GENE ROBERTSON: Lesson from Trayvon Martin

The way Trayvon Martin's family, friends and supporters reacted to the unsatisfactory ramifications by the legislative branch teaches us that we can become dynamic citizens.

FROM READERS: John Hall's small world

John Hall shares photographs of his mid-Missouri surroundings in late March.

Jo Ann Smarr, March 2, 1936 - March 29, 2012, of Columbia

Columbia City Council candidates report campaign donations, spending

The five candidates for two seats on the council filed their paperwork on Monday with the Missouri Ethics Commission.

Jo Ann Smarr was Boone County native

Judge strikes down voter ID summary for Missouri ballot

A trial judge has struck down the ballot summary for a proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution that would have cleared the way for requiring voters to show photo identification.

Warm weather could boost Missouri turkey population

The Missouri Department of Conservation says a mild winter and early spring could help turkey hunters in the long run.

Trail of Tears markers to be unveiled in southwest Missouri

A ceremony is planned for April 7 to unveil six new Trail of Tears National Historic Trail signs and 21 Greene County historic markers.

Two men rob Columbia's Hong Kong Restaurant, police report

Two men held up Hong Kong Restaurant, 106 Business Loop 70 W., on Wednesday night by brandishing a handgun.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Accident prevention preferable to punishment

If an accident is caused by negligence, carelessness or intoxication, the punishment should fit the severity of the offense.

St. Louis hospital: Homeless woman who died in jail was treated appropriately

The family of a homeless woman who died in jail after being arrested for refusing to leave an emergency room wants answers from the hospital and police.

Missouri churchgoer makes candles for homeless

FROM READERS: Women volunteer for polio prevention efforts in India

Two members of the Rotary Club of Columbia traveled to India and immunized children against polio.

EPA joins forces with community on Hinkson Creek cleanup

The Environmental Protection Agency will work with all of the stakeholders to clean up the Hinkson Creek through the Collaborative Adaptive Management plan.

City Council candidates discuss future of Columbia bus system

Candidates support asking MU to help pay for a more extensive, student-centric bus system. However, they are split on how much the city should subsidize bus operating costs from its own budget.

Oakland principal looks ahead to her new role leading Battle High

Kim Presko, principal at Oakland Junior High School, has a sentimental tie to her future school, Battle High School: Muriel Battle hired her as a math teacher at West Junior High School in 1990.

Missouri softball team sweeps doubleheader from Evansville

The Tigers won 4-2 and 7-0 Wednesday at University Field, but coach Ehren Earleywine said he was not satisfied with his team.

Supreme Court appears split by ideology over health care

The justices' decision, due this June, will affect the way virtually every American receives and pays for care. The court wrapped up public arguments Wednesday on the overhaul, which is designed to extend health insurance to most of the 50 million Americans now without it.

House endorses birth record requirement for Missouri candidates

J. KARL MILLER: We need to return to civility of past generations

While our First Amendment rights should be protected, we need to communicate our opinions compassionately and treat others with respect. This includes amending the content in vulgar entertainment mediums such as movies, television shows, concerts and night club entertainment.