Lawmakers defeat China hub bill; $280,000 spent on special session

Five days short of eight weeks, the Missouri General Assembly's special session ended and left the state with two issues resolved, the China hub bill defeated and $280,000 worth of mileage reimbursement and administrative costs.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Electorate of 150 will decide if the rest of us pay a new sales tax

Only a handful of Columbia voters will have the opportunity to vote on a sales tax that will affect anyone that shops or dines downtown. 

UPDATE: SEC post saying Missouri to join league appears then disappears

Late Thursday night, the Southeastern Conference posted an article to its official website announcing the acceptance of MU into the league. Within 10 minutes, the post was gone and questions were left unanswered.

Rock Bridge kicker endures lonely practices

Ian Patterson, the senior kicker for the Rock Bridge football team, has coached himself for a while now. He hopes his solitary practices will yield a Division I football scholarship.

Woman injured in car crash Thursday afternoon

A woman was injured in a single-car accident while traveling southbound on U.S. 63 near the 3800 block of Ponderosa Street sometime after 5 p.m. Thursday.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Public outrage secured insurance coverage for Joplin tornado survivor

Mark Lindquist put his life at risk to protect three residents at the group home he worked at the night of the Joplin tornado, May 22. The residents died and Lindquist was in a coma for seven weeks. His employer's insurance denied him workers' compensation at first, but now his medical expenses will be paid in full.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Don't pay student athletes; give them a good education

Student-athletes are students first, and they came to college to receive and education. They shouldn't be paid, but if some people want to provide financial support, universities could use that money to provide benefits for all student-athletes.

Columbia Public Schools unveils proposed boundary scenarios

School board members, district employees, parents and more attended the event to hear about the proposed maps for high school and intermediate school boundaries.

Shots fired near Quail Drive; police investigating incident

Police officers found shell casings in the grassy area behind 2701 Quail Drive.

UPDATE: Columbia police officer's firing questioned by union

The Missouri Fraternal Order of Police is offering to support Rob Sanders in an appeal of his termination.

Columbia coalition seeks alternatives to euthanizing animals

The group criticizes the Central Missouri Humane Society's inability to follow its no-kill policy, but humane society workers said that a true no-kill shelter is not possible at this time.


No Kill Columbia calls for Humane Society policy reform

The coalition aims to eliminate all euthanization of stray animals in mid-Missouri. Coalition members presented their objectives to the Central Missouri Humane Society board of directors Thursday night.

What you should know about tax credits in Missouri

The Missouri legislature disagreed on how to handle state tax credits and derailed a larger package of business tax breaks proposed by the governor. Here's some basic information on tax credits to get you caught up in the discussion.

TIGER KICKOFF: Missouri Tigers' tweets of the week

The Missouri football team members reflect about their studies, sports and life in general on Twitter.

Centenarian gives Rock Bridge second-graders real-life history lesson

101-year-old teacher Martha Fennewald reflected on what it was like to teach during the early 20th century. This gave students a first-person account of what they were learning.

Illusionist Jeff Copeland to perform at Alive in Christ youth lock in

After seeing Jeff Copeland perform street magic in Columbia, youth members of Alive in Christ Lutheran Church decided to book him for their lock in.

Energy Efficiency Expo to be held Saturday

Saturday's Energy Efficiency Expo will educate people about ways to save money and energy both at home and at work.

The District's Halloweenie celebration provides fun for children

Scores of downtown businesses plan to participate in the annual Halloweenie celebration on Friday. It includes a pumpkin hunt.

Hickman football seniors reflect before district game against Jefferson City

The winner of the Kewpies' game against Jefferson City on Friday night will advance to the state playoffs. Hickman seniors are excited for the game, but they realize a loss would mean the end of their high school career.

Event offers mid-Missouri residents chance to dispose of unwanted medication

The Boone County Sheriff's Department will collect people's unwanted prescription medications at various locations around Columbia on Friday and Saturday.