Ten things you didn't know about the Cotton Bowl

Practices at Dallas Cowboys' home stadium thrills Tigers

At the team’s first workout since arriving on Wednesday afternoon in Dallas for the Cotton Bowl, players acknowledged their temporary practice facility made them somewhat giddy.

MU men's basketball team cruises past Coppin State

The Missouri men’s basketball team imposed its will on the Coppin State Eagles on its way to a 72-38 victory Thursday night at Mizzou Arena.

Expressing emotions through dance

Zach Young could be considered a “sports guy,” and as a dancer of the Missouri Contemporary Ballet, athleticism pays off.

Them's fighting words

The Tigers' loss to Oklahoma produced one thing: a new fight song written by Jeff Garwood and his 12-year-old daughter, Lydia.

Pakistanis in U.S. worry what Bhutto's death means for homeland, kin

Pakistanis in Columbia and across the U.S. mourned Benazir Bhutto and worried that her assassination could destabilize their homeland and threaten the safety of family members living there.

Bush approves Missouri for disaster aid

Boone County is in line for $801,921 in federal disaster aid after President Bush approved a request from Gov. Matt Blunt for a disaster declaration in the wake of early December ice and snow storms.

Bhutto's assassination rocks U.S. efforts in Pakistan

The assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has dealt a severe blow to U.S. efforts to restore stability and democracy in a turbulent, nuclear-armed Islamic nation that has been a critical ally in the war on terror.

First Night 2008 Schedule

Here's a rundown of who's playing when and where.

Columbia resident named director of state Revenue Department

Omar Davis has served as director of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations since September and now will head the Department of Revenue.

East Hill development concept faces obstacles

A conceptual plan filed with the city shows a 50-acre retail and residential development in a fast-growing part of town, but one of the property owners says he won’t sell.

Check-cashing center robbed Thursday morning, no one injured

Police are investigating the robbery of a check-cashing store late Thursday morning in south Columbia.

Central Missouri Food Bank gets $70,000 surprise

The Missouri Foundation for Health surprised the Central Missouri Food Bank with a $70,000 grant to help cover a food shortage. The grant was not competitive.

First Night Columbia to showcase diverse art community

With more than 75 performances at 15 venues downtown and on the Stephens College campus, First Night Columbia will celebrate the New Year with an alcohol-free display of its diverse art community.

Early morning home invasion leads to shots fired, one injury

Two intruders tried to kick in the door of an apartment, leading one of the people inside to fire a gun and wound one of the intruders, police say.

A Pakistan primer: What you need to know about the nation Bhutto called home

Pakistan is a nation with a complex history and an uneasy relationship with the world community. Here's some of what you might need to know to understand the circumstances surrounding the attack Thursday on a Benazir Bhutto campaign rally.

City to collect emissions credits from Sikeston Power Plant

Columbia's contract with the Sikeston Power Plant has been amended to allow the city to collect credits for nitrous oxide and mercury emissions, but they're unlikely to generate much revenue.

Columbia awarded federal grant to fix trail

Columbia was one of 57 cities that applied for a grant from the federal Recreational Trails Program. The city received more than $95,000 to help fund two bridge projects.

Where to read more about Benazir Bhutto's assassination

Click here for a list of links to other news stories and blogs about the killing of Pakistan's opposition leader.

Missouri statistics: We marry more than we divorce, but we spend $1,200 below national average in school spending

These tidbits and others come from the federal government’s 127th annual Statistical Abstract of the United States, which provides a statistical snapshot of the nation.