Lofts at 308 Ninth rent to eight businesses

Eight businesses have committed to occupy the commercial space beneath Lofts on 308 Ninth, a new residential development on South Ninth Street. These businesses include Subway, I-TAP, Varsity Nails and Blenders.

Eight businesses will be renting space in Lofts on 308 Ninth. Businesses include International Tap House, a bar; Blenders, a local smoothie company; Tiger Credit Union; Varsity Nails; a Chinese restaurant; and a Subway sandwich restaurant

Airport Advisory Board discusses buying land for runway extension

The Columbia Regional Airport's runways must be lengthened and improved for service and safety reasons, said Gregory Cecil, chairman of the Airport Advisory Board.

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

An autopsy conducted Wednesday did not reveal any definitive cause of death, according to the Madison County coroner.

Extraordinary snowfall needed to relieve drought, but it's not likely

Despite getting some big storms last month, much of the U.S. is still desperate for relief from the nation's longest dry spell in decades. And experts say it will take an absurd amount of snow to ease the woes of farmers and ranchers.

Wolfe announces administrative changes for UM System

The office of vice president of academic affairs will be merged with the vice president of research and economic development. Strategic communications and government relations will be combined into a department called university relations.

Hickman girls basketball rolls to 11th win

Hickman girls basketball team rolled to a 48-27 win over St. Joseph Benton on Wednesday.

ANALYSIS: Cliff deal is another pain-free punt

The deal reached between Obama and congressional Republicans continues to let Americans enjoy relatively high levels of government service at low levels of taxation.

MU Center for Agroforestry to host weather disaster symposium

The MU Center for Agroforestry will hold a symposium about understanding and adapting to extreme weather events.

J. KARL MILLER: Things we can do without in 2013

The columnist's pet peeves include ads from ambulance-chasing attorneys, TV commercials promising relief from debt, strident global-warming declarations and the behavior of bicyclists who believe they are exempt from traffic lights.

DAVID ROSMAN: Who's to blame for the fools on the hill?

Our lawmakers in Washington and Jefferson City are putting more effort into distracting us from our real problems than solving them.

Dwayne White was passionate about blues and gospel

Dwayne White was a light-hearted man who loved to sing and dance to music by Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin. 

Lorna Perez loved family, gardening and her Filipino heritage

Lorna Grace Navarrez Perez died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. She dedicated her life to family, children and the Filipino community. 

Cole Patrick, March 16, 1994 — Dec. 28, 2012, of St. Joseph

Cole Patrick was pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia in preparation for Medical School.

Dwayne White, Dec. 19, 2012, of Columbia

Dwayne White described as well-loved, happy-go-lucky person.

Lorna Perez, April 15, 1951 — Dec. 29, 2012, of Columbia

As a foster parent for more than 20 years, Lorna Grace Navarrez Perez dedicated her time to the lost youth in the Boone County area. She was also a founding member of the Filipino-American Cultural Society of Mid-Missouri.

FROM READERS: A snowy end to 2012

Missourian reader John Hall shares these photos of the snowfall and the city as he journeyed around Columbia on New Year's Eve.

New U.S. attorney confirmed for western Missouri

President Barack Obama nominated Angela Tammy Dickinson for the post in July. The nomination was one of dozens confirmed by the Senate on New Year's Day.

'Tennessee Waltz' singer Patti Page dies at 85

Patti Page died on New Year's Day in Encinitas, Calif., ending one of pop music's most diverse careers.

Report: Missouri loses $468M in online sales tax

The state misses the money in part because it hasn't signed onto a 1999 agreement to simplify and encourage voluntary collection of sales taxes by e-commerce retailers.

Economic slump likely to continue in Midwest

The overall economic index for the region improved to 49.5 in December, but despite  improvement from October and November, any score below 50 suggests the economy will contract in the coming months.