Columbia fee to expand bus service would hit poor the hardest, report finds

One potential source of funding for Columbia Transit might a transportation utility fee. But the idea, adding a fee of $2 to $4 per month to city utility bills, could also adversely affect low-income households.

After tragedy, Southern Boone marching band plays on

On Friday night, the Southern Boone marching band said farewell to a former member, Jacob Meadows, following his death. Members recovered by honoring him in the only way they knew how.

Generations of Muslims celebrate Islamic Center's 30-year anniversary

The Islamic Center of Central Missouri celebrated 30 years in the Columbia community Sunday with an event that included information sessions and lessons about Islamic culture.

FROM READERS: Father of Ashland teen describes events leading up to son's death

John Meadows, father of Ashland teen Jacob Meadows, remembers his son as talented and loving person and writes about the senseless nature of his death.

THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Ashland teen's suicide shocks community, Pinkel pro-pay for college athletes

Among the most viewed stories this week were an Ashland teen's suicide and Missouri coach Gary Pinkel's stance on collegiate athletes being paid for their services.

THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Traveling circus visits Columbia; Southern Boone marching band honors Jacob Meadows

This week, Missourian photographers documented a traveling circus' visit to Columbia, the Southern Boone High School marching band remembering a friend who died, and the Missouri General Assembly failing to override vetoes of three contentious bills. 

Missouri Task Force 1 deployed to assist in Colorado flood relief

The task force left Boone County early Sunday morning to assist in the rescue efforts in Colorado. New rain threatens rescue workers in the area, and hundreds are still missing.

DEAR READER: SaypYu hopes to help the world's population with understanding each other

SaypYu — the Spell as You Pronounce Universal project — offers a new way to communicate in what it hopes will be the solution to the confusion of multiple languages and oddities of spelling and pronunciation.

THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Missouri football has bye week; volleyball remains undefeated

Missourian digital members can catch up on the latest in Missouri sports. Gary Pinkel made headlines during the football team's bye week, Missouri soccer snapped a two-game losing streak and the Missouri volleyball team moved to 11-0 on its season.

Five things to know about Miss Missouri Shelby Ringdahl of Columbia

Here are the five things you need to know about reigning Miss Missouri and hometown favorite Shelby Ringdahl.

Columbia City Council poised to settle dispute over energy efficiency standards

At Monday's meeting, the City Council will have a chance to accept or amend proposed changes to energy efficiency standards for building codes.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Peaceful transition in Pakistan, the return of wrestling at the Olympics

A roundup of editorials from around the U.S.

Analysis: Defections played role in veto overrides

The General Assembly's 10 veto overrides on Wednesday were only made possible by Democrats willing to cross party lines — not an iron Republican supermajority.

For the sake of voice: MU symposium focuses on vocal health

At the MU Voice Symposium and Vocal Arts Festival, students, professors and professionals came together to explain the importance of maintaining a healthy voice.

FROM READERS: Columbia educator shares memories of favorite teacher

Megan Pursifull, a Columbia teacher, remembers how her favorite teacher taught and how she took those memories to heart in her own career.

Rams fall to Falcons as Jones has huge day

The St. Louis Rams were unable to capitalize on a string of injuries suffered by the Falcons on Sunday and suffered their first loss of the season, 31-24.

Chiefs start 2-0 after beating Cowboys 17-16

Alex Smith threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns, and the Chiefs' defense held up against the Cowboys as Kansas City moved to 2-0 on the season with a 17-16 victory over Dallas.

Molina's home run, 4 hits lead Cardinals past Mariners

The Cardinals offense woke up from a two-game slump and routed the Seattle Mariners 12-2 on Sunday. The win keeps them in a tie with the Pittsburgh Pirates atop the NL Central.

Avila's 2 home runs lead Tigers over Royals 3-2

Two home runs by Detroit's Alex Avila sunk the Royals on Sunday, as Kansas City lost 3-2 and lost ground in the American League Wild Card race.

Details elusive as Missouri awaits health care overhaul

Because Missouri is one of 26 states that will have a federally operated health insurance exchange, details about pricing for insurance plans are not yet available for residents.