Low Columbia gas prices are a welcome break for drivers

Columbia gas prices averaged $3.10 Thursday, a 42-cent decrease from the 2011 state average.

MU Life Science Business Incubator provides help for biomedical companies

The facility at Discovery Ridge provides a nurturing place for 22 small biomedical companies. 

Disney to make new 'Star Wars' films, buy Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion

The Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that the company had bought Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.05 billion. Disney plans to make a new trilogy of "Star Wars" films; the first film, "Episode 7," is set to release in 2015. 

Tiger Hotel renovation scheduled to be complete by the end of this year

The owner of the downtown landmark showed its rooms to local media Wednesday.

City Council approves deal with American Airlines for new flights

The city will donate $1.8 million to a fund to protect the airline against losses.

Delta: It's unfair to offer American Airlines revenue guarantee fund

While Mayor Bob McDavid is willing to negotiate with Delta Air Lines Inc., Councilman Gary Kespohl thinks it will be a mistake for Delta if it decides to leave the market.

MFA withdraws rezoning request for Rock Quarry Break Time location

Attorney for MFA Oil says Columbia City Council members were leaning against the idea.

Rock Quarry neighborhood slowly losing battle against development

Residents to fight request for Break Time rezoning at City Council meeting on Monday night.

Officials discuss revenue guarantee for new flights to Chicago, Dallas

The City Council will discuss about four ordinances related to the deal with American Eagle airlines that will add two new flights from Columbia Regional Airport to Chicago and Dallas.

Former Tigers quarterback tells students to "invest"

Chase Daniel returned to MU to discuss how he runs an apparel business while playing professional football.

Mayor announces tentative agreement for new flights to Chicago, Dallas

American Eagle airlines could add new flights to Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport starting in February.

Two Columbia Mall fast-food restaurants reopen following inspection

Stir Fry 88 and Famous Cajun Grill, both located in the food court at Columbia Mall, passed a second inspection from the Health Department on Tuesday.

Tobacco tax ballot measure would raise money for education, cessation programs

Proposition B seeks to boost the lowest cigarette tax in the nation, but opponents say it's too much.

2 Columbia Mall restaurants temporarily closed for health code violations

Famous Cajun and Stir Fry 88 were temporarily closed after an inspector found improper storage of raw foods and unclean surfaces in the restaurant. 

Grocery store dietitians help customers with lifestyle changes

Hy-Vee and Natural Grocers are among the increasing number of retailers who are finding value in having dietitians or nutritional counselors in their stores to help shoppers choose healthier foods.

Yoga to Grow follows national trend in offering yoga to children

Susan Mathis, a former early childhood educator, owns alleyCat Yoga and Yoga to Grow in Columbia, where she teaches kids from infants to teens how to feel strong and powerful and connect to their own bodies through yoga. 

US Fidelis president gets 8-year state prison term

Darain Atkinson was sentenced Monday in St. Charles on state charges of stealing and fraud.

City error leads council to table Rock Quarry rezoning request

Mayor Bob McDavid called it "a matter of fairness" for the council vote to be postponed to allow Rock Quarry residents another opportunity to present a valid petition.

Bacon shortage 'baloney,' but prices to rise

The economics of the current drought are likely to nose up prices for bacon and other pork products next year, by as much as 10 percent.

Big Lots CEO donates $500,000 to Columbia College

Bargain store CEO Steven Fishman donated $500,000 to his alma mater, Columbia College. The funds will be used to open the Steven and Barbara Fishman Center for Entrepreneurship.