Boone County legislators outline goals for the 2013 session

John Wright and the two returning Democrats in the House, Rep. Stephen Webber, D-Columbia, and Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, seem aligned with the party's agenda, which is targeting Medicaid expansion under Gov. Jay Nixon's oversight. The two Republicans, Rowden and Rep. Caleb Jones, R-California, join their colleagues in looking for ways to be business-friendly and improve education.


UPDATE: GOP-led legislature pledges to cut taxes, increase business opportunities

In all, there will be 12 state senators and 56 state House members who last year were not serving in their current legislative chamber.

Otts use tax credits, savvy to restore vitality to Columbia buildings

Business owners say preservationist John Ott is a visionary landlord unafraid to get his hands dirty.

Room at the Inn provides warm, safe place for homeless

Room at the Inn, a severe weather homeless shelter, reopened at a new location on Wilkes Boulevard on the first of the year. It operates from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. until Feb. 28.

FROM READERS: Francis Quadrangle represents a remarkable container of community

Missourian reader W. Arthur Mehrhoff, of the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology, says during tragedy and triumph, Francis Quadrangle has served as a setting "for the entire human drama."

Abu Ghraib figure Larry James is finalist for MU position

Larry James is a finalist for a position with the MU College of Education. James' tenure at Abu Ghraib prison and the Guantánamo Bay interrogation and detention center are at the center of an international human rights violations debate.

Missouri men's basketball team faces more physical challenges ahead

As Southeastern Conference play continues, the Tigers will get a taste of an aggressive and athletic brand of SEC basketball.

Flu vaccination could prove more important this year

The positive news is that the flu vaccine this year is a good match to the flu viruses circulating and can prevent the illness or shorten its duration.

Three-way race in place for mayor as filing period closes

Sam Allison, a former county recorder and County Council member in Bloomington, Ind., has joined the race for mayor. Allison will run against Mayor Bob McDavid and Sid Sullivan in the April 2 municipal election.

Laurence Bowers to miss two games with Missouri men's basketball team

Senior forward Laurence Bowers sprained the MCL in his right knee Tuesday in the second half of the game against Alabama.

Boonville now owns former Union Pacific bridge

City officials are already discussing plans for redevelopment of the bridge, which was built in 1931.

DAVID ROSMAN: Missourians deserve better from our legislators

Imagine: Missouri with a healthy and well educated work force, with our K-12 and universities properly funded and being known as a state that takes care of our own. Isn't that the goal?

Missouri women's basketball faces another tough road test at No. 9 Tennessee

After earning its first Southeastern Conference win against Auburn, the Tigers are set to travel to Tennessee to face the most decorated team in NCAA women's basketball.

Kenneth Cook enjoyed nature and being around groups of people

Mr. Cook and his wife Katfish Katy's in Huntsdale.

Earl James Miles, March 23, 1918 — Jan. 1, 2013

Mr. Miles also was active in the development and construction of Miles Manor, the first subdivision in Columbia to focus on African American home ownership.

Third Thai restaurant opens in downtown Columbia

Thip Thai Cuisine at 904 E. Broadway opened Monday under chef Kittikoon Chompupong, a native of Bangkok.

$65,000 grant to help youths with disabilities find jobs

The Show-Me-Careers program is meant to help youth transition from school to the workplace.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Licensing boards ignore alleged torture cases

The state licensing bureaus for both the lawyers and the psychologists who enabled the torture are unwilling to look at these matters.

UPDATE: Supreme Court to weigh warrantless blood tests in DUI cases

The justices appeared to struggle with whether the dissipation of alcohol in the blood over time is reason enough for police to call for a blood test without first getting a warrant.

UPDATE: Missouri finances to take hit from higher federal tax

Budget director Linda Leubbering says the reduced revenue should not come as a surprise to state officials.