Boone County residents collect discounted rain barrels

Rain barrels were available for purchase Friday.

The city formed a partnership with Rain Water Solutions to distribute more than 400 rain barrels to homeowners and others as a step toward reducing stormwater runoff.

Executive director of The Intersection sustains serious injuries in vehicle collision

Dana Battison was traveling north on North Route A on Friday morning when her vehicle crossed the center line and struck another vehicle head-on. 

Nixon freezes $400 million for education, state services to save income tax

Governor puts on hold 4 percent for public colleges and universities, cuts funding for public schools, building projects and social services.

Nixon's budget freeze to hit UM System core funding, appropriations

The governor said he is freezing $400 million of Missouri’s fiscal year 2014 budget to prepare for a possible override of House Bill 253, a tax cut bill he vetoed on June 5.

Matthes outlines crime prevention strategies in report to City Council

A curfew for juveniles would be only one component of an effective strategy, the city manager said.

Missouri's Pressey signs with Boston Celtics after going undrafted

Phil Pressey, the Missouri men's basketball team's former point guard, was signed Thursday night by the Boston Celtics as an undrafted free agent, according to his agent.

Columbia prepares for Fire in the Sky celebration

Fireworks will be displayed at 9:15 p.m. to celebrate the Fourth of July. 

Semitrailer rolls over on I-70 East in Columbia

A semitrailer containing hazardous materials rolled over Friday morning on Interstate 70 East in Columbia. The chemical did not spill and the driver had serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Deaton, other university administrators retire with substantial perks

Brady Deaton will be paid $200,000 to direct the Brady and Anne Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development on the MU campus.

Teacher's aide treasured her family, church

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Funeral Home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Memorial Baptist Church .

Nixon signs Mo. highway emergencies legislation

Law makes it a misdemeanor to pass or speed within an emergency zone.

Crowd attacks man trying to help crash victim

Helper tried to assist after traffic accident.

Mo. agency updates rules for student transfers

Unaccredited districts must pay for students to attend nearby schools.

MU museums' priceless artifacts make move a challenge

The vast and delicate collections held by the Museum of Anthropology and the Museum of Art and Archaeology will be difficult to relocate. MU will have to make significant changes for them at the former Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Washington must address corporate tax reform

If big corporations would pay their fair share, money would be available for critical, life-saving programs.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: The climate change debate — pay now, or pay much more later

For too long, policymakers, including coal-state senators from both parties like Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican Roy Blunt of Missouri, have put off the costs for another day.

FROM READERS: John Nowell was 'always of help to others'

John Nowell left an impression on Mary Jo Roberts despite being a few years behind her at MU's former Laboratory School.

Curb cuts, handicapped parking to be added downtown

The city of Columbia will be installing new parking spots that are easier for wheelchair users and people with disabilities to use. The spots will be located downtown.

Plaintiffs in California gay marriage case wed in San Francisco

California State Attorney General Kamala Harris presided at the wedding of Kris Perry and Sandy Stier of Berkeley as hundreds of supporters looked on and cheered.

State-run hospital faces $21M audit

The audit found that Hawthorn Children's Psychiatric Hospital failed to meet regulatory requirements to qualify for the federal Medicaid reimbursements over a period of five years.