MU gymnasts friends first

Liz Straatmann, left, and Sarah Shire encouraged one another to fight through injuries during their senior year at Archbishop O’Hara High School. Shire went on to compete at Utah but returned to Missouri to join Straatmann as teammates on the MU gymnastics team this season.

In high school, Liz Straatmann and Sarah Shire leaned on each for encouragement. When they went to compete at different colleges, gymnastics just wasn't the same - a big reason why Shire decided to join her old friend on the Tigers' team this season.

Tigers have one last chance to dance

At this point, winning the Big 12 tournament is Missouri's only realistic shot at making the NCAA tournament. Mike Anderson has some experience with longshots, however, having served as an assistant coach with the 15-14 Arkansas Razorbacks that ran the table in the 2000 SEC tournament.

Tigers take momentum of tournament win to next season

One day after surprising Oklahoma, the Missouri Tigers lost to Texas A&M 65-39 in the second round of the Big 12 tournament.

No clear favorite in Big 12 men's basketball tournament

After breaking down each men’s basketball team in the Big 12 Conference, it’s must-win time for some teams hoping for a shot at the NCAA Tournament.

High school students question community panel about crime

More than 250 Hickman students and teachers attended a forum to discuss the recent crime spike in Columbia.

Bill would require infertility coverage

Rep. Steve Hodges, D-East Prairie, said that an e-mail prompted him to sponsor a bill that would make it mandatory for insurance companies to cover infertility treatments, including artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization.

Fire Department holds search-and-rescue training at former City Hall annex

Before being reduced to dust by demolition, the former Farm and Home Savings Building is hosting training for fire department recruits.

Gas prices in Missouri among best in nation

The good news for Missouri motorists: Gasoline prices here are the second-lowest in the nation.

House looks to limit access to public colleges

The Missouri House gave first-round approval by voice vote Wednesday to a bill prohibiting illegal immigrants from attending public colleges and universities.

Symposium brings together speakers on social networking

A panel of experts discussed different aspects of social networking including technicalities, how social networking has impacted religion and education as well as legal issues.

Broad bill gives tax breaks on farms, fuels

The Senate gave first-round approval Wednesday to a bill that creates millions of dollars in tax breaks and subsidies. It sprinkles state aid to farmers, animal feeding operations, gas stations, motorists who buy biofuels, ethanol producers, dairies, livestock farmers, certain vehicle buyers and an agriculture education program.

Blunt seeks backlog of e-mails from Nixon

Gov. Matt Blunt is fighting back against Attorney General Jay Nixon’s investigation into his handling of e-mails. Blunt has said it will cost nearly $541,000 to retrieve and review the e-mails from a backup system.

Woman arrested on child pornography charges

After a four-month investigation by the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force, a 25-year-old Columbia woman was arrested on suspicion of possession of child pornography and a controlled substance.

MU women's basketball team loses in second round

The loss gives Missouri the most losses in a season in the history of the program.

Get Out The Vote Committee seeks to hold public officials accountable

The Central Columbia Get Out The Vote Committee has been working since 1999 to bring their neighborhoods’ problems into the public eye.