Winds fan small fires in Boone County

With a multitude of fires occurring on a balmy first Friday in January, Gale Blomenkamp of the Boone County Fire Protection District offered some safety tips for people who decide to burn during the winter. 

Charges dropped against driver in fatal shooting

Prosecutor Mark Richardson said Thursday the charges were dropped because evidence in the case showed that a single shooter acted alone in the death.

Planning and Zoning Commission approves rezoning request

The Unity Center of Columbia asked for an exception to subdivision regulations so it wouldn't have to construct a sidewalk.

Missouri receives more disaster recovery money

A grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is helping to rebuild a Joplin hospital. The grant is one of many aimed at helping communities recover from last year's natural disasters.

UPDATE: Gov. Nixon says university borrowing plan 'off the table'

Nixon's administration had floated an idea that would have taken $106 million from the reserves of five of Missouri's largest universities to help fund the higher education operating budget for the 2013 fiscal year.

Twitter wars precede Missouri men's basketball game at Kansas State

As the Missouri men's basketball team prepared for Saturday's game at No. 23 Kansas State, Tigers junior guard Michael Dixon received hundreds of prank calls and texts messages from Wildcats fans on his cell phone.

Room at the Inn opens at new location after council approves zoning exception

The Room at the Inn started in 2009 and offers people who are homeless a place to stay overnight during January and February.

Joplin episode of 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' to air Jan. 13.

The series finale of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" centers on Joplin and will air on Jan. 13. "We hope the show is just a start of the rebuilding process," said senior producer Diane Korman.

Half of Joplin tornado-damaged homes being fixed

The rate of issuing building permits has remained steady, even after winter arrived.

Nixon says university borrowing plan 'off the table'

The governor said he would continue to look for ways to put money into classrooms, directing cuts toward the administration instead.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A session haunted by past and future

Initiatives by the Republican majority likely will be buffeted not only by past failures but by swelling partisanship in this election year. Expectations of accomplishments this session are low.

Lambert's concourse could reopen in April

Repairs from damage after a Good Friday tornado are being planned in concert with terminal renovations.

Slive expects "meaningful discussion" about BCS changes, including playoffs

The commissioner pushed for the so-called "plus-one model" in 2008, but there was not enough support for it among the other conference commissioners. He says this time around he's interested to hear his colleagues' ideas.


BCS title game proves SEC football like none other

For the first time under this format, two teams from the same league — heck, the same division — are facing off in a no-lose situation for the SEC.

Like magic, owls like Harry Potter's pet spotted across U.S.

A species of majestic, mostly white owls is being sighted in abundant numbers this winter far from its native Arctic habitat. Missouri and Kansas typically draw just a few snowy owls every three or four years, but reports this year have been widespread.

Nostalgia Shop reflects changes in trends, growth in friendship

Nostalgia Shop opened in 1977 in downtown Columbia, and 35 years later, George Liggett is still at it. A dig into the Missourian's archives around Halloween uncovered an amusing photo at the Nostalgia Shop from 1981. We followed up with Liggett and former co-owner Tim Flynn.

Hickman girls basketball advances to final at Rolla Tournament

The Hickman girls basketball team advanced to the championship of the Rolla Tournament on Thursday with a 46-37 semifinal victory against Sullivan.

Columbia girls program wins $10,000 grant from Pepsi

Pepsi Refresh Program gives $10,000 grant to Heart of Missouri Girls on the Run to expand its program.

Robbers involved in huge heist were victims, too

Only about half of the $6.6 million of the biggest heist ever in St. Louis has been tracked down, and it appears that all of the $1.3 million re-stolen portion remains missing.

Columbia man arrested on suspicion of felony stealing and forgery

A Columbia man was arrested on suspicion of forgery. More than $1,000 in checks were cashed from a roommate's stolen checkbook, police said.