City Council candidates offer their views on tax for new airport terminal

Candidates from the First, Second and Sixth wards shared their views on a hotel and motel tax that would help pay for a new terminal at Columbia Regional Airport.

Columbia police staffing remains a problem, officers and officials say

Officials say the failure of a November ballot issue and eroding sales tax revenue leave city with little means to beef up the force, which now stands at 163 sworn officers. A 2015 budget projection for Columbia's population puts the ratio of sworn officers to residents at 1.36 per 1,000.

City Council candidates share thoughts on Police Department staffing

Candidates from the First, Second and Sixth wards shared their views on staffing at the Columbia Police Department.

Columbia City Council candidates offer perspectives on roll carts

Candidates from the first, second and sixth wards shared their views on the proposed switch to roll carts.

Columbia City Council candidates field questions about environmental issues

Six candidates attended the Columbia City Council Candidate Forum on Clean Energy, Climate and the Environment, where they answered questions about city government's role in managing issues of climate and energy efficiency.

VIDEO: Columbia residents take a spin with roll carts

As the debate over whether to switch to an automated system of trash collection continues, the Missourian as part of its reporting on the issue asked three Columbians to try the carts and see how they work.

UPDATE: Write-in candidate hopes to bridge gap between MU students, city

Chad Phillips, a senior at MU, joins eight other candidates running in the April 7 election for the Columbia City Council's First Ward seat.

Finance reports show City Council races opening wallets of supporters

Eight of the 12 candidates for Columbia City Council submitted their campaign finance reports. The reports detail the money raised from the candidates supporters, how the candidates are spending the money, and who is financially supporting the candidates. Second Ward candidate Paul Love and First Ward candidates Rob Rasmussen, Nate Brown and Sal Nuccio did not file reports.

Petition submitted to recall Columbia councilwoman

City Clerk Sheela Amin will review the signatures to determine whether the petition to recall First Ward Councilwoman Ginny Chadwick is valid. Readers can review the petition to see who signed it.

Two ballot measures pass statewide, and two are defeated

Missourians react to the results of the state ballot measures: Amendment 2 and  Amendment 10 were approved, and Amendment 3 and Amendment 6 were voted down.

Columbia voters reject Proposition 2

The ballot measure would have raised development fees to help pay for new streets.

Sturgeon School District to receive $2 million in bonds for renovations

Voters in the Southern Boone County Fire Protection District also approved the addition of two members to its board of directors.

ELECTION 2014: A look at the results of some key local and state races

Here's a list of some key local and statewide races from Tuesday's midterm election.

UPDATE: GOP captures control of Senate, tightens grip on House

Republican Mitch McConnell led the way to a new Senate majority, dispatching Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky after a $78 million campaign of unrelieved negativity.

GOP lawmakers keep supermajority in Missouri General Assembly

Republicans will have enough seats to be able to override vetoes by Democratic Gov. Jan Nixon without needing any votes from minority party Democrats.

Democrat Joyce re-elected Cole County judge

Voters re-elected Joyce after an unusually costly local judicial campaign by Republican opponent Brian Stumpe.

Columbia voters reject public safety tax

Proposition 1 would have boosted Columbia's property tax levy to pay for additional police and firefighters.

ELECTION 2014: What the voters are saying

Voters across Boone County cast ballots for federal, state and county officials, as well as constitutional amendments and tax propositions. Read what they have to say here.

UPDATE: Chuck Basye wins 47th District state representative seat

Republican Chuck Basye defeated incumbent John Wright for the 47th District state representative seat.

Rowden elected to 2nd term as state representative for 44th District

The Columbia Republican defeated Democrat Tom Pauley of Hallsville, Missouri.