Budget writers in the Missouri House have approved their version of the 13 bills that make up the state's budget for next year. Committee members eliminated $28 million for a program that aids the blind, but then put 6 million back into it from another source.
Columbia residents who want to buy local fruits and vegetables, but have trouble getting to the farmers market will be able to get there more easily by bus starting next month, thanks to a new USDA grant.
Out-of-town visitors may soon have to pay more to stay in a Columbia hotel. The Missouri House of Representatives approved a measure by a voice vote this week allowing the city to charge an additional three percent tax on hotel stays.