Here are the names of employees retiring this year from Columbia Public Schools

Almost 90 people are retiring this year from Columbia Public Schools.

Philadelphia beats Cardinals 10-9 as teams combine for 33 hits

Placido Polanco, Carlos Ruiz, Freddy Galvis and Ty Wigginton all had had three hits apiece for Philadelphia as the Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 10-9 Thursday night.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia Independent School graduates 13

Thursday marked the end of 13 seniors' education at the college preparatory school.

Missouri baseball team upsets Texas A&M in Big 12 tournament

The Missouri baseball team defeated Texas A&M 5-3 on Thursday night in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. Missouri will face either Texas A&M or Kansas on Saturday.

Rock Bridge boys tennis takes third consecutive championship title

 The Rock Bridge boys tennis team beat Rockhurst 5-2 Thursday to claim their third consecutive title, and fourth title in the past five years.

Man shoots himself in Callaway County after traffic violation

The man was hospitalized with minor injuries. 

University of Missouri Press to close in 2013 fiscal year

The publishing house, which currently employs 10 people, has been struggling with a deficit for the past decade.

Students, departing principal say goodbye on last day of classes

Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School said goodbye to resigning Principal Dan Boatman on Columbia Public Schools' last day of classes this year.

Missouri wrestling team adds to coaching staff

The Missouri wrestling team has added former Tiger wrestlers Mark Ellis and Todd Schavrien to the coaching staff.  Volunteer assistant Joe Johnston has been promoted to a full-time assistant.

Schneider Electric’s manufacturing lines to move, eliminate 70 Columbia jobs

The company plans to relocate its circuit breaker manufacturing lines to Mexico by the end of 2013.

Doctors report rise in kids eating detergent packs

Expert says increase is due to the packets' candy-like appearance.

Chamber of Commerce president announces retirement

Don Laird, Columbia Chamber of Commerce president, announced he will be retiring in January after 24 years of service.

Missouri House spent $1,100 on security camera for Rush bust

House Clerk Adam Crumbliss authorized a security camera to deter vandalism of the new Rush Limbaugh bust in Missouri State Capitol.

UPDATE: Five fire trucks respond to house fire on Cypress Lane

No one was home during the fire. Firefighters say it's too early to tell the cause of the fire, which was reported Thursday afternoon.

FROM READERS: On the road to McBaine

John Hall shares photographs of his trip to McBaine, which include ripening raspberries, peonies and recently sheared llamas. 

UPDATE: Limbaugh bust security costs Missouri taxpayers $1,100

The House clerk said he authorized the camera due to vandalism concerns.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Pastors should be present in Douglass Park

The problems in Douglass Park and in every spot that brings forth violence can be remedied by your being there and preaching God's love — and preaching it boldly.


Heartland Health becoming part of Mayo network

Patients at St. Joseph's Heartland Health primary hospital or any of its clinics will be able to receive second opinions or consultations from doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Southwest Missouri police officers indicted for traffic ticket forgery

Two Lanagan police officers have been charged with forging traffic citations and submitting false traffic reports that allowed the city to avoid paying thousands in taxes.

21 arrested in Missouri meth roundup

Authorities said the suspects from Franklin and Jefferson counties are facing charges of being part of a distribution network.