BATTLE RISING: High school prepares to launch its first year

Battle High School buzzes with activity Monday as the school’s first day of classes approaches. Athletic teams have started tryouts and practices, teachers are preparing their classrooms and materials, and administrators are planning special events.

Battle High School doesn't hold its first class until next week, but athletes are already practicing, teachers are preparing and kickoff activities are in the works.

Mayor, city manager weigh in on how they would use new officers

While a new task force sets out to examine violent crime in Columbia, and the mayor pushes for a property tax increase to pay for new officers, the Police is left to deal with the force it currently has.

Columbia Police Officers' Association suggests alternatives to new property tax

At a public forum Tuesday night, the Columbia Police Officers' Association suggested  more officers could be hired using funds already available.

Missouri football playing it safe with injuries to key players

Senior cornerback E.J. Gaines and junior running back Henry Josey were limited in practice Tuesday, but the long-term impact appears minimal.

Stephens College gets upgrades heading into fall semester

Rankings, upgraded facilities, and athletics hires are some of the new changes on campus.

PHOTO GALLERY: Family visits Cosmo-Bethel Park after rain shower

The Stowe family strolled through Cosmo-Bethel Park after a Monday evening rain shower.

PHOTO: Incoming MU freshmen take part in sororities' recruitment week

Recruitment week is underway for MU's sororities as incoming freshmen take a look at different houses.

Columbia College introduces new public administration degree

Students at Columbia College start their 2013-14 academic year with the option to pursue degrees in public administration for the first time in the school's history.


Changes take effect as school year opens for Columbia Public Schools

Changes include new attendance areas, new start times and expanded middle schools. The attendance area boundaries were redrawn among Battle, Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools — students apply to attend Douglass High School — and their feeders schools: Gentry, Lange, Smithton, Jefferson, Oakland and West middle schools.

Study: Half who now buy own health plan to get aid

Tax credits, available on a sliding scale based on family income, will be offered to people who don't have access to affordable coverage through their jobs and buy policies in the new state markets.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU freshmen move into suite

Audrey Smith moved into her dorm at MU on Tuesday.

Kroenke makes surprise visit to Rams training camp

St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke is a Columbia resident who also owns the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche, and is the largest shareholder of English Premier League soccer club Arsenal.

Volunteers needed for Missouri River cleanup Saturday

The Missouri River Relief cleanup will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, and volunteers will meet at Stump Island Park in Glasgow.

Driver flees, 4 injured in Ash Street collision

Police were looking for the driver of a pickup truck involved in an accident Tuesday night that sent two adults and two young children to the hospital to be treated for injuries.

W.B. Smith Jr., 89, was an athlete, scholar, businessman

W.B. Smith Jr. died  Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013. He was 89.

W. B. Smith Jr., Dec. 10, 1923 — Aug. 11, 2013

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home.

Royals fall short in 10-inning loss

The Royals' Bruce Chen and the Marlins' Jose Fernandez went pitch-for-pitch, each of them lasting seven innings. They turned over a scoreless game to their bullpens, and the Marlins came through on Christian Yelich's RBI single in the 10th for a 1-0 victory.

Lawsuit challenges Missouri campaign-limits measure

The proposed ballot measure calls for capping donations to candidates for statewide office or the legislature at $2,600.

Missouri casino revenues drop $9.5 million in July

Gambling revenues continue to drop, which means almost $2 million less in tax money the government will have to spend on education.

Chiefs' special teams feeling special again

The Kansas City Chiefs haven't returned a punt for a touchdown since September 2010. The last time they brought back a kickoff for a touchdown was November 2011. Everything about this season is a fresh starts, though.