Columbia Public Works: Move cars from snow routes

The city says 3 to 5 inches of snow is forecast overnight and is asking residents to move their vehicles off first- and second-priority snow routes Friday night.

ANY QUESTIONS: What did the shantytown protests in the 1980s look like?

According to newspaper archives and an Associated Press article, from 1986 to 1987 a group of MU students protested the $127.5 million the university had in investments in companies that did business in South Africa during apartheid. These students built a shantytown on Francis Quadrangle symbolizing the living conditions of blacks in South Africa.

State Sen. McKenna appointed as Missouri labor director

Nixon's appointment of Sen. Ryan McKenna as director of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations comes nine months after a shakeup of the agency's leadership.

Woman arrested on suspicion of attempting to set her house on fire

Police say a Columbia woman tried to burn down her apartment by turning her oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

FROM READERS: MU student learns the beauty of inconvenience in Brazil

Audrey Zigmond spent the summer teaching English in Brazil, where she ended up learning that time and being present are blessings.

Choir director celebrates 10 seasons with Missouri Symphony Conservatory Children's Chorus

Melissa Straw, who has been teaching for more than 20 years, began her music education career in the Southern Boone School District.

Battle boys basketball falls to Nixa

The Battle boys basketball team lost to Nixa 75-41 on Friday night.

Rams Hekker leads NFL in net punting average

Rams honor Johnny Hekker on Friday. Heleads the NFL in net punting, averaging 43.9 yards. He doesn't hit it the longest, ranking ninth overall, but the average return is a pedestrian 2.9 yards.

Chiefs' McCluster out with infection in ankle

Dexter McCluster, who has already brought back two punts for touchdowns this season, was listed as questionable Friday for the Raiders game after a small cut on his ankle that he picked up in the mud and snow last week against Washington got infected.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: An exemplary Person of the Year

The humble and inspiring Pope Francis was a worthy choice for Time's Person of the Year.


Harry Rosenthal, longtime AP reporter, dies at 86

Harry F. Rosenthal, an Associated Press writer who covered America's golden age of space exploration, presidents back to Harry Truman and whatever caught his impish eye in the stuffy halls of power, has died. He was 86.

New St. Louis river bridge to open in February

The new four-lane-cable stayed bridge named after St. Louis Cardinals great Stan Musial will open to traffic Feb. 9.

Missouri fenced deer farms under fire

People who keep deer farms are worried that they might be forced out of business by the Missouri Department of Conservation's efforts to prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease.

St. Louis-area veterans perform honor guard at funerals

Members of Legion Post 162 in the Lemay area, are among the volunteers who serve on rifle-salute teams at funerals of former service personnel in Missouri. Their organizations get a stipend from the state. The teams get the thanks of grateful families.

Can smartphones snap out of technological stupor?

Although high-definition displays on smartphones have gotten bigger and their cameras have gotten better, the pace of gee-whiz innovation has dawdled.

Missouri auditor wants education agency documents

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has sent a letter to Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro seeking documents related to an initiative petition affecting teacher tenure and a state contract with a group that's supposed to recommend ways to improve unaccredited districts.

Missouri's Blue Book available online

The Blue Book includes information about public officials and agencies, local governments, elections and political parties.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Corporate subsidies don't work

Study shows that state tax incentives to corporations don't create any more economic growth than would have been expected without the tax breaks.

Kansas City school board to sue state over accreditation

The district aims to stop the state from enforcing a student transfer law while its case for provisional accreditation is pending.

Rock Bridge girls basketball advances in out-of-state tournament

The Bruins will play Southside (Ark.) in the Deepsnap Tournament of Champions semifinals at 8:30 p.m. Friday.