Columbia Transit fare increases approved; service cuts scaled back

Hundreds of residents attend the Columbia City Council meeting Monday night. The room was completely filled, so some people had to go to a separate room to watch the meeting on TVs.

After months of debate, the transit budget for fiscal 2012 was approved by the Columbia City Council in front of a large crowd of interested residents.

Oklahoma, Texas regents clear path for more conference realignment

Regents at both powerhouse schools gave their presidents the authority to find a new conference.

IBM will report Columbia job figures to state by year's end

IBM will have to submit a job report to the state at the end of the year that includes the number of employees it has hired to continue receiving the largest portion of $30 million in incentives used to attract the company to Columbia. 

Ward committee chairman presents reapportionment process report to City Council

The committee's work is complete, and the task of deciding how to redistrict the ward now lies to the council.

COMMENT: The real conference realignment losers are the fans

However conference realignment shakes out for Missouri, chances are that the fans will be hurt the most by the greed of the leaders in college football.

City Council approves Red Bull chariot race

The council unanimously voted to allow the closure of a section of Ninth Street for the promotional event Oct 1. 

Columbia Police Department audit finds 'loose' regulation of firearms

Two shotguns and a shotgun barrel remain unaccounted for after an audit of the department's weapons, and a company has been hired to suggest improvements to the agency's property room policies.

Missouri's Jacquies Smith will return from injury for Oklahoma game

Senior Jacquies Smith returns from a dislocated elbow. His leadership will make a big contribution to the Tigers' effort at Oklahoma on Saturday.

ON THE BLOG: Big 12 football coaches have their say on realignment

Find out what Big 12 football coaches had to say about Monday's conference realignment news on the Missourian Sports Blog.

Columbia businesses react to proposed Postal Service cuts

While first-class mail volume has decreased 25 percent since 2006 in Columbia, U.S. Postal Service is looking at dramatic spending cuts. These include eliminating Saturday delivery that President Barack Obama endorsed the elimination Monday.

Another defendant in Hobson shooting gets 15 years

A St. Louis man was sentenced on Monday for his role in the robbery of Aaron Hobson, who was shot to death in the parking lot of a south Columbia convenience store last fall.

Minority Student Achievement Network Conference to be held in Columbia

Starting Wednesday, 200 students and chaperones from across the country will meet in Columbia for the Minority Student Achievement Network national conference. It is being hosted by MAC Scholars and Columbia Public Schools.

House education committee votes to change wording of social media law

The bill will now go to the full House for a vote. The original bill was signed into law by Gov. Jay Nixon in July, but it was blocked due to concerns about free speech violations.

Ameren repairing leak that prompted Callaway Nuclear Power Plant alert

A crack in a joint in the cooling system at the Callaway Nuclear Power Plant prompted Ameren officials to issue a public alert.

Office space construction at Fifth and Walnut garage scheduled to start

Construction and bidding are underway at six of the nine Fifth and Walnut garage office spaces.

GUIDE: Understanding the Columbia Transit debate

Tonight's City Council meeting will address, among other topics, the 2012 transit system budget. Are you up to speed?

BENTON STEPHENS: Benton Elementary looks to form new PTA

The school will have its first official meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Columbia Police Department to crack down on impaired drivers Sept. 19-25

Policet didn't disclose the location or date of this weekend's checkpoint.

Q&A with Rock Bridge football coach A.J. Ofodile

The Missourian caught up with Rock Bridge coach A.J. Ofodile on Monday as his team prepares for its next opponent— the No.1 ranked Rockhurst Hawklets.

BLUE RIDGE-OAKLAND: New counselor settles in at Alpha Hart Lewis

Anita Ellis is enjoying the change from preschool counselor to to elementary school counselor at Alpha Hart Lewis.