA said it would pay 90 percent of the debris removal costs from residential areas in Joplin and Duquesne if they were cleared by Sunday.

Hog farm odor dispute costs Truman State University students' jobs

Five Truman State University students were hired to respond to odors from several Premium Standard Farms operations, but before they started, the university president cut the jobs — he was concerned about them getting wrapped up in legal disputes.

Street maintenance will start Tuesday on West Boulevard

Pedestrians and motorists should be cautious while in the West Boulevard area and use alternate routes if possible.

BOONE LIFE: Columbia Paranormal searches for spirits from another realm

The nonprofit investigation outfit inspects the property of clientele who think they could be in the presence of uninvited guests.

Booche's photo unveiled as Columbia's annual commemorative poster

Copies of the poster can be purchased for $15 at Deck the Walls in the Columbia Mall and the city's Office of Cultural Affairs. Proceeds from the poster sales will go to various arts agencies in town.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Time to ask whether climate change is a factor in extreme weather

Climate change is real, mankind has contributed to it and, in a year in which extreme weather patterns have led to countless deaths, the role of climate change is a question worth researching.

El Rancho restaurant closed temporarily due to maintenance

A tenant living above the restaurant heard part of the ceiling fall, thinking it was thunder.

Schools to get No Child Left Behind test waivers

The waiver system is designed to give schools in all 50 states relief from some of the law's testing mandates. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has said that if No Child Left Behind is not changed, 82 percent of U.S. schools could be labeled as failures next year.

Senators want to know next year's Missouri River flood plan

Senators from North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas and Montana wrote in a letter sent to two top Corps officials that the agency must learn from this year's devastating flood season and apply those lessons to next year's plan.

Thousands still without power in Kansas City area

The National Weather Service said the storm dropped up to an inch of rain in parts of Platte and Clay counties in less than an hour.