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Columbia drops 10 spots on best-performing small cities list

Columbia has fallen from No. 1 to No. 11 in the Milken Institute's 2014 list of Best-Performing Small Cities. Columbia's ranking of job growth fell significantly.

Murder-for-hire trial to begin Monday

Investigators have built a case that suggests James Thompson was after a Columbia man's money — part of a settlement the man received after being burned in a 2008 apartment fire.

Most fatal crashes in '14 follow pattern of distraction, no seat belt

2014 was a bad year for crashes caused by driver distraction, especially texting. And when the driver wasn't wearing a seat belt, the results were often fatal.

 

MoDOT reduces speed limit on part of I-70 in Columbia

The reduced speed limit is part of an effort to lower the number of serious crashes on the stretch from east of the U.S. 63 connector to east of the Lake of the Woods/St. Charles Road interchange.

True/False Film Fest co-hosts art exhibit with Columbia gallery

The exhibit at Imago Gallery and Cultural Center is called "The Long Now." A percentage of the proceeds from sales will be donated to the True Life Fund.

13th Judicial Circuit chooses new presiding judge

Judge Christine Carpenter succeeds Judge Jodie Capshaw Asel as presiding judge of the 13th Judicial Circuit. Her term begins Jan. 30.

Moberly Police Department receives grant for new radar equipment

The department plans to purchase new radar equipment with the help of a $2,500 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation and Facility No. 40.

Kenneth Nichols of Ashland was a Vietnam veteran

Mr. Nichols also worked in construction with his brother-in-law in Milan, Missouri. He died Tuesday at 69.

Arson suspected in Columbia church, funeral home fires

Patrols of churches are being stepped up in response to problems that have been reported in recent months at about half a dozen churches throughout the city.

Boy Scouts brave below-zero temperature for prized bead

Scouts receive beads for every night they spend camping. The color of the bead depends on the weather. For their daring in the below-zero temperatures, the Scouts will be awarded a clear bead.

Arts website allows teachers, families to chart students' progress

Lee Elementary and Columbia Independent School are two schools in Columbia using Artsonia, an arts website that enables the schools to catalog all students' artwork. Columbia Public Schools is looking to bring a similar tool districtwide.

Water and Light board looks at possible inequity in electric rates

Owners of smaller houses end up picking up the tab for peak electric use by those in larger houses, according to data presented by Columbia Water and Light Advisory Board member Dick Parker.

Recycling center accepts more types of plastics

As of Tuesday, Columbia residents now can recycle plastics, labeled 1 through 7. Residents can place the plastics in the blue bags for curbside recycling or in the drop-off recycling bins around Columbia.

Hoppe will not seek fourth term on City Council

Hoppe said that after serving nine years, she deserves a break from the time-consuming job.

 

Midway sewer project divides Columbia City Council members

The $2.6 million sewer line was included in a 2013 bond issue, but some council members think companies that would benefit should help pay for it.

Columbia Public Schools start late again because of cold weather

Columbia Public Schools will use the two-hour delay option again Thursday for severe weather.

Boundary lines could make friendships long distance

A pair of parents worry that their sons, who are friends, would be separated when Columbia Public Schools shifts its attendance boundary lines to accommodate a new elementary school.

Columbia airport ends record year with robust holiday passenger numbers

More than 50,000 people flew out of Columbia in 2014, prompting discussions on adding jets and terminals.

Proposed MU rule change would allow tenured faculty to be dismissed in some circumstances

The proposed change would create a nine-step process for dismissing tenured faculty for serious offenses. It's part of the UM System's Title IX overhaul.

Governor's Prayer Breakfast kicks off 2015 Missouri General Assembly's opening day

During his remarks, Gov. Nixon joked that the new legislators who would be sworn in Wednesday should "enjoy the last few hours of normalcy."

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