LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Columbia needs independent, thoughtful leader

Having a forward-thinking, supportive and responsive City Council representative for your ward is a great asset, but what you also need is an independent and thoughtful leader at the top, like how Sid Sullivan would be as our next mayor.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Census data provides city demographic data

You can access data from the 2010 census to see how Columbia's population breaks down across demographic lines.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Budget debate needs reframing

Big corporations have used their lobbyists and campaign contributions to rig the tax system in their favor, with some profitable corporations paying no taxes at all. But who’s investing in us?

FROM READERS: Stephens College costume gallery displays fashion evolution

From daytime suits to wedding dresses, take a look at spring women's fashions going back to 1947 in an exhibit at Stephens College's Lela Raney Wood Hall.

Cardinals can't contain Diamondbacks in season opener

The Arizona Diamondbacks used 15 hits to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 in their season opener Monday night in Phoenix.

Royals drop season opener to White Sox

Chris Sale outpitched James Shields, Tyler Flowers homered and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 1-0 in the season opener on Monday.

Mexican drug cartels dispatch agents deep inside U.S.

In 2011, more than 1,000 communities reported some type of cartel presence as the Mexican drug cartels move their own people deeper into the American interior. They bring with them violence and increased criminal activity such as prostitution and money laundering. 

Blues beat Wild to end three-game losing streak

Jaden Schwartz and Andy McDonald each had a goal and an assist, Brian Elliott stepped in and made 19 saves, and the St. Louis Blues snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Monday night.

Nearly all Chiefs report for start of offseason workouts

It was the first time the Chiefs could gather as a team since Andy Reid and John Dorsey were hired in January.

Judge tosses out evidence in Woodworth murder trial

Platte County Circuit Judge Owens Lee Hull Jr. ruled Monday that a bullet removed from shooting victim Lyndel Robertson might have been improperly handled.

Senators not told about personal data stored in driver's license database

Senators were briefed in January 2011 about new driver's licensing procedures, but important details were left out.


Missouri House panel to consider tax overhaul

The Republican-backed measure would gradually reduce the state's income tax rate by three-quarters of a percentage point over five years while gradually raising the state sales tax.

Motorcycle coming to Missouri Capitol for safe digging

The special motorcycle has been featured on the Discovery Channel's "American Chopper" series.

Missouri to put old marriage records online

The online database will include more than 3 million Missouri marriage records from the territorial period through 1969.

Ex-Rep. Todd Akin doubled staff salaries after defeat

Salary figures available through the online tracking site show Akin paid his 14-person staff nearly $400,000 in the final quarter of 2012.