Russian, Venezuelan leaders distract people from real issues

Hugo Chavez and Vladimir Putin each face slipping economies and waning support,  and rely on nationalism as a distraction.

Lead up to economic crisis should have raised red flags

The catalyst for the economic crisis, the housing market crash, should have been easy to forecast.

Texas faces stiff tests in Missouri, upcoming games

Coach Mack Brown and his team face the most daunting Big 12 Conference stretch of anyone this season, but a spotless record three weeks from now would solidify Texas as a national-title favorite.

In Eco Schoolhouse, it's easy learning to be green

The Eco Schoolhouse at Grant Elementary School has given one second-grade class a hands-on learning opportunity.

LETTER: Sen. Graham does not deserve re-election

Sen. Chuck Graham violated voters' trust with prior arrests.

School board will invest in locally issued CDs

The Columbia School Board unanimously approved purchasing certificates of deposit issued by local banks during its meeting Oct. 13. The decision is a result of the economic downturn the country has experienced in recent months, said Linda Quinley, business director for Columbia Public Schools.

Gas prices fall with economy

The average cost of a gallon of self-service regular gasoline fell to $3.15 this week. Analysts have attributed the decline to a predicted decline in demand.

Defense attorney links MySpace suicide to second teenager

The attorney of the woman accused of operating a fake MySpace account, which is said to have caused her teenage neighbor to hang herself, argued Tuesday that a second teenager was responsible for at least one of the messages that came from the account.

Mercury possibly in vaccines administered to Missourians


A state audit says the Department of Health and Senior Services did not adequately notify the public or medical providers about a new law requiring mercury-free vaccines for children younger than three and pregnant women.

IRS to send overdue stimulus checks

Married people whose names did not match their Social Security numbers will receive stimulus checks after all.

ACORN defends efforts amid voter-fraud allegations

Barack Obama's campaign rejected John McCain's invitation to collaborate on a committee against voter fraud, saying it was designed to decrease voter turnout.

InBev delays share issue until markets calm

InBev's takeover of Anheuser-Busch is still in the works amid the recent credit crunch. Even during the downturn in financial markets, the Belgium  company said plans are on task to create the world's largest brewer of beers.

School board OKs changes to the math objectives

All members of the school board except for Ines Segert voted to approve the new math curriculum documents. The board also heard a report from the firm aiding in its search for a new superintendent.

Media analyst sees racism, sexism in election coverage

Jennifer Pozner of media analyst group Women in Media and News addressed MU students on gender and race coverage in political news.

U.S. Forest Service reconsidering Cedar Creek clearcutting proposal

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking comments on its proposal to cut down trees in the Cedar Creek Ranger District and along Cedar Creek.

Alexander rises above injury to excel

Missouri wide receiver Danario Alexander has a legendary vertical jump that helps him beat cornerbacks on his way to the endzone.

Apple reveals new laptops

The price of Apple's least expensive MacBook was reduced to $999.

National Coalition for Literacy seeks to raise adult literacy awareness

The coalition has partnered with Missouri's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to bring attention to the problem and devise an advocacy plan.

Florida mom indicted on charge of killing missing 3-year-old

The mother of a missing 3-year-old girl has yet to be found, but a grand jury indicted her mother on charges that include the girl's murder.

Johnson trial arraignment postponed

The arraignment of Horace Courtez Johnson, who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his 2-year-old son, was rescheduled Tuesday in Boone County Circuit Court. Johnson, 26, will now enter his plea on Nov. 3.