Va. Tech football team cancels spring football

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Frank Beamer grew up about an hour from Blacksburg, played football for Virginia Tech and has become the very familiar face of the university as the man who built the Hokies into one of the nation’s elite football programs.

Franklin to honor Nash

After the defense blocked Jeff Wolfert’s 55­—yard field goal attempt during Tuesday’s scrimmage in preparation for the Black and Gold game, momentary chaos reigned on Faurot Field.

Berger’s start helps Tigers finish

The Missouri baseball team made the most of its brief reprieve from the compitition of Big 12 conference play Tuesday night with a 3-1 win over Missouri State.

MU reaches out with sympathy

About 300 students and faculty gathered under MU’s Memorial Union archway for a candlelight vigil Tuesday night in honor of those who died in Monday’s shootings at Virginia Tech.

Shooter referred to counseling for violent writings

BLACKSBURG, Va. — The gunman in the Virginia Tech massacre was a sullen loner who alarmed professors and classmates with his twisted, violence-drenched creative writing and left a rambling note raging against women and rich kids.

Cooking oil started blaze

It was a perfect storm of circumstances: oil left unattended in a wok, apartment residents who spoke little English and didn’t know to call 9-1-1, and a building that lacked fire stops.

Court rules in favor of inmates

The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that the state Board of Probation and Parole “erred” when it reconsidered the crimes of two women by refusing to parole them after their life sentences were commuted in 2004 by then-Gov. Bob Holden.

Auction sells used equipment at low cost

Once a month, bargain hunters from all over the state pack a warehouse just south of the MU campus, where the auctioneer makes his rounds as more than 100 people follow close by.

Blunt hastens safety plan

JEFFERSON CITY — Spurred by the shooting deaths Monday at Virginia Tech, Gov. Matt Blunt announced the creation of a Campus Safety Task Force on Tuesday, a plan that he said has been in motion for months but was hastened in response to the shooting.

In hot pursuit

Reji White remembers his first habañero pepper. When he was about 22, stationed with the Marines in Iwa Kuni, Japan, he had a friend from Mexico who often ate the hot peppers whole.

Gold Star given to Fairview a third time

For the third time, Fairview Elementary School has been named one of 16 Gold Star Schools in Missouri. Fairview was the only Columbia public school selected for the 2006-2007 year.

Medicaid expiration date looms

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri House of Representatives has five weeks to pass legislation restructuring Medicaid. Otherwise, the program’s June 2008 expiration date would force legislators to come up with a two-thirds vote for an “emergency clause” next year to prevent it from expiring.

MU evaluates its security plans

While MU leaders say they are confident that the campus has adequate security measures in place, the deaths of 32 people at the hands of a gunman at Virginia Tech University on Monday has prompted a wide-ranging discussion of safety and communication procedures at the university.

Mock gunman drill tests MU security

One day after a student killed 32 people in a shooting rampage at Virginia Tech University, the MU Police Department, along with the city of Columbia and MU officials, tested the university’s Emergency Operation Plan on campus early Tuesday morning.

Residence halls at MU evacuated

A small electrical fire in a transformer forced the evacuation of the Gillett and Hudson residence halls on the MU campus around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday.