Midwest, Plains economic index rose in August

The Mid-America Business Conditions Index hit 53.8 in August, compared with 53.5 in July.

ROSE NOLEN: Families should discuss gun safety

Truly, people are not trying to do away with guns. They are simply searching for ways to do away with the violence.

Hackers learn to control cars from their laptops

Hackers have proved they can use laptops to control a car's brakes, steering wheel and engine.


'Marathon Man' completes his 99th marathon of 2013 in Columbia

Trent Morrow finished in 199th place with a time of five hours, 10 minutes, and 17 seconds.

Renovations start on historic Niedermeyer Building

The oldest building in Columbia is undergoing repairs to its signature porch and is slated for upgrades to its electrical and sprinkler systems.

Columbia City Council to review GetAbout Columbia projects, city budget

Columbia's City Council is scheduled to parcel out $3.57 million remaining from federal grants for GetAbout Columbia projects at its Tuesday meeting. City staff has recommended funding for five projects.

Missouri football's Darius White takes patient road to the end zone

People thought he was crazy when he left the Texas football program, but Darius White simply needed a "fresh start."

Labor Day holiday draws people outdoors in Columbia

People enjoyed the traditional end of summer by visiting a shooting range and spending time at a pool.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Neighbors don't want development next to park

A public park is something that everyone owns equally.


UPDATE: Auxvasse man now in serious condition at University Hospital

Michael O'Connor's condition has improved to serious from critical at University Hospital. A Callaway County man has been arrested in connection with the assault that left O'Connor's son dead.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Columbia Council needs more facts about natural gas

We need time to gather information from nonbiased sources outside the profit-making natural gas industry pitch before agreeing to fueling stations.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Koster's opinion boosts case to kill tax bill in Missouri

Chris Koster’s opinion reaffirms what independent analysts and others have said all along: House Bill 253 is a sloppy piece of legislation that could have dire consequences for Missouri citizens and services.

BATTLE RISING: Spartan fans cheer in the 'Battlefront' in football opener

The students at Battle High School call it the "Battlefront," the section of bleachers on the 50-yard line, closest to the field. Spartan fans in the Battlefront pounded their feet on the bleachers as they cheered their team to its first win.

Earth-clearing signals major development on south side

The prime real estate is being graded and prepped for a mixed-use development of  stores, office buildings, houses, apartments and townhouses. The retail and office space alone adds up to half the size of Columbia Mall.

THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Local cyclist dies, fast-food workers strike

A Columbia cyclist died at a fundraising race and fast-food workers demanded higher wages in this week's most read stories.

THIS WEEK IN COLUMBIA SPORTS: Tigers kick off season with win over Murray State

With classes in full swing, college football season kicked off this weekend, and the Missouri Tigers started the season with an emphatic victory over Murray State. Missouri volleyball and soccer also had strong starts to their season while Columbia's high school football teams began their seasons Friday. 


Columbia College men's soccer ties at Baker

The Columbia College men's soccer team tied 1-1 at Baker University on Monday night. 

Syria tensions felt throughout the world

The United States is considering launching a punitive strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, blamed by the U.S. and the Syrian opposition for an Aug. 21 alleged chemical weapons attack in a rebel-held suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus. 

Here's a look at key Syria developments around the world Monday amid heightened tensions over potential military action:


Columbia College women's soccer picks up win on the road

The Columbia College women's soccer team won 1-0 at Baker University on Monday night. 

Missouri women's soccer team scores another win

The Missouri women's soccer team picked up a 3-0 win over the University of Missouri-Kansas City.