Mayor McDavid proposes property tax increase to fight crime

Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid delivered a presentation at City Hall on Monday detailing crime in Columbia and the measures he believes could help curb it.

Columbia residents could have an opportunity to vote this November on a 20-cent property tax increase that would be used to hire new police officers.

City Council forms 13-member task force to address youth violence

Mayor Bob McDavid named the 13-member task force at a news conference Monday morning. 

Columbia City Council approves amendment to restructure housing, community development grants

The Columbia City Council unanimously approved an amendment Monday evening to the annual action plan for funding of two federal housing and community development grants.

Columbia City Council approves putting sewer bond issue on Nov. 5 ballot

If the ballot issue is approved, sewage rate would increase about $3 over a five-year period to pay for sewage infrastructure improvements. First Ward Councilman Fred Schmidt said people are asking for this measure and the increase in rates is cheap. 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hartzler's stance puts politics ahead of constituents

It’s genuinely disappointing that politicians like Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler continue to put politics over the health and economic benefits the law provides to Missourians.

Columbia makes plans for new bike share program

The city hopes to implement a new bike share program, which could make short commutes and city bus trips more convenient. 

Kony Ealy ready to be Missouri football team's next great defensive lineman

Kony Ealy, a 6-foot-5-inch, 275-pound defensive end is one of the Tigers’ most gifted athletes.

Columbia Police Department, other law agencies conduct three-day saturation effort

Officers carried out more than 200 traffic stops, 60 check subjects and made approximately 40 arrests.

MO HealthNet contractor sends customer information to incorrect address

The type of information shared potentially included participant name, date of birth, MO HealthNet identification account number, county name, phone number and the last four digits of the Social Security number. No medical or financial information was released.

Columbia and Missouri athletics preparing for 2014 SEC Tennis Championships

The Missouri women's tennis team will be hosting the 2014 SEC Tennis Championships in April with newly renovated facilities. 

New manager selected for Columbia's Office of Cultural Affairs

JJ Musgrove will be replacing Chris Stevens as manager of Columbia's Office of Cultural Affairs, effective Aug. 29.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri Constitution is not Chinese buffet

You can’t support the U.S. Constitution by passing laws that trash it. Missouri legislators would do well to remember that.


Bus safety coordinator position eliminated from Columbia Public Schools

The first position of its kind gets removed from Columbia Public Schools after trial period. The money will be used for the Walking School Bus program.

Amazon founder Bezos to buy Washington Post

Jeff Bezos is buying The Washington Post and other newspapers for $250 million, The Washington Post Co. announced Monday. Bezos is buying the paper as an individual. Inc. is not involved.

Personal Affordable Care Act accounts debut

Details on insurance plans and premiums offered in local areas will become available sometime in September.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Congresswoman's time should be spent on finding solutions

No, you haven't been "working hard and passing bills to address America's fragile economy and to protect all Americans"; rather, you have been wasting your time voting 38 or 39 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which could rescue millions of Americans who need health care.

Gohn wins three-hole playoff for Women's Championship

Taylor Gohn beat Missouri teammate Kat Hepler at the Club at Old Hawthorne on Sunday.

FROM READERS: Downtown walker offers ode to coffee aromas

Frequent From Readers contributor Margaret Prezioso-Frye shares a poem titled "A Daywalker."

Musician dies in elevator shaft fall

St. Louis musician was moving into a downtown loft when he took a step into a dark space, thinking the elevator was there.

Will fast-food protests spur higher minimum wage?

Workers in seven cities walked off jobs seeking doubling of federal minimum hourly wage from $7.25 to $15.