PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia receives its award for being one of '100 Best Communities for Young People'

The city of Columbia was awarded $2,500 to help youth programs for being named one of the "100 Best Communities for Young People" for 2011.

Columbia residents raise concerns about sidewalk replacements at public meeting

The Department of Public Works is addressing concern regarding the safety of some Columbia sidewalks for residents who use wheelchairs.

Lisbeth Yasuda, Nov. 30, 1978 - Jan. 16, 2012, of Columbia

Lisbeth Kay Yasuda remembered for her dedication to music

UPDATE: Missouri jobless rate falls to 8 percent in December

The figure is Missouri's lowest unemployment rate since January 2009.  

Missouri's Haith participating in Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge

Missouri’s Frank Haith is one of 48 NCAA basketball coaches taking part in the Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge, which includes a $100,000 donation to the Boys & Girls Club of the Columbia Area if Haith wins.

Missouri's Hamilton to play in East-West Shrine Game

The game on Saturday benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children, an international pediatric specialty health care system.


Elliott gets $3.6 million, 2-year extension with St. Louis Blues

The deal will pay the 26-year-old goaltender $1.7 million next season and $1.9 million in 2013-14.  Elliott's 1.68 goals-against average is second-best in the NHL.


Missouri's unemployment rate down to 8 percent

Missouri's unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a point between November and December 2011.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Hospital Compare data takes an inside look at hospitals

Find quality health care in your area by comparing hospitals based on treatment procedures and results, along with patient satisfaction.

Missouri governor backs casino fees to benefit veterans

The additional revenue of about $50 million per year would provide a dedicated funding source to operate nursing homes for Missouri veterans and could help pay to build another facility.


Three people file for seats on Boone County fire board

Two of the candidates are current members of the Boone County Fire Protection District board, and the third candidate is running for the second time since 2006. The winning candidates will serve six-year terms.

UPDATE: Wikipedia, Google protest US antipiracy proposals

Popular websites Wikipedia and Google are among numerous websites protesting antipiracy legislation under consideration by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Hickman boys basketball breaks winning streak

The Kewpies ended a three-game winning streak Wednesday night in a 55-43 loss to Blue Springs South High School.

Crime hits four-decade low in St. Louis city, county

Serious crime dropped 2.4 percent in St. Louis County and 5.9 percent in the city last year. The decline is credited to the innovative thinking of the county and the city.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Tax Internet sales and correct fundamental inequity

A sales tax for online vendors could fix the unfairness putting local merchants at a disadvantage.

Missouri to receive USDA funds for summer flood relief

Missouri will receive $49 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help recover from the agricultural impact of flooding on the Missouri and Mississippi rivers over the summer.

Donations, volunteers saved Joplin $17.7 million

Wikipedia editors question English site's first 24-hour blackout

Instead of encyclopedia articles, visitors to the site saw a stark black-and-white page with the message: "Imagine a world without free knowledge." 

Missouri Supreme Court chief calls for changes to parole, probation

Chief Justice Richard Teitelman asked lawmakers Wednesday to reduce the number of people in prison for probation and parole violations. The change could save the state up to $16.6 million over five years.