Missouri frontcourt held in check

Murray State's Ivan Aska, left, and Isacc Miles, right, corral Missouri's Leo Lyons during the first half of the Tigers' 75-64 victory over the Racers on Dec. 13 at Mizzou Arena.

Murray State collapsed heavily on Missouri's taller players and double-teamed DeMarre Carroll and Leo Lyons whenever it got the opportunity.

Tigers find a way to win

Murray State lead in several statistical categories, but Missouri's late defense made the difference against the nonconference opponent.

FIVE IDEAS: Forsee asks for input on handling budget cuts

This week, we ask you to weigh in on the University of Missouri System's substantial budget cuts, the state's budget deficit, the city of Columbia's decision to do away with its drop-off trash bag program, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's attempt to sell Obama's Senate seat and MU's passage of a new smoking ban.

Candidates for police chief narrowed

The number of candidates for Columbia's next police chief has been cut in half  — from 14 to seven. 

Straatmann begins the end

Liz Straatmann, a junior on the Missouri gymnastics team, began her final season at MU at the team's black-gold intrasquad meet. She is quitting because of multiple knee surgeries.

New study firmly ties hormone use to breast cancer

A new analysis of a big federal study finds that taking menopause hormones for five years doubles the risk for breast cancer and even women who take the pills for as little as a couple of years have a greater risk of getting cancer.

Brown does dirty work for MU women's basketball

Sophomore guard RaeShara Brown is only 5 feet, 8 inches tall, but she is second on the team in rebounding.

Obama's mixed background raises question of racial categories

Obama's biracial background has caused many to question whether he can be considered the first black president. Some say that his presidency will call into question racial categories, others assert he is black because of his skin color, and many say that he cannot be considered black or white exclusively.

Big night for Stephens College and its coach

Stephens College coach Dane Pavlovich earned his master's in business administration Saturday morning. Later that night, his team beat Westminster College for the first time in program history.

Obama: HUD pick central part of economic blueprint

In a 6 a.m. e-mail, President-elect Obama announced New York City housing commissioner Shaun Donovan as his pick for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Fed could remake credit card regulations

The Federal Reserve is considering changes to credit card regulations, including prohibiting banks from raising interest rates on existing balances unless the customer is 30 or more days late with the minimum payment and dictating how banks should apply payments that exceed the minimum.

Shots fired Friday night at gas station

Two shots hit a car and one shot hit a gas pump at a gas station on Paris Road. No one was injured.

One man arrested, two sought after drug paraphernalia found

Columbia police searched a Lyon Street apartment Friday night and arrested one of its occupants on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance. The other two residents of the apartment are still wanted, police say.

Hunting camp gives veterans place to cope

Camp Hope, inspired by the memory of one soldier killed by a bomb in Iraq, saw its third group of veterans last month.

Protesters urge Jesse Jackson Jr. to resign

The Democratic U.S. representative from Chicago has not been able to entirely avoid the political fallout from Blagojevich's arrest, and some of his constituents are not letting him forget it.

Blagojevich scandal draws attention to Illinois' history of corruption

The allegations against Gov. Rod Blagojevich are the latest in a long list of Illinois political scandals.

Live nativity leads visitors through interactive Bethlehem

At Fairview United Methodist Church's "Little Bethlehem," visitors can talk to the gatekeeper and the innkeeper before arriving at a stable, where they meet Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.

Former aide says K.C. mayor's wife played major role in 'weird administration'

The former spokesman said Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser's wife ran meetings in the mayor's absence and participated in personnel decisions.


Stephens College confers 52 degrees at December commencement

Saturday's ceremony was one of President Wendy Libby's last commencements at Stephens. Stephens presented 27 bachelor’s and 25 master’s degrees to student.

Fire District responds to two residential fires in 24 hours

No one was injured in the blazes, which occurred at homes southwest of Centralia and just northwest of Columbia.