Details hazy in Illinois Avenue homicide investigation

Rickie Dunn, 40, was shot and killed early Sunday morning at the 1400 block of Illinois Avenue. A second male victim, 18, was treated at an area hospital. The police investigation is ongoing, and few details were available Monday.

Former Columbia College trustee, charged with sodomy, found dead

Don L. Landers, 76, had health problems, and his death "doesn't appear to be suspicious at this time," said Detective Tom O'Sullivan of the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Tigers prepare for Arkansas Razorbacks, Battle football wins first Class 5 state championship

A look at what the Arkansas Razorbacks would bring to the field last Friday was the most-read story this week. Other stories include West Virginia freshman diver Alex Obendorf qualifying for the NCAA postseason after missing a year of diving due to a car crash and the Battle High School football team's first Class 5 state championship.

WEEK IN PHOTOS: Marching to Jefferson City, Thanksgiving dinner, high school and college football championships

This week's roundup includes images of people praying after hearing the Ferguson grand jury decision, Battle High School celebrating a state championship and Douglass High School hosting a Thanksgiving dinner.

One woman arrested in connection with stolen vehicle, Saturday night car chase

An arrest was made after a stolen vehicle was recovered near Business Loop 70 following a Saturday night car chase. 

NAACP, activists begin 120-mile Journey for Justice

Activists joined in an NAACP-led march that began Saturday at Canfield Green Apartments, the site of Michael Brown's death. Teach-ins and rallies will be held each night along the route to the Missouri Governor's Mansion.

Plan to increase purchase age for tobacco products returns to City Council

The City Council is scheduled to discuss changes to street parking hours, parking meter payments via mobile devices and the "ban the box" ordinance at the meeting on Monday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. It also will introduce an ordinance that would impose additional restrictions on tobacco products and e-cigarettes.

Winter season brings holiday performances, annual bazaars and celebrations

Annual winter festivities are a must in downtown Columbia. Check out some of the holiday performances, bazaars and other district events coming up soon.

Tickets to the SEC Championship game available to the public online only

Tickets to the SEC Championship game on Dec. 6 will be available for $100 per ticket at 4 p.m., Saturday. They can be purchased online only at

Dr. LeRoy J. and Betty Miller of Columbia celebrated 65th wedding anniversary

Dr. LeRoy J. and Betty Miller of Columbia celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Nov. 26. The couple met on a blind date while attending MU.

Jennifer Ritchie and Jordan Snapp were wed Aug. 2

Jennifer Ritchie and Jordan Snapp were wed on Aug. 2, 2014, at Arends Acres in Sturgeon.

NAACP begins seven-day march Saturday from Ferguson to Jefferson City as response to grand jury decision

In response to the grand jury's decision, the NAACP begins a 120 mile, seven-day march named "Journey for Justice: Ferguson to Jefferson City" tomorrow. 

Columbia police make three arrests in separate incidents

Columbia police made three arrests this week in separate incidents in the city. The police are still looking for a suspect in connection with a robbery at Eagle Stop. 

From dishwashing to delicacies: Executive chef advocates natural foods, expanded palates

Daniel Pliska, director of catering at MU and top chef in the University Club's kitchen, champions natural foods and leaves a legacy through his writings. 

Fire causes $50,000 in damage to house in northeast Columbia

A crew from the Columbia Fire Department was dispatched at 2:13 p.m.after several 911 calls reported smoke coming from a residence on Blue Ridge Road.

Hundreds enjoy Thanksgiving meal at Almeta Crayton's Everybody Eats

Guests at Almeta Crayton's Everybody Eats Thanksgiving meal enjoyed food and posted notes with their connections to Crayton and each other on a paper tree in the dining room of Stamper Commons at Stephens College on Thursday.

REDI board letter on Proposition 2 prompts scrutiny from Columbia City Council

City manager Mike Matthes said a letter from the board chairman "probably went too far" in stating the organization's opposition to higher development fees that were proposed in a November ballot measure.

MU sophomore wears multiple hats in pursuit of social justice

Naomi Collier feels a responsibility to play an active role in advocating for the black community.

MU chancellor to host listening session Monday about Ferguson

R. Bowen Loftin is inviting the public to share thoughts, feelings and ideas in a moderated discussion.

Number of deer killed up 6 percent as first phase of firearms deer season ends

Boone County firearms hunters killed a total of 1,724 deer, far fewer than the top counties in the state.