Man wanted in death of New Orleans doctor captured in Moberly

Bobby Troy, 20, was found by U.S. marshals Wednesday night. He was originally thought to be in Columbia.

Regulators revise order for buildings at Lake of the Ozarks

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said in July that structures on land used by an Ameren Missouri project might have to be torn down, but revisions made Thursday should resolve issues and allow most buildings to stay.

Senators push for public access for records on wartime contracting

A commission that investigated wartime contracts has decided to seal its records, but Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill and Virginia Sen. Jim Webb want the federal government to allow public access to records.

Penn State trustees fire Paterno

A board of trustees, fed up with the damage being done to the university's reputation by a child sex-abuse scandal, fired the winningest coach in major college football Wednesday night, sending angry students into the streets.

Columbia Public Schools get community feedback about Strive Network

The Columbia Public School District held a World Cafe forum on Thursday night to gather public opinion on the Strive Network. 

Police: Hunt for Kansas City baby continues but not as visibly

The frantic search that began when Lisa Irwin was reported missing Oct. 4 has morphed into a less visible review of evidence. Investigators have received 1,271 tips and cleared 966 of them.

Three top cabinet chiefs leaving troubled Kansas City district

The state's education commissioner reportedly warns of the changes coming as the historically troubled district braces for the loss of its state accreditation.

Senate poised to pass veterans bill, despite concerns over economy

For weeks, the two political parties have battled over President Obama's jobs package, but it seems that the Senate is on its way to agreeing on a bill that would benefit out-of-work veterans.

Michelle Obama announces plan to hire 100,000 veterans

Michelle Obama announced a number of companies are committing to hire 100,000 veterans and military spouses by 2014.

Funds support festivals that bring visitors to Columbia, promote image

On Monday, the Columbia City Council approved $84,000 in funds for seven local festivals and events. Each event will receive $10,000 plus an additional $2,000 for out-of-market advertising. 

Planting the seed: Food production

Residents of the Worley Street neighborhood are maintaining a new community garden. It gives them the chance to be physically active and get to know one another better. 

Planting the seed: Public transportation

During the proposed transit cuts, Columbians for Modern, Efficient Transit sent postcards to City Council members trying to stop the changes. The group has set a goal of tripling bus ridership during the next three years. 

Planting the seed: Food sources

Researchers have been surveying Columbia residents to determine where they get their food. The plan is to use the results to identify needs in the community and figure out how to make fresh food available to more people.

Planting the seed: Neighborhood revitalization

Two neighborhood associations have recently gotten their starts — Worley Street Park and Douglass Park. Efforts to revitalize neighborhood associations are centered on the First Ward and other parts of the inner city.

Planting the seed: Teens become advocates

Students completed coursework during the summer that was designed to teach them about healthy living and ways to be advocates for change. Two of those teens are now working to get clubs that teach the same lessons into Rock Bridge and Hickman high schools. 

Planting the seed: Affordable healthy food

There are talks to give people who use food stamps more bang for their buck at the Columbia Farmers Market. There is also discussion of creating a food policy council, but that has been given lower priority. 

Planting the seed: Models for other communities

Columbia mentors other cities involved in the project through its role as a "leading community." Projects implemented by other leading communities include getting healthier snacks into vending machines, creating standards for child care providers and opening up schools for exercise space.  

For a healthier Columbia, a community effort to fight obesity

The city is halfway through year three of the four-year, $400,000 Unite 4 Healthy Neighborhoods project. The Missourian followed up with project leaders to see what has happened and what's left to be done.