Petition introduced to support Columbia man sentenced for sending money to Iraq

Six people spoke to community members about how they know Shakir Hamoodi at a gathering Wednesday morning at Rock Bridge Christian Church. Hamoodi, a Middle Eastern grocer and former MU nuclear scientist, was sentenced to three years in jail after pleading guilty to violating federal sanctions against Iraq by sending money overseas from 1991 to 2003.

Store owner and Muslim community leader Shakir Hamoodi was sentenced to three years in prison earlier this month for illegally sending money to family members in Iraq.

Heroin overdoses on the rise as nation cracks down on prescription drug abuse

The cross-country effort to crack down on prescription drugs has coincided with the rise in heroin overdoses. According to officials, people get addicted to prescription painkillers and turn to heroin when their supply of prescription drugs dries up.

Jefferson City family rocked by son's death of heroin overdose

With heroin arrests rising in mid-Missouri, Jim Marshall is looking to use his deceased son's example as a warning.

Teen Challenge rehabilitation center to take root in mid-Missouri

The year-long residency program will provide mothers and their children with resources to manage drug and alcohol addictions.

Bianchi Cup pistol competition returns to Hallsville

The 33rd annual MidwayUSA and NRA Bianchi Cup brings international competitors to Columbia.

Columbia pools, spray grounds prep for early opening

The city's outdoor facilities will open earlier this year in conjunction with the earlier summer break for Columbia Public Schools. The city is still looking to hire 35 to 40 more lifeguards to work at city pools.

Restaurant will occupy space in Fifth and Walnut parking garage

The city is still seeking a tenant for another suite on the ground floor of the Fifth and Walnut streets parking garage.

J. KARL MILLER: Limbaugh's induction accompanied by partisan criticism

Protest of conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh's induction into the Hall of Famous Missourians is rife with partisan opinions and ignores his accomplishments and charity work.

DAVID ROSMAN: Republicans must stop catering to extremists and learn to cooperate

Infighting and refusing to compromise could cost the GOP the election this November.


Missouri shuts out Longhorns in first round of Big 12 tournament

A quality outing from Rob Zastryzny was enough to stifle the Texas bats in Missouri's Big 12 tournament win Wednesday night.

Perfect season in reach for Rock Bridge tennis team

Thursday semifinal and possible championship game will define Bruins boys tennis season.

No one injured in north Columbia apartment fire

Damage to the exterior of the building was estimated at $10,000.

MU professor hears reaction after panel's prostate cancer screening recommendation

Urologists and prostate cancer survivors have shown special concern about the recommendation, which said there's little to no evidence that routine testing saves lives.

Gubernatorial banner causes flap at MU fraternity

Questions were raised about a fraternity promoting one candidate, in this case Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence, over another.


Two arrested after meth lab found in room at Columbia's Red Roof Inn

Charles G. Albiol and Brenda L. Albiol were arrested by law enforcement after a methamphetamine lab was discovered at the Red Roof Inn, according to the Boone County Sheriff's Department. 

Former Columbia councilwoman plans Memorial Day barbecue for veterans

The barbecue, hosted by former First Ward Councilwoman Almeta Crayton, is meant for veterans who can't make it to other Memorial Day events.

Go Girl Run focused on celebrating women, health and fitness in Columbia

The Go Girl Run half-marathon and 5K run/walk will be held Saturday. The road races are meant to be a celebration of women's health.

Cardinals beat Padres 6-3 for 3-game sweep

Carlos Beltran hit his NL-leading 14th home run and the Cardinals beat up on former St. Louis postseason star Jeff Suppan for a 6-3 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night and a three-game sweep.

Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas A&M win in Big 12 baseball tournament

Oklahoma beat Oklahoma state 1-0, Baylor topped Kansas State 11-1 and Texas A&M defeated Kansas 10-4 in Big 12 baseball tournament openers.

States, including Missouri, looking to new tolls to pay for highways

As the need for Interstate upkeep grows, toll fares may rise to cover the cost.