Shakespeare lives behind locked doors at prison theater

Johanna Parnell looks to the script in Director Agnes Wilcox’s lap during a Prison Performing Arts rehearsal for “The Tempest” on Nov. 10 at Women's Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Vandalia. The program aims to help the incarcerated build skills such as teamwork and discipline that will help their re-entry to society.

Rehearsals at the Vandalia women's prison include strip searches. But actresses leave their crimes at the door as they hone their performance of "The Tempest." It's a play the inmates find they can relate to in powerful ways.

Denmon contributes more than shooting for Missouri men's basketball team

In Wednesday's game against Iowa State, Denmon scored only six points, but he led the team with seven assists and added four rebounds.

City looks at lodging tax increase to pay for airport improvements

A staff report to be discussed at the Columbia City Council meeting Tuesday proposes new state legislation that would allow voters to determine whether to increase the lodging tax to 7 percent. The report suggests using the new revenue to pay for a terminal renovations at Columbia Regional Airport.

PHOTO GALLERY: Benton Elementary students test popsicle stick bridges

Students at the Benton Elementary School STEM lab tested the construction of bridges built from popsicle sticks on Friday afternoon at the school.

Cold snap highlights need for homeless shelters

Columbia's homeless shelters have been full all January and the recent snow and cold  has shown just how necessary their services are.  


Mizzou Arena on Cardinals Caravan statewide tour

World Series MVP David Freese and some of his St. Louis Cardinals teammates will be outside Mizzou Arena Saturday morning before the Missouri men's basketball team takes on the Texas Longhorns.

Jeff Fisher to coach St. Louis Rams

Fisher, the former Tennessee Titans head coach, chose the Rams over the Miami Dolphins. The Rams have the No. 2 overall pick in April's NFL Draft.

DEAR READER: We're tweaking our comment policy, with clarity in mind

Complain about online comments all you want, but they can lead to richer reporting and better community conversation.

Popsicle bridge contest held at Benton Elementary

Third graders at Benton Elementary School built bridges out of 100 popsicle sticks and one bottle of white glue over the winter break. On Friday afternoon, they had a contest to see which bridge could support the most weight.

Filing deadline for open school board positions closes Tuesday

The window for school board hopefuls to announce their candidacy is coming to a close at 5 p.m., Tuesday.

Two file for Boone Hospital board

Incumbent Bob Wagner and Darrell Foster are both seeking a five-year term.

Columbia man hit by two cars after striking snowplow

Cory Speaks, 31, struck a snowplow with his car at 4:30 a.m. on Thursday. Speaks left the vehicle and was struck by two separate vehicles before being transported to University Hospital, where he was in critical condition Friday afternoon.

Mild weather with a chance of showers forecast for MLK Day

Participants in Columbia's Martin Luther King Day celebrations can expect mild temperatures and a chance of light rain Monday.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Food and drug recalls

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services keeps an up-to-date list of the food and drug recalls.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Make GOP's primary count in Missouri

This year Missouri will only send 26 delegates to the Republican National Convention due to the legislature's inability to schedule the state primary on a date that meets RNC approval.

Missouri senator wants schools to get traffic fines revenue

The proposed legislation would direct fines from traffic enforcement cameras to local school districts and not city coffers. The Missouri Municipal League is opposing the legislation.

MoDOT chief apologizes for road conditions in St. Louis

Crews decided not to pretreat interstates with a salt brine solution and instead spread rock salt after the snow hit Thursday.