Missouri students compete in National Geographic Bee

Hundreds of elementary and middle school students, including nine from Columbia, competed Friday in a statewide geography bee at MU.

Nikhil Krishnan, a seventh-grader from Fenton, beat out hundreds of fellow Missouri students to earn a trip to Washington, D.C., in May for the National Geographic Bee championship.

City Council candidates weigh in on whether Columbia's marijuana ordinances should be changed

Some candidates support putting the issue on a citywide ballot, others suggest a statewide vote is needed.

History, community intersect at downtown armory

If you know where to look, there are still places in the Armory Sports and Recreation Center that hark back to its original use by the National Guard.



Nate Brown wants to give the First Ward community a voice

The Reynolds Journalism Institute spokesman who grew up in Columbia's Sharp End says the city must improve its relationship with central-city residents.

Phillips wants to bring MU student influence to Columbia City Council

The former community relations chairman for the Missouri Students Association wants to cultivate a stronger relationship between the campus and other Columbia residents. 

City Council candidate Rader cites family's stake in First Ward

The co-owner and manager of Bengals says his work at the bar has given him unique insight, and he has ideas on how to solve some of the problems facing the city.

Michael Barrett named to lead the Missouri State Public Defender System

Barrett, a Columbia lawyer, says he will seek to improve funding for the system.

Muleskinners ask First Ward candidates about social issues, economic development

Six of the First Ward candidates answered questions but revealed few significant differences in their positions on a range of issues.

Man arrested for robbing another man, threatening him later

The victim said he walked out of a game of cards and dice with about $3,000 and was almost immediately robbed of all of it.

Many MU administrators accept buyouts

The buyouts, which were announced in January, were offered to tenured faculty as long as they were at least 62 and eligible for retirement by Aug. 31.

New York author writes memoir about caring for his ailing mother in a small Missouri town

George Hodgman's "Bettyville" is also an accounting of his return to conservative, tight-knit Paris as a gay man.

MU student Jake Loft not shy about City Council ambitions

The MU senior says he's passionate about politics and about making a difference in people's lives. Loft said he wants to help bring accountability and positive change to Columbia, promoting a dialogue between all residents of the First Ward and the rest of Columbia, and help build trust between the city government and residents.

Sal Nuccio on his own campaign trail, off the beaten path

In his second bid for a seat on the City Council, the Eastside Tavern owner isn't sticking with conventional election strategies. Nuccio says he wants to work to represent the views of the First Ward on issues such as marijuana reform, police presence, protecting the architectural integrity and appeal of downtown Columbia,  downtown development and infrastructure.

Three Columbia men arrested on forgery and drug charges

Arrests made Wednesday morning in relation to forged checks and heroin charges. 

Multiple shots fired on Quail Drive, again

Police responded to multiple shots near 2700 Quail Drive, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbia Police Department. 

Nonprofit work shapes experience of First Ward candidate Rasmussen

Rob Rasmussen works as a home coordinator for a local nonprofit agency and is active with Columbia Access Television.

No one evacuated due to electrical fire at Boone Hospital Center

Traffic was blocked for at least two hours on East Broadway on Wednesday morning after several ladder trucks and other first-response units were sent to the scene.

Stewart hopes to be a student of his constituents

The First Ward Council candidate looks to secure Columbia's future by working with its youth.

St. Louis County prosecutor to speak at MU law school

A founder of the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys' student chapter says the event is a way to continue discussions about the events in Ferguson and race.

City officials hope voters will give them a pipeline of cash for storm sewer work

Proposition 2 would more than double stormwater utility bills to address the needs of a system that Public Works staff says is falling into disrepair.