Mail ballots go out for downtown Columbia sales tax

Downtown Community Improvement District board members have initiated a campaign effort in support of the tax. They say the money raised could be used for projects such as sidewalk snow removal and setting up Wi-Fi downtown.

Jason Thornhill decides not to seek re-election to Columbia City Council

Jason Thornhill was elected in 2009. His term expires in April.

MU students participate in 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' in Joplin

The student volunteers were part of a seven-day effort to build new homes for families hit hard by the May 22 tornado.

Numbers can be deceiving in matchup between Missouri and Texas A&M

Missouri is the Big 12's top rushing team, and Texas A&M boasts the No. 1 rush defense in the conference. When looking past the initial statistics, however, it seems both sets of numbers could be misleading.

INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC: How does Missouri compare to SEC schools?

While you wait for Missouri's next conference move, check out how the Tigers compare to teams in the 13-team Southeastern Conference.

Wind turbines approved for most of city, but not The District

The small energy systems aren't allowed in parts of downtown because The District's board thinks the turbines wouldn't be compatible with the area's designation as a National Historic District.

PHOTO GALLERY: More Missouri pet owners place animals in wills

Growing numbers of pet owners in Missouri are including their pets in their wills through trusts or other means, according to lawyers who create those provisions. In 2004, Missouri became one of 40 states to allow a pet to be the beneficiary of a trust. 

Endangered Ozark hellbender salamander faces tough odds

About 590 Ozark hellbenders remain in the wild. Groups working to save this giant salamander disagree about the best conservation approach. 

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt promotes production company at Jesse Auditorium

The performance included improv, film screenings and musical performances to promote Gordon-Levitt's production company, hitRECord, founded in 2004. The actor is currently traveling across country to increase interest in filmmaking.

PHOTO GALLERY: Stephens College holds Safe Trick-or-Treat event

The Stephens College chapter of Mortar Board, a senior national honor society, held an event for local children to trick-or-treat in a safe environment Wednesday evening.

Speak Your Mind forum at Hickman tackles U.S. economy issues

Students and panelists at Hickman High School discussed the U.S. economy at the school's second Speak Your Mind forum of the semester.

ROSE NOLEN: How my brother's secret cured my fear of ghosts

A brother's lie about a younger sister's past helped her get past an intense childhood fear, and he doesn't even know about it.

EAST CAMPUS: Lee Elementary students participate at Slow Food Harvest-of-the-Month program

Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School is in partnership with Slow Food Katy Trail to show students the importance of eating healthy food.

PHOTO GALLERY: Skateboarders hope to skate on Columbia streets

During its next meeting, the Columbia City Council might consider an ordinance approved by the Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission to allow skateboarding in more parts of the city.

Federal grant will help Columbia replace buses

A grant from the Federal Transit Administration will allow Columbia to make upgrades to its bus system.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Occupy Wall Street movement merits attention

The demonstrators who are occupying Wall Street and protesting on many main streets across the United States are crying out about America's unjust economy.

FAIRVIEW: Russell Boulevard Elementary hosts annual Fall Fest

The event, which is a major fundraiser for the Russell Elementary PTA, included face painting, a haunted jail and many other activities.

Commissioner Karen Miller kicks off re-election campaign with dinner

Boone County Southern District Commissioner Karen Miller began a bid to keep her seat at a dinner event Wednesday night. Miller, who has served on the commission since 1993, was forced to cook herself after the caterer came down with an illness.

Reception held to welcome Chinese delegation from Columbia's sister city

A reception to welcome a delegation from the Laoshan District in Qingdao was held Wednesday.

Columbia project offers Boone County artists the chance to decorate city hall