LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hoppe represents all Sixth Ward residents

Barbara Hoppe has demonstrated that she can bring neighbors, homeowners, studentsand businesses together to find common solutions that benefit everyone.

DAVID ROSMAN: Local elections are microcosm of our larger concerns

David Rosman discusses local issues that will appear on the April 3 election ballot and gives his own reviews of the candidates running for seats in the City Council and Columbia Public School Board.

PHOTO GALLERY: Memorial Baptist Church members serve community

Memorial Baptist Church members did yard work for an elderly homeowner as part of several daily projects for the community.

UPDATE: Missouri governor says extra federal money could help blind

Gov. Jay Nixon has proposed using an extra $17.75 million in federal Medicaid funds to avoid cuts for a program that provides money for the blind.

Missouri baseball team ends homestand with loss to Central Arkansas

The Tigers gathered 11 hits but stranded seven runners on base in an 8-2 loss to the Bears on Wednesday at Taylor Stadium.

Mumbai, Miami on list for big weather disasters

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change forecasts stronger tropical cyclones and more frequent heat waves, deluges and droughts. It warns that the greatest threat from extreme weather is to highly populated, poor regions of the world.

Company says its pseudoephedrine is meth-resistant

Highland president and CEO Jim Bausch said his company's form of pseudoephedrine is just as effective as those currently on the market but can't be extracted and used to make meth.

Women's group protests planned honors for Limbaugh at Missouri Capitol

On Wednesday, a group marched around the Capitol's north side to protest plans to honor Rush Limbaugh in the Missouri Capitol, before piling up pages with about 35,000 petition signatures outside Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley's third-floor corner office.

Hoppe recognized for leadership by National League of Cities

Sixth Ward councilwoman reached the bronze level in the National League of Cities' Certificate of Achievement in Leadership program.

Columbia School Board candidates discuss achievement gap, tax levy and budget issues

Columbia School Board candidates shares their personal experience and perspectives on closing achievement gap, tax levy and bond issue proposals and the budget.

House approves changes to sex offender registry

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Missouri's teacher retirement system remains healthy

Despite a weak economy, the Public School & Education Employee Retirement System of Missouri remains 85 percent pre-funded. A strong retirement system is vital to attracting qualified teachers to the state.

New name approved for Boone County Fairgrounds

The Central Missouri Event Center, Home of the Boone County Fair, is the new name for the Boone County fairgrounds. Members of the Boone County Commission renamed the fairgrounds Tuesday to reflect the diversity of the venue.

FROM READERS: Photos from a Columbia rock climber

Columbia rock climber James Dolph shares photos from his adventures.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Missouri public school dropout rates available online

The data compares the dropout rate in specific school districts including student demographics and compares them to Missouri averages.


Jeep crashes into Columbia home on Ash Street

A 2012 Jeep SUV plowed into a residence on Ash Street early Wednesday morning.

Settlement reached in Missouri LGBT website-filtering case

The Camdenton R-III School District agreed to stop blocking education websites about gay, lesbian and transgender issues.

Finding the right space

Brooks Yang, a 23-year-old Princeton grad in St. Louis, may tell you that she's "kind of doing nothing" these days. Don't believe her.

Bread in the oven and friends next door

Rocheport is the kind of town that comes as a surprise (and a bit of a wonder) in the hustle and bustle of the technology age. It is tucked along the Missouri River about 10 miles west of Columbia.

Two friends, two very different dreams

Adrienne Long and Alana Flowers were killing time between classes at the MU Student Center. They are both 21, African-American and graduating soon to leave Columbia – and chase two very different dreams.