Blunt recommends $31.2 million for Ellis Fischel Cancer Center

The money for Ellis Fischel would come from the proceeds of the sale of Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority assets, which are earmarked for higher education building projects.

Former Missouri football player improving on the mat

Mark Ellis switched to wrestling after a brief stint on the MU football team, and his hard work is beginning to pay off.

Ben Askren’s goal is to win an Olympic gold medal.

Missouri's Ben Askren is adapting his style, in hopes of competing in the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing.

Kewpies open with Tournament of Champions

The Hickman girls’ basketball team will open its season with three championship-caliber teams this weekend in Fort Smith, Ark.

Family Resource Board moves forward with board member removal process

Members voted to take the next step in the process to remove Steve Tatlow from the Board of Directors.

Eight groups awarded human rights grants

The grants, which range from $200 to $1,000, were approved this week by the City Council on the recommendation of the Human Rights Commission.

Columbia to host Little League Regional

All the excitement of Little League World Series regional action will be coming to Columbia beginning next year.

Daniel named Heisman finalist

Chase Daniel got the nod as one of four finalists for the Heisman Trophy Award.

MU student wins big at online poker

An MU student won thousands of dollars in online poker tournaments.

Missouri men's basketball attendance down through first four home games

Even with higher expectations this season, attendance has fallen by nearly 900 fans per game through the first four Missouri men’s basketball games.

Bonne Femme Watershed plan approved

After four years of preparation, the Bonne Femme Watershed plan has been approved by the cities of Columbia and Ashland, and Boone County, but no changes in policy will be seen yet. The plan gives ideas for protecting creeks and streams, but tensions are apparent.

Future Ragtag site taking shape

The building at 10 Hitt St. will be the home of Ragtag Cinema, Uprise Bakery and 9th St. Video and is scheduled to open in February.

Columbia man sentenced to 10 years in prison for intent to distribute crack cocaine

Taijal O. Jones, 30, pleaded guilty in March to possessing with the intent to distribute five or more grams of crack cocaine.

Lee Elementary applies for $1 million nature grant

The Children and Nature grant from the National Conservation Fund would help develop a model “eco-school” that would expand Lee’s environmental curriculum.

Judge recuses himself from latest Ferguson appeal

A Boone County judge will not hear Ryan W. Ferguson’s post-conviction relief appeal, according to court documents. Ferguson was convicted of second-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the 2001 murder of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt.

St. Louis foodbank short on donations, Columbia doing okay

Because of reduced federal contributions and stagnant food industry donations, some foodbanks are having trouble this year. Columbia's Central Missouri Food Bank, however, is stocked thanks to local food drives.

MU Extension hosts obesity summit

More than 100 representatives from around Missouri convened on the MU campus Tuesday and Wednesday for a childhood obesity summit, which included presentations as well as group problem-solving sessions.

Governor wants money for cancer center

Gov. Matt Blunt announced today he will ask for $31.2 million for the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center at MU in the supplemental budget recommendation.

Columbia high school students awarded for soccer skills

Athletes from Rock Bridge and Hickman high schools received awards for their sports achievements.

Mid-Missourians targets for identity theft scams

Attorney General Jay Nixon’s office said on Wednesday that mid-Missouri residents are being targeted by a phishing scam to obtain personal bank information.