Sports briefs

Cardinals, La Russa pondering uncertain future

After a disappointing finish that has manager Tony La Russa questioning his future with the team, the St. Louis Cardinals look to find a new pitcher and a power-hitting outfielder this offseason.

Columbia Council trusts engineering firm to make infrastructure estimates

The Columbia City Council agreed to defer responsibility for proposed high school site infrastructure cost estimates to the engineering firm contracted by Columbia Public Schools.

Victory gives Chiefs encouraging outlook

Now that the Chiefs have won two in a row, they are tied for the lead in the AFC West and have a division road win in the bank.

Injuries mounting for Rams

After being blown out by the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, the St. Louis Rams, losers of four straight games to start the season, are dealing with even more injuries to their already battered squad.

Pinkel wins big with youth league before big game

Mere days from one of the most anticipated Missouri football games in years, coach Gary Pinkel took some time Monday to teach youth players lessons about football and life.

Ameren unveils voluntary renewable energy program

AmerenUE on Monday launched a new voluntary program called Pure Power that allows customers to pay an additional 1.5 cents per kilowatt hour to help support development of wind power and other forms of renewable energy.

Senate agrees to audit war contracts

The U.S. Senate has approved the creation of an investigative commission to examine wartime contracts in Afghanistan and Iraq following reports of fraud and mismanagement of contracts worth billions of tax dollars.

Citizen group asks Columbia City Council to support county road tax

Boone County Presiding Commissioner Ken Pearson presented council members with a brief overview of what the county has done with the tax, and the city will consider a resolution at an upcoming council meeting.

Columbia annexes property in northeast section of city

The 50-acre site, northeast of Masonic Drive, is being considered for a retirement community and possibly other businesses.

Poking about in the pumpkin patch

With cooler temperatures and falling leaves, pumpkin patches invite visitors to poke about and enjoy the scenery, the vegetables and the animals.

Advisory board explores caps on tourism grants

Major festivals and events in Columbia could become part of a “signature series” that would guarantee them $10,000 a year in city funding but save some extra money to help new events.

9th Street Video holds its own in a sea of rental chains

The last in a dying breed, Columbia’s only independent movie rental store has managed to stay afloat amid intense competition and changing consumer behavior.

Senior citizens trade retirement for the workforce

More senior citizens are re-entering the workforce or remaining there longer.

None injured in two-alarm fire

A two-alarm fire broke out at a Columbia factory Monday, injuring one firefighter and forcing the evacuation of 90 employees.

Columbia man sentenced to six years for drug possession

Creston J. Johnson was sentenced to six years in prison for possession of a controlled substance.

Columbia woman admits to stealing thousands from employer

An employee of Simon Steel who stole approximately $72,000 from the business through forging checks and altering records faces up to seven years in prison.

Film quiz answers

We asked: How many titles from the American Film Institute’s original 1998 list of the top 100 American movies can you spot in this article?

Local View: Columbia's 3M plant

‘Troublemakers’ taking troubles out of the world

People who are labeled as ‘troublemakers’ advocate for better changes and find remedies for tough dilemmas.