Missouri Supreme Court hears second round of arguments on execution method

The state's high court heard a second round of arguments Thursday on claims that Missouri's execution protocol is invalid because it was not adopted as an official rule by the Department of Corrections. But the department argues the protocol is an internal managment policy and is therefore exempt from formal rule-making.

Season 2009 of Artrageous Fridays begins

The city of Columbia continues its tradition of Artrageous Fridays, starting Friday.

Photographer slips toward freezing creek

A 21-year-old man was found Thursday by a Department of Water and Light official as he was sliding down a slope toward a creek along the MKT Trail.

Autopsy reveals fire caused man's death

Wednesday's autopsy revealed the cause of death for the man who died in the fire at 4200 Rock Quarry Road. But the homeowner, Carolyn Mathews, sent an e-mail that spoke against the media coverage of the incident and revealed that the man was a friend of hers.

Midwest housing market still afloat

Existing-home sales in the Midwest fell 16 percent last year, but not as much as some other regions in the country. Boone County's housing market might have helped keep the region's market from falling further.

School board: Don't let likely cuts turn into a free-for-all

Board members voiced their hopes for constructive discussions among Columbia public school staffs facing likely reductions in personnel because of budget shortfalls this year.

Academy announces upcoming Oscar nominees

Nominees for Best Picture include "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Slumdog Millionaire," the top two nominee recipients overall.

Quick start aids Hickman boys basketball

The Kewpies made it to the finals of the Lindbergh tournament with a 69-43 win over Sedalia.

2 convicted killers executed in Texas, Oklahoma

The executions marked the third and fourth in the U.S. this year.

Stephens struggles in St. Louis

Missouri Baptist downed Stephens 88-51.

Missouri college leaders seek support

University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee and Missouri State University's Michael Nietzel highlighted the economic value of higher education to lawmakers Thursday, while promising to continue to find ways to make campuses more efficient.

Missouri Senate approves first Nixon appointments

With almost no debate, the Senate approved Kelvin Simmons as commissioner for the Office of Administration, Col. Stephen Danner to lead the National Guard and Karen Mitchell to head the Revenue Department.

National Socialist unit adopts Springfield highway section

Signs on Highway 160 in Springfield indicating the group's highway adoption have stood since October. A U.S. Supreme Court decision ruled in a similar situation in 2005 that any group can be part of the Adopt-a-Highway cleanup effort.

Macon teen sentenced for bomb threat

Jackie Royer, 18, had pleaded guilty to making a bomb threat last year at Macon Vocational School and was sentenced Tuesday. He is on probation for five years and must apologize to his district's teachers and administrators and also the school board.