State Republicans, municipal leaders clash on jurisdictional authority

Republican legislators, including Columbia's Caleb Rowden and Kurt Schaefer, have argued that the state should have the final say on matters of finance. Columbia City Councilman Michael Trapp has said that bills limiting local control block the abilities of municipal governments to govern effectively.

MISSOURIAN MINUTE: Columbia color guard steps up work ahead of state competition

Columbia's first middle school winter guard team will compete in its first statewide meet Saturday. The performance highlights the students' journey through middle school. 

Hallsville man arrested on suspicion of child pornography possession

The Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force found more than 20 pornographic images when it searched Clifford Millam's home Feb. 20.

Boonville Nordyne manufacturing plant empties

Once the workplace for almost 900 mid-Missourians, the Nordyne plant in Boonville is in its final days and will shutter by August.

At Tolton High School, BARF fills the fitness gap

BARF — or Blazer Athletics Running and Fitness — was established at Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School in 2013 as a way to keep athletes in shape between sports seasons and is now a hit among students. The name was chosen to amuse the students, but it's serious work.

Symposium highlights issues of race, policing in Ferguson

The Michael Brown shooting continues to shed light on racial discrimination and calls for change

First lady to take Gov. Nixon's place on Cuba trip

State Auditor Tom Schweich's death prompted the the governor to change his schedule. First lady Georganne Nixon will meet with the Cuban ministries of trade, agriculture, tourism and foreign affairs.

UPDATE: Gunman, four victims, identified in Tyrone shooting

The bodies were found in four residences around Tyrone overnight Thursday, and a 36-year-old suspected gunman was also found dead in a running pickup truck.

Members of Foundation for Columbia's Future announced

The organization will support Proposition 1, a $63.1 million bond issue for electric improvements, and Proposition 2, which asks Columbia residents to pay higher monthly bills for the city's stormwater utility.

Fire severely damages Columbia mobile home

The home's three residents and a cat named Cleo escaped unharmed.

Two arrested in connection with downtown vandalism

The arrests come after officers discovered graffiti on downtown businesses and MU buildings between Wednesday and Thursday.

Death notices for Feb. 27

Death notices for Luther William Black, Cynthia DeLisle and Doris Ann Hutchison.

Special Olympics swimmer succeeds in the pool and beyond

Allison D'Agostino, who was diagnosed with mosaic Down syndrome when she was 4 years old, was named the best athlete in the state by Special Olympics Missouri in January. 

Boone County layers up disaster preparedness plans

On Tuesday, the Boone County Commission signed an agreement with Ameren to collaborate in the event of a nuclear meltdown at the Callaway Energy Center. Boone County Northern District Commissioner Janet Thompson said signing Ameren's "FLEX" plan indicates the county would coordinate with other agencies, including state emergency management authorities and first responders.

Columbia Public Schools gives recomendation for 2 special services positions

Columbia Public Schools has recommended David Wilson and Tori Ballew to fill the positions of director and supervisor of special services respectively. Wilson has been with Columbia Public Schools for 14 years and Ballew has been in education for 13.

Unfavorable report on School of Medicine presented at MU Faculty Council

MU Faculty Council heard an unfavorable report about the work environment at the MU School of Medicine for tenured and tenure-track faculty.  

MISSOURIAN MINUTE: CoMO Connect driver weighs in on system evolution

Robert Olinger has driven for the city's bus system for 3 1/2 years. He has witnessed the transit system's change to CoMO Connect and enjoys driving students on the new line.

Chris Kelly will lead support of Columbia ballot issues

The former Missouri state representative will be the chairman of the Foundation for Columbia's Future, a committee formed to support the passage of Propositions 1 and 2 on the April 7 ballot.

MU's new provost says she is ready to tackle tough issues on campus

Garnett Stokes discussed her future plans at MU in an open interview with news media representatives Tuesday morning. Her appointment as provost began Feb. 2. 

Jury finds Oklahoma man guilty in murder of Brian Daniels

Casey Lewis, the second man convicted in the April 2013 murder of Brian Daniels, will be sentenced in April. James Thompson was convicted in January.