UPDATE: Activists urge longer look at Ameren Missouri's nuclear plant renewal

Only four members of the public showed up to a meeting to talk about Ameren Missouri's request for a 20-year license renewal at the Callaway County nuclear power plant.

Inaugural MU Christopher S. Bond Distinguished Lecture features panel on worldwide food security

The panel, moderated by Kit Bond, included Dino Patti Djalal, Indonesian ambassador to the United States; Roger Beachy, president emeritus of the Danforth Plant Science Center; and MU Chancellor Brady Deaton.

Suspect in Kansas killing found Tuesday in Douglass Park

Nathan Darrell Whitney, 27, is being held Wednesday in Boone County Jail on $25,000 bond.

MU aims to reduce emissions by 30 percent

A new wood-burning boiler and solar panels at the MU Power Plant might help the university meet its goal by 2016.

Fans gather to support Missouri men's basketball team

A crowd of 150 fans showed up at Mizzou Arena to send off the team to its first game in the NCAA Tournament in Omaha, Neb.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Police should focus less on giving MIP citations

The Columbia Police Department is putting its efforts toward the unattainable goal of eliminating underage drinking rather than focusing on more pressing problems in the community.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Barbara Hoppe cares about Columbia, not just Sixth Ward

Columbia residents Diane Booth and Jeanne Sebaugh share their endorsement of Barbara Hoppe.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Cursive writing shouldn't be lost in education

"Digital era" learning is emphasizing typing while placing cursive writing on the back burner. The state needs to incorporate cursive into the Common Core State Standards. 

Columbia School Board candidates discuss relationship of board to city government

The League of Women Voters hosted a forum, which allowed time for the audience to ask questions to the four Columbia School Board candidates. The candidates will be running for two open spots in the April 3 election.

Columbia College men's basketball wins NAIA tournament opener

The No. 15 seed Cougars (27-6) beat Montana State-Northern 58-52 on Wednesday night to advance to the second round.

Missouri wrestlers brace for NCAA Tournament

The wrestlering team has faced many obstacles this season, but coach Brian Smith said overcoming these challenges has prepared his team for the NCAA competition starting Thursday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.


Kansas wins Naismith Student Section of the Year Award

The Jayhawks won the Naismith Student Section of the Year Award, which comes with a $5,000 donation to the school's general scholarship fund. 

UPDATE: White House adviser tours city energy plant, meets with MU students

The chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality visited the city's Biogas Energy Plant and held a question-and-answer session with MU students. 

FROM READERS: It's what time of year?

With the warm weather comes an early spring sunrise and blooming flowers.

Betty N. Workman worked at The Downtowner for more than 15 years

Betty N. Workman, Feb. 28, 1924 — March 14, 2012, of Columbia

IN HEADLINES TODAY: Occupy the Midwest set for St. Louis; Swiss bus crash

Among today's top stories: The Occupy the Midwest conference is scheduled to begin Thursday in St. Louis. A bus crash in Switzerland killed 28 people, including 22 children.

FROM READERS: Columbia school teams bring home state chess trophies

Students competed in the Missouri State Scholastic Chess Championship Saturday in Jefferson City, taking home individual and team trophies.

White House adviser tours city energy plant at landfill

The president's principal environmental policy adviser, Nancy Sutley, visited Columbia's Biogas Energy Plant on Wednesday. Sutley is touring the country to talk with municipal leaders about their efforts in generating renewable energy.

Federal administration to investigate construction worker's 30-foot fall

The man fell from the Brookside on College construction site Tuesday afternoon and suffered life-threatening injuries.