UPDATE: Forsee says no pay raises for UM employees

System employees will also have to share the cost of their retirement benefits and the president would have the option to furlough employees "if necessary"  — if the Board of Curators agree to Gary Forsee's plan.

Universities across country institute furloughs

UM System President Gary Forsee is asking for the authority to institute furloughs if necessary, a move several universities across the country have already taken.

Denmon adjusts to changing role

Missouri freshman guard Marcus Denmon may be a high scorer at home, but he is  doing some positive things for Missouri's defense.

GUEST COLUMN: Employee Free Choice Act would empower workers to unionize

Pending legislation would only change who gets to choose how to form a labor union. It would make that the choice of the workers instead of the choice of their boss.

FORSEE MEMO: Proposed compensation and benefit plan changes

Click here to read the full text of UM System President Gary Forsee's memo to faculty and staff regarding his proposed changes to staff benefits.

Columbia linemen go to Campbell

Columbia linemen have been in Campbell helping restore electricity after a Jan. 26 ice storm. The town has shown its appreciation with free meals, laundry services and items from the Dollar General store.

THE BEAT: The debate over City Council member compensation

Missourian public life editor Scott Swafford rehashes the debate with KBIA’s Janet Saidi.

Optimism is better stimulant for America

Calm minds and foresight will boost the country, not a quick-fix economic stimulus.

Former MU wrestler tackles new challenge in mixed martial arts

Ben Askren fights for the first time for MMA on Saturday night. The event starts at 8 p.m. at the Columbia Holiday Inn Expo Center. Doors open at 7.

Tigers handle distractions, adversity

Three players were suspended for the Missouri women's basketball team's game against No. 2 Oklahoma on Saturday. Players and coaches say the team is moving on.

Two superintendent candidates share ideas for district

Chris Belcher and Jacque Cowherd are the only two of the six candidates whose names have been released. The sixth candidate for the top job in the Columbia Public School District will be interviewed Thursday.

Bruins boys basketball dominates Jefferson City

Rock Bridge remains undefeated.

Chastity Prince scores 1,000th point

Prince became the 10th Hickman girls player to reach the milestone.

Hindman: Higher ed keeps Columbia resistant to economic downturns

Columbia was featured on CNBC on Tuesday in a segment about how the city has largely resisted the economic downturn facing the country.

Missouri public safety groups stress need for better radio system

On Tuesday, representatives from different state law enforcement agencies urged members of the House Public Safety and Corrections Appropriations Committee to find money to fund the system.

Fourth suspect in Columbia gang case to plead not guilty

A fourth suspect accused of being a gang member will plead guilty to all four counts on which he was indicted. The trial date for all the defendants named in the 34-count indictment has been moved to July 20.

PHOTO GALLERY: Kevin Costner and Modern West play the Blue Note

Click here for images from Kevin Costner's performance at the Blue Note with his band Modern West on Monday night.

UPDATE: Carnahan enters Senate race to succeed Bond

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat, became the first candidate from either party to officially enter the race after Republican Sen. Kit Bond announced he will not seek reelection in 2010.

UPDATE: Many in southern Missouri still lack power after storm

It could take 45 days to rebuild southern Missouri's electrical infrastructure, but the Missouri National Guard and other organizations are making wellness checks and transporting people to shelters.

Bond starts opposition campaign to stimulus package

Americans United for Change is running an ad to rebut the sentor's views of the pending stimulus package.