No injuries in Columbia apartment fire

The woman and her dog, along with a man from another apartment, were the only occupants in the building at the time of the fire. No one was injured.

Defense works to loosen link between Casey Lewis and murder weapon

The prosecution tried to tie Lewis more closely to James Thompson, who was convicted last month of plotting to kill Brian Daniels.

Columbia schools near top in state for suspending black students

According to a report released Monday by the Center for Civil Rights Remedies, Missouri suspended black elementary students during the 2011-2012 school year at a higher rate than any other state.

Community leaders honored at Black History Month Program

The fourth annual Black History Month Program, put on by students of the Minority Achievement Committee known as MAC Scholars, honored Columbia leaders who worked to better their community and promote racial equality.

Councilwoman questions downtown leadership on infrastructure commission

Councilwoman Nauser expressed concerns about the commission becoming deadlocked on the issues and too political, mentioning that the last infrastructure task force became so divided it published competing reports.

East Campus sculptures expected to join Columbia's art collection

The East Campus Neighborhood Association wants to donate four sculptures to the city's art collection.

Decisions about late school starts are a tough call, officials say

Parents have reported dissatisfaction with the district's lack of consistency in calling delayed starts.

Property owners join forces to revitalize Business Loop

A community improvement district, similar to the one downtown, could levy taxes to pay for beautification and marketing efforts along the loop.

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.