UPDATE: Rumors result in restrictions at Columbia public high schools

The move addresses what Superintendent Chris Belcher described as "rumors and chatter regarding a possible violent act." The school district and the Columbia Police Department investigated the rumors and could find no credible evidence to the reports.

Bill to allow guns in schools meets local opposition

The bill, prefiled by Rep. Mike Kelley, R-Lamar, would allow teachers and school administrators with concealed carry permits to bring firearms to schools.

Gun sales increase after the tragedy in Connecticut

Gun stores in Columbia and across the country are reporting increased sales.


Storm ends string of consecutive days without measurable snow

Columbia's first snow brought power outages and ended 310 consecutive days without snowfall.

Some prompted by call for #26Acts, Columbia residents spread kindnesses

Some Columbia residents responded to Ann Curry's calls for kindness in memory of the Connecticut tragedy.

Post play nets Missouri women's basketball victory over Murray State

It was the Tigers' play under the basket that ultimately earned them a 69-55 victory over Murray State on Thursday evening at Mizzou Arena.


Columbia crews work to treat roadways

Columbia Public Works continue efforts to clear roadways.

FROM READERS: A mother discussses journey to become military officer

Marie Olson, the human resources officer with the 175th MP Battalion in Columbia, talks about balancing overseas deployment with motherhood.

MU professor debunks Mayan calendar apocalypse theories

Robert Smale, an MU professor of Latin American history, says that not even the Mayans believed the world would end this year.

Missouri basketball sees academic success

The No. 12 9-1 Tigers attained a 3.06 grade-point average, the highest in more than a decade.

Missouri basketball's Pressey named to watch list

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame put Pressey on the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year watch list Thursday afternoon.

UPDATE: Snow in Midwest leads to fatal 25-vehicle pileup

The storm, which dumped a foot of snow in parts of Iowa and Wisconsin, was part of a system that began in the Rockies earlier in the week before trekking into the Midwest. It was expected to move across the Great Lakes overnight before moving into Canada.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: No more dodging on gun safety measures

We need tough gun safety measures, starting with bans on assault weapons and on high-capacity ammunition clips. And we need background checks before all gun purchases.

Returning Columbia School Board member Darin Preis has potential of children in mind

Darin Preis likes the direction of the Columbia School Board and, as Paul Cushing's replacement on the board, looks forward to contributing to issues including transportation and drawing in various perspectives.

Cooks in the Kitchen teaches people with disabilities independent living skills

Cooks in the Kitchen is a program through Services for Independent Living that teaches adults with disabilities basic cooking skills and how to feel comfortable in a kitchen. 

Getting board in place next step for county mental health tax

The Boone County Commission plans to put out a call for applicants to the board that will make decisions about the quarter-cent sales tax for children's mental health, which passed with 57.2 percent voter approval on Nov. 7 and will take effect April 1.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Gun owners bear responsibility, need accountability

Gun owners should have, by now, come up with a way of demonstrating a commitment to preserving a right to bear arms that involves holding one another more accountable.

Mobile app identifies hundreds of weeds

MU Extension developed a mobile app that identifies about 400 weeds. 

Hickman High student hit by driver

A Hickman High School student crossing Providence Road was struck by a vehicle Thursday morning. The student was not seriously injured.

McCaskill petition urges NRA to come to the table

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said in a news release Thursday the right to own guns isn't the issue. She says what's needed are "commonsense laws that respect that right but prevent the mass slaughter of innocent Americans."