Columbia Public Schools invites residents to answer survey

The district is collecting data about its performance through phone calls to community members and an online survey available on its website. This is the third year the district has conducted this particular survey.


A section of Trails West Drive will close for improvements

A section of Trails West Drive will be closed Wednesday morning. The closure will last one week.

Joyce Ann Crouch Waterbury, June 13, 1959- Nov. 6, 2012, of Columbia

Joyce Ann Crouch Waterbury died unexpectedly at her home on or about Tuesday, November 6, 2012. She was 53.

J. Barton Boyle, Jan. 15, 1933 — Dec. 2, 2012, of Columbia

J. Barton Boyle, age 79, passed away at his home on December 2, 2012 following a full and joyful life.

David H. Jonassen, Sept. 14, 1947 — Dec. 2, 2012, of Columbia

David has been a Professor of Learning Technologies and Educational Psychology at the University of Missouri since 2000. In 2010 he was named Curators’ Professor– the University of Missouri’s highest honor for world renowned scholars.

NASA aims to send another rover to Mars in 2020

NASA said Tuesday it plans to launch another mega-rover to Mars in 2020 that will be modeled after the wildly popular Curiosity.

Makings of a fiscal deal behind the hot rhetoric

Republicans and democrats now concede that tax revenue and reductions in entitlement spending are essential elements of any deal.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Data supports retaining helmet laws

Missouri legislators are wasting their time with motorcycle helmet legislation.


Missouri gymnastics team ranked No. 21 in preseason poll

The Missouri women's gymnastics team was ranked No. 21 in GymInfo's preseason poll.

Cosmic radio waves mimic chirping of 'alien birds'

NASA's Van Allen Probes have been exploring the hostile radiation belts surrounding Earth for just three months. But already, they've collected measurements of high-energy particles and radio waves in unprecedented detail.

Trucker probed in trooper's death ordered to park

A Georgia trucker who lost consciousness before his tractor-trailer struck and killed an Illinois state trooper isn't medically fit to drive commercially, federal regulators have determined.

Trial of Kansas City lawyer charged in dad's death delayed

Susan Elizabeth Van Note's trial has been delayed until next November, and she remains free on bond.

Missouri lawmaker wants stores closed for Thanksgiving

House member Jeff Roorda, of Barnhart, plans legislation that would prohibit retail stores from opening on Thanksgiving.

WORLD NEWS IN BRIEF: Protest held outside Egypt's presidential palace

Protests turned violent in Cairo as opponents of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi gathered near Tahrir Square. 

Board threatens to withhold tax money from Missouri History Museum

St. Louis Zoo-Museum District board members are threatening to withhold $10 million in annual tax money from the Missouri History Museum, calling it "unresponsive" and "nontransparent."

Suspect in 2 Springfield arsons in custody

The man, in his 20s, was taken into custody Monday after fires at two separate homes about 10 blocks from each other.

2 Saline County residents killed in head-on crash

The Marshall Democrat-News reported that 60-year-old Sherry Hess of Slater and 20-year-old Jeremy Rader died after the crash shortly before 8 a.m. Monday.