Youth Speak event honors Martin Luther King Jr.

Second graders Ashwata Elangoran, left, Naimisa Balaji and Shreyas Sainivasan sing in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Thursday night at the Cherry Street Artisan on Ninth Street. Local youth read essays and performed music with the theme of "The Garden of Humanity" for the Youth Speak event.

Local youth gather to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Home not so sweet in Columbia College loss to Hannibal-LaGrange

Hannibal-LaGrange escaped the Arena of the Southwell Complex with a 63-60 win Thursday night.

Columbia College’s Trae Hall, who led all scorers with 16 points, hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute, including one he turned into a four-point play after being fouled. However, after the Trojans’ Matt Smith missed a pair of free throws with 10.1 seconds left and his team hanging on to a 62-60 lead.

Kreklow deadly from long-range; Rock Bridge beats Hickman

Kreklow scored all of his 11 points in a second quarter outburst in which he made all four of his shots, including three 3-pointers. The Bruins finished the half with a 13-3 run, including a Kreklow field goal at the buzzer that quieted the Hickman student section. “I just got in a rhythm,” Ricky Kreklow said. “Once the first one goes in, it gets easier. Soon, they just feel like lay-ups.”

Candidates for City Council

John G. Clark, Paul Sturtz, Karen Baxter and Almeida Crayton run for 1st Ward. Laura Nauser is uncontested in the 5th Ward.

Contractor sentenced for fraud

A local businessman was sentenced Thursday to two years and six months in federal prison without parole and ordered to pay $326,318 for defrauding the Boone National Savings and Loan Association, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri.

Small group meets to commemorate Roe v. Wade

A gathering Thursday evening that participants dubbed “small but mighty” reached across religious barriers to find commonality in supporting women’s reproductive choice and their faith.

Rock Bridge girls basketball team set to play Boonville

The Rock Bridge girls basketball team will try to do what all good teams do: forget about a tough loss.

“We’ve put the loss behind us,” Rock Bridge coach Jill Nagel said. “We’ve moved on, and we are refocused and ready to take on Boonville.”

Rod Jetton considering governor race

Another major Missouri Republican has joined the ranks of those confirming an interest in the job that Gov. Matt Blunt announced Tuesday he would not seek to retain. House Speaker Rod Jetton said Thursday he is considering an entrance into the gubernatorial race.

Disagreement between MU, fan blogger resolved

The licensing representative for MU athletics has withdrawn consideration of taking action against a man running a fan Web site devoted to the university’s sports programs, an MU spokeswoman said Thursday.

Goestenkors looks to return Texas women's hoops to place among elite

While the Texas women’s basketball program isn’t at the level of elite programs like Tennessee, Connecticut, or Duke, it’s not like the Longhorns are trudging along in the mud. They have missed the NCAA Tournament two seasons in a row, but it is Texas’ first two-year hiatus from the tournament since its inception in 1982.

Police look for credit card thief

The MU Police Department is asking the public for help in identifying a man suspected of using stolen credit cards.

High-pressure system responsible for below-freezing temperatures

It was cold Thursday. The day began with a pre-dawn temperature of 1. By 10 a.m., it had risen to 8. By noon, it was 13, and at 3 p.m. the day’s high was 19.

Spare Parts Gallery to participate in one final Artrageous Friday

On Friday downtown businesses will have the opportunity to play host to a Columbia artist for the first Artrageous Friday of 2008.

MU men's basketball looks to end road woes in Colorado

The Tigers had two of their toughest opponents, Texas and Kansas, at home, and three beatable opponents, Iowa State, Texas Tech and Colorado, on the road. So far, the only thing that’s gone right for MU is a win over then-No. 12 Texas. The Tigers then lost to Iowa State, Kansas and, on Wednesday, to Texas Tech.

Firefighters extinguish two residential fires

Firefighters extinguished two unrelated fires in 24 hours at residential areas.

Religious groups say election without Blunt will not change agendas

Gov. Blunt’s decision not to seek re-election has left Missouri religious groups looking for a candidate to bear the social conservative standard. Most say the agenda won’t change, no matter who the candidate is.

Couple arrested in connection with Stoney Creek robbery

Police arrested a couple in connection with several robberies and thefts Wednesday after the theft of a wallet at Gerbes on West Broadway.

School district considers revamping the way it pays employees

The move would cost the district more money because it would increase salaries.

Lt. Gov. Kinder formally announces he will run for governor

Kinder’s decision makes him the first to enter in the wake of Blunt’s announcement.

Wellness could lower school district’s costs

To lower long-term health care costs, the Columbia Public School District is looking to start a program to encourage its roughly 2,000 employees to live healthier.