Snyder breaks silence

Recently departed MU men’s basketball coach Quin Snyder spoke for the first time Tuesday since quitting, and his comments added a layer to the controversy surrounding his resignation last Friday.

Deaton to look into circumstances of resignation

UM System President Elson Floyd has asked MU Chancellor Brady Deaton to investigate the circumstances surrounding the resignation of former men’s basketball coach Quin Snyder.

Smoke-free proposal to get public hearing

A proposed smoking ordinance is headed to a public hearing March 7 after the Columbia Board of Health gave it the thumbs up at its Tuesday night meeting.

Nixon takes on directors of MOHELA in lawsuit

Attorney General Jay Nixon announced Tuesday that he will file a lawsuit against the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority board of directors alleging violations of state law governing open meetings.

School technology plan OK’d

An updated technology plan approved by the Columbia School Board could cost as much as $11.5 million over the next three years, said Curt Fuchs, director of Instructional and Information Technology Services for the Columbia Public School District.

Coaching vacancy endangers recruiting

When former Missouri men’s basketball coach Quin Snyder resigned Friday afternoon, a groundswell of speculation arose concerning the status of Snyder’s three commitments for the class of 2006.

Rock Bridge seniors strive to fulfill pact

The clock is ticking and the last of the sand is about to fall through the hour glass. If three Rock Bridge boys basketball seniors want to make good on a pact, the time is now.

Extra points

MISSOURI SOFTBALL: First baseman Amanda Renth was named co-Big 12 Player of the Week on Tuesday. Renth shared the honor with Nebraska outfielder Lizzy Aumua.

Medicaid cuts protested at rally

JEFFERSON CITY – For Raymond Conyers, Medicaid keeps him and his family from having to choose between the medicine he needs and basic necessities.

Not guilty plea given in fatal car crash

A Columbia woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge of involuntary manslaughter stemming from a Nov. 27 car crash.

One arrested, 2 sought in residential break-in

Columbia police arrested one man and were searching for two others in connection with a break-in and shooting early Tuesday at a home in south Columbia.

Pledge made to save Katy bridge

BOONVILLE — The founder of Enterprise Rent-A-Car has pledged $200,000 toward the effort to save and refurbish an old Katy Railroad bridge that is targeted to be dismantled.

Officials promote child vehicle safety

Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of accidental death among children ages 14 and under, according to research done by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. According to 2004 data from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 20 children under the age of 8 were killed in vehicle crashes in Missouri and 2,725 were injured.

Program teaches black history, improves students’ social skills

At least 20 fifth-graders energetically made their way back to their classroom and put their coats in the assigned closet. Chatter filled the room as they thumped and thudded away at cleaning their tables, limbs flailed as the students switched off their computers and giggles erupted while they covered their keyboards.

Renewing vows on V-day

A guitarist played “What a Wonderful World” as nine couples made their way to a semicircle of chairs. Married from 1½ to 78½ years, they said “I do” once again, this time on Valentine’s Day.

Deaton denies knowledge of Snyder's status

In a statement released Wednesday morning, MU Chancellor Brady Deaton denied knowledge of any contact made last week regarding the job status of former Missouri men’s basketball coach Quin Snyder.

MOHELA board hires attorney for Nixon's suit

Missouri's college loan authority says it hired a St. Louis law firm one day after Attorney General Jay Nixon sued the board of directors for allegedly holding secret meetings.