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.

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.