City Council candidates deliberate about public safety, community involvement

Sixth Ward and Second Ward candidates for Columbia City Council focused on public safety concerns, such as the Citizens Police Review Board and neighborhood watch at the Keep Columbia Safe Forum.

Hickman baseball building team chemistry

The Kewpies lost 12 seniors from last year and have had to work to establish new bonds.

Chiefs had no chance with Manning

The Kansas City Chiefs have aggressively sought to improve their offense this offseason, but they missed out on the biggest name in the free agent derby. It turns out they never really had a chance.

PHOTO GALLERY: Renovation under way at Mark Twain Residence Hall

The Mark Twain Residence Hall closed in December 2011 and is set to reopen in August 2013. Study rooms will be added, and the interior and exterior of the building will be restored.

Boone County commissioners discuss new name for fairgrounds

TAG Events LLC has proposed the name "Central Missouri Events Center, Home of the Boone County Fair." One person spoke in favor of the name at a public hearing Tuesday.

Many active-duty soldiers face mental battle after they return home

Many soldiers in a war zone face the constant threat of danger and see firsthand how combat can mangle and kill. For some, the battle isn't over when they get home, even though the mental wounds aren't as noticeable as physical wounds.

ROSE NOLEN: Clear First Amendment regulations would encourage civil discourse

Because many people do not have a firm grasp of the First Amendment, they do not know what they can or cannot legally say. As citizens, we need to monitor harmful speech, such as Rush Limbaugh's recent outbursts.

House budget proposal comes with no higher education cuts

The House reversed Gov. Jay Nixon's proposed 15 percent cut to higher education with money from a national mortgage settlement and cuts to state welfare programs. 

Columbia College says farewell to softball field with doubleheader sweep

Cougar Softball Field, which was built in 1982, will be replaced by a new science center, forcing the team to relocate to the Antimi Sports Complex in Cosmopolitan Park.

Phase three of Columbia Imagined identifies 12 issues for growth and development

The city wrapped up the third phase of Columbia Imagined Tuesday in a summary meeting, pointing out 12 key issues identified from public input.

Missouri House passes bill that would allow Columbia hotel tax increase

A spokeswoman for the city said the tax increase — which could be used to fund the terminal expansion project at Columbia Regional Airport — will be considered more closely after more destinations are added to the airport.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Barbara Hoppe's decades-long service beneficial to Columbia

Hoppe has been proactive and engaging in neighborhood, Sixth Ward and citywide issues, successfully helping make Columbia a better place to live.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Barbara Hoppe committed to keep Columbia a quality, livable, growing community

Hoppe's work as Sixth Ward council member has helped make Columbia one of the most livable small cities in the country.

Columbia residents discuss the future of arts in the community

Chris Stevens, the newly appointed manager of Office of Cultural affairs spoke at a meeting Tuesday where Columbia residents suggested improvements for the arts community.

UPDATE: After Illinois loss, Santorum looks to the South

After being defeated in the Illinois presidential primary, Rick Santorum plans to win Louisiana and Pennsylvania in order to close the deficit on Mitt Romney.

James "Fireball" Jenkins worked hard, loved to race

Female aviation pioneer to share her fervor for flight at Stephens College

Wally Funk, a female leader in aviation, says she got her flying genes from her mother. She will speak about her passion for flight 7 p.m. Wednesday at Stephens College.

Sports apparel store to replace Cool Stuff and Hot Box Cookies

The new store, Rally House, will take over the space currently occupied by Cool Stuff and Hot Box Cookies in May. Cool Stuff is closing its retail location. Hot Box Cookies will need to move out of its space by mid-May.

FROM READERS: Cultural holidays should be more than drinking

When cultural holidays become drinking holidays, they diminish a culture down to unflattering caricatures.

Greek Week blood drive to be held at MU

MU's annual Greek Week blood drive will be held from April 10 through 12 at the MU Student Recreation Complex. There are several other blood drives also coming up in April.