Musical group prepares for First Night celebration

First Night is a family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration with music, art and traditional festivities.

YEAR IN REVIEW: Columbia's most-read stories in 2012

This year brought the first season of Southeastern Conference action as well as the presidential election, but the top story for Columbia readers wasn't directly related to either.

Winter weather advisory issued for New Year's Eve in mid-Missouri

The National Weather Service is predicting accumulation of 2 to 4 inches of snow in central and eastern Missouri on Monday.

In remembrance 2012: Those we lost in Columbia, Boone County

As a new year begins, we look back at hundreds of people in Columbia and Boone County who died in the past 12 months.

Columbia College men's basketball team remains undefeated

The Cougars finished the first undefeated non-conference schedule in program history with an 84-67 win over Culver-Stockton College Sunday.

Columbia women's basketball finishes tournament with win

The Cougars beat St. Gregory's University Sunday in the Cougars vs. Cancer Classic.

Porch fire causes minimal damage to Boone County home

Hearing her infant son on a baby monitor, Jennifer Whithaus aimed her cigarette for a bucket and returned inside but later discovered her porch in flames.

Marcia Easley, 69, loved quilting, making things for others

Marcia Easley, who at one time worked at the Missouri School of Journalism, found time for many hobbies, including quilt-making, dancing and gardening.

Senate leaders offer dour take on 'cliff' talks

Republicans withdrew a long-discussed proposal to slow future cost-of-living increases for Social Security recipients as part of a compromise to avoid the cliff.

Cellphone cameras a growing problem in Missouri courtrooms

Court officials worry that cameras in phones could be used to threaten or intimidate jurors or witnesses in criminal cases.

New year brings dime increase to Missouri minimum wage

Starting Wednesday, workers in Missouri will be paid at least $7.35 an hour, an increase above the federal rate of $7.25 because of inflation. A 2006 voter-approved law included an annual cost of living adjustment.

'Fiscal cliff' budget battle sends mixed signals on health care

The president's health care overhaul will add coverage for millions of currently uninsured people, but the medical industry also is facing higher taxes and a potential reduction in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements.

Lloyd Smith to seek 8th District nomination

The executive director of the Missouri Republican Party, who was also a former chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, announced his plan to seek the nomination on Friday.

Some North Kansas City school buses getting Wi-Fi

The North Kansas City School District is outfitting four buses that are used for longer trips by band members and sports teams with Wi-Fi.

Deal reached for stopping spike in milk prices

The top leaders in both parties on the House and Senate Agriculture committees have agreed to a one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill that expired in October.

St. Louis County makes $2M tax error

The county intends to recoup the fees in a surcharge attached to 2013 property tax bills.

Finding of barrels of waste outside St. Louis raises concerns

EPA spokesman Chris Whitley said the barrels posed no risk to nearby residents and showed no evidence of contaminating groundwater.

Columbia College men's basketball still undefeated

The Cougars defeated Indiana University South Bend 71-54 on the first day of the Cougars vs. Cancer Classic.

Columbia College women's basketball starts with win

The Cougars women's basketball team beats AIB College of Business (Iowa) 82-52 in the Cougars vs. Cancer Classic.

Rally falls short for Missouri women's basketball team at Memphis

The Missouri women's basketball team could not contain Memphis' Nicole Dickson in a 72-69 loss Saturday in the Tigers' first true road game of the season.