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Columbia hotel owners question need for lodging tax rate increase

The Columbia Hospitality Association is opposing a proposed increase in the city's lodging tax that would be used to pay for improvements at Columbia Regional Airport, warning that it could cause occupancy rates to drop.

Missouri basketball's Ricardo Ratliffe improves mental game

Ricardo Ratliffe, a senior forward for the Missouri men's basketball team, is No. 1 in the nation with a 77.4 field goal percentage, but he's continuing to improve both mental and physical aspects of his game.

Columbia School Board discusses new transfer policy

Columbia School Board members began discussing a transfer policy that would take effect with changes to school boundaries effective in fall 2013. The proposed policy will get a first read Feb. 13, and a vote is likely on Feb. 23.

Belcher: Gov. Nixon's proposed funding increases not enough

Gov. Jay Nixon unveiled a $5 million increase in funding in his State of the State address for Missouri's foundation formula, the primary method of dispersing state funds to schools. Columbia Public Schools, however, is still underfunded.

Feds shut down file-sharing website

The site's founder and three of its executives were arrested Thursday after the Justice Department indicted the site for violating copyright and piracy laws.

Missouri might come up a little short against Baylor

The No. 5 ranked Tigers are preparing for their matchup against No. 3 Baylor the same way as any other game, but some aspects of the game are beyond their control.

Columbia City Council authorizes bond issue for Short Street parking garage

The Short Street parking garage will be five stories tall, include 424 spaces and cost about $11.3 million.

Senate panel considers curtailing tax credits

The Senate Ways and Means Committee considered four bills Thursday that would reduce Missouri's tax credits.

Merchandise with SEC logo appearing in stores

SEC merchandise is being sold right now at the MU Bookstore and the Tiger Spirit store downtown and online. The university is capitalizing on a possible increase in revenues before it formally joins the SEC on July 1. 

UPDATE: Police cite statistics in locking of Douglass Park lot

The relatively small park has a high incidence of arrests, police said at a forum Wednesday night. Residents complained that closing the park gates had effectively closed the park to law-abiding people in the community.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Closing the gap between rhetoric and reality will be a challenge

When considering the state budget, the only thing the governor and legislators agree on is their inability to compromise.

Missouri's Updike leads freshman-heavy gymnastics team

Freshman RachelUpdike's consistency makes her stand out on the Missouri gymnastics team. She highlights a group of five freshmen on a team that features only four upperclassmen.

Lawmakers try to keep anti-piracy bills on track

Some lawmakers are trying to keep the PIPA and SOPA bills on track despite online protests that swept the Web on Wednesday.

World not quite as hot in 2011; ranks 11th warmest

The world in 2011 was still warmer than average but cooler than in recent years.

Parks and Recreation Commission approves Stephens Lake concert

Thumper Entertainment has planned a June 16 concert in Stephens Lake Park, but City Council must approve the proposal for the event to take place.

Pine Grove Village opens spaces for RV parking

The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the rezoning of a mobile home community.

Missouri House passes cap on future state spending

If the measure is approved by the voters later this year there would be a cap of annual spending increases at 1.5 percent of the collected revenue from the previous year.

Three Columbia fire stations see new sprinkler systems

Columbia Fire Stations receive funding for a new sprinkler system from Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant.

MYMISSOURIAN: An Iowa caucus, afternoon photo shoots and the Harlem Globetrotters

Here's what you've been writing this week at MyMissourian.com, the arm of the Missourian dedicated to community members telling their own stories.

Dressler wills Columbia College men's basketball to victory

Jordan Dressler, a Columbia native and Rock Bridge graduate, scored a career-high of 31 points Thursday in the Columbia College men's basketball team's 70-64 victory over William Woods University .

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