WHAT OTHERS SAY: Keeping young offenders out of jail pays dividends

One of the things that Missouri government does well is juvenile justice. Now many other states have realized what Missouri realized decades ago: Locking kids up in detention centers neither bodes well for their futures nor keeps the public any safer.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Naming the names behind extreme weather

A group of climate change activists wants hurricanes to be named after head-in-the-sand politicos who — in mindless defiance of science — are climate change deniers.

ROSE NOLEN: Cost of funerals is outrageous

Even though funerals provide an important step in the grieving process, they shouldn't cost so much.




Rock Bridge volleyball cruises past Hermann to stay undefeated

The Rock Bridge volleyball team defeated Hermann High School on Tuesday night, improving its record to 9-0.

Robbery reported at Passions store in Columbia

A man came into the store and demanded money, then left on foot with an undisclosed amount, the Columbia Police Department said.

Downtown Columbia Leadership Council discusses possibility of converting one-way streets

Much of the discussion at the Tuesday evening meeting focused on the feasibility of converting a stretch of Locus Street into a two-way street.

Belinda Hulen was encouraging mother, wife, worked as accountant

Belinda Gay Hulen of Columbia died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. She was 53.

City Council votes to not approve road closures for Electric Flurry

The event, which calls itself the "World's Largest Foam Party," has not been through the usual vetting process, Mayor Bob McDavid said.

Arrest made in connection to fire at Highlands home

James Kevin Tharp of Columbia was charged with first-degree arson in connection with an Aug. 23 fire on Dunbar Drive.

Belinda Gay Hulen, May 21, 1960 - Sept. 14, 2013

Belinda Gay Hulen of Columbia died Saturday, Sept. 14. She was 53.

MU human research director receives new title, expanded responsibilities

Michele Kennett received a new title and a bigger workload when she took on additional responsibilities on Tuesday.

Gunman in Navy Yard rampage was hearing voices, officials say

The motive for the mass shooting — the deadliest on a military installation in the U.S. since the attack at Fort Hood in 2009 —  is a mystery, investigators said.

Columbia College men's soccer defeats Benedictine University

The Columbia College men's soccer team won 6-0.

Baseball resumes near site of Navy Yard shooting

Baseball was played in the nation's capital Tuesday, just a short walk from where a gunman killed 12 people at the Navy Yard military instillation. It was another attempt from the world of sports to restore normalcy when things really aren't normal.

Lottery players could see more giant jackpots

After a set of rule changes in 2012 boosted the Powerball payoffs, organizers of the country's other big lottery, Mega Millions, are planning changes to create bigger jackpots. 

Democratic lawmaker plans Missouri auditor campaign

The auditor's office will be the only statewide position on Missouri's November 2014 ballot.

Feds award $1 million to Kansas City anti-violence program

The Kansas City No Violence Alliance will use the Justice Department money to focus crime-fighting efforts, the group says.

Appeals court to hear testimony in Woodworth case

Attorneys for Mark Woodworth say a private detective tampered with a bullet removed from Lyndel Robertson.

Federal gun laws didn't block Navy Yard shooter

Aaron Alexis, the gunman who opened fire Monday in Washington Navy Yard and killed 12 people, acquired a shotgun in spite of complicated gun laws.

Colorado evacuees return to find more heartbreak

After days of heavy rain, clearing skies and receding waters allowed crews to intensify their search efforts and assess the damage of the historic floods.