Rios threatened suicide twice after Valencia murder, police testify Wednesday

William Randle, criminalist supervisor at the Missouri State Highway Patrol, explains to the jury that the flap on a box of evidence was opened when he received that box, which contained hairs from murder victim Jesse Valencia.

Members of the Columbia Police Department testified Wednesday that Steven Rios threatened to commit suicide on two separate occasions following the June 2004 death of Jesse Valencia, with whom he was having an affair. Rios is on trial for first-degree murder in Valencia's death.

Tigers' defense examines struggles

The Missouri football team's defense enters Saturday’s Big 12 Conference championship ranked 116th nationally and last in the Big 12 in pass defense.

Parents hold the key to fixing childhood obesity

Subtle changes to diet over time will work much better than changing a child's eating habits all at once.

Renovated Boone County Courthouse opens to first set of employees

The first wave of employees moving into the renovated building began early this week  and will continue through Friday. Once construction is complete, many improvements will be made to the courthouse in addition to new offices.

Eyes in Texas will be upon Missouri

Texas fans will pull for Missouri to achieve an upset against an Oklahoma team that stands one victory away from playing for the program’s eighth national championship. Some consider a Tigers’ victory at Arrowhead Stadium the only cure for the disappointment they experienced Sunday when they witnessed the Sooners clinch a Big 12 championship game berth by passing the Longhorns in the latest BCS rankings.

Columbia Regional Airport tenants get financial relief

City compensates businesses for loss of income during switchover in airlines.

LETTER: U.S., Missouri face urgent hunger problem

The latest food insecurity figures released by the Department of Agriculture reveal the desperate need for a boost in SNAP/Food Stamp benefits in Congress's next stimulus package.

Missouri, 48 states flunk study on higher ed affordability

Low-income families have been hardest hit. Nationally, enrollment at a local public college costs families in the top fifth of income just 9 percent of their earnings, while families from the bottom fifth pay 55 percent — up from 39 percent in 1999-2000.

Missouri rolls past Toledo

The Tigers women's basketball team never trailed in a 70-50 victory on Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena.

MU professor chosen to create presidential sculpture

An MU professor was selected to build a 7-foot bronze recreation of former president Gerald R. Ford.

Scientists question technology's effect on social development

The way the brain is hard-wired might be changed by technology that causes a lack of face-to-face interaction, some scientists say.

MU women's basketball rides momentum

After two tough games over the weekend, the Missouri women's basketball team earned its largest victory in nearly two years.

Rios was asked to identify Valencia's body, officers testify

DNA criminalist Jason Wyckoff and several Columbia police officers were called to testify Wednesday morning in the retrial for former Columbia police officer Steven Rios.

Three cases of whooping cough confirmed at Ridgeway Elementary

Columbia parents should watch their children for signs of whooping cough as three cases of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, have been confirmed at Ridgeway Elementary School, and there is a fourth probable case at another Columbia school.


Cougars win again at national tournament

The Columbia College volleyball team won its second match of the NAIA National Tournament on Wednesday afternoon in Sioux City, Iowa.

State to universities: Envision cuts of up to 25 percent

Deputy Higher Education Commissioner Paul Wagner sent a memo Tuesday to the presidents and chancellors of Missouri’s public colleges and universities asking for “impact statements” of various budget cutting scenarios. The memo asked them to prepare scenarios for core budget cuts of 15 percent, 20 percent or 25 percent in the 2010 budget, which starts July 1.

Nixon addresses budget shortfall

A hiring freeze and construction project review were among the ideas Governor-elect Jay Nixon proposed to help allay the $342 million deficit.

ANALYSIS: Auto industry, environmentalists butt heads

The auto industry is pushing for an enormous financial bailout. But that could mean diverting the $25 billion that has been set aside for creating cleaner vehicles.

Ford to increase F-150 production in Missouri, Michigan

The recent drop in gas prices curbed the decline in truck sales, allowing Ford to raise production and restore a shift to its F-150 plant in Dearborn, Mich.

United Auto Workers to renegotiate labor terms

The labor union announced it plans to agree to concessions with automakers to help the companies stay solvent.