City redevelopment program provides affordable housing

The Columbia City Council approved the purchase of three vacant houses early Tuesday morning. All three have been deemed unlivable and will be rebuilt under the city's affordable housing program. Vacant houses are bought and rebuilt under the program.

The City Council approved the purchase of forgotten homes in a Columbia neighborhood that will be redeveloped by the city. Homeowners and neighbors speak about the program and the state of the houses.

Welcome Back 2014: What you might have missed over the summer

The Missourian's 2014 "Welcome Back" edition offers a glimpse of what has happened around Columbia over the summer.

MU welcomes students with Midnight BBQ

The barbecue drew thousands of excited students to Rollins Street. The event, which is part of the Fall Welcome Week, featured food, games and music.

Columbia front and center for total solar eclipse in 2017

An American Astronomical Society workshop this week at MU will begin planning outreach and educational activities in advance of the spectacle.

Domionte Cheatum sentenced to 40 years in Anthony Unger murder case

Domionte Cheatum, who was found guilty of second-degree murder in June, was sentenced to 40 years in prison at the Boone County Courthouse on Thursday.

Central Missouri man dies in house fire

Cole County fire authorities say 40-year-old Steven Mims died in the fire Wednesday in Centertown.

Aid group: U.S. doctor who had Ebola has recovered

Franklin Graham, president of North Carolina-based Samaritan's Purse, said in a statement that the group was celebrating Kent Brantly's recovery. He has been in the hospital's isolation unit for nearly three weeks.

Many police killings, but only Ferguson explodes

The response to Brown's death turned violent because of a convergence of factors, observers say, including the stark nature of the killing in broad daylight, an aggressive police response to protests, a mainly black city being run by white officials — and the cumulative effect of killing after killing after killing of unarmed black males.

NAACP hosts rally for Michael Brown on Thursday outside Boone County Courthouse

The rally for Michael Brown will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday. It will include speakers, hymns from the civil rights movement and prayer from local ministers.

UPDATE: Holder says he understands mistrust of police

Attorney General Eric Holder sought Wednesday to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown's death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police.

Plaintiffs' legal team adds lawyer in Opus case

Plaintiffs in a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Columbia have added another lawyer, Joseph Sheppard, to their legal team.


South of downtown, park has its own sewer troubles

Manhole covers that overflow in a neighborhood park are one of numerous city sewer projects waiting in the wings.


Families take a world trip at August's Family Fun Fest

A world ball, a robot-shaped bounce house and a station on Chinese culture were a few of the many attractions at Family Fun Fest on Wednesday.


MU students recount their arrests in Ferguson

Third-year MU students Katlyne Ryan and James Pollard were among 78 people arrested in Ferguson Sunday night and early Monday morning.

Rock Bridge, Columbia Area Career Center get buzz-in systems

The final two schools in the Columbia School District are getting a buzz-in security system, which is part of a districtwide evaluation of safety issues.

UM Curators extend President Wolfe's contract through 2018

Under the terms of the extended contract, the president's base salary of $459,000 and incentive pay of $100,000 will remain the same.

Columbia bow hunters learn ground rules for pursuing urban deer

Deer hunters in Columbia are using the city's bow hunting program to hunt deer on select city properties.

Environmental award program announces application dates

The Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement Award Program is open through Dec. 31 for applications.


City releases openings for Boards and Commissions

Residents are needed to fill various vacancies on boards and commissions for the city.

Columbia faces heat advisory into the weekend

A heat advisory is in effect for central Missouri from Wednesday to 7 p.m. Sunday. The warning covers Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Montgomery and Osage counties. Residents are encouraged to use cooling centers.