Murder suspect found dead

Two days before he was scheduled to go on trial for the murder of his mother, a Columbia man was found dead early Sunday morning in a wildlife area in Howard County, an apparent suicide.

Lighting the Legacy

More than 100 men, women and children of different races joined hands Monday night to form a circle that stretched from wall to wall of the gym at Frederick Douglass High School in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Following a prayer emphasizing unity, the group lit candles and marched to St. Luke United Methodist Church, where they were greeted by a choir singing “We Shall Overcome.”

Charges sought for dam disaster

KANSAS CITY — Gov. Matt Blunt asked Attorney General Jay Nixon on Monday to bring civil or criminal charges against AmerenUE in the collapse of the Taum Sauk reservoir.

Gardner plucks Jayhawks

With 75 seconds left, a win seemed improbable at best. With 0.4 seconds left it seemed impossible.

Free throws key to game

When an opponent has the chance to end the game with free throws, a feeling of helplessness can overcome defenseless players waiting on the block.

Jefferson City will challenge Bruins

The Rock Bridge girls’ basketball team is expecting an evenly-matched game between two strong teams. And it expects to be ready.

Results still unpredictable

KANSAS CITY — After home teams went unbeaten in the first week of Big 12 Conference play, the conference’s coaches talked about how hard it is to win on the road.

Woman robbed of purse in grocery parking lot

A 78-year-old woman was robbed of her purse at gunpoint and then hit on the head with a gun by a man wearing a ski mask on Monday morning in the parking lot of Moser’s Discount Foods on Business Loop 70 West.

City manager sets up new phone line

New City Manager Bill Watkins is activating a direct telephone line with the intention of further opening communication with Columbia residents.