Missouri woman charged in antifreeze poisoning deaths

Diane Staudte then admitted that she and her daughter Rachel Staudte had planned, researched and poisoned three family by putting antifreeze in their soda and Gatorade over several days, the probable cause statement said.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Better FDA oversight is needed for prescription safety

Compounding pharmacies, which create customized medications from scratch, are regulated by state boards, and sometimes not closely enough.

A Druid Fellowship commemorates summer solstice with rite ceremony

Prayers were said and devotees were purified during the ceremony.


Supermoon predicted to dominate the night sky Saturday

The moon will loom large as it makes its closest approach to Earth this year on Saturday night and Sunday morning.


DEAR READER: Many questions, few answers, in killing of Brandon Coleman

A month after the incident, the public has yet to receive details about Brandon Coleman's death. With the case becoming a growing part of community discussion, it's time for the Columbia Police Department to answer questions.


Columbia School Board discusses ways to prevent dropouts

Early intervention and stronger relationships with families are key strategies, administrators say.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri should not delay access to health care

The problem of uninsured Missouri residents impacts everyone. The uninsured miss out on preventive care and management of chronic illnesses that could keep them out of emergency rooms and hospitals.

MU Multicultural Center director helped minority students advocate for themselves

Pablo Mendoza leaves behind smiles at MU and will begin his tenure as assistant to the president of social equity at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in August. 

Evidence of disturbance found after report of shots fired at Lakewood Apartments

When officers arrived, they did not find anyone who was involved with the shooting or a victim. However, they did find evidence of a disturbance.

Police rule out link between downtown shooting and assault

The person who recorded on a cellphone the shooting at Tenth Street and Broadway early last Saturday morning was not involved in the incident, Columbia Police said in a release Friday afternoon.

Columbia Public Works will use smartphones to issue parking citations

Changes are coming to the Parking Utility. Parking tickets will now be larger and brighter with green accents. Agents will use smartphones to issue tickets.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Article gives wrong impression about UM Press

I eagerly await the selection of a permanent Director of the Press and look forward to discussions with that person about future directions of the Press.

Columbia Transit announced a new summer schedule for FastCAT

The FastCAT will begin operation at 6:40 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and it will not run at all on Sundays.

FROM READERS: Jefferson impersonator shares wisdom gained from 168 blood donations

Patrick Lee recently made his 168th Red Cross blood donation, earning him a 21-gallon pin. He shares what he's learned from 45 years of blood donations.

Columbia woman's disability doesn't keep her from activism

After having a child with a black man in the '60s, Karin Davis was ostracized by her family. That experience gave her a passion for activism aimed at healing racial divisions.

Fewer children participating in summer lunch programs in Missouri

A report found a decline in the number of children participating in summer nutrition programs in Missouri. Although some programs in Columbia report serving fewer meals, trends are difficult to discern.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Immigration bill is right step for international students

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton believes the Senate's immigration bill will provide international students a clear path to stay in the U.S. after graduation to create new American jobs.

Woman reports forcible rape at Cosmopolitan Park

Officers responded at 2:12 a.m. Friday, but the suspect had been scared off by voices approaching and left in a pickup truck, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

State's first heat-related death confirmed in Kansas CIty

A woman born in 1947 died of heat-related causes, officials said.

States continuing efforts to nullify federal gun control laws

States are increasingly adopting laws that purport to nullify federal laws — setting up intentional legal conflicts, directing local police not to enforce federal laws and, in rare cases, even threatening criminal charges for federal agents who dare to do their jobs.