Missouri clings to road win at Oklahoma State

Missouri's Keith Ramsey blocks a shot attempt by Oklahoma State's Obi Muonelo in the Tigers' narrow victory Wednesday in Stillwater, Okla.

The Missouri men's basketball team led by as many as 20 points in the second half of its game Wednesday at Oklahoma State, but barely held on for a 97-95 win.

Nixon vows to avoid cutting higher education budget in 2010

Gov. Jay Nixon vows not to cut the state budget on higher education in return for low tuition costs.

Mayor, City Council need to rethink ethics of eminent domain

Using government power to seize the property occupied by two downtown businesses to build a new facility for the State Historical Society of Missouri is unethical.

Tigers suffer setback on the road

The Missouri women's basketball team suffered a 65-42 loss on the road Wednesday to Iowa State. Tigers coach Cindy Stein called the loss a learning experience for her team.

Columbians hope Obama administration has solutions for economy, war

President Barack Obama has raised high hopes among Americans that problems such as health care and the economy will be solved during his administration.

LETTER: No morality exists in Gaza conflict

The blockade in Gaza is illegal under international law, yet the U.S. government continues to arm Israel.

Critics question Army's response to drug abuse cases

Painkiller use among troops has significantly increased, and some concerned say the Army has not handled addiction cases properly. The Army says Fort Leonard Wood now has a sufficient substance abuse prevention staff available to help.

Governing power of higher education unlikely to change

State legislative leaders and university officials agreed that the University of Missouri System Board of Curators will keep its authority.

Nixon pledges no tuition increase, cuts to universities

UM President Gary Forsee said the condition of the economy would keep the hiring freeze in place for now.

Missouri lawmakers introduce statewide smoking ban

State Rep. Joe Fallert's smoking ban amendment to the Missouri constitution encompasses bars and restaurants but will exclude casinos.

New legislation would expand Missouri open records law

Legislators' plans to strengthen Missouri's Sunshine Law address some of the issues currently causing concern, but fails to provide a much needed system overhaul.

MoDOT strapped for funds, director says

MoDOT is unable to maintain roads due to rising costs, which means they could begin to deterriorate as early as next year.

Neglected dogs available for adoption

The Central Missouri Humane Society seized 20 dogs in December because of abuse by an owner. They are available for adoption through Monday.

UPDATE: Hunters receive citations after killing protected birds

Authorities say three different groups of hunters were responsible for shooting five trumpeter swans, which are not legal to target. Trumpeter swans are not common in Missouri but sometimes migrate here during the winter.

Challenger files against Hoppe in Sixth Ward

A water systems manager and 36-year Columbia resident has filed to run for the Sixth Ward City Council seat currently held by Barbara Hoppe. Hoppe and Robison are the only candidates who have filed for the position so far; the deadline for filing is Thursday.

Man found dead in Columbia fire may take three weeks to identify

Investigators are waiting on DNA tests to positively identify a man whose body was found Tuesday in the remnants of a burnt shed in south Columbia, Capt. Eric Hartman of the Columbia Fire Department said.

Lee Enterprises first quarter profit falls as ad sales drop

Lee Enterprises Inc., publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and other newspapers, said its fiscal first-quarter earnings tumbled 69 percent as the nation's recession exacerbated advertising declines.

Defendant in fatal stomping case rejects plea bargain

A southwest Missouri man charged with stomping his grandmother to death has rejected a deal with prosecutors and requested that his public defenders be taken off the case.

Missouri hunters warned not to shoot trumpeter swans

The warning on Wednesday follows a wrongful shooting near Columbia less than a month ago, when five trumpeter swans were killed.

Cell phones are a hard habit for drivers to break

The roads would be a lot safer if there was a ban on using cell phones while behind the wheel.