Watchdogs get it right; take down Blunt administration

We journalists like to talk about our "watchdog" role. We see it as not only the fulfillment of our First Amendment responsibility but as the public service that counter-balances the sensationalism, celebrity glorification and mindless shouting that are the dark side of our freedom.

Free-throw problems lead to loss for Tigers

The Tigers shot 15-for-31 from the foul line in their 75-71 loss to the Musketeers on Thursday in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-off.

LETTER: Women's health should be a priority for new Missouri legislators

The change of power of Missouri politics should also represent a change in the way we begin to improve access to emergency contraceptions.

A new airline has revitalized the Columbia Regional Airport

Mesaba Airlines was chosen as the new provider for mid-Missouri, and the success of the airport is growing every month.

School board asks legislators for support

Administrators outlined the district's legislative priorities at a Thursday morning meeting.

Tigers honored with Big 12 North trophy

MU athletic director Mike Alden presented football coach Gary Pinkel and his team the Big 12 North trophy during a surprise presentation Thursday afternoon at Dan Devine Pavilion.

Interstate 70 interchange proposed to solve Stadium's traffic woes

Columbia is preparing a proposal to create a new interchange on Interstate 70 to relieve congestion at the Stadium Boulevard intersection near the Columbia Mall.

Psychologist Donald Kausler, author of "Graying of America," dies

Dr. Donald Kausler was considered a leading researcher in the field of aging and was a professor emeritus at MU.

MU wrestling coach works toward program's future

Coach Brian Smith has started Wrestling Supports Wrestling, an effort to boost attendance at the team's home opener this weekend. 

School district switches to biodegradable trays

The new trays look very similar to Styrofoam, but break down in 9 months to a year. Styrofoam can stay in a landfill for 400 to 1,000 years.

Stephens College women's basketball hopes for tournament title

The Stars have hosted their annual basketball tournament for six years, but they have never won the championship. Coach Dane Pavlovich hopes to change his team's tournament fortunes this year.

AmerenUE, consumer groups differ on rate increase proposals

In opening day arguments about an AmerenUE electricity rate case, the utility company asked for a customer rate increase of $202 million, but a consumer advocacy body is arguing for the utility company to be granted $68 million.

Firearms hunters expected to harvest 213,000 deer

The state's top deer biologist expects this firearms deer season to match 2007 numbers before the season ends next week. Over opening weekend, numbers of doe harvested were up by 5,000, while the buck total was down by 8,000.

Volunteer firefighters complete training course

A second class of 2008 recruits will graduate Thursday.

Man injured in attempted robbery

A 53-year-old man reported being assaulted by two men during an attempted robbery just after midnight on Thursday, a Columbia Police Department news release said.

Gans Road overpass opening highlights rapid development

The new U.S. 63 overpass at Gans Road just south of Columbia opened to traffic around noon Thursday.

Man sentenced to life in prison in killing of 'Precious Doe'

Harrell Johnson was sentenced to life in prison without parole, despite his claim that he is innocent in the killing Erica Green, who was known as "Precious Doe" for four years.

UPDATE: Officials say booster shot needed for whooping cough

St. Louis County and parts of eastern Missouri are experiencing a spike in cases of whooping cough this year. There have been 146 cases compared to eight last year, with the blame being placed on fading immunizations. Proposal to fight outbreak includes new booster shots for older children.

Nixon puts Democrats to work assembling administration

State representatives Judy Baker and Jeff Harris are among the Missouri Democrats who lost their bids for office and are now helping Gov.-elect Jay Nixon search for personnel.

Lifelong learning helps combat memory loss

Stimulating classes can help older adults improve their mental health, perhaps reduce the chance of getting Alzheimer's and other debilitating diseases.