Columbia Public School's black students' academic performances fall behind, MAP scores show

The percent change in the MAP test results from the previous year for third through eighth grade by subject is shown here.

Missouri Assessment Program data for 2012 shows some positive and some negative changes in student performance since last year. 

At Higbee's A & K Cooperage, a family tradition of wine barrel production

Passed down through generations, a Higbee company makes over 5,000 wine barrels a year.

Recession produces spike in entrepreneurship

MU researchers find that down times in the economy prompt more people to start their own businesses, particularly in rural areas.

Missouri football kicker Andrew Baggett wins practice for offense

Missouri kicker Andrew Baggett made a 40-yard field goal to win practice for the Missouri offense, but the made kick meant consequences for Baggett and the Missouri defense.


Boone Dawdle 2012 to feature unique film, band

Only a handful of tickets are left for this year's Boone Dawdle.

Columbia police to step up enforcement in school zones

A grant from the Missouri Division of Highway Safety will allow the Columbia Police Department to increase its presence in school zones during August.

Columbia's ninth annual Pride Fest planned for Sunday

The event begins at 11 a.m. More than 40 LGBT-friendly businesses and organizations have rented exhibit booths, which will be set up along Cherry Street and in the Deja Vu parking lot. 


In plagiarism case involving MU doctors, author raises red flag

The author of the 2006 article at the center of the plagiarism investigation of two MU researchers was the first to raise concerns.  

ROSE NOLEN: Prioritize your life based on the elements that truly matter

We get to decide who and what is important in our lives. We get to move stuff around in our schedules. We get to say yes or no.

In Oxford, weekends mean football, Faulkner

A weekend in Oxford, Mississippi means a combination of football and William Faulkner.


Boone County fire district tests innovative Blitzfire nozzle

The Boone County Fire Protection District is testing an innovative nozzle that is more portable and includes a built-in safety feature. 

Conyers hopes to make most of final Rock Bridge football season

Rock Bridge defensive coordinator Justin Conyers will coach one final year with the Bruins before becoming Battle High School's first head football coach in 2013.

GENE ROBERTSON: Olympians inspire focus on positive values

The Olympic Games inspire people across the world, but they also have been a source of tragedy. Gene Robertson discusses how the Olympics have inspired him, and how we can use them to encourage positive values in society.

SUMMER IN COMO: Family enjoys cooler weather at Stephens Lake Park

Some Columbia residents took advantage of the cooler temperatures and spent the day outside at Stephens Lake Park.


Columbia police arrest 7 in robbery of Domino's delivery driver

Columbia police officers found the driver's property in the suspects' home on Quail Drive. The suspects were charged with third-degree assault and second-degree robbery.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: From one city to another, beware of GoTopless event

In Asheville, N.C., last year's GoTopless event will degrade culture, women and Columbia.

William Foley, 74, enjoyed singing, softball and basketball

William Daniel Foley, of Columbia, died Saturday, Aug. 11. He was 74.

Thomas Alan Wood was a compassionate person, loved helping his patients

Thomas Alan Wood, of Columbia, died Monday, Aug.14, 2012. He was 51.

Tom Wood, Oct. 30, 1960 — Aug. 13, 2012, of Columbia

Tom Wood, 51, of Columbia died Monday, August 13, 2012.

William Daniel Foley, June 27, 1938 — Aug. 11, 2012, of Columbia

William Daniel Foley, 74, of Columbia died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012.