GUEST COMMENTARY: Elected officials must suffer consequences of their legislation

Taxpayers should demand that their elected officials not receive any public benefits they're not willing to bestow upon their constituents.

Increased law enforcement presence nets DWI arrests over weekend

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, Boone County Sheriff's Department and Columbia Police Department made a total of 17 DWI arrests this past weekend.  

Columbia Regional Airport wants to lease advertising on terminal walls

If the Columbia City Council approves the program, an estimated $20,000 per year in revenue will be used for infrastructure improvements at the airport.

Red Cross volunteers sent to Virginia for Hurricane Irene relief

Two American Red Cross volunteers from Jefferson City and Columbia are taking emergency response vehicles and supplies to Richmond, Va., to provide relief to those affected by Hurricane Irene.

Slain man's friends raise money for reward

Jon Spurling's friends and family members gathered at the Pinnacles Youth Park on Sunday to raise reward money for information and awareness of their friend's slaying.

College students have access to numerous mental health services

College can be tricky: new relationships, deadlines and financial stresses. Mental health services can help students deal with old and new issues that hold them back. Here, the process of getting help is demystified.

City of Savannah hopes to avoid bankruptcy

To help avoid bankruptcy, city employees are now paying a higher insurance deductible, and the mayor is taking steps to get a secondary loan to help pay for bonds. 

Mountain bike trail comes to Branson state park

A 10.25-mile mountain bike trail will open Friday in Table Rock State Park. 

Missouri gets grant to protect endangered species

More than $500,000 will go toward buying land to protect the habitat of the gray bat, the Ozark cavefish and the Missouri bladderpod.

Two Missouri volleyball players net Big 12 honors

The Tigers' Molly Kreklow was named Big 12 Player of the Week and Emily Wilson was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week.

Social media fuels massive college party in Colorado

Four people were arrested and 10 sent to the hospital after a Facebook page advertising a back-to-school party near Colorado State University attracted at least 2,000 attendees to the event.

Nuclear plant ends Missouri River flood emergency

The Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant, which has been closed since April, will remain shut down until repairs are made and regulators approve restarting the facility.

Rhode Island wakes up to 'catastrophic' power outages

One utility reported that more than 297,000 customers were without power Monday morning. Although state offices were open, school openings have been delayed, and businesses are taking a toll. 

NYC's subway back on track for commute after Irene

Tropical Storm Irene prompted the first-ever shutdown of New York's transit system for a natural disaster, but Monday morning, the subways were running again. Some parts of the transit system, however, are still closed or delayed.

Rock Bridge, Hickman roll at Helias girls' golf tournament

The Rock Bridge girls golf team won the 10-team Helias Crusader Classic on Monday at the Jefferson City Country Club, and Hickman placed second.

UPDATE: Jury sentences Kahler to death in quadruple slaying

Karen Kahler's sister, Lynn Denton, dabbed at her eyes with a tissue after the sentence was announced.