Donna Louise Koch, Aug. 9, 1942 — Jan. 7, 2013, of Columbia

Donna Louise Koch, 70, of Columbia, passed away Monday, January 7, 2013 at Columbia Manor.

Mary 'Lou' Starrett Ashley, June 5, 1928 — Jan. 9, 2013, of Columbia

Mary “Lou” Starrett Ashley, 84, born June 5, 1928, to James Conrad and Elizabeth (Dunscomb) Starrett, died January 9, 2013.

Mo. auditor confirms insolvency of Second Injury Fund

State Auditor Tom Schweichsaid Friday that Missouri's Second Injury Fund had barely $3 million as of the end of 2012 but had unpaid obligations of $28 million.

Missouri House Democrats ban smoking in their offices

Smoking is barred in the House chamber and public galleries. It has been permitted in lawmakers' private offices.

Technology used for stalking creates conundrum

Numbers from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that nearly 40 percent of female stalking victims, and more than 30 percent of male stalking victims, report being watched or followed by some sort of device.

Missouri Catholic church laments theft of relics

The items were present in the church around the time of Christmas Masses, but cleaning crews noticed they were missing on Jan. 4.

White River named National Blueway

The river flows for more than 700 miles from its headwaters in the Ozarks to its mouth at the Mississippi River.

'Pockets of change:' Losing faith in institutions, Missourians look to themselves for solutions

As the American Dream proves more elusive, a recent study says Americans have given up on government and other institutions. But there are pockets of hope among groups that look for success on a smaller scale. 


Tennessee routs cold-shooting Missouri women's basketball team

The Missouri women's basketball team continued to struggle on the road in a 84-39 loss Thursday night at No. 9 Tennessee.

Columbia Fire Department hosts reopening of Ashland Road fire station

Columbia Fire Chief Charles Witt, MU Vice Chancellor Jackie Jones and Mayor Bob McDavid cut a ribbon at a ceremony Thursday to celebrate the reopening of Fire Station No. 3. According to Jones, the station was long overdue for a remodel.

Gerald Brouder, president of Columbia College, announces retirement

Gerald Brouder served in many administrative roles at MU, and eventually oversaw the expansion of Columbia College's endowment as its president. 

Columbia Police Officers' Association appoints full-time director

Dale Roberts, 60, said the group needs a full-time manager because being a police officer is more complicated than ever.

Drug companies' partnerships with top schools draws questions of ethics

The drug makers' aggressive pursuit of university research has drawn the ire of academic purists who question whether the partnerships put profits ahead of, or on equal footing with, science for science's sake.

Red Cross tries to make up for loss of United Way funding

The American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter is approaching businesses and individuals for pledges and is launching a workplace-giving campaign.


GEORGE KENNEDY: Municipal elections will show how enraged citizens are

The mixed field of candidates for Columbia mayor and City Council should draw out community's true feelings about contentious issues, but it could also split the vote with the candidate with the least appeal winning the prize.

Missouri basketball's Phil Pressey named Cousy award finalist

This is the second season in a row that Pressey has been named a top 20 candidate for the award.



Columbia woman gets prison time for tax evasion

Christine Diane Todd pleaded guilty to falsely reporting her income on her 2005 income tax return.

Joplin tornado insurance losses could reach $2 billion

As of Oct. 31, insurance companies had already paid $1.65 billion on 19,870 private and commercial claims from the tornado, which killed 161 people, injured hundreds of others and damaged or destroyed thousands of homes and businesses.

Corps praised for averting Mississippi River shutdown

"The Army Corps of Engineers has done a great job of pulling rabbits out of their hat" by scrambling to rid one crucial river stretch of treacherous bedrock while strategically releasing water from lakes into the Mississippi to raise the river, said Rick Calhoun, president of Cargo Carriers,

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Red Cross seeking funds to recoup United Way loss

The Red Cross now is seeking assistance from individuals and businesses in Boone, Cooper and Howard counties to replace approximately $90,000 we lost when the United Way based in Columbia changed its funding model.