WEATHER FROM PLANET BOONE: A special edition weather forecast from John Schneller

Welcome to a Tuesday edition of Schneller's weather forecast, as he watches another winter weather system push its way into our region.

Missouri bill would stop cities from banning plastic bags

Chicago, Seattle and Austin, Texas, have all passed plastic bag bans recently, and in September California became the first state to pass a statewide prohibition.


Kander talks campaign, touts accomplishments at chili supper

Less than a week after announcing his U.S. Senate campaign, Jason Kander gave a speech to Boone County Democrats on Monday night at the Boone County Democrats annual chili supper. 

Trial begins for Casey Lewis, alleged hit man in murder of Brian Daniels

A month after the conviction of James Thompson for the murder of Brian Daniels, the trial of the man accused of pulling the trigger — Casey Lewis — began Monday. 

Sheriff's Department asking for money to reduce speeding and drunken driving

Boone County and Columbia have high rates of alcohol-involved crashes, often ranking among the 10 highest such rates in Missouri. The Sheriff's Department hopes to reduce the number of drunken drivers and speeders with the help of some MoDOT grant money.


Columbia Public Works Department issues survey on bus shelter location

Residents can also attend a meeting about the shelter locations on Thursday.

Two men suspected in armed robbery

Two men, one armed with a gun, took an undisclosed amount of money on Monday morning from Missouri Title Loans. 

City's rental inspection regime lacks teeth

Loose rental codes, protracted enforcement and time tilt the scales against tenants.

MU announces plan to install new radar this spring

The new Doppler radar is part of a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study the agricultural, ecological and social impacts of climate variability.

Death notices for Feb. 23

Death notices for David Carter, 63, of Hallsville, and Diane Alvis, 66, of Columbia.

Lorene Prewitt Warmbrodt was passionate about education, enjoyed being with family

Lorene Prewitt Warmbrodt was a believer in the importance of education. She pushed her three children to excel in school and loved to spend time with family. She died Thursday, Feb. 19. She was 101 years old.

MISSOURIAN MINUTE: Local gym seeks to elevate gymnastics in Columbia

Elevate Gymnastics opened in December 2014, and owners Adrienne Perry and Rodney Gust hope to provide quality coaching to make it a premier gymnastics club. 

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Columbia considers implementing a roll-cart trash system

The city of Columbia has provided various sets of data in support of roll carts.

Columbia, MoDOT search for scarce road money

Interstate 70 and U.S. 63 might be the only Boone County roads the state can afford to properly maintain by 2017.

WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Friends of MU student start Twitter campaign; Missouri men's basketball ties losing streak

Other stories include coyote sightings near Columbia and confusion over the two Kim Andersons that work at MU.

SoCo closes its doors with blowout celebration

The main event was a drag show featuring eight performers, but the real star was club owner Marty Newman.

WEEK IN PHOTOS: Columbia residents play in snow, celebrate Ash Wednesday

Photos also include chickens at the Dimov family household, the MSHSAA Wrestling Championships at Mizzou Arena and the closing of SoCo Club.

Annual Gospel Explosion celebrates God, local black history

The annual Gospel Explosion & Soul Food Dinner brought together members of the community to remember Columbia's black history and sing songs of praise.

UPDATE: Travel made treacherous by Friday night ice

Cold temperatures and snow created slick roads Friday night in the Columbia area, and the icy conditions affected flights in and out of Columbia Regional Airport.

Let's Talk: Vagina Monologues

The Missourian was at the MU Vagina Monologues Saturday afternoon and asked attendees why they came and what they took away from the show.