Missouri's Big 12 championship game opponent is still up in the air

Oklahoma’s 65-21 home win over Texas Tech on Saturday only muddied the picture of who the Missouri Tigers football team will play Dec. 6 for the Big 12 championship at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

MU football players' parents react positively to Pinkel contract buzz

Players’ parents share positive reactions to news that Pinkel and Missouri athletic department officials are in discussion to extend Pinkel’s contract beyond the five-year deal he signed last December that pays him $1.85 million annually.

FIVE IDEAS: Hiring freeze hits the UM System

This week, we also ask readers to weigh in traffic plans for West Broadway, delays on traffic lights, improvements at the airport and a new Catholic high school for Columbia.

Tigers squeak by Western Illinois

The MU women's basketball team won its first game since last March despite a poor performance from its leading scorer and lone senior.

Missouri volleyball loses in Waco

The Missouri volleyball team fell to the Baylor Bears Saturday night in Waco, Texas.

Universities post record minority enrollments

Student enrollment at universities in Kansas and Missouri has been increasingly diverse this year.

Investor fears remain deep despite one-day rally

"You can almost hear people yelling, 'Get me out at any price,'" said Al Goodman, chief market strategist at Wachovia Securities. "It’s the highest level of fear and depression in my 45 years as a student of the market."

Stars fall in title game

The Stephens basketball team couldn’t pull out a victory Saturday against William Penn University for the Quality Inn Tip-Off tournament championship.

Betty James, who co-founded Slinky company, dies at 90

Her company made the Slinky toy, which has sold hundreds of millions worldwide and for which James was inducted into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame.

Missouri inspector has bridges on the brain

A quality control inspector from Sedalia inspects the beams, diaphragms and cross frames made at DeLong's Inc. and used to construct bridges.

No charges in Maine for assassination pool sign

The general store owner denied knowing anything about the "Osama Obama Shotgun Pool" that had been posted in his store, a sheriff said.

Industry leaders question Obama's commitment to clean-coal technology

Leaders in the U.S. coal industry say they've received mixed messages about President-elect Barack Obama's support for coal-fired power.

Columbia Public Schools sees increase in number of English-language learners

The number of students enrolled in English Language Learner programs in the Columbia Public School District has increased by 138 students so far this year.

Melton earns Columbia's monthly volunteer award for chimney-swift tower

Vanessa Melton is Columbia's November "Volunteer of the Month" thanks to her role in building a tower that will be a refuge for chimney swifts, a group of birds whose numbers have been declining nationwide.

State: Cameron water OK

Cameron residents are concerned about drinking water being linked to brain tumors, even though the Department of Natural Resources says it's safe.

One arrested in early Saturday afternoon assault

Omicka L. Cowans, 31, of Columbia was arrested on suspicion of first-degree domestic assault, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

Police make three arrests after investigation into drug, firearms sales

Police arrested Terrance L. Williams, 22, Donte R. Hardin, 20, and Christopher D. Turner, 32, in an ongoing Columbia Police Department investigation into the illegal sales of drugs and firearms.

Possible plans discussed for toxins in Kirksville groundwater

Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers meet with Kirksville area residents to discuss possible scenarios for dealing with traces of trichloroethene found in groundwater near the former Kirksville Air Force Base.

Saudi royals spending boosts economy near Mayo Clinic

City officials say Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz arrived  at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for a checkup and brought five princes and hundreds of others. He left behind lots of money.

St. Charles Co. sex crimes suspect stabbed

A boy stabbed a man with a pocket knife in St. Charles.