Bruins start looking ahead

It wasn’t quite the ending that Rock Bridge senior Chris Masters hoped for, but Masters and the Bruins wrestling team saw their 48-18 loss to Jefferson City on Thursday night at Rock Bridge as more than just a defeat in the season’s final meet. They said they saw it as a learning tool, one to be used as the Bruins prepare for the district meet Feb. 9 and 10 in Jefferson City.

A balancing act

It is much like a story line from one of today’s countless reality TV shows: two virtual strangers picked to live together, attend school and train for gymnastics together for a year.

Vikings’ press shuts down Stephens

The Stephens women’s basketball team had a tough time containing Missouri Valley’s offense and getting past its defense Thursday evening at Silverthorne Arena.

Coalition rekindles fight over smoking

A group of bars and restaurants has joined with the Boone Liberty Coalition to repeal the ordinance that bans smoking in many public places, claiming the measures have had a significant economic impact on their businesses and that the decision to allow smoking should be up to them.

Cycling race through Columbia contingent on sufficient funding

Columbia will host a leg of the first Tour of Missouri cycling race if the City Council appropriates up to $60,000 to the Convention and Visitors Bureau this month.

Minority Leader to make decision on state representative’s status

JEFFERSON CITY — The status of a recently indicted state representative involved with creating Missouri’s almost $20 billion budget was deferred to House Minority Leader Jeff Harris on Thursday.

More money for schools advised

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri should spend an additional $800 million on public education, an expert who has studied school finance in more than 20 states testified Thursday.

Suspect accused of sharing child porn

A 37-year-old Columbia man was arrested Tuesday morning on a warrant charging him with distributing videos depicting the molestation of very young children, according to Boone County court records.

Gift card bills aim to keep initial value

JEFFERSON CITY — If you still haven’t used that gift card you received last Christmas, you may not have to worry about redeeming it any time soon if a pair of bills filed in the Missouri legislature become law.

Parents get at-home lessons on bringing up baby

Once a month, 2-year-old Ella Cleppe gets a visit from one of her favorite people. They sing songs, read books, play with toys and talk about their favorite things.

Registration is in store for a ‘slick’ transition

MU students registering for the fall 2007 semester will no longer be using the STARMU system, which has seen little change since its introduction in 1975.

UM System examines spacious Live Mail option

For students in the University of Missouri System, experiences of inbox-full messages and the resulting inability to send and receive e-mail messages as a result may soon be little more than unpleasant memories.

Christian life center to open with Saturday celebration

Most people would not associate the church with being cool, especially since it was built in the 1920s. But Colin Skinner hopes to change that perception with the opening of the New Christian Life Center on Saturday.

Not a dime for time

Darwin Hindman spent six days last week at two conferences in Washington trying to become a better mayor.

Candidate opinions diverge on issue of council reimbursement

This April, the mayor is up for re-election and two seats on the City Council will be wide open. Bob Hutton and Jim Loveless, of the Third and Fourth wards, respectively, have said they will not be running for re-election.

Web feature broadens KOPN’s reach

KOPN/89.5 FM is expanding its reach with a new feature on its Web site.

Police search for suspected child pornographer

A registered sex offender who police say had child pornography on his home computer was being sought by investigators with the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force on Thursday.

Shooting suspect surrenders to police

A Columbia man suspected of firing a gun from a moving vehicle turned himself in to Columbia Police on Thursday.

Drive-by shootings damage local businesses

Two large windows at the Albert-Buick-Honda-GMC dealership in central Columbia were shot out Friday afternoon, and employees who were inside the building at the time were cold but unfazed.

Missed opportunity

MANHATTAN, Kan. — They were one second from being finished, from finally allowing the game to get away for good. If nothing positive happened for the Tigers, there was probably no chance Missouri would have an opportunity to win the game.