UPDATE: Missouri bill that would raise seat belt fines gains support

Democratic Sen. Joe Keaveny wants to increase the fine from $10 to $50 for people caught not wearing seat belts in vehicles.

UMKC assistant professor picked to help study universe

Assistant professor of physics and astronomy Mark Brodwin is one of 29 new members who will join 14 U.S. scientists working on the Euclid mission.

NCAA selection chairman content with 68 teams

Mike Bobinski, chairman of the NCAA, said he is content with having 68 teams in March Madness.

UPDATE: Missouri House panel considers medical liability limits

A 2005 law had capped noneconomic damages at $350,000 and was part of a broader effort to curb liability lawsuits. The Supreme Court ruled this past summer that the cap was unconstitutional.

Civil trial in failed Mamtek sweetener plant delayed

Judge Dennis Dow on Tuesday postponed the trial, which was set to begin Feb. 25.

St. Louis developer asks for tax credit extension

The land assemblage tax credit is used to buy and maintain parcels of land in blighted parts of north St. Louis City.

Rogue ex-LAPD officer believed dead after standoff

The search ended abruptly Tuesday when a man believed to be Christopher Dorner bolted from hiding, stole two cars, barricaded himself in a vacant cabin and mounted a last stand in a furious shootout.

$2.7 million suit alleges gun-rights violations in Boone County

Two father and son pairs allege abuses of powers and name the city, county, Columbia police and Boone County prosecutors among the defendants. Stephen Wyse is representing both parties in the lawsuit.

UM System President Tim Wolfe reflects on his first year

UM System President Tim Wolfe touched on campus strategic plans, growth in online learning and the lessons he's learned in the past year.

Common Core brings new technology, library curriculum

Columbia Public Schools is working to make sure schools have the right technology to test students under new academic standards. Meanwhile, media specialists are working to tweak their curriculum.

DAVID WEBBER: Experienced residents stimulate discussion about America's decline

A combination of rising consumer debt and a bleak economic future is creating a growing perception that America is at risk of losing its superpower status. But America is not necessarily worse than in the 1950s. The media over time has created a false sense of a normal socioeconomic status.




Board of Adjustment agrees to give North Central distillery a shot

The Board of Adjustment voted unanimously Tuesday to issue a conditional use permit that will allow the operation of a micro distillery in North Central Columbia.

Panelists discuss gun control, school safety with Hickman students, community

At Speak Your Mind, a forum hosted by Hickman High School, students and a group of panelists discussed violence in schools and gun control. 

Construction of academy rides on rezoning

Two properties on the Stephens College campus could be rezoned for office purposes.

Missouri men's basketball team still stumped by road games

The Tigers are 0-5 on the road, even after injury issues have faded, and 14-0 at home.

MU professor calls North Korean nuclear test 'long-term concern'

Sudarshan Loyalka, curators' professor of nuclear engineering at the MU Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute, answered the Missourian's questions about the latest move by North Korea's new leader, Kim Jong-un.

House committee approves bill to protect modern agricultural practices

The resolution would ensure that no law could be enacted in Missouri that would abridge "the right of farmers and ranchers to employ modern farming technology and modern livestock production and ranching practices."

FROM READERS: Bald eagles at Twin Lakes Park

Ricardo Restrepo shares pictures he took of bald eagles flying around the MKT Nature and Fitness Trail and Twin Lakes Park.

ROSE NOLEN: Remember those who fought for our voting rights

With voting rights legislation making headlines once again, we cannot forget the struggle it took to get us where we are.

Former Columbia police officer Rob Sanders gets dog Fano back

The Clarence Police Department said Fano was too aggressive for its purposes.