City Council votes to protect gender identity under discrimination policy

An amendment to the Columbia city code will protect transgender people from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. 

Land by Battle High School to be turned into park

A park will be built next to Battle High School on the land that the city plans to buy from St. Charles Road Development.

North Carolina, Missouri's bowl opponent, has had its own issues

In June 2011, the NCAA formally charged the UNC football team with nine major violations, and the team lost its coach eight days before its training began.

Regency Hotel sold; Doubletree to be built on downtown property

Construction on the $20 million development is scheduled to begin in April. The adjacent parking garage is scheduled to be finished either before or at the same time as the hotel.

Committee to review finalists in UM System presidential search

An advisory committee will consider finalists for the University of Missouri System president position Tuesday. The committee will provide feedback to the Board of Curators, which will review the committee's recommendation at its Thursday meeting in St. Louis.

City Council hears possible changes to utility assistance programs

Substantial changes could be made to Citizens Assisting Seniors and Handicapped and Heat Energy and Light Program in January, including a new random-selection process to choose who gets aid and the option to apply by mail, fax, electronically or in person.

City Council agrees to request to install posts on Alley A

The City Council passed an ordinance that will restrict car access, making the alley more friendly to pedestrians.

Boone County Sheriff's Department to crack down on impaired drivers

A holiday campaign begins Monday and goes through Dec. 12. The department will schedule additional deputies to conduct DWI saturation points

Planning and Zoning Commission, health department ponder disposal of wood waste

Columbia is re-examining rules for disposing of trees cleared by developers. A proposed ordinance is being reviewed by the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission and the Public Health and Human Services Department.

PHOTO GALLERY: Pets pose for portraits with Santa Claus

One night a week, people can bring their cats and dogs to the Columbia Mall to be photographed with Santa.

Children, youth and family social service funding receives City Council's approval

Columbia City Council unanimously approved funding recommendations for the city's children, youth and family social services at its meeting Monday.

Missouri men's basketball team excited to play at Madison Square Garden

Missouri will face Villanova as part of the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday night in New York City. A win would put the team 8-0 for the first time since 2006.

PHOTO GALLERY: Voluntary Action Center collects gifts for needy families

Sponsors dropped off items at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Monday, the first day of donations for the Voluntary Action Center's Christmas Program.

Wireless Internet might be on its way to Paquin Tower

Columbia is trying to narrow the "technology gap" for public housing residents, starting with Paquin Tower.

School board to discuss potential measures to accommodate increasing enrollment

Superintendent Chris Belcher is set to present information including a 10-year facility and bond plan for the district. Tuesday's meeting will also include discussions related to boundary scenarios.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Occupy protests violate rules of civil disobedience

According to Martin Luther King Jr.'s philosophy, the Occupy Wall Street movement violates some ground rules that must be obeyed to justify civil disobedience.

Missouri budget cuts played role in switch to SEC

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton said the SEC offered a more stable and financially lucrative future, and this played role in his decision to move from the Big 12.

Ice cream still a sweet treat in colder months

Normally hot spots for students and Columbia residents during the warmer months, Buck's Ice Cream Place and other frozen treat stores in Columbia see business slow down when the temperature drops.

Missouri men's basketball climbs to No. 10 in AP Poll

The Tigers (7-0) are the second-highest ranked team in the Big 12, after Baylor (7-0) at No. 6.

BOONE LIFE: A Columbia woman tells how she converted to Islam

Jessica Fay, who is white with blond hair, is not the stereotypical Muslim. During the past two years, she has learned to appreciate Muslim traditions such as wearing a hijab.