Team-by-team breakdown: Big 12 has three headed to NCAAs for sure, three on bubble


Norm vs. Mike: The first year

When Mike Anderson was hired to coach the Missouri Tigers, both experts and fans thought he had a terrifically difficult challenge in rebuilding the team.

Buffaloes nearing end of difficult campaign

Regardless of their coach’s job security, the 2006-2007 season was going to be a difficult one for the Colorado Buffaloes.

Q & A with Nick Berardini

Former Columbia pastor pleads guilty to abuse of 15-year-old congregant

A former Columbia pastor was sentenced to 14 years in prison Monday in connection with the sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl.

‘Forever’ means never having to waste any stamps

WASHINGTON — Say goodbye to those pesky 1- and 2-cent stamps that used to clutter up desks and purses every time the price of mailing a letter went up.

FDA inspections drop by half despite recalls

WASHINGTON — The federal agency that’s been front and center in warning the public about tainted spinach and contaminated peanut butter is conducting just half the food safety inspections it did three years ago.

Historic fashion collection acquires new name

It’s been years since Marjo Price wore her late mother-in-law’s blue evening gown — the one with the plunging neckline and blue and silver rhinestone buttons, the one she wore with a feather boa and a feather-topped rhinestone tiara.

Schoolhouse walk

Phyllis Chase bends down next to the desk of a redheaded first-grader at Mill Creek Elementary School.

Why the long face?

It’s the middle of the night, and the phone is ringing at Michelle Schmidt’s home. Schmidt picks up the receiver and is out the door. Her daughter, 7-year-old Jaymi, asks her mommy not to leave.

Ag director quits amid harassment suit

JEFFERSON CITY — A top state government official was forced out of office Monday after court documents revealed details of a nine-month-old report of sexual harassment.

Defenders hope for fix to case overload

The Missouri Public Defender Commission could decide as soon as Friday whether to direct all state public defender offices to refuse any new cases.

Curators to hold forums for new UM president

The UM System Board of Curators has decided that the next system president should be a leader with vision, a background in academics and the ability to attract an administrative team with “unquestioned commitment and unswerving loyalty” to UM.

City to buy 320-acre farm for $8 million to develop park

The city will pay $8 million for the 320-acre Crane property to help create a regional park for southeast Columbia that will include major sports facilities and rival Cosmo Park, on the city’s north side, in size and scope.

Tigers healthy and ready

All 10 starters on the Missouri wrestling team were present Monday when the Tigers hosted media day for Saturday’s Big 12 Championships. Everyone appeared healthy and coach Brian Smith said his wrestlers will be ready on Saturday.

Watkins smiling as career winds down

When Marcus Watkins runs down the floor, he smiles. When he makes a jump shot, he smiles. Even when he misses a jump shot, he smiles. About any time you see him, he’s smiling.

Big schools no longer dominate

Anybody who enjoyed watching the big boys squirm during the first year of college basketball’s mid-major revolution is going to love the second.

Rolla student arrested after ‘terrorist-type’ actions

ROLLA, Mo. — The student arrested Tuesday after “terrorist-type” actions at the University of Missouri-Rolla was depressed and anxious over his school work, UMR officials said.

Missouri Theatre campaign hits milestone

Fundraising to restore the Missouri Theatre and expand it into a center for the arts has topped $1.58 million, the theatre's capital campaign committee announced this morning.

Former Columbia pastor gets 14 years for sexual abuse

A former Columbia pastor was sentenced to 14 years in prison Monday in connection with the sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl.