Missouri softball team signs five new players

The Missouri softball team signed five athletes to National Letters of Intent. In-state recruits include Megan Christopher, Marla Schweisberger and Lisa Simmons , while Rhea Taylor is from Buford, Ga., and Abby Vock is from Morrison, Ill.

Pescaglia not burdened by expectations

K.C. Pescaglia isn’t buying into his own hype.

BJC lease impact questioned

David Addison, a linen service technician at Boone Hospital Center, said no one has discussed how termination of the hospital’s lease with BJC HealthCare might affect the hospital’s service employees.

Analysis: Wastewater permits expired

A permitting backlog for Missouri’s sewage treatment facilities has the state pulling inspectors out of the field to process paperwork.

City to consider theater funding request

The Missouri Symphony Society could receive $250,000 to aid in the renovation of the historic Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts if the City Council approves the funding request at its Monday meeting.

Mo. Theatre seeks donations from companies

If you’re a corporation looking for a way to help support the arts in mid-Missouri, the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts has got a deal for you.

Refuge for the sole

It’s been 25 years since Wren’s Birkenstock began repairing Columbia’s shoes, and although the location has changed several times, inside the shop it’s business as usual.

Marshal: Group home lacked sprinklers

JEFFERSON CITY — The long-term living facility where 10 people were killed and 24 people were injured in southwest Missouri, did not have a sprinkler system, according to State Assistant Fire Marshal Greg Carrell.

Forum to look at future for U.S. higher ed

Four education experts, including UM System President Elson Floyd, will discuss a controversial report that could alter the future of higher education at a public forum this afternoon.

Manslaughter trial set in I-70 crash

A trial date has been set for a Tennessee man who police say caused a fiery eight-vehicle crash on Interstate 70 this summer that killed four people.

Big-time ballerinas

Sydney Gilbreth and Rachel Spurling want to be professional ballerinas, and today and Wednesday, they will get their chances.

Berth ends suspense

With their eyes glued to ESPNews on a big screen television on Sunday afternoon at the Clinton Club at Mizzou Arena, nervous Missouri volleyball players squirmed in their chairs and bit their nails.

Coach, daughter balance family with basketball

With in-state competition from NCAA Division I schools Missouri State, Saint Louis, UMKC, not to mention smaller NCAA schools such as UMSL and Rolla, it can be difficult for the Columbia College women’s basketball team to get top-notch talent.

Temple works through errors to run over KU

On Nov. 20, Tony Temple stood in the corner of the large meeting room on the first floor of the Mizzou Athletics Training Complex, away from the lobby where the majority of media members were grilling the Tigers about losing four of their past five games.

The art of individuality

Today at Ridgeway Elementary School, about 230 children will pursue a single vision: celebrating the “art of the book.” But in typical Ridgeway fashion, they are doing it as individuals.

MU student’s Web site,, thrives

He looks like an average college student: shoulder-length brown hair, glasses, easy smile. Maybe a little taller than most, somewhere between 6-foot-3 and 6-foot-4.

100 hours + $8,000 + 15 batteries = electric car

After turning off the lights and kissing his kids good night, Ken Albright has one more chore on his list: plugging in his car.

Jazz series to host Grammy winner

It’s the “little jazz series that could,” as dubbed by Jon Poses, executive director of the “We Always Swing Jazz Series.” And it will have achieved a real coup when Paquito D’Rivera, a 2005 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, comes to Columbia on Thursday to lead a workshop and perform at the Missouri Theatre.

Horse power

About five months ago, Cara Walker, 17, was lying in a hospital bed recovering from a spinal injury she received when she lost control of her car, rolled the vehicle and was thrown halfway through the side window.

Sweet success

Morgan Hickman has two relationships. They demand attention, cause stress and often frustrate her. They are finite math and economics, two classes that gave Hickman so much trouble that she sought help from MU’s Learning Center.