‘We’ve got to have more corn,’ expert says

With the expanded use of ethanol, cars and sows are now competing for the same corn crop. The increased demand is profitable for Missouri corn farmers, but other sectors of the economy are feeling the burden of higher prices.

Columbia’s Cannes

Film sparks dialogue

The discussion that followed the True/ False movie “Banished” on Saturday afternoon at The Blue Note suggested that efforts at racial reparation — no matter how well-meaning — continue to be received differently based on perspective.

Practicing patience

Dalton Gatschet, 8, shot a seven-point buck when he was only 7 years old.

Group calls to reopen Gaines case

Lloyd Gaines went missing in 1939, not long after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered MU to admit him to the university’s law school.

Private school buys land for unified campus

Columbia Independent School has acquired land to build a campus of its own.

Six bars that allowed smoking get tickets

Enforcement was the word of the day on Thursday when 24 tickets were issued to patrons and managers of bars that failed to comply with Columbia’s smoking ban.

Mayoral election debate carries on without Hindman

What was going to be a debate Friday between Mayor Darwin Hindman and his election opponent John Clark became more like a conversation after Hindman’s prostate cancer treatment prevented him from attending.

Nazi group to protest ‘Marxism’

The National Socialist Movement, based in Minneapolis, will have a parade in Columbia on Saturday to protest the promotion of Marxism by the MU School of Journalism, the Cambio Center and the university in general, said Steven Boswell, leader of the Missouri chapter.

Better than cutting grass

Lawn mowers waiting for service line the garage of the Agricultural Engineering Building on the MU campus. It’s time for the MU Agricultural Systems Management Club’s lawn mower clinic.

State Farm gives out dividends

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. announced Thursday that slightly more than 1 million policyholders in Missouri will receive a share of $21.8 million in dividends. State Farm will distribute $1.25 billion nationwide.

Five ideas

What consequences have you encountered because of the smoking ordinance? Do you think offering people incentives to change their behavior will work? Is intellectual diversity a problem at Missouri colleges? What are the ramifications of having an overextended public defender system? How important are Sunshine Laws to you?

Wrestling championship out of reach

All season, the Missouri wrestling team has depended on strong performances in the upper weight classes. And most of the time, Ben and Max Askren and Raymond Jordan have delivered everything it needed.

Tigers’ inability to slow down Law another example of his top skills

Anyone who has seen Texas standout Kevin Durant play this year knows of his immense capabilities.

Super subs key for Hickman

SEDALIA — In basketball, the “Sixth Man” is a name given to the first player off the bench. Usually, the sixth man is a team’s best bench player, one who coaches rely on to provide scoring, defense and intensity once they enter the game. Many coaches struggle to find one player who fits this role consistently.

Tigers win baseball home opener

The Missouri baseball team withstood the wind and cold to earn a 10-5 victory in its home opener against Youngstown State on Friday night at Taylor Stadium. Junior John McKee tallied a career-high five RBIs and starting pitcher Rick Zagone recorded his second win in four starts this year.

Hanging by a thread

LeAnn Fossum didn’t want to feel that way again.

Douglass falters in championship game

STURGEON — The Douglass boys basketball team scrapped until the end, but ultimately fell 54-46 to Harrisburg (22-4) in the Class 2, District 5 championship game Saturday at Sturgeon High School.

Bruins in nationals

The state dance championship that took place last weekend at Francis Howell Central in St. Peters involved 65 high school teams. Two of the teams that performed well are from Columbia.

Dunham backs up coach’s decision with singles win

For the first time, Missouri freshman tennis player Kaitlin Dunham played No. 4 singles Saturday against Kansas State. Before Saturday, in her previous seven matches, she played No. 5 six times and No. 6 once.