Columbia tackles lead through training

While learning about lead abatement, Bryan Jennings tries on a half mask while Rob Johnson, left, John Page, middle, and Kelly Ballanger observe the process. The class is offered by the city of Columbia Planning and Development Department. In order to wear such a mask properly for lead abatement, it must fit correctly, and the wearer must be clean shaven for the closest fit possible.

Lead-abatement training offered by the city of Columbia allows people to learn how to safely remove lead-based paint from their homes and offices. Lead-based paint is more common in homes built before 1978.

Missouri never trails on its way to 20th win


DeMarre Carroll scored a career-high 31 points in the Tigers' 82-68 win. Missouri's 7-2 conference record ties its best start since the Big 12 started competition in 1996.

The Beat: MU men's basketball team defeats No. 16 Texas

Columbia Missourian sports editor Greg Bowers and reporter Alex Ruppenthal talk to KBIA's Sean Powers about MU's 69-65 win.

The Beat: Missouri's top football recruit signs with MU

Sports editor Greg Bowers and reporter Alex Ruppenthal talk to KBIA's Sean Powers about the significance of Sheldon Richardson’s decision to play for MU.

Johnson leads Tigers off bench to beat Jayhawks

Junior Jessra Johnson led Missouri in scoring with 20 points in the Tigers 74-60 win over Kansas on Saturday at Mizzou Arena. Johnson came off the bench for only the fourth time this season. Johnson said she feels less pressure when she doesn't have to start the game.

High school sophomores prepare for new End-of-Course tests

The exams will replace MAP tests and will count toward the students' grade.

No problems for MU women in win over Kansas

The Missouri women's basketball team avenged an earlier loss to the Jayhawks with a 74-60 win on Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

Superintendent finalists discuss the search

The Columbia School Board has scheduled public meet-and-greets with the two candidates this week. Additional interviews with each candidate will follow.

Two people found dead in house

The bodies of a man and a woman were found at a house on Alfalfa Drive on Friday night. The suspected cause is a drug overdose.

Columbia School Board to recognize Hickman senior

Interim Superintendent Jim Ritter will discuss the board's 2009-2010 fiscal year budget at the meeting.

Clinch indicted after charges dropped and refiled

William P. Clinch of Hallsville is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of his brother-in-law, Jeremy Bohannon, in the parking lot of a McDonald's restaurant.

Keith Marcks more than just a coach

St. Charles Vikings coach Keith Marcks is a role model for his seventh-grade boys basketball team. Not only does he voluntarily coach this team, but he also holds a full time job and is a father to five children, two of whom have been diagnosed with Autism.

New bill proposes more oversight on funeral industry

Lawmakers want to subject funeral contract sellers to regular and random state audits in response to the collapse of a St. Louis-based funeral company and its affiliates.

Unemployed celebrate with Pink Slip Parties to search for new work

Unemployed workers having difficulty finding new employment have turned to using unique ways to find employment from chatting up business executives on commuter trains to participating in Pink Slip Parties which bring together potential employers and the unemployed for networking.

MU softball coach wants better effort

Senior Micaela Minner and freshman Chelsea Thomas led the Black team to a 7-2 win over the Gold team in the Missouri softball team's 14th annual Black and Gold game.

Obama candidacy rewrote campaign books, professor says

During a lecture Friday afternoon at MU's Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center, University of Michigan professor Hanes Walton Jr. said the support of black voters allowed President Barack Obama to carry an "unheard of" number of states during the November election.

Messy Morning provides educational activities for young children

“Messy Morning” was held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at West Junior High School. The program is intended to increase children's motor and reading skills and to help parents teach their children.

K.C. police investigate suffocation death of 7-year-old boy

Police say the preliminary investigation indicates he was suffocated after his mother rolled on top of him while they slept.

MU wrestlers handle Oklahoma State

The Tigers won eight of the 10 matches over No. 15 Oklahoma State.

Close game goes right way for Cougars' men

The Cougars ended their bad luck in close games by beating Park University 63-62 on Saturday. Of the Cougars six losses, five have been by less than five points.