WEATHER FROM PLANET BOONE: The weekend forecast with John Schneller

Welcome to the Friday morning campfire as Schneller chews on this weekend's weather forecast.

Friends of MU student injured in sledding accident launch hashtag in support

The hashtag #1DforOglesby has been tweeted more than 9,000 times.

Juvenile suspected in string of robberies to be tried as adult

Terrence Harvey, 17, was arrested Thursday night. He will be tried as an adult.

Protest Poetry Slam winners use verse to delve into black experience

Organizers of the Black History Month Protest Poetry Slam wanted event Friday night to prompt discussion and promote change.

Death notices for Feb. 20

Death notices for Frances Irene Rimmer, Helen Christine Smith, Annabelle J. Roberts, and Lance C. Appleton.

Five years in, urban chicken interest endures but not for noisy roosters

Complaints filed with the city show that unwanted roosters have been the biggest single issue for neighbors.

UPDATE: Citizen board asks city to review walker safety along Providence

The city has been asked to review the speed limits and street lights along South Providence Road in light of a Jan. 22 fatal pedestrian accident. 

Snow, freezing rain headed for Columbia this weekend

As Columbia bundled up for a frigid Thursday, temperatures dropped to minus 19 in southeastern Missouri.

MU law professor highlights 'serious problems' in Missouri death penalty process

MU law professor Paul Litton — who helped produce a report on the potential flaws in the fairness and accuracy of the state's capital justice system — spoke Thursday night at a meeting hosted by opponents of the death penalty at the Missouri United Methodist Church.

Columbia's first net-zero house generates energy and interest

Columbia's first "net-zero" energy-efficient house was open for public viewing this week. The house can generate enough energy annually to average zero utility costs.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission, PedNet Coalition agree on trail options

Columbia's Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission said it will support the development of trail Options 1 and 3 in the Grindstone to Stephens Lake trail connection.

Death Notices for Feb. 19

Death notices for C.W. Hummel and JoAnn Lewis.

Charges reduced for 88-year-old man accused of killing wife

After pleading not guilty in November to a charge of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his wife, Donald Rowland will now face a lesser charge of first-degree involuntary manslaughter.

Community Tree Task Force created to advise Columbia City Council

The task force aims to be a temporary citizen advisory board that would directly advise the Columbia City Council on tree-related issues.

Hickman choir director charged with stalking granted home detention

Matthew Felts faces felony charges in connection with allegations that he stalked a woman in late December 2014.

Columbia School Board considers new school locations, testing procedures

A new school scheduled to open in 2018 will relieve overcrowding at Cedar Ridge Elementary School.

Advocates to discuss death penalty reform at Thursday night program

Paul Litton, an MU law professor, will present key recommendations from his report analyzing the state's death penalty system. The program begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Missouri United Methodist Church.

Columbia Public Schools to start late Thursday

Thursday is forecast to be the coldest day of the year so far. Due to the weather, school will start two hours later than usual, and buses will pick up riders two hours later than their normal times.

MU, Columbia Christians celebrate Ash Wednesday

Churchgoers celebrated Mass on Ash Wednesday at the Newman Center, marking the first day of Lent. Many attendees participated in Holy Communion and had ashes put on their foreheads.

Battalion Chief Kyle Fansler promoted to deputy fire chief

As deputy fire chief, Fansler becomes the second-highest ranking officer in the Columbia Fire Department.