Support system lifts Army vet out of homelessness

James Snorgrass has food and housing for now. But he is unsure what will happen in a year. 

City approves playground funding for four elementary schools

In fiscal year 2014, $25,000 will be split between playgrounds at Parkade, Fairview, Russell Boulevard and New Haven elementary schools.

Columbia City Council passes resolution calling for Medicaid expansion

The council passed a nonbinding resolution that expresses support for Medicaid expansion, saying the expansion would improve the health of Missouri families, reduce the costs of health care access and save and create thousands of jobs across the state.

Columbia City Council sets date for public hearing on paved shoulders for Clark Lane

Jan. 21 will be the date of a public hearing on proposed paved shoulders on Clark Lane. The cost of the plan has increased since it was first introduced.

UPDATE: Police arrest suspect in assault, robbery on Redwood Road

Columbia Police arrested an Ohio man in connection with a reported assault and robbery on Redwood Road that happened early Monday morning. The victim was seriously injured when he was hit in the head with a blunt object.

Cardinals sign veteran second baseman Mark Ellis

The St. Louis Cardinals signed free-agent second baseman Mark Ellis to a one-year, $5.25 million contract.

Holiday customers keep postal service busy

The U.S. Postal Service was expected to have its busiest mailing day of the year Monday, estimating that it would process 607 million cards and letters. The postal service expects to deliver 14.7 billion letters, packages and cards between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve, according to a release.

Arizona hold No. 1 spot; Missouri ranked No. 23

The Missouri men's basketball team is ranked No. 23 in the latest The Associated Press poll, which was released Monday.

Michael Sam receives Senior Bowl Invite

It was announced Monday that Missouri defensive end Michael Sam was awarded a spot in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., to cap his season.

New snow ordinance enforced for first time

Inspectors who checked the streets found a decrease in vehicles along first and second priority roads during last weekend's snowfall. No cars were ticketed or towed, said Steven Sapp, public information specialist for Columbia Public Works.

Save-A-Lot scheduled to open Wednesday

The new grocery store underwent six months of renovations, and the shelves are already stocked with food.

Federal judge: NSA program is likely unconstitutional

A federal judge declared Monday that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records is likely to violate the Constitution's ban on unreasonable search.

Cat-mouse game might explain how felines got tame

It was the cat's appetite that started it down the path to domestication, scientists believe. The grain stored by ancient farmers was a magnet for rodents. And that drew wild cats into villages to hunt the little critters.

Senators edge Blues 3-2 in OT

Cody Ceci scored his first NHL goal in overtime and the Ottawa Senators beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2.

Hickman girls basketball beats Rolla by 40 points

The Hickman girls basketball team cruised to a win over Rolla on Monday night. Emily Miller led Hickman with 17 points.

Missouri divers headed to U.S. Championships

The Missouri men's and women's diving teams are sending four athletes to compete this week at the USA Diving Winter National Championships in Austin, Texas. The competition starts Tuesday and continues through Sunday.

John Axford goes from Cardinals to Indians

Free agent John Axford agreed to terms on a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Cleveland Indians, pending a physical. Axford is expected to undergo a medical exam on Wednesday.

Children from Stephens College Children's School visit Santa

The students also got to see artwork they had made deck the halls of the President's Home at Stephens.

Menards recalls Christmas trees because of fire risk

The recall is for the Twinkling Pine artificial tree sold under the Enchanted Forest brand. They were made in China and imported by Seasonal Specialties LLC.

Do vitamins block disease? Some disappointing news

Millions of Americans spend billions of dollars on vitamin combinations, presumably to boost their health and fill gaps in their diets. But while people who don't eat enough of certain nutrients may be urged to get them in pill form, the government doesn't recommend routine vitamin supplementation as a way to prevent chronic diseases.