Questions surround process for replacing lieutenant governor

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is seeking the Republican nomination to replace U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, who is resigning from Congress.

Students angry with proposed school start times protest on social media

High school students are voicing their opinions on social media about the proposed 7:20 a.m. school start times.

Lee Elementary wants to follow Ridgeway Elementary as autonomous school

Lee wants to formalize its schoolwide incorporation of art into all classroom subjects. Ridgeway is in its first year as Columbia’s first autonomous school.

Fifth Ward City Council candidates report campaign contributions to Missouri Ethics Commission

Campaign finance reports filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission show breadth of candidates' networks.


Local nonprofits struggle to cope with loss of United Way funding

Three local organizations that lost out when the United Way changed its funding model are struggling to make up for the lost revenue.

Fifth Ward City Council candidates address downtown planning, city transportation

Downtown and citywide planning and the city bus system were among the topics discussed during the luncheon.

Local representatives assigned to committees

Two Boone County representatives will serve on the House Higher Education Committee this session, while the county's lone senator will retain his spot as chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

DEAR READER: Finding the story behind an MU job candidate with ties to Abu Ghraib

An email from a retired MU professor prompted the first article written by the Missourian, and that article will be followed up on.

Autonomous schools can tailor seven components

Lee Elementary would be able to tailor its curriculum, governance and scheduling, among other factors, to create a particular learning environment.

Missouri men's basketball faces talented Ole Miss without Bowers

Several Tigers players will have expanded roles in the wake of senior Laurence Bowers' MCL sprain that will force him to miss at least two games.

PHOTO GALLERY: Weather makes for a rainy, foggy day

Columbia had the most rain of the New Year on Thursday.

FROM READERS: Sixth-grader wins national art contest

Preston Martin, 11, of Gentry Middle School, won a creative contest through Scholastic Book Club, scoring prizes for both himself and his school.

Donna Louise Koch was reporter and teacher

Donna Louise Koch, of Columbia, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. She was 70.

Mary 'Lou' Starrett Ashley loved the arts, traveling

Mary "Lou" Starrett Ashley died Wednesday, Jan. 9. She was 84 years old.

Donna Louise Koch, Aug. 9, 1942 — Jan. 7, 2013, of Columbia

Donna Louise Koch, 70, of Columbia, passed away Monday, January 7, 2013 at Columbia Manor.

Mary 'Lou' Starrett Ashley, June 5, 1928 — Jan. 9, 2013, of Columbia

Mary “Lou” Starrett Ashley, 84, born June 5, 1928, to James Conrad and Elizabeth (Dunscomb) Starrett, died January 9, 2013.

Mo. auditor confirms insolvency of Second Injury Fund

State Auditor Tom Schweichsaid Friday that Missouri's Second Injury Fund had barely $3 million as of the end of 2012 but had unpaid obligations of $28 million.

Missouri House Democrats ban smoking in their offices

Smoking is barred in the House chamber and public galleries. It has been permitted in lawmakers' private offices.

Technology used for stalking creates conundrum

Numbers from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that nearly 40 percent of female stalking victims, and more than 30 percent of male stalking victims, report being watched or followed by some sort of device.

Missouri Catholic church laments theft of relics

The items were present in the church around the time of Christmas Masses, but cleaning crews noticed they were missing on Jan. 4.