ANY QUESTIONS: Which is easier to predict, rain or snow?

Winter systems tend to be much more difficult to predict as there are more variables in the winter than there are in the summer, said Kenton Gewecke, a meteorologist with KOMU 8.

Benton Elementary says 'no' to sweet snacks in school

School gives up annual candy fundraiser to emphasize new guidelines that discourage sweet treats and other unhealthy snacks in the classroom and lunchroom.

Smithton students begin programming robots to behave like humans

GlaDos the robot can recognize faces and speech, as well as sing and dance. Smithton Middle School students chose songs for GlaDos to play as a type of "robot karaoke."

Corporate pilot impacted by church when his life hits bottom

Columbia pilot turned to Christianity in times of uncertainty and doubt.

Part of North Eighth Street to be closed Dec. 29 through Dec. 31

The road will be open between 4 p.m. and 7 a.m. nightly.

Veterans turn to volunteer drivers to shuttle them to medical appointments

Gary Powell is one of several volunteers in Columbia who makes sure military veterans can get to their VA appointments. It means getting up at the crack of dawn, but Powell, a veteran himself, says he doesn't mind because at the end of day, he's "helping people that need help."

Columbia Fire Department discusses eliminating landline telephones

Converting Columbia's infrastructure to cellular technology was the topic of a discussion at a recent meeting of the Building Construction Codes Commission.

Shakir Hamoodi returns to his home after stay in halfway house, federal prison

Shakir Hamoodi's sons said the family has been eating a lot of food together since he returned home after spending 28 months in federal prison for sending money to Iraq.

Columbia New Year's Eve celebration brings back fireworks

The Columbia Eve Fest begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 31 in downtown Columbia. The grand finale begins at 11:30 p.m. on Ninth Street between Elm and Locust streets. Volunteers are still needed to help with the event.

MU student recovering from surgery after attack near Campus Bar and Grill

MU senior Joel Grisamore is the son of outgoing state representative Jeff Grisamore. The student was attacked by two unknown males about 10:30 p.m. Dec. 8 outside of Campus Bar and Grill at 304 S. Ninth St., according to police reports.

Two incumbents file ahead of Jan. 20 deadline for Columbia School Board openings

So far, incumbents Christine King and Darin Preis are the only candidates for three-year terms.

Moberly artist learned skills from parents that help her create jewelry and more

Stephanie Hunt, a service line specialist at MU Health Care, uses her creative abilities outside the hospital to give special fabric gifts or jewelry to friends and family.

Brian Adkison enters not guilty plea on Boone County charges

The 25-year-old Columbia man will face trial Jan. 7.

Closed for remodeling since July 2013, Arch and Column will open to ring in new year

Arch and Column Pub will celebrate the end of its 1 ½ yearlong hiatus on New Year's Eve with a party too big for the inside of the building.

Six Columbia teens arrested in connection to Jefferson City shooting

The teens were stopped Monday driving north on U.S. 63 toward Columbia.

No Kill Columbia to open spay and neuter clinic

The clinic will serve Boone and neighboring counties to help decrease the number of unwanted animals.

Sony re-gifts 'The Interview' in limited Christmas release

Independent theaters had shown a stronger appetite to screen "The Interview." The film will play at Ragtag Cinema from Friday through Tuesday.

Lower grain prices from bumper corn crop help push cattle prices higher

In a turnaround from record years, prices for cattle could prompt the conversion of crop land to pasture.

Room at the Inn offers shelter on Christmas Day for first time

The winter shelter will have extended hours on both the Christmas Day and New Year's Day holidays.

Man's robbery charge amended in connection with April homicide

She'aun Prince, 23, of Columbia, now faces a lesser charge of second-degree burglary in addition to a second-degree murder charge in connection with a failed robbery attempt in April.