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Janet Thompson sworn in as new Boone County commissioner

Boone County Commissioners Janet Thompson and Karen Miller were sworn in to office at a ceremony Tuesday at the Boone County Government Center.

Janet Thompson was the only new face in the group in a ceremony at the Boone County Government Center. Seven other county officials were sworn in by County Clerk Wendy Noren.

Columbia residents start 2013 with Happy New U workouts

The fifth annual Happy New U, a free fitness event on New Year's Day, drew more than 150 people to the Activity and Recreation Center.

ROSE NOLEN: Many are already off the fiscal cliff

I think I went off the fiscal cliff shortly after 9/11, and I don’t think I ever got back on. The two big wars were enough to keep me struggling just to keep my feet on the ground.

In First Day Hikes, a chilly start to 2013

Hikes Tuesday at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park were part of the First Day Hikes program, which encourages people to start the new year at one of the nation's state parks.

Laundry fire damages northeast Columbia duplex

The fire caused no injuries but left the residence uninhabitable.

Motorist hits man in wheelchair in downtown Columbia

The man, who was not seriously injured, was taken by ambulance to University Hospital.

Columbia man injured in accident on Interstate 70

Gregory Kirchhofer was taken by ambulance to University Hospital after the accident Monday evening.

Congress staves off 'fiscal cliff' tax hikes, spending cuts

In addition to neutralizing middle-class tax increases and spending cuts taking effect with the new year, the legislation will raise tax rates on incomes over $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples.

Brain image study: Fructose may spur overeating

After someone drinks a fructose beverage, the brain doesn't register the feeling of being full as it does when simple glucose is consumed, researchers found.

Sandy Hook students, teachers head back to school this week

Classes are starting Thursday at a repurposed school in the neighboring town of Monroe. Families have been coming in to see the new school, and an open house is scheduled for Wednesday.

Asthma rates high in St. Louis city, county

Advocates with the St. Louis chapter of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America are pushing for more services to be covered under Medicaid.

Families sue St. Joseph in Missouri solar panel dispute

Two families contend that their solar panels are allowed under state regulations that trump a local ordinance. A city official says the more restrictive rule might apply.

 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A watershed year? Maybe not, but minds are swinging open

It is customary at this time of year to bemoan the 12 months just past and look forward to a happier New Year. But it must be said that in some ways, the planet and its people were better off in 2012 than they have been in centuries.

India paying welfare directly, aiming to end fraud

The program inaugurated Tuesday would see welfare money directly deposited into recipients' bank accounts and require them to prove their identity with biometric data.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: In Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, a true hero

It's difficult to overstate Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf's importance to modern U.S. military history. The military hero of the Gulf War spent his twilight years helping children and charities.

UPDATE: House to vote on 'fiscal cliff' bill approved by Senate

The Senate-approved compromise to avert the "fiscal cliff" ran headlong into opposition earlier in the day from the No. 2 House Republican and other GOP lawmakers Tuesday.

UPDATE: Fall did not cause Michael Heney's death, coroner says

Cole Patrick, an MU freshman from St. Joseph, died in a vehicle crash Friday. Michael Heney, an MU junior from Chesterfield, died from a head injury New Year's Eve at a home in Edwardsville, Ill., according to KMOX.

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