Donations still needed for Everyone Eats

Almeta Crayton talks to participants in her Everyone Eats program before they picked up their food baskets at the St. Luke's United Methodist Church on Monday. Crayton says more than 400 low-income families have signed up this year to receive their basket of food for Thanksgiving. There also will be a Thanksgiving dinner at Stephens College on Thursday.

The annual Everyone Eats program is still looking for donations. The program provides Thanksgiving baskets to those in need as well as hosts an annual meal. The program still needs turkeys and is accepting donations for the baskets until 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Veterans train shelter dogs from Humane Society in study about PTSD

Through a research program at MU, veterans are helping train dogs from the Central Missouri Humane Society to help the dogs get adopted and to help veterans acclimate to civilian life again.

City Council sends eminent domain amendment to April ballot

The Columbia City Council unanimously approved a charter amendment that prevents the city from exercising eminent domain for economic development with the intention of transferring the property to private entities.

Grant to help Southern Boone Learning Garden expand

The Southern Boone Learning Garden received a $475,000 grant to help expand the Learning Garden program.

City Council votes on street improvements in Grasslands neighborhood

Supporters of the motion said the construction would address safety concerns with drivers and pedestrians, particularly college students, while those opposing the motion said they were not properly informed.

Council approves charette report, considers tax-increment financing for downtown

The council approved a 2010 charette report for the downtown district but did not include plans to make downtown a TIF district.

Missouri football team doesn't plan on giving up against Texas A&M

After a rough 5-6 season, there is an appeal to losing this week at Texas A&M, but the Tigers aren't thinking about it. They are just trying to win.

Missouri men's basketball moves to No. 13 in poll

The 3-0 Missouri men's basketball team moved up from No. 14 to No. 13 in this week's Associated Press Top-25 poll.

Richardson will play for Missouri football against Texas A&M

Coach Gary Pinkel also said Monday that Tigers quarterback James Franklin is questionable for the game after suffering a concussion Saturday against Syracuse

MU wine-research specialist dies in crash

Anthony Peccoux, 32, led the charge to revitalize Missouri's wine-industry and make the state a hub for grape-growing research worldwide.


Hostess Brands agrees to mediate with union

Hostess Brands Inc. and its second largest union will go into mediation to try and resolve their differences, meaning the company won't go out of business just yet. The news came Monday after Hostess moved to liquidate and sell off its assets in bankruptcy court.

City linemen recognized for service after Hurricane Sandy

The Columbia Water and Light Department hosted an appreciation luncheon for the linemen who served on the East Coast to restore electric service to communities hit by Hurricane Sandy.

Bargains, nostalgia mix with closure of Hostess store

Shelves were nearly empty from a weekend rush at the Wonder Hostess retail outlet after Hostess Brands Inc. announced last week it was halting factory operations and going out of business.

School district promotes energy efficiency in new administration building

The consolidation of Columbia Public Schools' three administrative locations into one central building is intended to increase efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

Corn stalks become commodity as price jumps because of drought

Drought has made corn stalks a valuable feed stock for cattle in Missouri, and corn farmers are looking to cash in. But harvesting the residual corn stalks could cause soil erosion and loss of soil nutrients.

Columbia City Council requires training for alcohol control

The council passed an ordinance on Monday night requiring employees of businesses that serve alcohol to have a server's card. The training is designed to help servers spot fake IDs and intoxicated patrons.

Freddie Tyler Rudkin loved his family, being outdoors

Freddie Tyler Rudkin, who died Wednesday, was always with his family and loved being outdoors. He was 18.

Freddie Tyler Rudkin, May 10, 1994 — Nov. 14, 2012

Southern Boone County High School graduate played basketball and football and ran track.

Powerful supermajorities elected to statehouses

The recent elections vote created a broader tier of powerful one-party governments that can act with no need for compromise. Half of state legislatures now have veto-proof majorities, up from 13 only four years ago.

National debt group opens Missouri chapter

Former Republican U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, Democratic former Gov. Bob Holden, Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and Democratic state Treasurer Clint Zweifel kicked off the state's version of Campaign to Fix the Debt.