16-year-old Hickman High School student dies in crash

Phillip Atchley, a 16-year-old Hickman High School student was killed Thursday when his car was struck by an SUV at 173 N. Route O, west of Columbia, the Missouri State Highway police said. Atchley was a resident of Rocheport.

Mills vacates dean position to overlook journalism institute

Dean Mills, dean of the MU School of Journalism, will take a year off to concentrate on planning for the opening of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.

Conviction of Steven Rios overturned

Former Columbia Police Officer Steven Rios, who was convicted in May 2005 for the murder of MU student Jesse Valencia, will receive a new trial.

Passengers riding to more locations aboard Tiger Shuttle

When James Eschen’s eldest two children were undergraduates at MU, he spent many long hours stuck in traffic on Interstate 70, making the commute between Columbia and St. Louis to ensure his children had a safe and reliable way home for the weekend.

Sweep gives Tigers shot at Big 12 softball title

As soon as Thursday’s games were over, a bag of ice was wrapped around Missouri second baseman Sarah Stringer’s right ankle. A bag of ice was there on Sunday too, but that was before the game, and Stringer was forced to sit out.

Academics priority for MU gymnastics

At first, Missouri gymnastics coach Rob Drass sounds like every other coach in college sports when addressing the relationship between academics and athletics.

Sjurson gets Hickman’s 5th spot for golf district

Grant Sjurson still laughs when he recalls the moment he knew he wanted to pursue golf.

He was 10, and his dad, Jim Sjurson, took him to the L.A. Nickell Golf Course. Neither golfer played especially well that day, except for one hole.

Extra points

Confirming previous reports, Missouri coach Mike Anderson announced that forward Glen Dandridge will not return to the men’s basketball team next season.

Common ground

It all started very simply. A small group of women in the new Stonecrest neighborhood on the west side of Columbia wanted to get to know each other. So about a year ago they organized a monthly night of Bunco, a popular “country” dice game.

Congress challenges Bush on war

WASHINGTON — In a bold wartime challenge to President Bush, the Democratic-controlled Senate voted Thursday to begin withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq by Oct. 1 with a goal of a complete pullout six months later. The White House dismissed the legislation as “dead before arrival.”

Mom found guilty in daughter’s death

After five and a half hours of deliberation, a jury on Thursday night found Nicole West, 25, guilty on charges of both second-degree involuntary manslaughter and first-degree child endangerment. She was sentenced to three months for each count following the verdict.

‘CSI effect’ puts burden on real crime labs

Criminal attorneys across the state and the nation are clamoring about a new courtroom phenomenon known as the “CSI effect,” the impact of forensic science shows such as Court TV’s “Forensic Files” and CBS’s “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” on real jurors around the country.

Waste used for energy

JEFFERSON CITY — A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday for a facility that will convert methane gas from decomposing waste to electricity for area homes and hot water for a state prison.

Missouri could get two new state symbols

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri soon could have two more official state symbols after the Senate gave final legislative approval Thursday to bills creating an official state invertebrate and grass.

Old jail to get rehabilitated

At first, the building looks like any other house under construction. The attic has been renovated; one of the three original bedrooms is being transformed into a modern-day bathroom, and, at the owner’s request, a small fountain has been put into the brick siding near the home’s side entrance. The house seems like an ordinary brick one until the door in the kitchen opens to reveal an old jail.

Proposal supports companies that recycle computers

Congress is considering a bill that would add a recycling fee to the purchase price of electronic goods in an effort to stop hazardous disposal practices and build a national infrastructure for recycling these items.

Radio talk show host encourages Christians to Stand to Reason

Greg Koukl used to think he was too smart to be a Christian.

The founder and president of Stand to Reason, an organization that urges Christians to think more critically about their faith, Koukl thought Christians did not think enough for themselves. He set out to change that.