City Council, mayoral candidates discuss youth violence, solutions at forum

Around 40 attendees gathered to hear the candidates address how they would lower unemployment, reduce youth violence and enhance youth development.

Local collector puts bottled water to the test

 Starting in the 1980s, John O'Connor began collecting and testing bottled water. He ended up compiling a collection that contained between 200 and 300 bottles. Some of the collection is now on display at the University of California at Davis.


ROSE NOLEN: Veterans' medical needs underserved

We can’t allow our wounded children to sit round and suffer, waiting until we get the money to treat them.

Missouri sprinter looks forward to outdoor season after successful winter

Tigers freshman Markesh Woodson earned All-American honors in the 60-meter dash at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships earlier this month. But he says he has not begun to meet his own expectations.

Court might sidestep major ruling on gay marriage

Although polls show an increasing support in the country for gay marriage, the justices cautioned against a broad ruling on such a new issue.

Study: Health overhaul to raise claims cost 32 percent

While some states will see medical claims costs per person decline, the report concluded the overwhelming majority will see double-digit increases in their individual health insurance markets, where people purchase coverage directly from insurers. The administration questions the design of the study, saying it focused only on one piece of the puzzle and ignored cost relief strategies.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Weitkemper backs positions with data, facts

The other candidates have not demonstrated very specific knowledge of city government. That should raise a big red flag to anyone who cares about effective representation and efficient governance.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thomas will bring informed voice to council

Ian Thomas supports job growth and public safety. He has fresh ideas and takes a long view on infrastructure questions that involve transportation.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thomas brings necessary qualities to public office

Ian Thomas is familiar with causes of concern to the city and has proven fiscal responsibility with public money.

Missouri softball team improves in one national poll despite slow week

In the two games the Tigers were able to play this past week, it scored 24 runs against Georgia Tech.

Robert Morris Crisler, Jan. 5, 1921 — March 23, 2013

After serving in the North African Campaign and the Italian Campaign as a member of the 88th Division, he separated from the military in February 1946 as a first lieutenant and received a Purple Heart with one oak leaf. In 1950 he was recalled for the Korean Conflict, assigned to the Pentagon and worked for the CIA as an intelligence officer.

Elizabeth Phillippe, May 8, 1925 — March 23, 2013

Elizabeth Phillippe, May 8, 1925 — March 23, 2013

Obama gives Secret Service its first female director

Julia Pierson, who most recently served as the agency's chief of staff, will take over from Mark Sullivan, who announced his retirement last month.

Paul Krusekopf, Nov. 14, 1927 — March 24, 2013

Paul Krusekopf served executive officer of USAID Missions in Bolivia, Indonesia, Laos and Liberia.

Paul Krusekopf served as executive director of USAID missions in Bolivia, Indonesia, Laos and Liberia

Paul Krusekopf, formerly of Columbia, served as executive director of USAID missions in Bolivia, Indonesia, Laos and Liberia

Columbia man pleads guilty in child pornography case

On Tuesday, Patrick Jesse Drury pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a minor and possession of child pornography. He faces a minimum sentence of 15 years on both felony counts.


FROM READERS: Stephens College Children's School welcomes education majors into the classroom

Lindsey Clifton discusses the Stephens College Children's School's cluster plan, which welcomes Stephens education majors into their classrooms.

Missouri lawmakers press on scanning documents for driver's licenses

Under a new process local license office clerks scan applicant's personal documents. Officials with the state Department of Revenue say the scanned documents are reained by the state and other information is forwarded to a contractor who makes the driver's licenses.

Missouri men's golfers fourth at South Carolina tournament

The Missouri men's golf team  finished fourth at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate on Tuesday afternoon in Awendaw, S.C.