Dedicated Columbia activist Christy Welliver dies at 59

Christy Welliver, an activist for those with disabilities, died late Tuesday night.

Missouri football defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson cleared to practice Thursday

Richardson, a nationally heralded recruit, was not in uniform for the first week of Missouri’s fall camp because he awaited a final eligibility ruling from the NCAA.

Columbia woman receives 'home makeover'

Hildred Catherine Henderson's home was recently revamped inside and out thanks to community volunteers.

Missouri's Trey Barrow making transition from kicker to punter

The Moberly native is listed as No. 1 at punter on the Missouri football team's depth chart.

ANALYSIS: Federal cuts force retreat in war on meth

Some states can't afford to pay the steep cost of cleaning up busted meth labs. The federal government canceled a program in February that provided money to help local agencies.

DAVID ROSMAN: In the battle between classroom and online learning, the campus still wins

Learning has to entail so much more than just that which online classes can convey — all of the senses, interaction and interpersonal, nonverbal and verbal communication found only in a classroom.


Two state park swimming beaches temporarily closed because of bacteria levels

St. Joe and Pomme de Terre parks have each closed a swimming beach; each has an additional beach currently open for swimming.

Columbia schools prepare for excessive heat with early dismissal schedule

The early dismissal schedule will apply to the seven schools in the district without air conditioning: Jefferson and West junior high schools; and Lee, Midway Heights, New Haven, Ridgeway and Two Mile Prairie elementary schools.

Group seeks Missouri ballot measure limiting loans

The secretary of state's office approved the wording of the proposed ballot summary, allowing supporters to begin a petition drive.

Move from Rock Bridge to Missouri volleyball team has a familar feel for Collier

Niki Collier is one of seven freshmen on this year's Missouri volleyball team — the youngest in the Big 12 Conference.


MU Extension program given grant funding to connect children, parents in prison

The program, called 4-H Living Interactive Family Education, works to improve the relationships between children and incarcerated parents through "enhanced visitation," which involves more interaction than normal prison visitation.

Columbia yarn store invites knitters to make clothing for Joplin children

Hillcreek Yarn Shoppe is teaming up with the national Plymouth Yarn Company to create garments for Joplin schoolchildren.

Museao to host Startup Weekend for Columbia businesspeople

Startup Weekend will be held on Sept. 30 to help Columbia businesspeople, designers and developers build new business ideas.

Ward reapportionment history repeats itself in Columbia

The Columbia Ward Reapportionment Committee is responsible for redrawing the ward lines to balance the populations of the wards based on 2010 census results. The numbers are new, but the issues the committee is facing are the same as in past decades. 

BOONE LIFE: Ford restorations bring sense of comfort

Bill Willis of Sturgeon is an expert in restoring Fords from as long ago as 1935.

Boone County Sheriff's Department to conduct safety checkpoint this weekend

The checkpoint will be conducted at an undisclosed location Friday through Sunday. If stopped, motorists will be asked for their driver's license and proof of insurance.

DONALD KAUL: Nobody wins a game of chicken at the Capitol

President Barack Obama allowed the Republicans to take the driver's seat with the debt-ceiling negotiations, a negotiation that caused Obama to further alienate his political base and empower the right wing.

UPDATE: Owner of Joplin homeless camp plans to close it

At one point, 40 to 50 people were living at the camp, including people who were left homeless by the tornado, volunteers and others from the area.

Five MU physical therapy students to take supplies to Joplin on Friday

The students will take hygiene products, baby items, food and clothing and therapy items such as walkers, crutches and wheelchairs to donate. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri needs a better way to track educational progress

Federal guidelines for education standards and assessment measures could help reduce confusion about states' accountability when it comes to school performance.