Chadwick proposes age increase to buy tobacco products

Ayanna Poole reads her poetry aloud while smoking a cigarette in Peace Park on Tuesday. When asked about the proposition to increase the legal smoking age to 21, Poole said that when she started college, "smoking was one of the things I needed. Sometimes I have to smoke to keep my mind going."

First ward councilwoman sponsors a bill that would raise legal age limit for purchase of tobacco products to 21, and another bill to ban smoking of e-cigarettes indoors. 

Historian leads efforts to preserve original stretch of Boone's Lick Trail

County government officials say there are no park funds remaining in the budget, meaning there are more obstacles to cleaning up historic site than just its ankle-high grass and fallen trees.

MU’s smoking policy could expand to city streets on campus

The city is proposing an ordinance that will permit MU to enforce its smoking policy on city streets within campus.

CoMO Connect draws riders in August

Ridership figures for Columbia's new public transit system, CoMO Connect, show early success.


Title IX officials investigate two reports of rape near MU campus

These are the first two reports of rape during the 2014-2015 academic year. On Sept. 9, campus police reported a sexual assault near Jesse Hall.


Judge sets Ryan Ferguson lawsuit deadlines, trial date

Deadlines for pretrial procedures were extended by U.S. Circuit Judge Nanette Laughrey.

MU Museum of Anthropology curator sets world record

Candy Sall was surprised to find she broke a world record with her bow and arrows at the U.S. National Flight Championship.

Missouri Students Association video says 'Enough is Enough' to sexual violence and assault

The Missouri Students Association emailed a video titled "Enough is Enough" to MU students Tuesday morning along with a letter that encouraged students to attend Safe Mizzou 2014's Personal Safety Fair. The video features students and administrators speaking out against sexual violence and assault in the MU community.

MU features mbira, hosts 'Shona Stories Through Song'

A concert by mbira artists Fradreck Mujuru and Erica Azim will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday evening at First Presbyterian Church, 16 Hitt St. MU English professor and mbira player Anand Prahlad, who organized the event, hopes the concert will bring awareness to the African instrument and the culture surrounding it.

iPad Minis issued to Columbia 5th-graders

Julie Nichols, manager for instructional technology for Columbia Public Schools, said the devices are intended to prepare them for their transition into middle school.

College Avenue median near MU gets go-ahead

Safety enhancements along College Avenue were approved by City Council on Monday night. 

Fee increases, programs cemented in city budget

The trash bag voucher program and Columbia Access Television both secured funding.

UPDATE: Ferguson protesters call anew to remove prosecutor

Critics have called for Prosecutor Bob McCulloch to either step aside or for Gov. Jay Nixon to appoint a special prosecutor, citing concerns about whether McCulloch could fairly oversee the case.

CDC study: Americans' bellies are expanding fast

Fifty-four percent of U.S. adults have abdominal obesity, up from 46 percent in 1999-2000, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Missouri won't appeal rewrite of early voting item

A spokeswoman for Attorney General Chris Koster said Tuesday that he won't ask the state Supreme Court to hear the case following Monday's decision by an appeals court panel.

Movie 'Gone Girl' expected to premiere in Missouri

A premiere is planned for Oct. 2 in Cape Girardeau where part of the movie was filmed. The movie opens in theaters nationwide Oct. 3.

FBI investigates Missouri officer's stun gun use

The family of the 17-year-old issued a statement Monday seeking an investigation by the U.S. Justice Department.

ANALYSIS: Missouri veto session displays political divide

Not only did the number of veto overrides set a single-year record, it nearly doubled the total amount that had succeeded since 1820, when Missouri was still a territory.

Missouri unemployment rate drops slightly

Scotland took long road to independence vote