Missouri left out of lineup for NIT

Just a few weeks ago, some fans and analysts talked as though the Missouri Tigers had a chance to make the NCAA tournament. And, if no NCAA tournament bid was forthcoming, at least the chance to continue the season in the National Invitation Tournament was probably guaranteed.

Netting a top pick

INDIANAPOLIS — That howling sound coming from the East Coast was the Drexel and Syracuse fans, livid their teams had been snubbed. You can be sure Kansas State coach Bob Huggins, too, had choice words for the NCAA tournament selection committee.

Board to discuss personnel study

Columbia School Board members will meet tonight to discuss approving a personnel study and a new school calendar.

Ask the candidates: More wards

As Columbia has grown since the adoption of the city charter, the number of residents that each ward representative counts among his or her constituents has increased dramatically. Does that mean it’s time for Columbia to have more wards and/or a larger City Council? Here are the views of the council candidates who appear on the April 3 ballot.

Kansas comeback wins Big 12 championship

OKLAHOMA CITY — As Kansas coach Bill Self cut down the nets to commemorate Kansas’ second straight Big 12 Conference tournament title, a shout came from the crowd: “And now a national championship!”

Going beyond learning by rote

A few third-graders at Two Mile Prairie Elementary School burst into giggles during a recent afternoon spelling lesson as their teacher, Christi Bangsund, read one of six spelling dictation sentences aloud.

Tigers softball team falls to Washington

The Missouri softball team closed out the Pac 10/Big 12 Challenge with a 6-4 loss to the 11th-ranked Washington Huskies (18-4) on Sunday at Arizona State’s Farrington Stadium.

Lawmakers, critics fight to stiffen Sunshine Law

JEFFERSON CITY — If you destroy a farmer’s corn, lawmakers want you to pay.

Ashland residents seek rec center

ASHLAND ­— A request by three Ashland residents has the city moving forward quickly to see if the rest of the population might be interested in a new multiuse recreational facility.

Parent takes aim at math curriculum

Michelle Pruitt, a mother of three students in the Columbia Public School District, said she has voiced concerns to district administrators about the math curriculum used in the public schools for four years but has yet to receive the kind of response she hopes for.

Shealy pleased with opportunity

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Ryan Shealy’s favorite thing about Kansas City is its location — about 500 miles away from Todd Helton.

Edmonds going slow

JUPITER, Fla. — Jim Edmonds’ first batting practice session left him feeling far from optimistic that he will be ready for Opening Day.

Investing in the 21st century

In 2005, MU’s College of Business formed a committee of 34 faculty, alumni and students to figure out how to better prepare students for the business world. Over a six-month period, the committee came up with a plan that school officials hope will enhance the school’s research efforts and its collaboration with businesses, alumni and students.

$2.5 million gift received

Tom and Betty Scott are not new to giving gifts to MU. The Kansas City couple contributed more than $2 million and a professorship endowment to the School of Veterinary Medicine in Jan. 2007. In 1999, they funded the business school’s Tom and Betty Scott CEO Forum.

New link: neurotic behavior, alcoholic parents

An 11-year study of the lives of 489 MU students from the freshman class of 1987 suggests that the children of alcoholics suffer from higher rates of neurotic personality traits.

New myZou debuts with flaws

MU students began early registration Monday using a streamlined yet unfamiliar course registration system.

Making a living in leftovers

In the 1950s, men typically went to work and women stayed home. Jobs for women were limited, but the invention of Tupperware changed the playing field.

Delivery on two wheels

When he was 3, he took the training wheels off his red-and-black BMX bike. When he was 18, he completed his first bike race. And just a month ago, Brady Beckham, 22, became an entrepreneur, spearheading a courier service that delivers everything from legal documents to milk and eggs on bikes.

St. Peters man arrested on charges of child enticement

The Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force in conjunction with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department and the Columbia Police Department arrested a 22-year-old St. Peters man on suspicion of enticement of a child and attempted first-degree statutory rape on Friday.