AMERICAN NEXT: Residents in Chillicothe discuss politics, civil rights

In Chillicothe, a town of 9,500, residents express their views about voting, governmental policies, this year's presidential race and other political topics.

In small towns in mid-Missouri, people of different ages and origins sound off about the political and social issues that matter to them.

Noor Azizan-Gardner named MU's chief diversity officer

Noor Azizan-Gardner has worked with diversity issues for 18 years. On Tuesday, it was announced that she will take over as chief diversity officer of MU.

Progress varies toward health care exchanges in Missouri, other states

Although the deadline for states to apply to create a state health care exchange is approaching, many states haven't taken the steps necessary to apply.

MU Health Care found in violation of federal regulations

MU Health Care is in violation of a federal regulation governing pharmaceutical services, according to a letter sent to administrator Jim Ross last week. Deficiencies were found during a September site visit. 

VOTERS GUIDE 2012: A look at the Missourian's coverage

The Missourian has published a number of articles to help inform voters about the candidates and ballot issues for the 2012 general election.


Mental health tax could help counseling, prevention programs

If the tax passes, money could go toward a variety of services listed in the state law that allows counties to levy a tax for children's mental health, including temporary shelter, crisis intervention and early intervention.

Columbia Chamber of Commerce hosts inaugural Haunted History Walk

Columbia residents got to explore the city's "haunted" history on a tour Thursday that took them from Stephens College to MU's Museum of Art & Archaeology.

Community members recognized with fitness awards

Craig Lycke went from 320 pounds to 195 pounds in four years through diet and exercise. On Thursday, he was recognized as one of 12 Columbia residents chosen as winners of the Mayor's Council on Physical Fitness and Health awards.

Upperclassmen hope to see rebound for Missouri volleyball team

Juniors Molly Kreklow and Lisa Henning have taken on leadership roles as the Missouri volleyball team's only upperclassmen and hope to lead the Tigers out of a month-long slump.

Lenoir Woods residents gather to discuss blight and EEZ

The Lenoir Woods senior community hosted a meeting Thursday for residents and representatives from REDI and CiViC to discuss the potential implementation of an enhanced enterprise zone that would include the area.

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of Florida, Missouri's next football opponent

When was the last time Missouri played Florida? Who won the Gators' first Heisman trophy? Test your knowledge of the University of Florida's football program.

Low Columbia gas prices are a welcome break for drivers

Columbia gas prices averaged $3.10 Thursday, a 42-cent decrease from the 2011 state average.

Several businesses affected by fire on Business Loop 70

After a structure fire Wednesday night at Loop 70 Auto Parts, surrounding businesses are dealing with smoke damage.

U.S. Air Force veteran enjoyed CB radios

Jerome "Jerry" Jett died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. He was 81.

Resident Advisory Board discusses changes for Section 8, public housing

Public housing and Section 8 residents talked about avoiding discrimination and eviction during a Resident Advisory Board meeting Thursday night.

Columbia College women's basketball wins season opener over Oklahoma Baptist

The Cougars overcame a rebounding and size disadvantage to defeat the Bison 71-61 in the team's first game Thursday at Southwell Complex.

Missouri golf will host NCAA regional in 2014

Missouri golf will host the NCAA Regional Championships in Columbia.

FROM READERS: Owners dress up their pets to celebrate Halloween

We asked readers to send in photos of their pets dressed in Halloween costumes. Here are some of our favorite dogs and cats dressed up for the holiday.

Fire causes damage to Monroe Street auto shop

Columbia firefighters put out a garage fire at Mid-Missouri Auto Works on Thursday afternoon. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: McCaskill's voting record could hurt Missouri

The senator's support of cap-and-trade system and EPA regulations could cost Missouri residents.