School board approves rezoning proposal and air conditioning bid

The Columbia School Board voted to approve a Parkade Elementary School rezoning proposal and an air conditioning bid for Two Mile Prairie Elementary School.

Coach Frank Haith says Missouri is ready for NCAA Tournament

The Tigers say the grind of a full round-robin schedule in conference play has prepared them for the rigors of the NCAA Tournament. The Big 12 has the highest percentage of teams in the tournament.

Annual statewide tornado drill to be held Tuesday afternoon

Warning sirens will sound at 1:30 p.m. throughout Boone County. The drill is part of "Severe Weather Awareness Week."

Former student activist seeks to inspire 'social entrepreneurs,' stop genocide

Mark Hanis, co-founder of Genocide Intervention Network, spoke Monday night at Memorial Union, sharing his work to stop genocide around the world and offering advice to student activists.

Activist Lateefah Simon delivers Women's History Month keynote address

Lateefah Simon spoke to an audience Monday evening at Columbia College about the strides the U.S. must take to achieve true gender equality. Simon is a long-time activist based in the San Francisco area.

COMET hosts Sixth Ward forum about Columbia's bus system

With changes to the bus system in Columbia seemingly imminent, Columbians for Modern, Efficient Transit is collecting information from residents about how transit can be restructured.

IN HEADLINES TODAY: Joplin, New Orleans disaster survivors team up

Among today's top stories: Disaster survivors in Joplin and New Orleans work together. Shootings in Afghanistan further dent support for the war.

Sunshine Week promotes knowledge about open government, access to information

The state auditor released a report listing Sunshine Law violations across the state to mark the start of "Sunshine Week," which began Sunday.

Southern Poverty Law Center identifies 26 hate groups in Missouri

The list included white nationalist, neo-Nazi, Ku Klux Klan, racist skinhead, Christian Identity, black separatist and neo-Confederate groups.

GENE ROBERTSON: Citizens must participate in policy decision-making process

We, as citizens, need to take a more active role in government, in order to make our voices heard and have a hand in political decision making.

PHOTO GALLERY: Klunk Bicycles & Repair offers fast, easy repairs

Klunk Bicycles & Repair on Broadway sells and trades new, used and vintage bikes and offers inexpensive in-store repairs.

MU Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute professors affected by tenure changes

The institute will split Thursday into an academic program and a research program. The four professors who taught in the graduate program must find another department in which to hold tenure.

Two Columbia artists approved to create artwork for Daniel Boone City Building

Norleen Nosri and Joel Sager have won contracts to create artwork for the fourth and fifth floors of the building addition completed in May 2010.

Lack of detoxification center for women in Columbia complicates recovery for addicts

The emergency room is the only option for women in Columbia with medical complications from kicking drugs.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Missouri men's basketball team deserved No. 1 seed

Missouri's better record and number of tournament titles earned this year makes the team more deserving of a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament than some of the ones that received that designation.

Veteran John Hemminger was 'perfectionist'

John Hemminger of Brookfield died Monday, March 5, 2012. He was 64.

John Hemminger, Sept. 19, 1947 — March 5, 2012, of Brookfield

Spike in car break-ins prompts warnings from Columbia police

Police are warning people who live north of Business Loop 70 between Rangeline Street and Paris Road to take extra precautions after 37 reports of things being stolen from vehicles were made in that area.

Backup Missouri QB Ashton Glaser arrested for unpaid traffic tickets

The 21-year-old Missouri football player was arrested for outstanding warrants after an altercation early Sunday. Glaser is listed as the third-string quarterback for Missouri.

FROM READERS: Alpha Hart Lewis raises money for March of Dimes

Students at Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School have raised $696 for March of Dimes with a bake sale and Dime Wars competition. Their goal is to raise $1,000 by the end of this week.