LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Disabled passengers can't use Star Dinner Train

The train will not have an Americans with Disabilities Act-compatible passenger car. 

Hickman girls basketball wins at Rolla

The Hickman girls basketball team won 62-36 on Monday night at Rolla to improve to 5-1 this season.

Federal 'fiscal cliff' stalemate spurs anxiety in states

Many states depend on federal grants to help finance education, environmental and community programs that are on the chopping block. And their state income tax revenues could rise or fall as a direct result of federal tax hikes.

Major pipeline among ideas for aiding arid West

The pipeline proposal would cost an estimated $11.2 billion and take 30 years to complete.

Three MU graduates to take oath in U.S. Senate

All three lawmakers told the newspaper their experiences at the university helped shape their attitudes as public officials.

New Common Core State Standards address lack of student literacy

In the past year, Columbia Public Schools has focused on revising its curriculum to adhere more closely to the Common Core State Standards, which stress practical skills and in-depth learning.

BEHIND THE SCENES: The Missourian's community beat

Managing Editor Jeanne Abbott and a few of her community reporters discuss why it is important to tell the stories of the people in the community.

Obama, Boehner discuss 'fiscal cliff' stalemate

President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner agreed not to release details of their weekend conversation, but aides emphasized that the lines of communication remain open.

Columbia vegetarian has a love for cooking healthy

Shelly La Fata shares her food ideas through a blog, culinary school and a catering service.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Time for river states to stop bickering and work together

Piecemeal fixes and short-term reactions to natural disasters will never be sustainable ways to decide river policy.

NY, NJ ponder new boardwalks without the boards

The expensive efforts to rebuild are forcing decisions not only about how much to spend, but also about whether to rebuild with environmentally sensitive wood or more durable materials.

St. Louis County sees decline in heroin deaths

County police chief Tim Fitch said 56 heroin deaths have been reported so far this year. At the same time last year, the county had 76 heroin deaths.

Alarms disabled at southwest Missouri building where five died

Rick Schroeder, president of Bell Management, of Joplin, which oversees Blue Ridge Apartments in Wheaton, said the five manual fire alarm pulls in the building haven't operated for 10 years.