Following outcry, Columbia School Board concedes proposal for start times must change

Proposed changes to school start times were discussed Monday at a Columbia School Board meeting. Under the proposal, the school day would go from 7:20 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for high school students, 8:10 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. for middle school students and 9:10 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. for elementary school students.

The board will vote on school start times in February. A schedule with middle schools first, high schools second and elementary schools last seems likely after Monday's meeting.

Inspired by mission trip to Africa, MU student starts her own business

Christen Edmonds started a headband business called Bandiez Couture to raise money to return to Swaziland for mission trips.

Fifth Ward candidates discuss snow, airport upgrades and crime at forum

The three candidates address crime, snow removal and airport issues at third forum of special election campaign season.

McDavid campaign site redirected to Keep Columbia Free

The address for the incumbent mayor's website was leased by an anonymous entity and redirected on Saturday.

AP source: Armstrong tells Oprah he doped

Lance Armstrong was stripped of all seven Tour titles last year following a voluminous U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report that portrayed him as a ruthless competitor, willing to go to any lengths to win the prestigious race.

Columbia pharmacists see increased interest in flu vaccine

As Boone County sees an increase in the number of individuals interested in flu vaccine, local pharmacists cater to demand.

NCAA allegations of Haith's time at Miami could be made public soon

At a Monday press conference, Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith addressed potential formal allegations by the NCAA during his time at the University of Miami.

Missouri men's basketball drops to No. 17 in AP rankings

Missouri is no longer the highest ranked team in the SEC with Florida jumping to No. 10.

Missouri women's basketball looking forward to much-needed week off

Although the Missouri women's basketball team is off to a 1-3 conference start, all three of its losses have come against top-25 teams. With a week off followed by games against Ole Miss and Arkansas, the team has an opportunity to get back on track.

UPDATE: Nixon sworn in, calls for cooperation in inaugural speech

The Democratic governor will be working with Missouri's largest Republican legislative majorities since the Civil War era. Nixon said today's partisan tensions don't even come close to what existed during that time.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: District website gives access to testing calendar, assessment plan

Columbia Public Schools standardized testing schedule shows each test that students K-12 take during a given year, when the tests are, what grades they apply to and what subjects they are for.

ArtTalk: Artrageous Fridays offer a window into the Columbia arts scene

Reader Scott Wilson invites you to the first Artrageous Friday event of 2013, in downtown Columbia on Jan. 18.

Armed man robs Petro Mart early Monday morning

Police say the man demanded money and left the business. No one was injured during the incident.

Missouri inaugural features full day of events

Jay Nixon, a Democrat, is to be inaugurated at noon Monday as just the fourth governor in Missouri history to be elected to consecutive terms.

Hickman boys basketball wins opening game of tournament

The Hickman boys basketball team beat Ruskin 63-44 on Monday in the Kewpies' opening game at the Lee's Summit tournament.

5 Rock Bridge wrestlers finish in top 8 at St. Charles Western tournament

Junior Sam Crane finished first in his division and was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler.

Text of Nixon's inaugural speech

The governor was sworn in on Monday.

UM System wants research sharing between campuses

An interdisciplinary intercampus research program fund is temporary until system officials see if it is successful.

2012 military suicides hit a record high of 349

The number of suicides exceeds the 295 Americans who died in Afghanistan last year, by the AP's count.

Obama demands quick action to raise debt limit

Lawmakers face three distinct deadlines before April 1. The debt limit must be raised to prevent a default, a series of across-the-board spending cuts is to kick in on March 1, and funding for most government programs will run out on March 27.