Voters approve $14 million bond issue for fire protection district

The Boone County Fire Protection District will use the bond to refurbish or replace equipment and stations.

Petition to repeal student housing project gets 3,633 signatures

A group of citizens handed in a petition Tuesday afternoon designed to repeal approval of a student-housing complex in downtown Columbia.

2 arrested after handguns, drugs found in car near Clark Lane, U.S. 63 intersection

Boone County deputies arrested two Columbia residents late Monday night after finding handguns and drugs in the car they were in. According to a news release, the driver is a frequent offender.


Around 180 participants walked or jogged themselves and their canine companions across the finish line Saturday.


VOTERS GUIDE: How many votes make the difference?

Tuesday is Columbia’s 2014 municipal election. In previous years, some elections have been decided by a few hundred votes or fewer.

Shepard Boulevard Elementary gives Aiden Taylor a hero's welcome

Students and faculty at Shepard Boulevard Elementary School welcomed Aiden Taylor back to school for the first time since he was diagnosed with brain cancer in late January.

VOTERS GUIDE: What you need to know for Tuesday's election

The Missourian's staff put together this guide to help you get informed about the candidates and the issues before you vote.

Columbia City Council tables marijuana plant ordinance

The Columbia City Council plans to revisit in August an amendment that would decriminalize growing up to six marijuana plants.

Hickman senior wins $18,000 scholarship at national oratory competition

Ashwath Kumar edged out 52 other champion orators Sunday at the American Legion National Oratorical Contest in Indianapolis.

Duke admissions director highlights need for minorities in medicine

After admitting zero African-American students in 2007, the MU School of Medicine says the 2014 summer class will be its most diverse yet.

Bail reduced for mother of dead 8-month-old

A court has reduced Anna Steele's bail from $1 million to $250,000. If released, Steele will await trial under house-arrest at her parents' residence.

Sternwheeler owner to speak Tuesday about steamboats in Missouri River history

Barbara Giles, who owns a 1930s-era sternwheeler, will speak at Les Bourgeois Vineyards about steamboats' role in Missouri history.

Genocide survivor to share his reflections on Rwanda 20 years later

Emmanuel Habimana was orphaned during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. On Friday, he will be sharing his experiences and Rwanda's path to healing 20 years after the genocide occurred.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Report to Missouri legislature on insurance coverage for autism available

In the third annual report to the Missouri Legislature, the Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration outlines the progress in insurance coverage for autism treatment.

UPDATE: Missing Jefferson City toddler found in Atlanta, endangered persons advisory canceled

An endangered persons advisory was issued for 23-month-old Jack M. Randolph by the Jefferson City Police Department around noon on Sunday.

Missouri state Democratic lawmaker charged with 2 DWIs

A Missouri House of Representatives lawmaker was charged Friday for two separate instances of driving while intoxicated.

Oscar Pistorius takes witness stand for first time

The double-amputee runner testified Monday that he was trying to protect Reeva Steenkamp, his girlfriend, who died from multiple wounds after he shot her through a bathroom door in his home last year.

MU rehabilitation project returns bald eagle to the wild

When Mark Brinson pulled a bald eagle from the side of the road 11 months ago, some doubted that it would survive the night. On Saturday, it returned to the wild.

WEEK IN PHOTOS: Floods close road; Toddlers take on trucks

This week Missourian photographers captured images of college and high school baseball, tykes on a truck, and a flooded road.

THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Thunderstorms bring heavy rain after dry conditions spark fires

In one week, Boone County experienced dry conditions that caused more than 50 acres to burn and more than 3 inches of rain.