Head-on crash kills one, injures another

A Salisbury woman was killed north of Columbia on Saturday after her car collided with a pickup that was driving on the wrong side of the road, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Blunt leads fundraising efforts for 2008 election

JEFFERSON CITY — Less than 18 months before the next gubernatorial election, Matt Blunt finds himself millions of dollars ahead in his expected campaign against the Democratic attorney general in 2008 for the governor’s seat.

MOHELA bill to get final check from House

JEFFERSON CITY — One powerful House Republican said Monday he was “doubtful” that $46 million would be restored to University of Missouri System building projects. The money was axed from an appropriations bill tied to the sale of the state’s higher education loan authority Thursday.

Learning on the clock

Audra Jenkins uses real-life examples to teach English as a Second Language to her students — six adults all employed by The Bluffs, a nursing home off Grindstone Parkway on Bluff Creek Drive. With the help of a portable dry-erase board and any props Jenkins brings from home, a small conference room inside The Bluffs is transformed into a classroom.

Discretion focus of UM search meeting

The first meeting of the 19-member committee charged with selecting a successor for University of Missouri System President Elson Floyd was dominated by a discussion of how best to fill the position while abiding by the state’s open-government law.

Details of condom proposal shifting

A proposal to distribute condoms and other sexual health products in MU residence halls is nearing completion, but concerns over the cost, safety and feasibility have led to considerable changes in the plan.

Man challenges DNA evidence after being charged with rape

A man charged nine years after an alleged rape in 1997 maintained a plea of not guilty at an arraignment Monday, challenging the DNA evidence on which the charges are based.

Woman sentenced to two years for embezzlement

A 25-year-old Centralia woman pleaded guilty to embezzlement Monday and was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation after Boone County Judge Gene Hamilton suspended a sentence of six months in prison.

Trucker pleads guilty in traffic deaths

A Missouri truck driver accused of causing the deaths of two people in an accident on Interstate 70 in April changed his plea to guilty on two counts of second-degree involuntary manslaughter Monday.

Residence halls suffer second fire in a week

The second fire in less than a week broke out in the Hudson and Gillett residence halls Sunday night, forcing more than 900 students to evacuate the buildings.

Medical professor questions evolution

For most of his life, and as a physician and man of science, John Marshall believed in Darwinian evolution, which maintains that all life forms share a common biological origin.

Embracing the day

Jeff Quillen, a junior at MU, offered free hugs at Brady Fountain on Monday afternoon. He says there are several psychological benefits to hugs. “Think about it: You never leave a hug without a smile on your face,” Quillen said. He plans to give free hugs during finals week, which runs May 7 through May 11.