The Beat: Columbia Citizens Police Review Board

Columbia Missourian editor Katherine Reed and reporter Tram Whitehurst joined KBIA's Eric Durban on "The Beat" to discuss the new board.

Today's question: Do you support same-sex partner benefits at MU?

Despite ongoing discussion since the 2008 Mizzou Diversity Summit, there has been no decision made on whether or not MU faculty and staff's insurance packages should be extended to same-sex partners.

GUEST COMMENTARY: It's time to end Taser use in Columbia

After two local incidents involving Tasers, in which one resulted in the death of Stanley Harlan, it's finally time to rid Columbia of Tasers.

Looking at Berlin Wall's fall 20 years later

The 20th year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall is approaching and festivities are planned to commemorate the day. After all this time has passed, what does Berlin look like?

LETTER: MU should lessen coal usage

MU should take the steps necessary to reduce coal usage and become more energy efficent.

Today's Question: How should the FAA's rules concerning pilots' rest, work schedules look?

After the potential fatigue-related February crash near Buffalo, N.Y. that killed 50 people and general concerns about pilots' work loads, the Federal Aviation Administration is looking to update its rules on the rest and work schedules of pilots.

Incompetent usher indicative of careless change to football seating

William Powell describes his first-hand experience with the switch to general admission seating in the student section to accomidate the growing population. He discusses his discontent while attending home MU football games and the instances surrounding them.

Missouri's system for picking judges isn't broken

The state's non-partisan selection process has worked well for 70 years and is the envy of other states. So why the push to reform it?

New York election may signal rise of third political party

The recent election in New York's 23rd Congressional District shows fissures in the traditional two-party system of American politics. Is now the time for a party to represent the great American middle?

The Beat: Community college enrollment grows

Columbia Missourian reporters Carla Jimenez and Caitlyn Emmett discuss the recent growth with KBIA's Eric Durban on "The Beat."

Why we sweat the small stuff

I'm fairly certain that everyone has something to worry about. And no matter what, it's probably not all that good for you.

The case for an occasional asteroid

The enormous space rock that plummeted through the atmosphere on Oct. 8 brought more than a smoky trail and a massive fireball. It brought perspective.

Today's Question: Do payday loans need stricter regulation?

A six-month moratorium has been placed on new payday loan business and the City Council is now looking into other options to regulate the small loans with high interest rates.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Forsee, Cerner partnership railroaded through at lightning speed

Cooperating with Cerner ties the university too closely to a company with a questionable track record.

LETTER: Cutting online school program unfair to students already enrolled

Gov. Jay Nixon's cuts to the Missouri Virtual Instruction Program leave students with fewer educational options.

Can't spend our way out of our troubles

New giveaways to seniors and others are unneccessary, and are being doled out by people who can't always keep track of their own money.

Recession's squeeze teaches hard lessons about importance of workers' rights

When a recession hits this hard, all we can do is try to learn from the experience. This time around, America is being taught some hard lessons about workers' rights. Workers must be paid a fair wage, be allowed to bargain collectively, be protected by government regulation and be treated with dignity.

Today's Question: Was it worthwhile to pay admission for the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival?

Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival tickets could be purchased for $10-15 in advance this year after having previously been free. What did you like about attending the event? Would you be willing to pay for tickets in future years if it helps the festival grow?

The Columbia Chive: Celebrating 21 years of The Onion

The Onion, America's finest satirical news source, is celebrating its 21st birthday this week. Here follows a celebratory homage, an imagining of what a Columbia edition of The Onion — we’ll call it The Chive —would look like.

Today's Question: What do you think of activists' proposal to ban Tasers in Columbia?

A coalition of six community organizations calling itself the “TASER-Free Columbia Campaign" announced on Friday a proposed November 2010 ballot initiative that would ban all use of Tasers inside city limits.