Missouri public defenders announce hiring freeze

Low turnover rates, combined with a consistent lack of funding, have left the system unable to afford any new lawyers for this fiscal year.

Lawrence enjoying senior season

Matt Lawrence's individual highs and lows have taken a backseat to the Tigers' hot start this season.

Sex health programs need realistic goals

Sexual awareness programs have good intentions, but initiatives such as free condoms in residence halls are much more realistic programs.

Difficult times make season for giving all the more important

People are experiencing more hardships than usual this holiday season. That should be a reason to put petty differences aside and focus on the things that really matter.

Weather uncertain for the rest of the week

The first major ice storm of the season may be over, but snow, sleet and freezing rain remain in the forecast for mid-Missouri over the next few days.

Oklahoma's Capel not pleased with dirty play

Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel said during Monday's Big 12 Conference coaches teleconference that he is concerned with the number of cheap shots opposing players have given his star player, sophomore forward Blake Griffin.

LETTER: Steinmetz column inaccurate in depiction of obesity programs

Child obesity in Columbia, as well as national, is a real problem, and the PedNet Coalition is creating many beneficial programs to promote healthy lifestyles for our youth.

Blunt administration releases more e-mails

Gov. Matt Blunt’s administration released an additional 850 pages of e-mail documents Monday that revealed frustration with a former staff attorney and a coordinated effort to pre-emptively fight claims he was wrongly fired.

U.S. Postal Service gives advice for mailing this holiday season

Cindy Bolles, customer service manager for the U.S. Postal Service in Columbia, answers questions about sending off packages this holiday season.

Stephens freshman dominates offense

Freshman Megan Sheffield leads the Stephens College basketball team in scoring and rebounding.

Columbia man sustains injuries after apparent knife assault

An assault Sunday night near the corner of Washington and Hickman avenues sent one victim to the hospital.

Kewpies girls basketball can't hold off Rolla

The Hickman girls basketball team lost 53-50 at Rolla on Monday.

FBI, police find cocaine in Sonora Drive home

A joint effort by the FBI, the Columbia Police Department and the Boone County Sheriff's Department turned up cocaine and stolen guns in a home on Sonora Drive.

Ferguson's appeal questions Lincoln County jury selection procedures

Both Ryan Ferguson’s attorney and an assistant attorney general trod through uncharted legal territory Monday during a hearing in an appeal of Ferguson’s 2005 murder conviction.

Council hears more comments about Tasers

A coalition of local activist groups spoke at Monday night's City Council meeting about the Columbia Police Department's possible Taser misuse, specifically against minorities.

City Council approves community improvement district in north Columbia

The community improvement district imposes a 1/2 percent sales tax on businesses in the area to pay for infrastructure improvements.

Police say man burglarized more than 30 homes

The Poplar Bluff-area man went on a spree over three or four months and stole more than $50,000 in property, police say.

Chuck Berry's St. Louis house added to historic list

The house in St. Louis where Berry lived for eight years in the 1950s has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Firefighter, woman arrested in 1992 killing

James Kornhardt, 49, and Kay Coleman, 55, are charged with conspiracy to commit murder for hire in the death of Dan Coleman in October 1992.

Missouri electors cast 11 votes for McCain

More than a month after the presidential election, Missouri's electors cast their votes for Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin on Monday.