Web sex offender registry enhanced

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri residents now have an upgraded tool to find registered sex offenders in their area. The governor unveiled a more comprehensive online sex-offender registry Monday. The changes, passed by the legislature, include more descriptive information about the offenders and the offenses.

Series offers elevated drama

ST. LOUIS — Pitching to Albert Pujols, chasing Christy Mathewson, and Smudgegate.

Eckstein fights through pain

ST. LOUIS — David Eckstein, the little engine that drives the St. Louis Cardinals, is in need of a tuneup.

MU defensive leader out

Brian Smith, Missouri’s senior defensive end who is three sacks short of the Big 12 Conference record for career sacks, was lost for 6 to 8 weeks with a fractured right hip. He will miss the rest of the regular season, but he might be back in time for the team’s bowl game.

Renowned brush art exhibit makes a stop at MU

In the art world, an exhibit’s importance can be gauged, in part, by its travel.

Holding down the home turf

Vicki Pinkel plays a critical role for the MU football team.

Forum addresses mental health services demand

The Columbia Public School District recently admitted six severely mentally ill kindergartners, one of whom has already tried to take his own life five times, said Lynn Barnett, assistant superintendent for student support services.

Drug convict had novel method to whisk away evidence

A Kentucky man sentenced in federal court Monday for his involvement in a plan to distribute methamphetamine in Callaway County also had a plan for getting rid of the contraband: He stuffed it into a rocket that could be shot from the trunk of his car.

Fan support bolsters Bruins, Kewpies

As the players walked back onto the field for overtime Monday, something changed.

Moving on

Kallie Carmichael left a lot in New Sharon, Iowa.

Cost of flu shots rises; supply limited

Flu shots from Columbia/Boone County Health Department will cost five dollars more than last year, and because of limited supplies they will be available only to residents of Boone County between the ages of 4 and 50 with chronic health conditions and those over 50, according to health officials.

VIP Sauna owner gets five years’ probation

One of the owner/operators of the VIP Sauna was given five years of probation Monday for second-degree promoting prostitution.

Columbia man pleads guilty to drug charge

A 30-year-old Columbia man facing a murder charge in the beating death of Carlos Kelly pleaded guilty to first-degree drug trafficking Monday in the 13th Circuit Court.

Pastor pleads not guilty to statutory rape

The former pastor of a Columbia church pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of second-degree statutory sodomy and second-degree statutory rape in the 13th Circuit Court.

Russell Elementary welcomes grandparents for open house

Commuters driving on West Rollins Road on Friday morning may have noticed more cars than usual in front of Russell Boulevard Elementary School. Cars spilled from Russell’s parking lots and lined the streets in both directions.

Man pleads not guilty of sexual assault

A Columbia man pleaded not guilty Monday in the 13th Circuit Court to a charge of sexual assault.

Inside an actor’s life

The first time the actor Robert Loggia met the acting coach Stella Adler, he got to touch her, well, breast.

Tales on the quad

Ever since Academic Hall burned down in 1892, leaving nothing behind except six main columns, the area around Francis Quadrangle has been steeped in Mizzou tradition and local legends. According to tradition, students walking under the Journalism School archway should lower their voices to a whisper. The tale is that two students once failed a class after the dean of the school overheard them talking about cheating on a test.

Crabtree leaves filming for political scene

In 1996, Patrick Crabtree directed a straight-to-video martial arts movie about a divorce attorney who is kidnapped and tortured. Filmed in two weeks in St. Louis, “Death Kick” had a $75,000 budget.

Public service part of progression for Harris

All of the professional steps Jeff Harris has taken in the past 20 years appear to fit together seamlessly.