Pinkel, Fitzgerald begin Alamo Bowl buzz

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel called Pat Fitzgerald's Wildcats a physical and tough football team. “That comes from his personality and what he’s about.”

On Thursday, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel and Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald met at Silverhorn Golf Club in San Antonio as headline participants at the AT&T Golf Classic. 

Holiday meaning overshadowed by retail frenzy

With the holiday season in full swing, the shopping culture of Americans remains as popular as ever. Recent events at a Walmart in New York have called attention to the problems this culture may have created.

Just because Columbia is able to build doesn't mean it should

Columbia residents need to rethink their vision for the future of their community.

Debate over Missouri teacher Social Security benefits continues

The decision process for which Missouri school system employees will be exempt from paying additional Social Security continues in Washington, D.C.

MU aims to snuff out smoking on campus by 2014

The first phase of the ban, which takes effect Jan. 20, prohibits smoking within 20 feet of any entrance, exit, window or air intake system on MU property. The new policy will also offer help for those trying to kick the habit.

Kansas City native returns to Mizzou Arena

Isaac Miles almost played basketball at MU two times before transferring to Murray State. Saturday night, he will play against Missouri.

Judge revises ruling on CAFO proposed for Arrow Rock

Cole County Judge Patricia Joyce revised her August ruling to lower the original 15-mile buffer zone to a 2-mile zone.

Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center to open observation area

The four-bed observation area would be used to help avoid committing patients to in-hospital stays unnecessarily as the mental health center, now the only of its kind in Columbia, operates with 14 fewer inpatient beds.

Jefferson Junior teacher receives National Board certification

Anna Osborn, a reading teacher, is among only 29 National Board Certified teachers in the Columbia Public School District.

Rock Bridge twins filling new roles

Sophomore guards Allison and Megan Marshall are twins and two of the many Bruins that are being forced to take on a new role for this season's title defense.

Home sales drop to record lows

Real estate transactions for November were the lowest they’ve been for any one month since 1993, according to the Boone County recorder of deeds. Housing data for the year shows homebuilders have struggled just as much as homebuyers.

Gov.-elect Nixon to hold potluck inaugural

Nixon announced Thursday that he will host a potluck dinner from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Jan 12, immediately after he is sworn in as governor.

KC council to discuss settlement demand in mayoral aide's lawsuit

Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser has already settled with former aide Ruth Bates for $30,000, but Bates is reporterly demanding a bigger settlement.

Hickman girls basketball drops tournament game

The Hickman girls basketball team lost 62-49 to Lee’s Summit on Thursday at the Blue Springs Tournament.

MU medical students operate MedZou free clinic

The MedZou free clinic, which opened Oct. 16, serves uninsured patients who are usually referred by the Family Health Center. It will hold a community open house Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. at its location in the Central Missouri Community Action agency's building at 400 Wilkes Blvd.

Economy hits bids for Columbia recyclables

The nationwide decrease in the value of recyclable goods has caused private buyers of the city’s recyclables to either make bids below the city’s cost of processing or not bid at all. As a result, processed and baled recyclables have piled up at the city’s landfill.

REDI considers partnership with Kansas City organization

Boone County’s Regional Economic Development Inc. board received a pitch on Wednesday to collaborate with a similar group representing the Kansas City region.

'Woman' fuses dance and theater

Moon Belly Dance Studio presents "Woman," a fusion of hip-hop, belly-dancing, jazz and theater, this Saturday at The Blue Note.

U.S. Senate OKs McCaskill bill on financial oversight

The U.S. Senate has approved Sen. Claire McCaskill’s bill to strengthen government oversight of the $700 billion Wall Street rescue plan, but its fate in the House is uncertain.

UPDATE: Gov.-elect Nixon making employees re-apply

Nixon's gubernatorial transition team sent a letter dated Tuesday to about 600 employees whose jbos are not covered by the state merit system. The letter directs employees to Internet site to re-apply and asks them to describe their current job duties, their qulifications and "the importance of your current position to the mission of your agency."