MU plant science professor wins $1 million grant

David G. Mendoza-Cozatl, center, shown with members of his lab, has received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to continue his research into the molecular transport of heavy metals in plants.

David Mendoza-Cozatl, a recent MU hire, was awarded a five-year, $1 million grant by the National Science Foundation to advance his work on plant nutrition.

Council candidates, 911 tax committee file finance reports 8 days before election

Mayor Bob McDavid leads all candidate fundraisers, while Citizens for Effective Emergency Response reports raising more than $17,000 to campaign for the 911 and emergency management sales tax.

Former drag racer builds custom motorcycles and trikes

Norm Wilding builds custom, show-quality motorcycles for clients across the country from his shop, Mid Missouri Motorcycle Customs.

Columbia skateboarders enjoy warmer early spring day

The high Thursday in Columbia was 60 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures in the upper 50s and lower 60s are expected Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with thunderstorms possible Saturday afternoon.

Boone County is drought-free; Columbia might record coldest March in 30 years

Temperatures have averaged 36.7 degrees this month, compared with an average of 43.6 degrees in the years since 1889. The last year the monthly average was that low was 1983.

DAVID ROSMAN: The spring trifecta — betting, voting and snowing

It's that time of the year when we place our bets on basketball teams and make choices at the polls. There will be winners and losers, but losses shouldn't be taken personally.

Work on Route Z near Battle High School scheduled to begin Tuesday

The overpass will be demolished on Wednesday and Thursday between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ian Thomas would commit to transparency

Ian Thomas would not be beholden to any special interest group, if elected.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thomas running for council for right reasons

Ian Thomas has worked tirelessly for the betterment of our community.

COMMENT: Defending the NCAA becoming difficult

According to a report in the Miami Herald, the University of Miami will accuse the NCAA of further misconduct later this week in an attempt to get the infractions case against the school dismissed.

Missouri diver third in 1-meter event at NCAA meet

The Tigers' David Bonuchi placed third in the 1-meter springboard event Thursday at NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis to earn All-America honors for the sixth time.

Suspect promptly caught after Wednesday robbery in downtown Columbia

A suspect in an assault and robbery Wednesday night outside The Blue Fugue  was apprehended by police just blocks from the scene. 

Suspect still at large in Fastlane 66 robbery

An unarmed robbery occurred this morning at the 1013 West Blvd. N. Fastlane 66, according to police. The robber got away with an undisclosed amount of money and has yet to be identified. 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Marine veteran Karl Skala focuses on mission, task

Karl Skala is a progressive thinking about updating development plans and zoning regulations, which include requiring developers to pay for road and sidewalk improvements.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Sid Sullivan brings talent, experience

Sid Sullivan has a high level of interest in keeping Columbia on track to remain a great place for all to live.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Karl Skala addresses unmet needs

If elected, Karl Skala will push for developers to pay their fair share for needs created by the developments, such as roads and sewers, rather than placing an unfair burden on taxpayers.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Sid Sullivan is dedicated, involved

Sid Sullivan will bring a data-driven, planned-growth approach to city governing, ensuring that Columbia remains and outstanding city for everyone well into the future.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Karl Skala is dedicated, experienced

Karl Skala has the experience and has proven his willingness to serve Third Ward on City Council.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Columbia needs a change with Sid Sullivan as mayor

Sid Sullivan, candidate for mayor, has the knowledge and commitment to listen to and be inclusive in addressing the needs of Columbia.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Skala is known for efforts, commitment to all citizens

Karl Skala has an exemplary record of public service in Columbia.