Carolers pass Santa hat to help Columbia family

Carolers gathered Thursday evening to raise money for a Columbia family who are struggling to pay medical and other bills.

Carolers gathered outside the Bappe home Thursday evening to sing songs and collect money for a family struggling with stacking medical bills. 

With pavilion stalled, Columbia Farmers' Market must renegotiate lease

The lease agreement that allows the Columbia Farmers' Market to use land near the Activity and Recreation Center ends May 1 if site development and construction on a permanent structure hasn’t begun.

Fifth-graders at Mill Creek Elementary celebrate holiday by giving

At their holiday party Friday afternoon, fifth-grade students at Mill Creek Elementary School donated and wrapped items for Room at the Inn, an overnight homeless shelter open in January and February.

Community Foundation of Central Missouri exceeds $2 million in assets

By putting nonprofits' funds in investments such as stocks, bonds and real estate, the Community Foundation of Central Missouri exceeded $2 million in assets for the first time since it was established in 2010.

Missouri men's basketball team braces for Braggin' Rights game

On Saturday No. 12 Missouri (9-1) takes on No. 10 Illinois (12-0), which is led by first-year head coach John Groce and two veteran guards, seniors Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson.

Donors pledge $6.4 million for Missouri athletics scholarships

The donors, who wished to remain anonymous, have pledged the donation to the Tiger Scholarship Fund over the next 10 years, beginning in 2013, according to a news release Friday.

GUEST COMMENTARY: We must improve programs to help the mentally ill

We must have a comprehensive conversation about the way Washington funds federal programs that treat mental illness.

Chamber of Commerce bids goodbye to outgoing president

Friends and colleagues helped Don Laird celebrate his contributions to the Chamber of Commerce at a reception in his honor.

Overnight fire destroys audio store

Fire crews responded to a commercial structure fire that damaged Sound Performance on Thursday night. Although it is too early to tell, estimated damage could exceed $300,000.

Braggin' Rights atmosphere new to many on Missouri men's basketball team

With the No. 12 Tigers' game against No. 10 Illinois being played at a neutral site Saturday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, there will be constant cheering no matter which side is doing well.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Lives lost are price of our continuing gun culture

The experts generally seem to agree on a few steps that would make a difference, but they’re also in agreement that rampages such as the ones at Sandy Hook Elementary, Columbine or Virginia Tech probably can’t be prevented altogether.

7 Columbia hotels, motels upgrade alarm systems to meet fire code

The seven hotels and motels that did not meet the city's fire alarm system requirements are now up to code after installing new fire alarm systems and manual fire alarm pull stations.

Police respond to Petro Mart robbery Friday morning

A robber armed with a knife demanded money from two clerks and left the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash early Friday morning, police reported.

NRA calls for armed police officer in every school

The group's top lobbyist, Wayne LaPierre, said, "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." He blamed video games, movies and music videos for exposing children to a violent culture day in and day out.

Gun control debate heating up in statehouses

The question is whether public outrage after the slayings of 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., will produce a meaningful difference in the rules for how Americans buy and use guns.

Missouri population growth rate lags behind nation

Among neighboring states, Missouri's population rate grew at a faster rate than only that of Illinois.


Missouri deer tests positive for wasting disease

The state conservation department says it collected 1,700 tissue samples from deer harvested this fall. Of the 800 test results so far, one has tested positive.