McCollum cites office experience in election for Boone County collector

Brian McCollum is running for Boone County Collector. He is a Democrat.

Democrat Brian McCollum has worked in the collector's office for more than 13 years and hopes to succeed his boss, Pat Lensmeyer, who is retiring.

Reisch draws on decades of political service for Boone County collector bid

The Republican mayor of Hallsville cites her family's long ties to Boone County and her political acumen as qualifications for the job.

Historic fires part of Halloween themed walking tour

Don't be afraid to take in scary tales during a twilight walking tour downtown on Thursday evening.


Groups meet to plan ouster of Ginny Chadwick from Columbia City Council

Activists seeking First Ward Councilwoman Ginny Chadwick's removal met at The Bridge on Walnut Street to strategize.

Finance reports show fundraising, spending of county candidates, political committees

The reports are the last that will be filed before Tuesday's election. Many candidates saw a recent spike in contributions.

Purple handprints symbolize MU's pledge against sexual violence

The Missouri Students Association hosted the "These Hands Are Not For Hurting" event as part of a campaign against sexual violence.  

Provost candidate Wiencek addresses MU's AAU rating, focus on Title IX

John Wiencek, now the interim provost at Virginia Commonwealth University, was the second MU provost candidate to be introduced to the MU community. During a public forum Wednesday, he gave an introduction about how his academic experiences relate to the open provost position. 

Candidates discuss job creation, health care at NAACP forum

Ten candidates participated in the forum that also addressed relations between the city and county and issues specific to some offices.

Columbia Police Department investigates check fraud incidents

The Columbia Police Department is in an ongoing investigation of a series of check scams that have occurred in Boone County. The most recent target was the Boone County National Bank.

Downtown Columbia Leadership Council finishes infrastructure report

The chairman tells Columbia City Council members in a letter that efforts to improve utilities downtown can't wait.

Shot fired at child; mother arrested

The shot narrowly missed a man holding a 4-year-old child. The child's mother was arrested and faces several charges.

Columbia man sentenced to 7 years for possesion of child pornography

Columbia resident Jarrod Hoffman will participate in a four-month sex offenders program during his incarceration, said Tracy Perkins, a detective at the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

Armed man in Halloween mask robs grocery store and hotel

Police said a masked man robbed a grocery store Tuesday night and a hotel after midnight. No injuries were reported, and both investigations are ongoing.

As autism diagnoses increase, therapy and treatment services strive to keep up

The number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder has been increasing in recent years. Meanwhile, there aren't enough clinical and educational resources to keep up with demand.

Amendment 3 would tighten requirements on evaluating teachers

The fate of an amendment next week will determine how much control schools have over teacher evaluations and contracts.

Studies compare Columbia development fees to other municipalities

Proposition 2 would move Columbia's road fees into the upper half of cities with which it is frequently compared, but its overall development fees would remain relatively low.

Documentary photographer Eugene Richards clicks with students

Missouri Honor Medal recipient Eugene Richards spoke to students at a Q&A and delivered a master class at the Missouri School of Journalism on Tuesday.

What you need to know before you go the polls Nov. 4

The general election ballot includes statewide and local ballot issues as well as races for legislative and county offices.

Teal Pumpkin Project aims to raise awareness of food allergies

Two Columbia mothers urge people to remember children with food allergies and invisible disabilities. There are "all types of little ones out there," Tara Arnett says.

The Guardian's James Ball warns of waning anonymity

New technology is making it more and more difficult to keep sources confidential, says the special projects editor of the Guardian US.