Cardinals' Hancock was drunk during fatal accident

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock was drunk and talking on his cell phone at the time of his fatal accident, and marijuana was found in the sport utility vehicle he was driving. Medical examiner Michael Graham said that the 29-year-old reliever was dead "within seconds" from head injuries in the crash early Sunday on Interstate 64 in St. Louis.

Cunningham found guilty in Kelly murder

After an hour and a half of deliberation this morning, a jury found Rodney Cunningham guilty of first-degreee robbery and second-degree murder in the 2006 murder of Carlos Kelly, 34, of Columbia.

Three-point line on verge of move back

College basketball players might want to start polishing up their long-range shooting. The men’s basketball rules committee approved a measure Thursday that would move the 3-point line back one foot. The line will remain unchanged for women's basketball.

Questions put aside at service

The St. Louis Cardinals were among an estimated 500 mourners Thursday at a public memorial service for pitcher Josh Hancock, who died in an automobile accident early Sunday. There was no sense of closure, however. Not yet.

Title within reach

The Missouri softball team has been so good that a sweep this weekend against Nebraska at University Field in its last two games of the regular season guarantees the Tigers at least a share of the Big 12 Conference title.

Missouri eager for series against Texas

With only nine games left in its Big 12 Conference schedule and 3 1/2 games separating it from first-place Texas, the Missouri baseball team has plenty of motivation entering its three-game series against the No. 5 Longhorns tonight in Austin.

Ashwood Fire Fund trying to reach victims

In less than a week, the Victims of the Ashwood Fire Fund has collected more than $2,500 to aid the 20 people left homeless after the April 16 fire. Just blocks away from the group’s meeting place, student Jim Buell had no idea that more than $130 of this money would be reserved just for him.

Without grants, volunteer group looks for funds

While local fundraisers have given leaders of the Court Appointed Special Advocates program some reason to be optimistic about the group’s future, it will take major corporate donations and new sources of grant money to keep the effort alive.

Plan looks to ease rules on salvage cars

Missouri lawmakers are considering loosening the standards for the kinds of damage that must be listed on a vehicle’s title — a move praised as pro-consumer by some and denounced as anti-consumer by others.

Global energy symposium comes to St. Louis

Presidents and faculty of 20 of Asia’s and the Middle East’s most prestigious research universities are gathering In St. Louis through Monday to try to find ways to collaborate in tackling such global challenges as climate change, air quality, potable water and environmentally benign energy sources.

Columbians appointed to two university boards

Two Columbians have been named to the governing boards of two Missouri universities: Cheryl Cozette, to the Truman State University Board of Governors and Edward L. Baker to the University of Central Missouri Board of Governors.

Day of prayer, worship

By summer’s end, a new city lake

In the next couple of weeks, the city expects to learn whether it will land a conservation grant that would trigger development of what will soon become the largest public body of water in Columbia open to anglers.

No hook, no line, no sinker

Gary Webb learned to swim when he was 3 years old. He went on his first fishing trip at age 5. And at 12, he caught his first large catfish with his bare hands. “I wrapped my legs around it, dove down, and my 5-year-old brother had to grab my hair and pull me to shore,” Webb, now 63, said. He held on to the 12½-pound fish the whole time.

Task force reviews safety plan

The governor’s Campus Safety Task Force members suggested many topics that could be covered in a report the governor has asked be submitted to him by Aug. 15. The discussion included topics such as how to alert students and staff of crises, how to handle information restricted by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and whether it is possible to create a standardized program for all higher education institutions across the state.

Women’s testimony give alibi to Cunningham

Two women testified Thursday in the murder trial of Rodney Cunningham that the defendant was partying with them in a hotel across town when Carlos Kelly was beaten to death at his northwest Columbia apartment last year.