Tigers blocking out distractions

Before playing Colorado on Saturday, ESPN was removed from the television sets in the Missouri locker room. The only thing the screens showed was what Pinkel had been preaching to his players all week long: the time of the game.

McCain health plan funds universal coverage and lowers cost

 The changes under McCaincare will include increased choices of health care plans and a different tax treatment.

Missouri ballot is loaded with important amendments, propositions

This election will signal the beginning of a new chapter in American history. How we progress is pretty much up to us.

Texas Tech coach has scholarly past

Before giving coaching a try, Red Raiders coach Mike Leach earned his law degree.

Voter turnout could affect wait time at polling places

Three out of four Missourians registered to vote will cast a ballot Nov. 4, according to an estimate from the secretary of state's office, which has some groups worried about how busy polling places could be on Election Day.

Candidates offer views on Missouri infrastructure funding

One of the issues facing candidates is how to improve funding for Missouri's highway system.

Jury trials increase more than 40 percent in Boone County

The number of jury trials in Boone County through September increased 44 percent compared to the same time last year. The increase is the result of several factors, including a spike in crime in 2007, which means extra work for an already overburdened court.

MU pitchers hope for pro careers

Missouri pitcher Brad Buehler was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays out of high school. His teammate Kyle Gibson, another standout pitcher, was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies. It's made for some lively discussions at Tigers practices this fall.

Branco has good tips for Cougars

Branco, a senior from Sao Paulo, Brazil, has nearly perfected the setter tip. We she used effectively Monday night in the Columbia College volleyball team's victory over visiting McKendree. 

Columbia woman wins first MMA fight

Marla Kay, a 24-year-old from Columbia, won her first competition Friday in a mixed martial arts event at the Blue Note.

Constitution candidate uneasy about entitlements

James Rensing is in favor of giving more power to the states and would support phasing out Medicare and Medicaid.

Conservative ideals, economic goals drive Kinder re-election bid

He emphasizes his experience advocating for the elderly and promoting tourism.

Democrat says he'll bring reform as lieutenant governor

State Rep. Sam Page, of Creve Coeur, says his top three priorities are helping to relieve the financial burdens on working families, improve education and increase teacher pay.

Libertarian believes state government must be streamlined

After 27 years as a Republican, Teddy Fleck left the GOP and is now running as the Libertarian candidate for lieutenant governor.

Police retrieve 117 grams of crack cocaine

Police officers found approximately 117 grams of crack cocaine Monday afternoon after a foot chase following a disturbance in the 800 block of Washington Avenue, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

Reactor Field more under control

A change in the times that tailgaters could be at Reactor Field was effective at limiting arrests and peace disturbances, police say.

Mid-Missouri Pagans discuss realities of witchcraft

Hearthfires, the Mid-Missouri Pagan Spiritual Alliance, presented a panel discussion on Sunday titled "Which Witch is Which?" at the Columbia Public Library.

Democratic Missouri governor candidate Nixon raises $16 million

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Nixon has raised roughly twice as much during his three-year campaign as Republican rival Kenny Hulshof, according to reports filed Monday with the Missouri Ethics Commission.

Bicyclist crossed on red light, witnesses say

Two witnesses testified Monday that the plaintiff, in a lawsuit involving a 2005 accident in which two cars struck her bicycle, crossed College Avenue from Rollins Avenue on a red light.

Ferguson's appeal of jury issue progressing

One of Ryan Ferguson's appeals of his 2005 murder and robbery convictions is moving forward in Cole County. The appeal is based on the jury selection process used for his trial.