Putting Kids First proposes sales tax for youth mental health services

Representatives are collecting signatures on a petition advocating a quarter-cent sales tax increase in Boone County to provide money for mental health services for children and their families.

City Council approves first phase of Forum Boulevard improvements

The Columbia City Council approved the first phase of the Forum Boulevard improvement project, which called for the addition of left-turn lanes into the Victoria Park driveway and the MKT driveway.

Columbia Public Schools teachers moving to accommodate grade realignment

In the fall of 2013, Columbia Public Schools will undergo a grade realignment as grades six, seven and eight become intermediate schools and ninth-graders move up to high schools. As students head to new schools, many teachers will, too.

Missouri quarterback James Franklin to have surgery on right shoulder

Franklin will miss the rest of spring practices but is expected back by the start of the 2012 season.

Columbia School Board candidates answer questions on district issues

The four candidates for the Columbia School Board are giving their views on district issues and ballot proposals and discussing their goals as the April 3 election approaches.

Public lawyer Janet Thompson enters race for Boone County Commission

A public lawyer filed papers on Monday to run for Northern District commissioner as a Democratic candidate.

Commission proposing new name for Boone County Fairgrounds

The Boone County Commission is proposing to rename the Boone County Fairgrounds as Central Missouri Event Center, Home of the Boone County Fair.

Columbia group plans to educate teens on realities of dating violence

A newly founded local group, V.E.N.T. (Violent Experiences Not Tolerated), will start a campaign in April to educate Columbia teenagers to prevent gender violence.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Incredibly proud of Missouri basketball team

Missouri had a wonderful season, and Norfolk State was a worthy opponent to end it.

Missouri basketball coach Haith named USBWA Coach of the Year

Frank Haith led Missouri to a 30-win season and a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Tigers season ended Friday in a 86-84 loss to Norfolk State.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Barbara Hoppe's activity and concern for the community is invaluable

Barbara Hoppe should be reelected because she has an unrivaled concern for Columbia and its residents. She has improved the state of student housing and the city's bus system during her term.

Columbia woman sentenced for providing alcohol, Adderall to teenage girls

Erin Elizabeth Ridenhour pleaded guilty to three counts of endangering the welfare of a child and received the maximum sentence of three years in prison.

'SNL' head writer Seth Meyers entertains MU audience

Seth Meyers, the head writer of "Saturday Night Live," performed at MU's Jesse Auditorium on Monday night.

IN HEADLINES TODAY: Apple to give dividends; gunman kills four in France

Among today's top stories: Supporters of Mitt Romney and Ron Paul team up in Missouri while the political candidates themselves move on to Illinois.

James 'Fireball' Jenkins, 78, had long racing career

James "Fireball" Jenkins of Slater died Sunday, March 18. He was 78.

James "Fireball" Jenkins, June 5, 1933 — March 18, 2012, of Slater

Higher education funds begin slow recovery

While higher education typically takes longer to recover from recessionary cuts than other parts of the budget, experts say they expect the number of states with boosted higher education funding to increase this year.

FROM READERS: Despite loss, Missouri basketball fan calls for more support

Sandy Nickel thanks the team for their exceptional season despite opening round loss to Norfolk State in the NCAA tournament.

Quarterback Brady Quinn turns down Denver for Chiefs

On the same day word spread that right tackle Eric Winston had agreed to terms with Kansas City, the Chiefs announced that they had signed former first-round draft pick Brady Quinn to back up Matt Cassel at quarterback.

Fisher factor persuasive in free-agent signings for Rams

The new Rams coach was a big enough draw in free agency that Pro Bowl center Scott Wells left the Green Bay Packers to join the rebuilding effort in St. Louis. The Packers were 15-1 last year, five more wins than the Rams' total the last three seasons.