$500,000 gift to help renovate Missouri Theatre

The Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts received a $500,000 donation from the estate of Mary Nell Porter that will modernize the building and renew its theatrical splendor.

State auditor to review MOHELA

JEFFERSON CITY — Just hours after dropping the “interim” from her title, State Auditor Susan Montee waded into one of the thickest political issues facing lawmakers this session with her first audit: a review of the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority.

Outside jury to be selected for man’s trial

A Columbia man facing charges in connection with the beating death of Carlos Kelly last March will be tried in Boone County, but the jury will be selected from another county, Boone County Circuit Judge Gene Hamilton ruled Monday.

Society members unaware of donor’s wealth

Although members of the Missouri Symphony Society were aware of Mary Nell Porter’s philanthropy, they had no idea how much financial help she would provide the organization.

Driver facing charges in 3-car crash

A Columbia man was in critical condition Monday and another man faced multiple charges in connection with a three-car crash Sunday evening at Stadium Boulevard and Worley Street.

Crash course on the big screen

Director and producer R.J. Visciglia Jr. traveled all the way from Los Angeles to teach a seven-day course in film production at Stephens College and to shake up some students’ academic lives. Rather than merely lecturing on methods and processes, Visciglia throws his students into leading the production and editing themselves.

Man pleads guilty in fatal DUI crash

On May 11, just a day before the official end of MU’s winter 2006 semester, MU student Adam Droesch and his longtime best friend, Greg Keeven, an 18-year-old sophomore at the University of Missouri-Rolla, went out with two other friends.

Couple gives $2 million to MU vet school

A basset hound is the latest benefactor of the For All We Call Mizzou Campaign.

Behind the times

They’re on computers. They’re on stoves. They’re on PDAs, digital cable menus and cell phones. Even some coffee tables are made out of them. Clocks are built into many everyday objects.

Columbia's countdown to snuffing out

The days of smoky bars and restaurants come to an end in Columbia when the city’s new anti-smoking law takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.

After ban, patios could be retreat for smokers

After submitting new plans to the city for covering his patio, Daniel Verso laughed about having to put his air filtration system up for sale on eBay. The owner of Athena Night Club at Hitt and Locust streets said the filtration system won’t be needed anymore, and he’s focusing on dressing up his patio areas.

Conforming, but mainly unhappy

Even mentioning the smoking ordinance that takes effect after midnight tonight will get you an earful from Lucy Reddick, owner of the modest Lucy’s Corner Cafe at Broadway and Fifth Street.

In hotels, only place to smoke to be bedroom

The smoking ordinance that takes effect Tuesday will require Columbia hotels and motels to prohibit smoking everywhere but bedrooms. But some owners are reducing the number of smoking rooms anyway.

Stop-smoking strategies to kick the cigarette habit

Does the ban on smoking have you thinking it might be time to kick the habit? Here’s some information on smoking-cessation methods.

Hindman to seek fifth term

Mayor Darwin Hindman’s decision to seek a record fifth term as Columbia’s top elected official brought enthusiastic responses from fellow council members.

Book stirs teens to fundraise for health

For some people, a class is just a class, a book is just a book. But for Rock Bridge High School students in the contemporary issues class, a class and a book have inspired several events held throughout Columbia to raise money for a public health charity.

Marathon to celebrate start of smoking ban

Jim Linville and his friends are going to be laughing out loud Tuesday as they run, walk, skip and jump a giant lap around the city of Columbia.

Memories of Im preserved in book

Friends, family and colleagues of slain MU microbiology professor Jeong Im gathered at Memorial Union on Saturday afternoon to celebrate the life of a man they remember as a stimulating teacher, a skillful carpenter, a pragmatist and much more.

Supportive survival

The crucial ingredient to Bill and Sue Brannon’s 50 years of marriage, they say, is the fact that they bear through every trial with a cheerful attitude.

Missouri sinkhole keeps on growing

SPRINGFIELD — City officials have no plans to plug an expanding sinkhole near Sequiota Cave outside of Springfield — at least for now.