Missouri lawmakers weigh changes to school formula

There has not been enough money in recent years to fully fund the current education formula, prompting concern from some about money distribution problems that could allow certain districts to benefit at the expense of others.

The Club at Old Hawthorne wins award for reuse of former estate home

What is now the Old Hawthorne golf course clubhouse was originally built in 1938 as an exact replica of former President Andrew Jackson's home. After its renovation, the clubhouse was among the winners of the Columbia Image Awards announced earlier this year. 

Missouri men's basketball one of only four unbeatens

Heading into its game Friday at Old Dominion, No. 8 Missouri is 12-0 for the first time since 1982.

Proposed elimination of Columbia's Downtown Leadership Council questioned

At the Dec. 19 meeting of the Columbia City Council meeting, city staff recommended the Columbia Downtown Leadership Council be absorbed by the relatively new Downtown Community Improvement District.

MU police investigate apparent suicide at University Avenue parking garage

MU police closed off the upper levels of the University Avenue parking garage to investigate an apparent suicide. A notification about the incident was sent through the university's emergency alert system.

Missouri women's basketball excelling academically and athletically

While the Tigers player are finding success on the basketball court, many have already achieved great success as students.

Corps to get $802 million for repairs on Mississippi

With forecasts for another wet spring next year, the corps said repairing the river system is critical. Funds for repairs to levees and other structures were part of a disaster relief spending bill signed by President Barack Obama on Dec. 23.

Mid-Missouri Restaurant Week to benefit Food Bank

Several restaurants in Columbia, Rocheport and Jefferson City will introduce special menu for the Mid-Missouri Restaurant Week from Jan. 13 to 22. Ten percent of the revenue from the menu will go to the Buddy Pack program of the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. 


City, county offices closed Monday; some services unavailable

City and county offices will be closed Monday in observance of New Year's Day.

Car crashes into house at 1810 N. Garth Ave.

A car crashed into a residence at 1810 N. Garth Ave. No one in the residence was injured.

County, TAG Events reach agreement on management of fairgrounds

The Boone County Commission has reached a two-year agreement with TAG Events LLC to manage the Boone County Fairgrounds. TAG has been managing the fairgrounds on an interim basis since Oct. 1. The commission is expected to give formal approval to the agreement at its meeting Tuesday morning.

Fliers offer reward for information about homicide victim Timothy Ray Jones

Detectives are putting up fliers around town in hopes of gaining more information about Timothy Ray Jones' last few hours. A reward of up to $1,500 has been offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to an arrest.

Missouri teen trapped in car for nearly 2 days recovers

The 17-year-old from Independence was near death when rescuers found him in brush-covered ravine. But he survived — thanks in part to a surgeon who once was trapped and injured in a ravine himself.


Missouri lawmakers propose suspending prevailing wage rules after disasters

Prevailing wage requirements have attracted the attention of Missouri officials as rebuilding continues in Joplin, which was hit by a May 22 tornado that killed 161 people and destroyed thousands of structures.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Iowa caucuses serve no political purpose whatsoever

The Iowa caucuses are the oddest oddball of the political year. They have virtually no predictive value. Historically, they are as apt to choose a loser as a winner.

Special light goose hunting season runs from February to May

During the Light Goose Conservation Order hunters are encouraged to help control the population of snow, blue and Ross's geese. Reduced regulations and no bag limitations allow goose chasers to have their run at the winged game.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: U.S. map of influenza virus activity

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracks flu activity each week across the U.S.

Chiefs' Wiegmann to make 175th straight start

Wiegmann will make his 175th straight start when the Chiefs face the Denver Broncos on Sunday, along with adding to an iron man streak of consecutive snaps that already stands at 11,102. Both are the longest active streaks among NFL offensive linemen, dating back to the 2001 season.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Joplin memorial should remind lawmakers of priorities

The wall has been left as a monument to the nearly 100,000 volunteers from around the globe who helped the residents of southwest Missouri dig out of the rubble. It ought to be left standing to remind legislators of their promises, too.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Floodgates open for Missouri ballot initiatives in 2012

The willingness of politicians to trample over a public vote remains a disturbing legacy of this year. The secretary of state has approved 32 petitions dealing with 13 issues for circulation for the November 2012 elections.