Plane makes emergency landing in field near Ashland

Kirk Powell was forced to make an emergency landing in his small plane Thursday in a field near the intersection of routes M and DD near Ashland. "We found a nice bean field and decided to call it home," Powell said.

A small aircraft was forced down in a field near Ashland after its engines gave out during descent.

Aspen Heights to re-evaluate security after hundreds of 911 calls

Since Aspen Heights opened in August, Columbia police have received more than 200 calls from the gated community. A forum in February will address the complex's safety.

This time, Columbia doesn't close schools for subzero wind chill

"There's no magic number" that determines when to close, said Michelle Baumstark, spokeswoman for Columbia Public Schools, which did cancel classes earlier this month because of the cold.

Missouri governor defends use of bonds to build new state hospital

Gov. Jay Nixon outlines his plan to rebuild Fulton State Hospital, answering questions about the legality of using bonds to finance the construction.

BEHIND THE SCENES: Trekking through frigid weather to get sunrise photos

Missourian photographer Melissa Fogarty wore four layers of outerwear and three pairs of pants in order to stay warm on her hike through Rock Bridge Memorial Park to Gans Creek before sunrise Thursday morning. 

Columbia planning and zoning board approves Discovery Park development

The commission recommended two development plans for the site, which was annexed into the city in 2004. The developers plan a mix of houses, apartments and office space.


Columbia residents split on Forum Boulevard trail plans

Columbia Public Works Department unveiled plans Thursday for a million-dollar trail that would branch from the MKT trail and run parallel to Forum Boulevard.

Columbia School Board again changes Mill Creek boundaries

School attendance zones for Mill Creek Elementary School now include Bethany and Bellview drives. Also, City Manager Mike Matthes addressed the school board about tax-increment financing.

2 men arrested in robbery of U.S. Cellular in Columbia

Jamaar L. Curtis, 31, and Antonio L. Banks, 22, were arrested on suspicion of first-degree robbery, felonious restraint and armed criminal action.

Stephens College women's basketball scores season high, remains winless

Stephens College women's basketball remained winless after a 71-61 loss Thursday to Harris-Stowe State University.

Pickleball community sees growth in new courts

Have you heard of pickleball? Members of the Show-Me Pickleball Club say it is the fastest growing sport in Columbia — and now they have their own courts.

Ellis Library arsonist sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison

Christopher Kelley, who was found guilty of starting fires in MU's Ellis Library and a Stephens College classroom, was sentenced to more than six years in prison.


Columbia arsonist who set fires to MU's Ellis Library and a Stephens College facility faces a lengthy sentence. Christopher C. Kelley

GEORGE KENNEDY: Nimble politicians manage discussion of proposed TIF project

City Manager Mike Matthes is pushing, carefully but determinedly, creation of a huge TIF district to generate the funds that would allow growth to resume in the heart of Columbia. As any good politician would, he made a low-key pitch for his idea while appearing open to other approaches and moving to pre-empt the most obvious objections.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Higher cigarette taxes could save 200 million deaths by 2025

The latest New England Journal of Medicine says the world could avoid 200 million needless deaths by 2025 — and also gain trillions in tax revenue — if tobacco taxes were tripled worldwide, preventing millions of youths from becoming addicted

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Real campaign reform might be on the horizon

Missouri currently has no limit on the price of gifts that politicians can receive from lobbyists, not does the state have limits on the number of dollars candidates can receive in the form of campaign contributions.


Missouri women's basketball drops 3rd straight to Texas A&M

The team dropped its third consecutive game with a loss to Texas A&M at Mizzou Arena on Thursday night. 

Kevin Shattenkirk makes most of opportunity in home state

While growing up in New Rochelle, N.Y., Kevin Shattenkirk watched Rangers defenseman Brian Leetch score many big goals.

Given a chance to do the same at Madison Square Garden, the St. Louis Blues blue-liner made the most of his opportunity.


Columbia residents robbed in home at gunpoint

Two men armed with a handgun forcibly entered a home Thursday in southern Columbia.

A.J. Boren was a close friend, mentor

A.J. Boren's friends remember a dedicated mentor and a loyal friend. Mr. Boren died Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. He was 22 years old.

FROM THE NEWSROOM: How does the print newspaper get created?

The design and layout of a daily newspaper is a complex process. Here's how we design the front page of the Missourian, according to design editor Erica Mendez Babcock.