Public questions Columbia City Council's intent with budget proposal

Residents brought up the proposed discontinuation of the city's trash bag voucher program and hike in sewer connection fees. Others supported a change to rental property inspection fees.

Record-setting rain causes flooding, road closures, power outages

More thunderstorms have been forecast for Wednesday and Friday, though they aren't expected to be as severe.

Discussion to take down MU rec complex rock wall sparks social media outcry

The MU Student Recreation Complex is discussing taking down the rock climbing wall to expand one of the complex's weight-training rooms, but no decision has been made yet.

A running Opus docket: the relevance and meaning of all documents filed in the Opus case

The Missourian has aggregated important documents from the civil rights case that has kept the Opus Development Co. project from proceeding.

Columbia residents can now adopt rain gardens

The gardens are collections of deep-rooted plants in small depressions in the ground. They improve water quality and offset flooding by absorbing rainwater.

A chance for free Roots 'N' Blues tickets offered to low-income residents

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Sept. 12, and winners will be selected by a random drawing Sept. 15.

Upcoming Tomato Festival set to be largest in its decade-long history

The 10th annual Tomato Festival is expanding to accommodate more people this year. The festival aims to educate the community and interest them in growing tomatoes and other vegetables at home.


Video purportedly shows beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff

A spokesman says Steven Sotloffs family "knows of this horrific tragedy and is grieving privately."

Respiratory illness strikes hundreds of KC-area kids

Missouri teacher initiative survives ballot challenge

The measure up for a vote in November would tie teachers' jobs to student performance.

Double mastectomy doesn't boost breast cancer survival rate for most

A new study found that double mastectomies don't increase the chance of survival in breast cancer patients with one-sided cancer.

Long phone delays in Missouri's Medicaid call center

Records show that nearly half of the people trying to use the call center are encountering such long delays that they are hanging up.

UPDATE: Centene to bring new claims center to Ferguson

Centene's chairman and CEO Michael Neidorff said in a statement that the company chose Ferguson as a way to help it recover from the unrest caused by Brown's shooting on Aug. 9.

More storms roll through Midwest with hail, winds

The National Weather Service said a tornado was confirmed near Cedar Vale, Kansas, on Monday night.

Home Depot investigates possible credit card data breach

Home improvement retailer says it is working with both banks and law enforcement to investigate "unusual activity" that may be a hack.

Missouri seeks to get more local food into schools

To qualify for competitive grants of up to $200,000, applicants must purchase or process food from small farmers or produce food themselves.

Flights diverted after passengers fight over personal space

Because of decreased legroom on flights, angry fliers are causing planes to make unscheduled landings.


Artists moved by Michael Brown death gather in Peace Park

Columbia-based group Artists for Justice set up a stage for musical and spoken word performances, while other artists created work around the park.

Columbia City Council to discuss solar project, Hinkson Creek, sewer cost increase, Flat Branch trunk line

Here's a preview of the various public improvement projects and rate increases the Columbia City Council will discuss Tuesday night.

UPDATE: Monday night thunderstorm causes floods, fires, road closures

A lightning strike ignited an north Columbia roof, and flood water submerged roads across town.