Revised plans for Route K subdivision approved by Planning and Zoning Commission

The requested rezoning would allow for two residential units per acre, making more dense development possible. The land is currently under county zoning designations.

Columbia's first McDonald's to close Sunday for reconstruction

The first McDonald's location, built in Columbia in 1959, will be demolished and then rebuilt to include upgraded features.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Police chief shows strength of character in fight against 'thugs'

We have a chief of police who is of the highest character, and the answer to our prayers after all  — someone who is willing to stand up for the count, no matter the criticism he must take to do so. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Working for McNuggets no dream for Americans

As the low-wage sector goes, so goes the nation. That’s the message every middle-class American should be getting.

PHOTO GALLERY: Woodcarvers practice craft at Columbia Senior Center

Participants' experiences and skills vary from three-month beginners to almost 40-year veterans.

Downtown Break Time store closes suddenly

A worker inside the store reached shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday said he did not know why the store had closed.

PHOTO GALLERY: Mizzou Store employees hustle to fill textbook orders

Mizzou Store employees scattered across rows of textbooks Thursday to fill orders as part of the EarlyBird Textbook Registration.


Columbia mosque sticks to traditional method to determine Ramadan's end

Traditionally, the end of the Ramadan holiday is observed the day after the sighting of the crescent moon, symbolizing the start of the new month. 

Local peace activists organize small public protest against American detention center

A small group of people gathered in front of the Columbia Post Office at noon Thursday to protest the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

Madge Brown, 95, bridged racial divides through community service

Madge Mae Brown, 95, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at South Hampton Place in Columbia. She was dedicated to helping community members in need.

Madge Brown, Dec. 4, 1917 — Aug. 4, 2013

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Columbia. She was a longtime member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.

Most road construction near Battle High School finished by deadline

Construction included replacement of the Route Z overpass over Interstate 70, a roundabout at Route Z and St. Charles Road and widening of road shoulders.

Humane Society helping dozens of pets displaced by flooding

As of Wednesday night, there were 35 dogs, 10 cats and a rabbit owned by people displaced by flooding. The Humane Society also agreed to take 15 adoptable dogs from the Waynesville shelter, opening space to temporarily house pets owned by those affected by flooding.

Retailers see slow start to back-to-school season

As consumers are holding off on back-to-school shopping, according to a preliminary tally of 10 retailers, many stores are already offering discounts.

Heavy rains unleash deadly Midwest flooding

Up to 10 inches of rain pounded southern Missouri overnight. A woman died near Jane, Mo., in the far southwestern corner of the state where creek water washed over a highway, sweeping away her car.

U.S. jobless claims at 6-year low but hiring lags

Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits over the past four weeks dropped to a seasonally adjusted 335,500, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's the lowest level since November 2007, which was one month before the recession began.

Federal judge in Mamtek suit declines to step down

 A federal judge presiding over a lawsuit involving Mamtek has refused to step down after lawyers argued that her husband had a role in a legislative investigation of the failed artificial sweetener company.


UPDATE: Flash flooding worsens in Missouri, kills driver

The National Weather Service says parts of southwest Missouri got 10 inches of rain overnight.

FROM READERS: Gorgeous views continue as solo kayaker makes her way on the Missouri River

Janet Moreland is attempting to become the first woman to complete a solo kayak trip down the entire length of the Missouri River. She gave the Missourian permission to share some of her photos from the trip.

Mark Twain grand opening showcases renovated residence hall

The project is part of the fourth phase of a five-phase master plan to renovate or replace all of the residence halls at MU. Mark Twain was the eighth residence hall to be renovated as part of the plan. The renovations cost $21.7 million.