Ryan Ferguson wins 'golden ticket' to Super Bowl

Golden Tickets, a national ticker broker in Texas, provided Ryan Ferguson and his father with two tickets to the upcoming Super Bowl.

City volunteer hours continue decline in 2014

In 2014, all but one city department had fewer volunteers than in the previous two years. The Columbia Police Department had the biggest drop, while the Columbia Fire Department had an 18 percent increase in volunteers.


City Council discusses possible legal action against Uber

City officials said legal action against Uber is the next step if the ride-share company continues to ignore regulations.


Columbia man arrested in connection with Sunday shooting

Columbia Police arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with the shooting death of 17-year-old Deante Smith on Sunday.

Columbia neighborhood leadership program starting soon

The city of Columbia is offering its fourth Neighborhood Leadership Program to bridge the gap between government and the community.

Ashland police investigating man's death

The investigation is still ongoing as of noon Tuesday.

UPDATE: First Ward Councilwoman Ginny Chadwick resigns

She said she decided to make the move in time for the First Ward seat to be placed on the ballot in the April election.

Digging into salamander populations yields new perspective

A new MU research study on salamanders shows that there are more of the amphibians than previously believed in the forests of the Missouri Ozarks. But the state's herpetologist, Jeff Briggler, says "It's not that they're increasing in numbers. We really don't have a handle on how many are out there."

Shawn Woods follows his jiujitsu dream

Shawn Woods works full time at an AT&T retail store but is following his dream of teaching Brazilian jiujitsu. Woods founded Gracie Humaita, a Brazilian jiujitsu gym, and teaches jiujitsu three nights during weekdays and on Saturday mornings.

New Youth Advisory Council meant to help Columbia teens be heard

The Youth Advisory Council, for ages 14 to 19, will advise the City Council and weigh in on other youth-related issues in the community.

Panelists discuss beefing up cattle industry at MU summit

Gov. Jay Nixon hosted the first Missouri Beef Summit on Monday at Reynolds Alumni Center, where experts discussed ways to keep the state's beef industry strong.

No arrests Monday in fatal shooting; victim identified as Deante Smith

Neighbors saidthere had been a lot of people coming and going from the house where the shooting occurred. The victim was identified as Deante Mardell Smith, 17,  whose address was listed as Andy Drive in Columbia, according to online court records.

Alex Trebek foundation funds Stephens College screenwriting position

The position will focus on the psychology of film and television characters.

Nine people died in state traffic incidents reported during New Year's holiday

There were 344 traffic crashes and 116 injuries during the 102-hour counting period, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Record amount of unclaimed property returned to Boone County owners in 2014

The Boone County Treasurer announced Monday that nearly $20,000 in unclaimed property was returned last year.

Columbia College executive vice president, dean to return to teaching

After 18 years as an administrator at the school, Terry Smith will return to his true passion — teaching.

Proposed boundary changes would affect six Columbia public schools

Residents can voice their opinions on the proposed changes at forums from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Gentry Middle School and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Smithton Middle School.

Proposed bond issue would fund electric system upgrade for Columbia

The largest project in the proposed $63.1 million bond issue is the construction of a new substation and transmission lines in southern Columbia.

Proposed increase in utility rates would fund stormwater infrastructure repair

The Columbia City Council will decide whether to place the nearly 200 percent increase on the April ballot.

Trial postponed for murder suspect in botched robbery attempt

She'aun Prince, 23, of Columbia, is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree burglary stemming from an April incident that left one of his accomplices dead, according to court records.