Columbia businessman realizes dream by working with NASA

Greg Heifner's company provided satellite safety technology for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory launch in November.

Greg Heifner, a Columbia businessman who has been in the satellite communications business for almost 40 years, realized his dream when NASA contacted him for help developing a satellite safety network for the Mars Science Lab launch.

First Night attendance vouchers available to families based on need

Families will be able to receive vouchers at certain locations and exchange them for buttons to attend the annual First Night Columbia celebration. 

City may transfer fund created by Columbia man to help poor

The Conley Poor Fund was established in the will of John C. Conley, a prominent Columbia businessman who died in 1896. The fund, meant to help Columbia's "deserving poor," started with $20,000 and has been reinvested over time.

Three fatal vehicle crashes reported in Missouri over holiday weekend

Three motor vehicle collisions resulted in deaths over the holiday weekend in Missouri. The number of holiday traffic incidents reported by the Highway Patrol decreased from last year.


Hickman girls basketball team wins at shootout

The Hickman girls basketball team beat Fatima 49-31 on Tuesday night at the National Guard Shootout in Jefferson City.

Romney looks past Iowa rivals to criticize Obama

Mitt Romney unleashed his attack on the president as his rivals vied in increasingly acerbic terms to emerge as his principal, conservative rival in the long march of primaries to follow the Jan. 3 caucuses.

Carnahan denies conflict over Missouri renewable-energy ballot measure

State Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, asked Secretary of State Robin Carnahan to recuse her office from writing a ballot summary on the proposed initiative.

UMKC's School of Education receives $1.5 million gift

The money, which comes from the Sosland Foundation and the Vivian & Hymie J. Sosland Charitable Trust, will pay for an endowed chair in urban teacher education.


Schools object to NCAA multi-year athletic scholarship plan

More than 75 schools are asking to override a plan approved in October to allow multiple-year athletic scholarships rather than the one-year renewable awards schools currently provide.

Former Missouri standout Justin Smith earns third Pro Bowl selection

San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith, a Jefferson City native and a standout at Missouri from 1998 to 2001, was named to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's wise to limit visual access in Bustamante trial

The trial likely will create a media event rarely experienced in Cole County.


COMMENT: 2011 season a triumph for Missouri football

While an 8-5 record might be disappointing to some, the obstacles Missouri overcame to get there are just as important.

Icy roads hinder Columbia's Tuesday morning commute

Columbia was expected to see lows Tuesday night in the mid- to upper 20s. For the rest of the week, temperatures will warm to highs in the mid- to upper 50s.