Chomsky says public policy, public opinion don’t match up

When Noam Chomsky spoke in April 1991 at Middlebush Auditorium, virtually all of the seats were filled and about 300 people were turned away.

Ban on police escorts surprises drivers

Forget what you’ve seen on TV: If you stomp on the gas pedal to rush a loved one to the hospital, you won’t get a police escort. And you might just get a ticket.

MU student death an ‘apparent suicide’

A day after MU freshman Kyle Masterson’s death, which MU police were calling an “apparent suicide,” family and friends were struggling to understand what happened.

School board hopefuls tackle issues of funding, literacy, achievement gap

Nearly 50 people attended Monday night’s school board candidates forum to get their first look at the five people running for the two soon-to-be vacant positions.

Corporate ethanol plants on the rise

LADDONIA — For three long years, Roger Young barnstormed through Missouri, speaking in small-town churches, Veterans of Foreign Wars halls and community centers, asking any farmer who would listen to invest his hard-earned money in a new ethanol plant.

Water level shy for rise in March

Water levels in the reservoir system that feeds the Missouri River are too low for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to release water for the first of two spring rises this year.

Three to run for circuit judge post

Three Boone County attorneys will file today for associate circuit judge in the 13th Judicial Circuit.

Nonfiction film fest popular in third year

The third annual True/False Film Festival had a record number of movie viewers this year with 10,600 tickets sold.

Sixth Ward candidates get early start on fundraising

The April 4 City Council election is 35 days away, and Sixth Ward candidates Valerie Barnes and Barbara Hoppe are already out asking Columbia residents to reach into their pockets and help the cause.

Linguistics lecture draws hundreds to Ellis Auditorium

There was no room to sit, and they kept coming. There was no room to walk down the aisles, and they still kept coming. By the time Noam Chomsky began his 4 p.m. Monday lecture on biolinguistics, there was no way anyone else was squeezing into Ellis Auditorium.

Big victory for big fans

From the beginning, the game never had the chance of being close. The Columbia College women’s basketball team held Illinois-Springfield without a field goal past the 10 minute mark of the first half. The Cougars led 19-3 and the Prairie Stars didn’t even have a field goal.

Tigers have opportunity to get even

A home loss to ISU sent Missouri sliding.

Investigators say progress is good

Round two of the investigation into Quin Snyder’s resignation began Monday.

Saxon stays hungry

Nahowan Saxon is still thin.

MU gymnasts stay in top 10

For the second straight week, the Missouri gymnastics team is ranked ninth in the GymInfo Top 25 poll. The Tigers are tied for first on the balance beam with Georgia, moving up two spots from last week. Senior Jodie Heinicka is tied for second in the nation on the uneven bars, while Lauren Schwartzman is second on the balance beam. The Tigers host Centenary on Friday before competing at Southeast Missouri State on Sunday.

Celebrating Mardi Gras, St. Louis-style

Within 2½ hours of leaving Columbia, Ashley Groesch was adorning herself with multicolored beads and joining the jubilee of Mardi Gras festivities over the weekend. For Groesch and fellow Columbians, there was no need for a flight to New Orleans when St. Louis’ Soulard neighborhood was letting the good times roll at its 26th annual Mardi Gras celebration.

Measure would repay exonerated Missouri inmates

JEFFERSON CITY — Former Missouri prison inmate Steve Toney plans to come before a legislative committee tonight to ask for money for his imprisonment — and he’ll have the support of the Senate’s top leader.

Drawings individualize hate crime victims

Rachel Cyrkin, 34, was murdered by Nazis in 1944 because she was Jewish. Benjamin Hermansen, 15, was murdered in 2001 by neo-Nazis because he had dark skin. Today, Rachel and Benjamin, along with others, are in Columbia.

Crime scene instruction

Emily Brogdon, a freshman at Columbia College, has known she wanted a career in forensic science since age 9, when she began watching crime scene documentaries with her dad.

Study illustrates legal system disparity

A multi-part study of the response police, prosecutors and judges show to domestic violence in Missouri discovered inconsistencies in the civil and criminal justice system from county to county.