Aspen Heights utility bills raise questions about buildings' structure

Construction on the Aspen Heights housing complex is shown Feb. 18, 2013. The development opened behind schedule and has since faced multiple allegations of poor construction and lack of safety for residents.

A subcontractor said the buildings' heating units are too small and the construction of "air dams" may be drawing cold air into the new houses.

Columbia's Veterans United Home Loans finds success with niche market, company culture

Since two brothers launched in 2002 what would grow into Veterans United Home Loans, the company has grown to about 1,500 employees, with 1,100 of them in Columbia. It capitalizes on a federal program that helps service members become homeowners.

Columbia City Council denies rezoning for student housing

The council voted 4 to 3 to deny rezoning for an 899-bed student housing complex that would have been built by Park 7 Group. The area proposed for rezoning was located near the intersection of Stadium and Maguire boulevards.

UPDATE: MU, Columbia Public Schools, other colleges cancel Tuesday classes

MU, Columbia and Stephens colleges and Columbia Public Schools canceled Tuesday classes, citing the winter storm warning from the National Weather Service. The city of Columbia offices are also closed.

Missouri man braves cold to ride Katy Trail solo

Eddie Naeger said he expected the extreme cold during his week-long journey, but he wasn't as prepared for his warm reception.

Is Gracie America's golden girl for Sochi?

Move over, Yuna Kim and Mao Asada. America has Gold.


Boonville Clydesdale ranch featured in second Super Bowl commercial

The spot's Twitter campaign also features photos of puppies from a St. Louis rescue shelter.

Legislative committee hears two more bills that could diminish unions

The Workforce Development and Workforce Safety Committee considered changes to public union dues and an exception to the prevailing wage.

Important numbers, information for Tuesday's winter storm

In an emergency, dial 911. For non-emergencies, dial these numbers for assistance.

UPDATE: Winter storm prompts city, schools closures

Forecasts call for a possible 5 to 7  inches of snow Tuesday as the Columbia region is under a winter snow warning. MU, Columbia Public Schools, Stephens and Columbia colleges and the City of Columbia offices will be closed Tuesday.

Missouri men's basketball to face stifling heat, defense in Florida

On the eve of Missouri's toughest challenge of the year to date – Tuesday's game against No.3 Florida at the ubiquitously blue and orange and seemingly impenetrable O'Connell Center in Gainesville – Frank Haith's players began parroting their coach's outlook on these games against nationally ranked opponents.

Kansas, Missouri prepare for winter storm

The snow will begin falling across much of Kansas between midnight and 3 a.m. Tuesday and then rapidly move eastward into Missouri around daybreak, National Weather Service meteorologist Andy Bailey said. The snowfall is expected to spread across most of Missouri, except the southeast corner of the state, by early Wednesday afternoon.

Fired Columbia Police officer Rob Sanders files for judicial review

Former Columbia Police officer Rob Sanders has filed for a judicial review of his termination in hopes of reclaiming his job.

Columbia College's Ashley Fisher does it all

Fisher is a double major and a disc jockey, and she starts half of Columbia College's basketball games.

Oklahoma pharmacy seeks Missouri license for execution drug

A pharmacy without a Missouri business license has been identified as the one that  provided lethal drugs used to execute three Missouri inmates.

Black History Month events at MU feature alumni, celebrities

The Black Studies Department is working with several organizations from MU and the larger Columbia community to sponsor film screenings, concerts and panel discussions.

Florida's Walker to make much-anticipated debut

Chris Walker will get on the court Tuesday for the first time since arriving on the Florida campus in mid-December, which should help the third-ranked Gators (19-2, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) as they near the halfway mark of league play and start getting ready for the postseason.

RecycleMania returns to MU for seventh year

More than 500 universities tally their recycling and composting percentages over an eight-week period to raise awareness for sustainable living. UMKC won last year's competition.

MAP: Aspen Heights apartment complex location

The owners of the Aspen Heights apartment complex have responded to residents' complaints about utility bills by capping the monthly rate at $75. Aspen Heights is located south of Old 63 and west of U.S. 63.

Heat is out at Jefferson Middle School after electrical fire

Firefighters arrived at the central Columbia school about 6 a.m. Once the power was turned off, the fire went out.