Columbia residents read 'Yes, Virginia' editorial

Watch Columbians read the New York Sun's response to Virginia Hanlon's letter from 1897 in this video, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus."

INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC: More than half of Missourians skip the flu vaccine

Vaccination rates for people age 65 and older plateaued in the 2013-14 flu season.

FROM READERS: Homecoming Queen candidate raises more than $1,400 for charity

High school student Tristen Shaw writes about why she's working for Alzheimer's research in honor of her grandmother.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Treat your Christmas tree as a fire hazard

The National Fire Protection Association reports, between 2003 and 2006, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 240 house fires each year that started with Christmas trees.

Track Santa Claus with NORAD

Get the latest on Santa's whereabouts with NORAD's Santa Tracker.

Top 10 Sports Stories of the Year: No. 6: Haith leaves, Anderson stays home

Former Missouri men's basketball coach Frank Haith boarded a plane for Tulsa, Oklahoma, on April 17 to sign a contract to be the coach at the University of Tulsa.

The athletic department was able to release the news through a press release on April 28 that former Missouri player and assistant Kim Anderson was the new basketball boss.

UPDATE: Police officer kills armed 18-year-old near Ferguson

Violent protests broke out in suburban St. Louis after a black 18-year-old was fatally shot by a white police officer.

ANY QUESTIONS: How do big organizations put up their holiday lights?

Columbia College and University Hospital both have big holiday light displays, but both  handle them differently.

Missouri's cost for Ferguson security tops $12.5 million

State figures show the Missouri National Guard had $7.1 million in costs, including for salaries, meals, fuel and supplies as of Wednesday.

ANY QUESTIONS: Which is easier to predict, rain or snow?

Winter systems tend to be much more difficult to predict as there are more variables in the winter than there are in the summer, said Kenton Gewecke, a meteorologist with KOMU 8.

Benton Elementary says 'no' to sweet snacks in school

School gives up annual candy fundraiser to emphasize new guidelines that discourage sweet treats and other unhealthy snacks in the classroom and lunchroom.

Corporate pilot impacted by church when his life hits bottom

Columbia pilot turned to Christianity in times of uncertainty and doubt.

Smithton students begin programming robots to behave like humans

GlaDos the robot can recognize faces and speech, as well as sing and dance. Smithton Middle School students chose songs for GlaDos to play as a type of "robot karaoke."

UPDATE: Severe storms slam the South, killing at least 4

Mississippi Power told The Associated Press about 300 customers were still without electricity by midday Wednesday, but most would have power by the end of the day. Four people died in the storm and at least 20 were injured.


Part of North Eighth Street to be closed Dec. 29 through Dec. 31

The road will be open between 4 p.m. and 7 a.m. nightly.

FROM READERS: Columbia Independent School students support Heifer International

Students raised enough money to buy two heifers, three sheep, two water buffalo, two goats, three flocks of chickens, two flocks of ducks, a share of a llama and 10,000 honeybees.

DAVID ROSMAN: It's time to bring back unselfish holiday traditions

If Christmas is about "tradition," then we have lost the spirit of the winter holiday season. Retail has really taken over, starting the "season" on Thanksgiving Day, and it is a shame.

TIM MAYLANDER: New York City shootings highlight disparity between police, minorities

Many people are comparing the deaths of two New York City police officers with those of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice. But the situations behind these events aren't the same, and the discussion is twisting people into picking sides in a senseless fight.

Top 10 Sports Stories of the Year: No. 5: Battle football wins state championship

Battle won their first football championship in the program's first year of playoff eligibility.

The AP's Top 10 sports stories of 2014

This year's top two stories carried a negative tinge, but there was plenty of good in 2014, too.