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'Heads in beds' a boon to visitors bureau

Columbia's Convention and Visitors Bureau advertises the city through television and billboard ads. Because the bureau is funded solely by a 4 percent lodging tax on the hotels, motels and bed-and-breakfasts in Columbia, it works hard to get tourists to the city for overnight visits.

Hotel receipts produced a 9.2 percent boost in revenue for the agency that markets Columbia.

EXPLAINED: Take a closer look at Missouri's budget process

It can be difficult to keep up with the Missouri budget process. Here's some background so you can jump right into discussion. 

Lego tournament teams learn problem-solving skills through competition

Kids ages 9-14 showcased their robot-building and programming skills in the inaugural Mizzou FIRST Lego League Tournament Saturday afternoon at Lafferre Hall.

 

New plan for Ozark riverways includes limits on motorboat, trail access

The National Park Service approved a new management plan for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. This will be its first update since 1984, marking the end of the contentious review process, with local residents concerned about restrictions on their access to the rivers.

Third Goal Film Festival showcases volunteers' experiences, international issues

The Third Goal Film Festival screened five documentaries in an effort to advance Peace Corps’ Third Goal: "Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans."

16-year-old in critical condition following Highway 63 accident

A 16-year-old Holts Summit boy is in critical condition at University Hospital after an accident on Highway 63 Friday night.

Public weighs in on proposed Shepard-Rollins connector trail options

The city's Public Works Department revealed new information about the proposed Shepard Boulevard-Rollin Street connector trail options and gauged public opinion.

FFA Senior Citizen Prom brings generations together

For the past 14 years, high school-aged members of the North Callaway High School chapter of the Future Farmers of America and senior citizens have gathered annually to dance and learn from one another.

MU NORML president Benton Berigan committed to influencing public policy

Berigan, a biology and psychology major at MU, has served as president of the MU chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws for the past two years.

New 10-bed surgical hospital planned for Discovery Park

MU Health Care will partner with Nueterra again to expand its regional footprint by building a $40 million hospital on Discovery Parkway. Officials with Nueterra say the facility will include an emergency room and two operating rooms.

Cold weather returns; snow predicted for weekend

The National Weather Service says a cold front is headed to mid-Missouri, bringing with it a wintery mix that may complicate mid-Missourians' travel plans.

 

One map deserved another: Where Missouri senators went to college

In response to a Washington Post story about where current senators went to college, the Missourian takes a look at where the last 10 people to represent Missouri in the Senate got their degrees.

No one injured in fire at Woodstock Estates Trailer Court

No one was home at the time of the fire. Columbia Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Todd said that the occupants had moved out the day before.

State looking into whether IBM layoffs affect subsidies

REDI expresses confidence in the tech firm that announced an unspecified number of layoffs Wednesday.

Columbia man arrested on suspicion of distributing child porn

Investigators from the Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force  arrested Gary Steven Daniel, 6627 S. Maple Meadows Drive, after an investigation that began in September.

Office of Sustainability kicks off CoMo Energy Challenge

Sustainability employees spoke at an event Friday about how residents can help save energy in an effort to win the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize.

Five arrests made in Lake of the Woods Road burglary

Three suspects were arrested Thursday and two were arrested earlier this week on suspicion of burglary and stealing at a home on Lake of the Woods Road.

Officials confirm Wright bid wrong for Boone County 911 center

County counselor C.J. Dykhouse stood behind the decision to award the bid to Little Dixie Construction on Thursday.

Homeless get haircuts, eyeglasses and more at Project Homeless Connect event

The biannual event was held Thursday morning at the Family Impact Center.

Park Places: All things parking downtown and at MU

The Columbia parking scene has many moving parts. Kathy Hamilton has a small but important part to play in the machine: giving out parking tickets.

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