Missouri State Board of Education picks new leaders

The board elected the Rev. Stan Archie as its new president and Peter Herschend as vice president.

St. Louis Co. adds gender identity, sexual orientation to anti-discrimination rules

The ordinance protects people in employment, housing and public accommodations in unincorporated areas of the county, regardless of their sexual orientation.

Blunt: Estate tax change could hit Missouri farms

Unless Congress takes action, the exemption in 2013 will drop to $1 million and the tax rate will rise to 55 percent.

Rock Bridge defeats Hickman in season-opening wrestling meet

The Rock Bridge wrestling team defeated Hickman 37-36 in a three-way meet Tuesday night at Kirksville.

Missouri man says prayer group leader told him to kill wife

Bethany Deaton's death initially appeared to be a suicide, but two weeks ago Micah Moore told police he killed her at the request of the leader of his prayer group.

Soldier in double fatality to undergo PTSD program

John Mazurek pleaded guilty to first-degree involuntary manslaughter and second-degree assault in the accident that killed 57-year-old Wilberta C. Randolph of Meta and 85-year-old Helen K. Wieberg of Jefferson City.

Missouri approves new teacher preparation standards

The new policy sets out standards for preparing future teachers and the requirements students must meet to earn their educator certificates.

Columbia Public Schools hires first school bus safety coordinator

The position appears to be the first of its kind in Missouri and is designed to educate children about proper bus behavior and the safe and appropriate practice of loading, unloading and riding district school buses.

Gary Pinkel looking forward to next Missouri football season

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel spoke Tuesday morning about his first season in the Southeastern Conference. The season did not go well, but he definitely thinks his team can compete.

UPDATE: House Democrats propose campaign finance reforms; Republican urges compromise

The bill would cap contributions at $5,000 per donor, require nonprofit campaign contributors to identify their donors and make it a crime to deliberately obscure sources of campaign money.

Don't just sit there — People finding relief from sedentary ways by using standing desks

Humans spend more time sitting now than ever before. A sedentary lifestyle can lead to obesity, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. A growing number of people are combating the problem by working at a standing desk.

Tolton boys basketball wins first-ever varsity game

Tolton Catholic defeated Prairie Home 60-51 on Tuesday night in the Trailblazers' season-opener, their first game as a varsity team.

Downtown Community Improvement District seeks proposals for Wi-Fi pilot program

The improvement district is accepting proposals for a six-month public Wi-Fi pilot project, which will be used to gauge public interest in district-wide wireless Internet.

Distracted driver cause of Boone County Protection Fire District tanker crash

An accident in Hallsville on Saturday, in which a Boone County Fire Protection District tanker flipped onto its roof, was caused by driver distraction.


Columbia College, Mizzou Alumni Association participate in 'Giving Tuesday'

Giving Tuesday is a new movement in the vein of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but the focus is on charity, not consuming.

Public invited to discuss downtown Columbia sidewalk construction projects

The Public Works Department will host an open house meeting on Dec. 4 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Daniel Boone City Building in room 1A.

FROM READERS: A stroll at the park in the late afternoon

Missourian reader John Hall shares photos from his most recent trip to the park. 

TELL US: What keeps you sitting throughout the day?

Adults should have around 30 minutes of exercise a day, but people have become more sedentary over time, said John Thyfault, director of the Health Activity Center. What keeps you sitting?

English reaches scoring milestone in Columbia College women's basketball loss

Heather English became the eighth player in the Columbia College women's basketball program to reach 1,000 points in a career Tuesday in a 76-63 loss at University of the Cumberlands

Tolton girls basketball player eager to return from surgery

Trailblazers sophomore Andrea Wikle tore her ACL when she went up for a layup and landed awkwardly last May, but she's hoping to return to the court sooner, not later.