In the greater scheme of things, the $69 million is less than 1 percent of the state’s 2014 budget. But considering that the state plans to use $64 million from our reserve fund and from facility maintenance for the budget, that money looks pretty good right now.
It stands to reason that one of our biggest problems is that we have allowed too many of our manufacturing companies to leave the country.
The news is always changing, but do readers need to know every time an online article undergoes an edit? The question of when news editors should mention that an online article has been changed offers a new transparency challenge for journalists.
The press has focused on a section of one bill that extends the waiting period before the procedure from 24 to 72 hours, but it also requires a woman be shown a video of the procedure.
Exceptions to the Sunshine Law effectively restrict government transparency in some cases. (Did you know the U.S. didn't even make the top 50 in the World Press Freedom Index?) Legislation in the state Senate would tighten some language in those exceptions.
Sales pitches can come from the mayor, city manager or the school superintendent.
Monday's City Council meeting is certain to be contentious as both the council and the community remain divided over downtown Columbia's infrastructure needs.
There is an estimated $6.7 million in downtown city sewer work payments left, even after possible contributions from development companies.
Phyllis Schlafly's trademark dispute with the Saint Louis Brewing Company is not about beer, but about the name, reputations and politics.
Digging out the facts about University Village and the safety of its buildings is a task that is far from over.
The real questions that face the Columbia City Council and the community's residents and are whether we can guide growth and how we’ll pay for it.
Forcing one’s beliefs upon another is a threat to the religious freedoms of all. At the same time, if religion is used to discriminate against a class of persons, in this case members of the LGBT community, then the situation changes.
The world is still open to dreamers. Sometimes you have to wait until it’s it your turn to shine.
As he ends his first month on the job, here’s a preliminary impression of our university’s new chancellor, R. Bowen Loftin.
Recent deaths of loved ones, and the death of a Columbia Fire Department firefighter this week, reflect the realness of mortality.
I was surprised that only Michael Trapp joined Mayor Bob McDavid in supporting the proposal. In retrospect, I overestimated the appeal of a device that would have used the increased tax revenue from new development to pay for the necessary sewer, water and electricity upgrades and underestimated the influence of a strongly negative reaction from the vocal segment of the public.
Columbia represents MU, Stephens and Columbia colleges, one community college and a number of private for-profit institutions. It is time that U.S. Rep. Vicki Hartzler, R-Mo., take a stand for students and alumni by adding her name as a co-sponsor of H.R 532.
Wynna Faye Elbert spent a lifetime giving voice to those who were otherwise voiceless. It is ironic that her life story was buried in the public conversation this week by news of Michael Sam’s coming out.
Even though more Americans opted for e-books than ever last year, nearly 25 percent of U.S. adults didn't read a single book — in print or on screen.
Cuba is a land of contrasts, where the old accompanies the new. But when the "old" is former President Fidel Castro and his socialistic views and the "new" is President Raul Castro and his capitalistic spin, where will Cuba find the balance?