Missouri marijuana legalization advocates use opinion polls to determine next move

State Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, has filed legislation to legalize medical and recreational use of marijuana in Missouri. This issue has been addressed by many states in recent years, but legalization has only happened in Colorado and Washington state. Kelly's legislation borrows language from an initiative by Show-Me Cannabis Regulation and would enforce many of the same restrictions on marijuana as alcohol.

The Secretary of State has approved ballot initiatives proposed by Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, and organizers will need to collect the necessary signatures to put one to a statewide vote.

Columbia City Council approves CoMo Connect bus system

Council members said the new bus system will serve the whole community, not just students. The system will be fully implemented by Aug. 4.

Columbia antique dealers seek new outlets as The Market Place prepares to close

The Market Place's current space is to be rented out to another tenant within the year.

House bill proposes regulating marijuana like alcohol

A House bill filed by Rep. Chris Kelly proposes regulating marijuana like alcohol and uses language from one of the initiative petitions filed by Show-Me Cannabis Regulation.

MU history professor named finalist for $50,000 book award

MU history professor Jeffrey L. Pasley's book on the 1796 presidential election was named one of three finalists for the George Washington Book Prize.

Large asteroid to fly past Earth on Monday

A near-Earth object is expected to fly by Earth's surface Monday night. An online live stream of the asteroid will start at 9 p.m. 

Davis, White of US win Olympic ice dance gold

Through 17 years of grueling practices, of defeats and victories, Meryl Davis and Charlie White insist they've never considered parting ways. A perfect pairing, they were nearly flawless at the Sochi Olympics, and on Monday they became the first Americans to win an ice dance gold medal.

Three Columbia teens part of Poetry Out Loud

Representing Columbia schools are Sophia Casto from Hickman High School, Sara Ashbaugh from Rock Bridge High School and Chris Melnyk from Columbia Independent School.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Complex regulations on business stifle the local economy

Insurance broker Wally Pfeffer writes that he has encountered many business owners who have a hard enough time making ends meet without the added logistical and economic pressures of complying with multiple and oftentimes redundant regulations.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The cold truth about Atlanta's epic traffic jam

It’s not just the risk of an Atlanta-style fiasco that should concern the millions of people who live in other car-dependent communities. It’s also the toll of their day-to-day experience.

UPDATE: Oklahoma pharmacy won't provide drug for Missouri execution

In a lawsuit, Michael Taylor, a death row inmate, questioned whether the Tulsa pharmacy could legally produce and deliver compounded pentobarbital for use of lethal injections.

BATTLE RISING: Students engage in February events

In the month of February students and staff at Battle High School prepared for its first courtwarming dance, hosted a cheer clinic and lost a basketball game to Fr. Tolton High School

GUEST COMMENTARY: Peoples' Visioning addresses energy needs in Columbia

People's Visioning successfully designed a Net-Zero home being built by Habitat for Humanity and is now looking at other renewable energy sources for Columbia.

MFA Oil CEO Jerry Taylor announces retirement

Chief Operating Officer Mark Fenner will take over Sept. 1. MFA Oil owns Break Time gas stations and convenience stores.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Even the NRA opposes latest Missouri gun bill

It’s odd to find ourselves on the same side of gun issue as the National Rifle Association. Of course, the NRA is against it for all the wrong reasons, but in the spirit of togetherness, let’s ignore that.

Missouri Senate to hear from wrongfully convicted man and Bill Ferguson

Josh Kezer, who was released in 2009 after being convicted in the murder of a southeast Missouri college student, will testify at a judiciary committee hearing. Ryan Ferguson's father, Bill, also will appear.

Former Tiger Oriakhi gives Missouri forwards boost

Former Missouri forward Alex Oriakhi gives advice to Missouri forwards on a visit to MU during the NBA All-Star break. Oriakhi plays for the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the NBA Developmental League.

People with intellectual disabilities struggle to find work

Only 34 percent of intellectually disabled adults are working, compared to the 83 percent of nondisabled, working-age adults who are in the workforce. Lack of job opportunities and being legally paid less than minimum wage create obstacles for the intellectually disabled.

Henry Heimlech, inventor of Heimlich maneuver, pens memoir

The inventor of the life-saving Heimlich maneuver, Henry Heimlich, is releasing an autobiography. The book is also discusses his career as a chest surgeon and his other medical innovations.

Legacy of civil rights leaders source of fights

America's greatest civil rights leaders may belong to the ages, but the fights among family, friends and outsiders over control of their earthly possessions seem never-ending.