Columbia City Council members take on state lawmakers' proposals

Counterclockwise: Columbia Fifth Ward Councilwoman Laura Nauser, Columbia Second Ward Councilman Michael Trapp, state Sen. Kurt Schaefer and state Rep. Caleb Rowden. In the last year, state legislators have sought to restrict cities from setting their own policies on a number of issues: plastic bag control, ride-sharing services, broadband networks, and policies similar to Columbia’s recently passed “Ban the Box” ordinance.

Legislation filed in the Missouri General Assembly seeks to undo or pre-empt ordinances passed by local governments, including Columbia.

Council votes against moratorium, Shakespeare's to be demolished

The Columbia City Council voted on Monday against protecting downtown buildings 50 or more years old from demolition for six months, clearing the way for the demolition of Shakespeare's.

City Council votes to form a Business Loop community improvement district

Columbia City Council voted 5-2 in favor of establishing a Business Loop community improvement district Monday night.

Council discusses projects for sales tax ballot

The current Capital Improvement Sales Tax, passed in 2005, is a one-fourth cent sales tax that generates $6.3 million a year, adjusted for inflation. The sales tax expires on Dec. 31 of this year, and the 2015 ballot seeks to add a 10-year extension.

Suspect arrested in sexual assault on MU campus

Police arrested 18-year-old Luke Kezekiya Kuol, a Hickman High School student, around 1 p.m. Monday for his alleged involvement in the assault Saturday on MU campus.

After recent MU Alerts, police captain says student safety is priority

MU Alerts were sent out after police shot and killed an armed robbery suspect Wednesday night and during the search for two suspects in another armed robbery early Sunday morning. Two Clery releases were also emailed to university addresses Saturday.

Review of Missouri K-12 learning goals further strained

Last year, lawmakers opposed to the Common Core required a review of the standards with the goal of replacing them with standards recommended by Missouri parents and teachers.

Garth Avenue sidewalk project planned for summer

The city also plans to install a crosswalk with pedestrian push buttons and countdown timers at Garth and Worley.

Shot fired in northeast Columbia

Officers located a cartridge casing in the area.

Police respond to burglary in progress

When patrol officers arrived at the home in the 4600 block of Raspberry Ridge Drive, K-9s searched but didn't locate any suspects.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Missouri Department of Natural Resources' hazardous waste generator database

Users can see what registered hazardous waste producers are located near them. The database provides the names, addresses and size classifications of the waste creators, as well as contact information for each facility.

Stephens softball swept at William Woods

William Woods has now outscored Stephens 175-4 in the all-time series.

Columbia preschoolers play with oversized blocks on new playground

Children at UCP Heartland Child Development Center have a new play system with custom-designed blocks that allow them to build and rebuild their own playground.

Death notices for April 20

Death notices for Rolla Grace, Bob Muse, Donna Linville, James Gonzalez, Virgil Nagel, Liam Hardaway, Evelyn Krick and Ronald Rosson.

Robert Muse served his country, his community

Robert Muse of Columbia served in the Air Force and on the Columbia Police Department. He died April 11. He was 76.

DOWNLOADABLE E-BOOK: Columbia Past and Present

Download a copy of the e-book edition of Columbia Past and Present.

Details on the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners

An MU School of Journalism 1985 graduate was among the prize winners. The late New York Times columnist David Carr was a finalist for commentary, which was won by the Houston Chronicle's Lisa Falkenberg for her columns about grand jury abuses.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch wins Pulitzer Prize for Ferguson photography

The New York Times took home three of American journalism's top award, while the Los Angeles Times won two. The Washington Post and Wall Street Journal were also among the winners.

Blue Bell Creameries issues recall of all products

The voluntary recall Monday includes ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks and extends to retail outlets in Missouri as well as in more than 20 other states.


Pill-taking can be less yucky for kids, study review finds

Kathleen Bradford of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill gives some tips to help kids swallow their medicine.