'Pardoned' turkeys: Where are they now?

In recent years, the pardoned turkey and its alternate have had the good fortune to retire to the site of many a dream vacation — Disney World and Disneyland.

When Thanksgiving dinner takes a wrong turn

If ever an ill-timed kitchen disaster is going to strike, it's around Thanksgiving. But while cooking mishaps can be horrifying when they happen, they can turn into great memories. Here are some Thanksgiving cooking disaster tales, edited from first-person accounts.

Alden announces Pinkel's new contract

Missouri athletic director Mike Alden made official the contact extension awarded to eighth-year football coach Gary Pinkel on Wednesday afternoon at Mizzou Arena.

Coffmans pass on Thanksgiving football

It would be a family touch football game unlike any other. The Coffmans have four football stars anyone would want on a Thanksgiving Day team: Missouri’s replay machine Chase Coffman, his former NFL player father, a brother who plays quarterback at Kansas State, and another quarterback brother in high school. But even with all that available talent, the Coffmans don’t play football on Thanksgiving.

Blender pump program to benefit flex-fuel vehicle owners, gas retailers

Some Missouri drivers will soon be able to blend varying grades of ethanol and gasoline mixtures at the pump, and fuel retailers will receive a healthy profit for each gallon of ethanol they blend and sell.

Be thankful for hope, if not for the status quo

Filled with war, economic tumult and pollution, 2008 may not have much to be thankful for. But if you retreat, find your own Walden Pond and embrace the small joys in live, you might find the strength to use your single voice, with others, to make a difference.

What is there to be thankful for this Thanksgiving?

War, a dragging economy and life's little problems may have you thinking there is nothing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Three editorial writers argue otherwise.

Jury convicts mom of lesser charges in Internet suicide case

The jury found Lori Drew guilty of three counts of accessing a computer without authorization. Each count is punishable by up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Stores open early for Black Friday

Many retailers offer incentives for early shoppers, though some stores downtown plan to stick to normal business hours for the busy shopping day.

Anheuser-Busch moves Clydesdales to breeding farm in Cooper County

Nearly 100 world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales have moved into a new breeding farm about 16 miles from Columbia. In the rolling hills near Boonville, Clydesdale handlers will breed, care for, groom and train horses on 350 acres of grassy pastures.

Single mom asks for financial assistance

A tough economy has left a number of employed residents short of money and needing assistance.

Illinois farmer pleads guilty to bankruptcy fraud

His attorney also said Wednesday that his client had nothing to do with unsolved slayings of a potential witness in the fraud case.

Utility crunch hits the newly unemployed hard

Residents are turning to Central Missouri Community Action for energy assistance, often after being disconnected for the first time.

Three dead in crash on St. Louis bridge

One passenger is hospitalized and in stable condition.

FEMA to provide Missouri residents with disaster relief

The Federal Emergency Management Administration approved on Tuesday more than $2 million in disaster aid, which was made available to Missouri after President Bush declared a major disaster in the state in mid-September.

New scholarship program to be announced at Black and White Ball in St. Louis

Rapper Nelly and music producer Jermaine Dupri will host the third annual Black and White Ball in St. Louis.

Jury convicts Missouri mom of misdemenors in cyberbullying case

A Missouri mother on trial in a landmark cyber-bullying case was convicted Wednesday of three minor offenses instead of the main conspiracy charge in an Internet hoax that prosecutors say drove a 13-year-old girl to suicide.

Ill. diocese will appeal priest-abuse judgment

Attorneys for a Roman Catholic diocese in southwestern Illinois have filed notice that they will appeal a jury award of $5 million to a former altar boy who was sexually abused by a priest.

MU baseball team announces 2009 schedule

The Tigers' 2009 schedule, announced on Wednesday, includes games in each of Missouri’s Major League baseball stadiums.

Friends hold auction for woman with breast cancer

Six years ago, Angie Kennon was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. It went into remission. In August, she was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer. Friends have rallied around her, her husband and her two sons to support them — including with an auction event on Nov. 29.