4-H program helps family stay bonded despite prison bars

Cora Hall congratulates her son Caleb after his school band concert on Dec. 15. While she was able to visit with her children more often through the 4-H LIFE program, the holiday concert was the first time Cora saw her son perform.

The 4-H LIFE program allows children to visit a parent in prison in a less restrictive environment.

Mother of cyber bullying victim speaks to Smithton, Gentry students

Tina Meier started the Megan Meier Foundation in 2007 after her daughter killed herself after someone sent her hurtful messages on Myspace.

Ninth Street apartment building to include retail, restaurant space

The Lofts at 308 Ninth, currently under construction next to Chipotle Mexican Grill, will be student-oriented housing that will open in August 2013.

Columbia's new comprehensive plan completes second phase

Columbia Imagined is progressing toward approval with the completion of the second of six phases. In the third phase, residents will tell the Comprehensive Plan Task Force what priorities they would like to see addressed in the plan.

Missouri men's basketball's first loss raises question about early strength of schedule

The Tigers currently rank 195th in strength of schedule out of 344 teams in Division I college basketball.

This is Columbia's eighth warmest winter to date on record

Farmers, travelers and construction businesses benefit from the warm streak, and natural gas use for home heating in Columbia is down 25 to 30 percent.


Stephens College near top in category of U.S. News & World Report online education rankings

Stephens College was ranked No. 13 in the student engagement and assessment category in the U.S. News & World Report's Top Online Education Programs.

Voluntary Action Center establishes fund for residents of Regency, El Ray mobile home parks

The Voluntary Action Center is seeking donations for the fund, which will be used to help residents cover the cost of relocating mobile homes, hooking up utilities and the cost of new deposits.

PHOTO GALLERY: 4-H LIFE program keeps family close even behind bars

The 4-H LIFE program allowed Cora Hall to see her children in a less restrictive environment while she was in prison for embezzlement.

Football polls say Alabama clear No. 1

Alabama split the games and swept the college football titles.

New downtown gathering place in the works for football season

The Downtown Community Improvement District held a meeting to unveil a plan to create a 'fan zone' downtown during football weekends. The hope is that "Tiger Town" will link the downtown businesses to MU's sports culture and increase revenue.

Filing deadline closed with five Columbia City Council candidates

Deadline of submitting petitions for Second and Sixth Ward City Council seats was 5 p.m. Tuesday. Several candidates filed a petition for the City Council seats.

Celebrations planned for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Several events are scheduled to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Columbia.

Stephens College professor creates diversity video for community celebration

A Stephens College assistant professor questioned Columbia residents about diversity and is presenting his findings as a multimedia presentation Thursday morning at the Columbia Values Diversity Celebration. 

Unusual number of snowy owls venture to Missouri for food

Normally inhabitants of the Arctic tundra, at least 35 snowy owls have headed south to Missouri in search of food.

UPDATE: Bustamante pleads guilty to killing 9-year-old girl

Alyssa Bustamante pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the October 2009 killing of Elizabeth Olten. The punishment for second-degree murder ranges from 10 to 30 years in prison or life with the possibility of parole.

Clips from Missouri River television series to be shown in Rocheport

Clips from the unscripted TV episodes focus on the Missouri River and people whose lives are intertwined with it. They will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the lower level of Les Bourgeois Bistro in Rocheport. 

Hickman girls basketball team rolls at Lebanon

Four players scored in double figures for the Hickman girls basketball team in its 69-30 victory Tuesday at Lebanon.

COLUMN: Every Game Counts — Until it doesn't

The same people who said LSU was the best team in college football all season had to concede that Alabama was the far better team Monday night. So who's really No. 1?


Romney wins in New Hampshire, cements front-runner position

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, which establishes him as the man to beat for the Republican presidential nomination.