Focus on Texas Tech star pays off

There’s a reason Texas Tech’s LaToya Davis is widely considered one of the best post players in the Big 12 Conference . Missouri saw firsthand why on Saturday.

Lack of focus costs Cougars crucial points

Some losses hurt more than others.

Ricker eager for AFL debut

Former Mizzou offensive lineman, A.J. Ricker, is with his third team in as many leagues.

Program emphasizes sportsmanship

At 10 years old, Rico Prince has already mastered a swagger like an NBA pro.

Fire causes temporary evacuation of restaurant

Four fire trucks were called to Old Chicago restaurant at 1710 I-70 Drive S.W. early Saturday evening. Kitchen employees noticed smoke in the kitchen, which prompted general manager Tim Henderson to call 911 and evacuate the restaurant, he said.

Deputy, Suspect injured in car chase

A man being pursued by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and a deputy from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department were injured in a high-speed car chase Friday afternoon on U.S. 63.

MU bomb threats under investigation

Two bomb threats at MU on Friday afternoon interrupted the end of the second week of instruction for students and staff. Between 2:57 and 3 p.m., Gannett and Gwynn halls received phoned bomb threats, which were then reported to MU police, said Capt. Scott Richardson. MU police were investigating the source of the calls, Richardson said.

Celebrating Chinese connections

Phil Wood describes his first experience with the Mid-Missouri Chinese Association’s Chinese New Year celebration two years ago as “a little overwhelming.”

Potential MOHELA sale appeals to UM curators

Overall, members of the UM System Board of Curators were pleased about Gov. Matt Blunt’s plan to sell the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority. However, they questioned whether now accepting a big infusion of money generated by the sale would limit future funding.

Lethal injection process challenged

Michael Taylor doesn’t want to die.

Police officer resigns after DWI arrest

A Columbia police sergeant resigned Thursday, less than two weeks after he was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and speeding in Audrain County.

Fire District’s Smith found shot near home

Willis Smith, the president of the Boone County Fire Protection District’s Board of Directors, was found dead outside his rural Boone County home Wednesday evening. The Boone County Sheriff’s office and the medical examiner’s office were investigating Smith’s death as a possible suicide.


In page 1B Thursday, a photo caption gave an incorrect affiliation for Katherine Harry. She plays for Rock Bridge High School.

Missouri clinches beef deal in Asia

ST. LOUIS — The same day Taiwan lifted a ban on U.S. beef imports, Missouri made its first sale to the Asian country.

Chinese New Year traditions try to lure good fortune, longevity

The Chinese New Year is a time to start fresh. To ensure a prosperous new year, many Chinese people follow traditions meant to invite good fortune into their lives. Although different regions in China have their own unique practices, here are some customs found throughout the Chinese New Year celebrations.

Ashland to get ambulance service if city can house it

Jim Cunningham, president of the Southern Boone County Fire District, said members of the community have been trying to attract an ambulance service to Ashland for 18 years. By spring, their efforts might come to fruition.

Columbia forum set on roadway priorities

Central Missouri residents concerned about highways and other transportation issues are invited to attend a third meeting of a group appointed to establish transportation priorities for the region.

Nobel laureate chemist at MU today

Internationally recognized scientist Robert Grubbs, a Nobel Prize winner and lecturer in chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, is the speaker today for the 12th annual Lloyd B. Thomas Chemistry Scholars Lecture.

Lawmakers respond to Blunt’s proposal

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Matt Blunt’s plan to sell the state’s student loan agency to a private company has set off a flurry of questions about the benefits and problems of such a sale.

Hickman hungry for upset victory

To junior forward Cray Logan of the Hickman boys’ basketball team (9-11), playing pool, watching television and eating Indian tacos sounds like the perfect way to prepare for tonight’s big game against Rock Bridge (16-1).