Teach For America corps members try to close education gap

Teach For America recruits recent college graduates and working professionals to teach in low-income, inner-city schools. In Missouri, several MU graduates are working to improve education in St. Louis.

Anyone with $62 million out there?

With the prospect of a 25 percent reduction in state revenue to the UM System staring us down, it's likely that many Columbia residents — even those not directly affiliated with the university — will feel the impact.

Immigrant smuggling ring broken up

Authorities say the ring drove undocumented immigrants to nearly two dozen states, including Missouri.

Letters containing suspicious powder top 30

Thirty governors have now received letters containing suspicious powder in letters postmarked in Texas.  So far, the powder has tested harmless.

City to rescind agreement with red-light camera manufacturer

The city says it is frustrated with the way the company has handled the deal, missing deadlines and changing administrative staff. The City Council will vote to rescind its agreement with the company during Monday night's council meeting.

Columbia schools win state award for fifth year in a row

For five consecutive years, Columbia Public Schools has won the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's "Distinction in Performance" Award. It's the first time the district has won the award five straight years.

St. Louisan uses circus training to unify children

Jessica Hentoff is the executive and artistic director of a circus school run out of the City Museum in St. Louis. She brings together children who normally wouldn't cross paths and unifies them through circus training and performances.

UM curators brace themselves for tough 2009

The UM System Board of Curators prepared itself at Friday's meeting in St. Louis for what curators repeatedly said could be a difficult year.

Nixon says he will end patronage for Revenue Department fee offices

In the past, some governors have used fee offices as a reward to political supporters.

Man arrested after wife's remains found encased in concrete

The Highway Patrol said Horst Gunter Sabla shot his wife to death. Her remains were found encased in concrete by hunters.

Suspect in stabbing incident at large, police say

Police say a 16-year-old girl was the victim of a stabbing Thursday night. The suspect in the incident is still at large.

Beer pong becomes serious sport; critics concerned about underage drinking

Competitive beer pong players are turning the game into an industry for beer pong tables, accessories, social networking sites, tournaments and even statistic-tracking software.

Students no strangers to sleep starvation

In the last 10 years, people on average have lost about an hour of sleep each night, chipping away from 7 1/2 or eight hours to just 6 1/2 or seven. It's a pattern that transcends age; professionals, students, teens and others are among many people who aren't getting enough sleep.

Symbols explain essence of Advent season

A number of churches in Columbia, including those in the Lutheran, Catholic, Methodist and Presbyterian traditions, celebrate Advent with special services, prayers, hymns, decorations and other activities during the four weeks leading up to Christmas.

Arsonist targets Fourth Avenue house for second time in 10 days

A fire was also set at the vacant home on Dec. 1, according to a Columbia Fire Department news release. This time, damage was estimated to be $18,000.

KC Southern reduces earnings forecast

The railroad operator expects fourth-quarter revenues to be down 5 percent from a year earlier and annual growth to slow to less than 10 percent.

I-64 closure to start early

The closure was originally scheduled for Sunday, but rain in the forecast has motivated Transportation Department officials to move up the closure.

Former county collector sent to prison for tax evasion

Former Crawford County collector Danny Wayne Gladden was sentenced Friday to more than two years in prison for federal tax evasion.

''Christmas Lady" raises spirits of nursing home residents, veterans

Dorothy Lee, a native of Bonne Terre, gathers gifts for those who might otherwise not receive any holiday presents. Last year, she provided gifts for 870 people; this year, it has been more difficult to get donations.

K.C. might criminalize feeding Canada geese in parks

The proposed ordinance would fine goose-feeders a maximum of $500 and a jail sentence of up to six months.