Overhaul of Columbia bus system aims for increased ridership

Brenda Lee drives the 104W bus route Thursday. She recorded every passenger, the time, and the type of fare used on a tally sheet. The tally sheets will be used to determine what additional routes and times the bus should run. The city hopes to make changes to the system by fall 2014.

Ridership is down for Columbia Transit. Several proposals hope to boost the number of riders.

Police send prosecutor investigative report in Brandon Coleman's death

No arrests have been made in connection to Brandon Coleman's May 19 death, drawing criticism from the Missouri NAACP.

MU fixed emergency alert system problem after test

A test last week identified nearly 3,000 people who did not receive the emergency alert notifications. The Division of Information Technology has since fixed the problem.

Columbia College golf gets new home

Columbia College men's and women's golf teams will play at Columbia Country Club beginning this season.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't let politics derail efforts to stop military sexual assaults

Commanders who deal with real-life issues in their units are likely to make better decisions than prosecutors who are isolated from the impact of their decisions, Sen. McCaskill said.

FROM READERS: Caring for a flock of more than 30 finches

After a chance connection at a zoo six years ago, reader Katie Goens became passionate about raising and tending Gouldian finches.

BATTLE RISING: Simulators help students learn about caring for infants

The Family and Consumer Sciences Department will have 10 late model RealCare Baby Infant Simulators for students to learn about the responsibilities of child care.

Landmark Bank on Stadium Boulevard robbed Monday afternoon

The Landmark Bank at 202 N. Stadium Blvd. was robbed Monday afternoon, Columbia police reported. There were no injuries.

Bullet holes found in scoreboard at Rock Bridge High School

Three bullet holes were discovered in the baseball scoreboard at Rock Bridge High School.

Westbrook falters in Cardinals' loss to Pirates

The Pirates roughed up Jake Westbrook again in a 9-2 loss on Monday night to pull within a half-game of the Cardinals for the lead in the NL Central. Westbrook (7-5) fell to 1-8 against Pittsburgh in his otherwise solid career after the Pirates jumped on him for four runs in the first inning.

Rams' Saffold adjusting to life at right tackle

Jake Long got a four-year, $34 million free agent deal to be the Ram's left tackle. So Saffold, a natural lefty, is adjusting to right tackle.

Reids' Chiefs get tackling early in training camp

The physical nature of workouts nearly two weeks out from the Chiefs' first preseason game is certainly a departure from the norm in Kansas City.

Gov. Nixon defends veto of Missouri tax cut legislation

Gov. Jay Nixon sent lawmakers a letter Monday that said enacting the tax cuts could jeopardize Missouri's AAA-credit rating. Nixon says credit rating agencies noted the legislation in reports this month.

Joplin school officials travel to say 'thank you'

The "thank you campaign" to meet with groups around the state, such as Missouri National Guard and the St. Louis Suburban School Nurses' Association, kept the city in the spotlight and encouraged continuing donations, the superintendent said.

Missouri judge confused by new indictment against Saudi student

The case of Ziyad Abid has drawn attention because Circuit Court Judge Michael Wagner has repeatedly refused to allow him to bond out of jail while he awaits trial in the death of Warrensburg bar owner Blaine Whitworth.

U.S. panel backs lung cancer screening for some smokers

If it becomes final as expected, the advice by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force would clear the way for insurers to cover CT scans, a type of X-ray, for those at greatest risk.

Doctors advised to give heart attack patients guidance on sexual health

Many heart patients can safely resume sexual intercourse after first checking with their doctors, and the answers to many questions depend on each patient's overall health, the guidance says.

Ameren says nuclear plant to stay closed for days

Workers will perform tests and repair damage after a  weekend fire in the "non-nuclear" side of the facility.


Monogamy may sound sweet, but why it evolved isn't

Two research teams discounted a long-standing explanation for monogamy, that it provides two parents rather than one for rearing offspring. That's just a side benefit, they said.

U.S. launches new Mideast peace bid

Despite words of encouragement, deep skepticism about the prospects for success surrounded the initial discussions, which were opening with a dinner hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry.