Experts offer advice on how to discuss traumatic events with children

Experts recommend using simple language, figuring out what a child already knows and and making sure a child doesn't get overwhelmed with information, among other things.

Statement by President Obama on the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

President Barack Obama addressed the shooting in Connecticut, saying that the nation needs to "take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics."

Obama calls for 'meaningful action' after shooting

The president has ordered that U.S. flags be flown at half-staff on public grounds through Tuesday.

'On a Night in Bethlehem' returns to Centralia's town square Saturday night

For the second year, eight Centralia churches will stage a recreation of the Christmas story in tableaux around the city's square.

Columbia Public Schools have safety procedures in place for emergencies and crises

All schools in the district practice lockdown drills regularly, and all staff and faculty have had active shooter training.

Columbia Public Schools audit shows one mistake

The school district's finances earned two awards this past fiscal year. However, an audit of those finances showed a mistake had been made.

FROM READERS: For the love of dogs

Randee Shenkel fosters dogs for Columbia Second Chance. She shares why she fosters and how the dogs have changed her life.

Court-ordered program works to educate theft offenders

STOP, a court-ordered program founded in 2003, tries to educate people who steal about the consequences of theft to prevent recidivism. The meeting are structured as a dialogue between the participants and officers.

Rock Bridge freshmen girls swimmers start season strong

Bruins freshmen Kelley Tackett and Katy Lydon made a splash at the team's first meet of the season last Saturday at Marquette High School in Chesterfield.

Columbia Chamber of Commerce selects Matt McCormick as new president

Matt McCormick will replace Don Laird as the president of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce in January or February 2013. Laird, who served as the chamber's president for 24 years, will retire in January 2013.

Hispanic Catholic community celebrates 'El Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe'

This week, the Hispanic Catholic community gathered at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 5 a.m. to celebrate "El Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe," or  the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Benton plans 'green' curriculum components after receiving grant

Benton Elementary will add a "green" science program after receiving a $12,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation. 

Rock Bridge girls basketball defeats Kansas high school Olathe Northwest

The Rock Bridge girls basketball team beat Olathe Northwest High School Friday evening 43-21.

Clayton Robert Hill loved singing, travel

Mr. Hill earned a bachelor's degree in industrial arts with a minor in mathematics from Southwest Missouri State in 1952 after graduating from Excelsior Springs High School.

Clayton Robert Hill September 19, 1929 — December 12, 2012

Clayton Robert Hill of Columbia died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012.

Hickman boys basketball eases past Wentzville Holt

Senior forward Cecil Williams lead Hickman in scoring with 18 points. Junior guard Chris Clark added another 13.

Police solve case of puppy dragged behind truck

Police say the driver of the truck, Victor Washington, did not see the pit bull puppy leashed to the back of his truck before he left for work on Nov. 20.

Judge denies ex-Mamtek CEO request to reduce bond

Bruce Cole has been in custody since his Sept. 18 arrest. He's being held in the Randolph County Jail in Huntsville, with a preliminary hearing set for Jan. 17.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Taxpayers become casualties of Kansas-Missouri border war

Tax incentives issued by Missouri and Kansas to businesses, designed to lure companies across state lines to improve job growth, are succeeding only in hurting those who pay their fair share.

St. Louis Art Museum expansion makes use of natural light

St. Louis Art Museum curators will start installing art in the new 200,000-square-foot expansion at the early next year; the public gets its first look during a two-day festival June 29-30.