Ameren close to settlement in Taum Sauk case

On Oct. 18, the Missouri Court of Appeals received a filing asking the judge to delay a Taum Sauk reservoir collapse hearing because state officials and Ameren Corp. are in “the final stages of negotiating a settlement.”

Is this house haunted?

A Columbia man shares his real-life ghost story. Three audio clips are included with the story.

Gotcha owner shares his Halloween tales

Aaro Froese, owner of Gotcha costume shop, is zany, creative, and the go-to guy for anything “dress up.”

Trick-or-treating goes to the dogs

Local pet stores sponsor events for pets to participate in Halloween.

Best-selling Halloween costumes

What you may not know about spiders

Here are some little-known facts about these creepy crawlers to get you ready for Halloween.

A guide to Halloween in Columbia

Read a rundown of trick-or-treating do's and don'ts in Columbia.

U.N. affiliate group forms in mid-Missouri

A mid-Missouri chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America will work toward improving literacy on global issues.

Janitorial business owner sues Blunt over loss of contract following immigration raid

Gov. Matt Blunt terminated the state contracts of Sam’s Janitorial Services in Jefferson City following a raid that resulted in the arrest of 25 employees. The owner of the service said the governor overstepped his authority.

To whose god are you swearing?

The juror’s oath should be standardized and inclusive of believers and non-believers.

Journalism School responds to centennial budget article

The following is the full text of the original article "MU J-School centennial lacks budget." The full text of the e-mail sent by Suzette Heiman, director of planning and communications for the Missouri School of Journalism, has been incorporated into the article.

Sports briefs

Stephens freshman set for three-sport year

It’s a good thing that Cara Leis is full of energy. The outside hitter for Stephens College’s volleyball team is only in her first of three athletic seasons.

In NAIA, recruiting abroad vital for volleyball

Financial constraints and more stringent visa rules hamper small programs like Columbia College with efforts to keep their volleyball teams competitive.

Vocal freshman inspires MU volleyball team

MU freshman Caitlyn Vann knows only one way to play volleyball: as loud as possible.

Energy officials questioned about efficiency options

ConocoPhillips hosted two events, a symposium and a community forum, to address rising concerns about energy efficiency.

Comedian D.L. Hughley cracks up audience at Jesse Hall

Comedian D.L. Hughley came to MU’s Jesse Hall on Wednesday to perform his standup act. He based his jokes on celebrities and current events, like Ellen DeGeneres and the possibility of a black U.S. president.

Sen. Graham fundraiser to take place as scheduled Friday

A planned fundraiser for Sen. Chuck Graham will take place as scheduled Friday evening at the Clinton Club at Mizzou Arena.

Family Resources board seeks removal of member who has questioned procedures

Steve Tatlow, after raising concerns with the Missouri attorney general’s office about the public entity’s practices, faces retribution from board colleagues.

Police and hospital support staff action in Graham arrest

A spokeswoman for University Hospital said staff acted appropriately in trying to prevent Columbia police from obtaining Sen. Chuck Graham’s urine — the Police say they acted appropriately as well.