YOU READ IT HERE FIRST! Recent scoops from the Columbia Heart Beat

Why Heart Beat readers are often the first to know

Adding to our list of scoops -- first reports on news stories -- over the years:

Artist who makes religious icons

Tiger Town sponsor DWI case

Mizzou eldercare project

Since our first publication in 2005, the Columbia Heart Beat has broken dozens of important local news stories, following our mission -- report what the others do not -- and often leading the news cycle.      

Here's a small sampling:

2011 City Election Campaign Controversies

Columbia Heart Beat
FIREFIGHTERS AND POLITICOS: Local PAC sparks campaign controversy
SILLY SEASON: Iffy rumors nip First Ward front runners
EXPLOSIVE COUNCILMAN EMAIL: "Lions of Liberty," among April election intrigues 
Columbia Daily Tribune
Schmidt, Anthony win council seats
Columbia Missourian
Columbia officials weigh in on campaign endorsements
Fifth Ward candidates debate endorsement of firefighters

Sale of Tiger Hotel to Glyn Laverick
Columbia Heart Beat 
TROUBLED TIGER: Hotel, TIF get new partner with chaotic past
Columbia Daily Tribune
Failed projects dot history of hotel’s backer

More Tiger Hotel Restoration Trouble
Will the Tiger Hotel Pass to New Paws?
Marshall Democrat-News
Former Marshall promoter involved in Columbia hotel project
Columbia arrival of Campus Crest Communities

Columbia Heart Beat
PLANNING AND GROANING: Controversy clouds P&Z-approved developer, Pt. 1
RACIAL CHARGES, UNPAID BILLS: Dog Columbia-bound developer

Columbia Daily Tribune
Apartment developer has troubled history
Civil lawsuit alleges discrimination

Councilman Kespohl email controversy

Columbia Heart Beat
KESPOHL FIB? Council email sparks controversial forum denial
Columbia Daily Tribune
Kespohl refuses to claim e-mail
The e-trail

Columbia Missourian
Kespohl doubts sending Landmark email
Mega-developer Atkins owns Councilman Dudley's PO Box

Columbia Heart Beat
4th WARD'S DUDLEY:  Mega-developer Atkins owns campaign PO Box!

Columbia Daily Tribune
Candidate explains link to developer's address
Audit blasts Columbia VA Hospital

Columbia Heart Beat
WATCHDOGS BLAST: Columbia VA Hospital over poor inspection report
Columbia Daily Tribune
VA audit turns up concerns

Auditors slam Boone County Community Partnership
Columbia Heart Beat
AUDIT BLASTS:  Major Columbia non-profit group
Columbia Daily Tribune
Group leaders locked in feud

Columbia Missourian
Audit of local nonprofit shows shaky finances

City Hall/historical society eminent domain land grab 

Columbia Heart Beat
BEAT BYTE EXTRA! City Hall Plans Historic Land Grab
Columbia Daily Tribune
City delays hearing on land deal: Historical society looks for new site

Columbia Missourian
Columbia City Council considers using eminent domain for museum
Council to mull acquiring property for historical museum
Mayor, City Council need to rethink ethics of eminent domain

"Ropergate" scheme to remove City Council members
Columbia Heart Beat 
CITY COUNCIL SCHEME:  Shocks Leadership Group
Columbia Daily Tribune
Private gathering spurs public flap:  City leaders deny secret ‘cabal'

Columbia Missourian
Roper, Watkins dismiss blog reports of scheming: Letter from assistant city manager also criticizes Heart Beat report
Mayor refutes report that he schemed against council colleagues