MU softball team falls short of breaking wins record

Missouri junior pitcher Stacy Delaney delivers to a Bradley University hitter during the Tigers' game against the Braves on Wednesday at University Field. The Tigers lost to the Braves, 5-4, ending a 19-game winning streak.

The MU softball team won 19 consecutive games before losing to Bradley, 5-4, on Wednesday at University Field. The Tigers would have tied the school record with a 20th straight win.

Tigers baseball team looks to finalize batting order

After losing Evan Frey and Brock Bond, the Tigers entered the 2008 season with a pair of question marks sitting atop their order. Finding the answers to those questions looked to be the biggest obstacle for a team that returned the middle of its order and the bulk of its pitching staff.

Three Ninth Street businesses evacuated due to chemical smell

Ninth Street Video, Sparky’s and Kaldi’s Coffeehouse, all located on Ninth Street between Cherry Street and Broadway, were evacuated when the smell of a water sealant was confused with the smell of gas.

Columbia man suffers minor injuries after jumping out window to escape house fire

The three other residents in the Washington Avenue home at the time escaped without injury.

Columbia Police Department to equip more officers with Taser stun guns

A majority of Columbia's patrol officers will soon be carrying one of the most controversial non-lethal weapon on the market: the Taser.

School board seeks input on proposed cuts

The Columbia School Board will meet tonight to talk about proposed ways to cut $5 million out of the district’s annual operating budget.

The Kewpies look to seniors for success as season begins

The Kewpies are looking to improve upon last year’s 12-12 season, which ended with a loss to Jefferson City in the district tournament. Hickman coach Dave Wilson said with 16 returning lettermen, 15 seniors and an entire pitching staff returning, he expects his team to be more consistent than last year’s and to compete for a district championship.

Meditation class emphasizes breathing, focusing on the here-and-now

As the campus is abuzz with hurried students rushing to class and dreading the long list of studying that awaits them, a group of MU students and staff members are calm. The students are participating in a noontime meditation, held most days of the week at various locations on campus.

Former New York mob boss slated to speak at MU

Franzese will be speaking on the MU campus April 2. The bulk of his $4,600 speaking fee is being paid for by the MU Athletics Department and the Department of Student Activities, which is a branch of the Department of Student Life.

Former St. Louis City police officer to discuss citizen review boards

A former St. Louis police officer will be in Columbia on Thursday to share with two groups his experiences on the formation of civilian review boards. His appearance is sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union Mid-Missouri Chapter.

Gymnastics coach emphasizes academics and humor

MU gymnastics coach John Figueroa is also a laid-back, upbeat coach who the gymnasts say they can always count on.

Three sit with suspensions in Columbia College's NAIA tournament loss

Playing without three of its post players, Columbia College couldn’t pick up the slack, falling to Azusa Pacific 61-47 in the first round of the NAIA Division I National Championship tournament Wednesday.

Museum of Art and Archeology offers vintage films in conjunction with current exhibits

Every third Thursday of the month, MU’s Museum of Art and Archaeology will screen a vintage film mostly from the 1940s or early 1950s that has a connection to one of the museum’s exhibits.

Police to work overtime Friday

Boone County will have extra traffic enforcement on the roads Friday to curb violations during the high travel season of spring break, Columbia police said.

Letter: Fred Parry should be rewarded with a vote in the Boone Hospital Board of Trustees election

Fred Parry, as part of his trustee duties, negotiated a fair lease with BJC HealthCare and should be given a vote in the upcoming election.

New scholarships available for MU graduate students

MU graduate students from the College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources will have $250,000 in new scholarship funds available in fall 2009.

Literacy program to provide free books for newborns

A new literacy program will provide each child born in 2008 with a hardbound book each month until the child is 5 years old, United Way representatives announced at a press conference at the Columbia Public Library today.

Missouri Task Force 1 sent to southern Missouri

With the heavy rains of the past two days and flash flooding that has occurred in southern Missouri, swiftwater rescuers and equipment from the St. Louis area were sent to Piedmont.

At least five dead in Missouri floods

With at least five people dead and hundreds displaced, authorities are straining to keep pace with some of the worst flooding to hit their region in decades.

Neighbors of Ragtag want consideration from theater’s owners

Construction of the new Ragtag Cinemacafe has been an interruption to the daily life of its neighbors, yet no one from the theater has acknowledged it.