FROM READERS: Business owner celebrates Columbia's economic climate

While I certainly hope to find personal success here, I’m proud to be part of a community that itself has been so successful in the last decade.

Arthur C. Ausherman loved gardening, volunteering

Arthur Clyde Ausherman died Thursday, Feb. 14. He was 99.

Arthur C. Ausherman, Oct. 22, 1913 — Feb. 14, 2013, of Columbia

Columbia's student-run space simulation program celebrates 25 years

This year marked the 25th mission of the Columbia Aeronautics and Space Association. Held Feb. 4 to 9 and dubbed "Mission 2513: Infinite Curiosity," it was based on NASA’s exploration of Mars.  

States' choices on Obama's health overhaul set up national experiment

The Affordable Care Act is unfolding as an experiment to decide whether the states or the federal government will do a better job getting uninsured people covered. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Government needs to reauthorize Violence Against Women act

The reauthorization bill offers needed expanded protections for gay people, undocumented immigrants and Native American women who suffer from domestic abuse.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Obama links solutions to more spending

In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama said, "We can't cut our way to prosperity." However, we can't spent our way to prosperity either.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Give grading 'E' for effort

Giving schools grades on things such as dropout rates is a starting point to make a complicated ranking system understandable for parents.

MU religious holiday guide intended to inform, not inflame

A story on the Fox News website asserted that MU treats Wiccan and pagan celebrations the same as mainstream holidays. An MU spokesman said it's not true.

THE WEEK IN JEFFERSON CITY: House passes voter ID requirement

This week, the state House of Representatives passed a proposal requiring Missouri voters to bring government-issued photo identification to vote, and Gov. Jay Nixon's Medicaid expansion plan was left out of the 2014 House budget.

Search halted for MU position sought by Larry James

Two candidates, including former military psychologist Larry James, were finalists for the position. The other candidate was Matthew Burns of the University of Minnesota.

Hickman, Rock Bridge wrestlers support each other at state tournament

Despite the fierce rivalry between Rock Bridge and Hickman athletics, wrestlers from both schools have supported each other at the state tournament this weekend.

Onslaught of 3-pointers leads Rock Bridge past Rockhurst

The Bruins hit 15 3-pointers en route to a 79-47 victory against Rockhurst at home Friday night.

Hickman girls basketball falls to St. Joseph's Academy

Hickman lost Friday night to snap their six-game winning streak but gained experience against elite competition. 

Missouri baseball opens season with road loss

Missouri starter Rob Zastryzny struggled in his first career opening day start as the Tigers dropped the first of three games against Southern Mississippi. 

Third and Fourth Ward candidates discuss 911 tax, rezoning

City Council candidates discussed city plan implementation, the 911 tax and historic preservation at a forum Friday afternoon.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri appoints new executive director

The newly appointed director said her top priority in the next year will be opening the organization's new house.

McCaskill advocates for Violence Against Women Act during Columbia visit

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill made a case for the Violence Against Women Act during a news conference at Boone County Courthouse on Friday afternoon.

District brings Blues in the Schools to Columbia fourth-graders

The district has added the program its fourth-grade classes. It is supported locally by the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Foundation.

Missouri law lags behind risks of distracted driving

Distracted driving has become a bigger risk, but enforcement of safe driving in Missouri has not kept pace. Few drivers have been ticketed for texting behind the wheel, and even fewer have been charged in criminal cases.