No. 11 ranking brings new challenges

A victory against Nebraksa on Saturday helped lift Missouri to No. 10 in the ESPN/USA Today poll and No. 11 in the AP poll. As a result, they won’t be looked at as underdogs as they have for much of the season.

The MU basketball team tries to focus and improve.

City faces challenge with aging storm pipes

Many of the city's storm-water pipes were installed in the 1800s, are infrequently inspected and in need up an overhaul. Officials have suggested raising the storm-water bills to cover the costs.

Big papers need to learn to plow through the season

Newspaper industry giants could find a lesson in staying power in the little guy's perspective.

Have you seen this owl? Blind owl named Chester missing since Sunday

Chester, a nearly blind barred owl, escaped from her home at the Raptor Rehabilitation Project with the College of Veterinary Medicine at MU. She was last seen between 3 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the far side of Rockhill Park.


The Beat: Mixed martial arts is no show for MU alum Ben Askren

Sports editor Greg Bowers and reporter Robby Lewis talk about Askren's athletic career.

Secret-ballot voting is fundamental right

Upon enactment of the Employee Free Choice Act, when a simple majority of the employees signs an authorization, union recognition is mandatory, thus making election by secret ballot unnecessary. But the right to vote by secret ballot has protected the individual voter for more than 100 years.

Pink Zone game to promote cancer awareness

Amanda Hanneman, a junior on the Missouri women's basketball team, was a freshman in college when her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Windsor Street to become Columbia's first 'bike boulevard'

Pending approval from Benton-Stephens residents, a bicycle-friendly road will run through the neighborhood on Windsor Street. Traffic would be moved to Walnut Street, so that cars on Windsor would be slower, local traffic.

Transit Pilot Project discussed at Sierra Club meeting

The Mid-Missouri Transit Pilot Project seeks to coordinate public transportation in Boone County.  Currently, at least 149 different organizations are either providing or funding transportation in the Boone County area.

Wins and losses not too important to Douglass coaches

Douglass boys basketball coaches help players on, off court.

Suspect identified in Hickman students chase

While running for a Hickman High School sports practice, four students were chased by three suspects. Columbia Police arrested one man on suspicion of involvement in the altercation.

Man sentenced to five years for fatal car crash

Zachary Kyle Schouten pleaded guilty to driving drunk and causing an accident that killed one person and injured another.

Judge grants third delay in Bentley murder suspect trial

The trial of Quillan Jacobs, one of the men suspected of involvement in the June shooting death of Nathanial Bentley, was delayed for the third time on Tuesday.

Southeast Missouri murder conviction overturned

Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan ruled that Joshua Kezer was wrongly convicted in the 1992 death of Angela Mischelle Lawless and criticized then-prosecutor Kenny Hulshof for withholding evidence from defense attorneys.

Board debates four hours, but has no announcement on superintendent job

President Michelle Gadbois said there were "more processes to go through" before a final decision is made. Vice President Steve Calloway said the board is in no rush to make a decision.

Professor discusses black studies in the 21st century

Noliwe Rooks, associate director of black studies at Princeton University, said black studies should be recognized as an institutionalized entity.

Families testify in support of autism funding

Parents of autistic children spoke before a Missouri Senate committee on Tuesday about a proposed measure to require some health care coverage for autism.

Ameren officials at reactor hearing: We're willing to compromise

Faced with heavy criticism from the Missouri Senate, AmerenUE indicated willingness to compromise on utlility rates as plans move forward for a second nuclear reactor.

Four of six suspected in fatal shooting arraigned

Four of six men suspected of involvement in the fatal shooting of Ronald Cornell Brown, 18 of Columbia were arraigned Tuesday. The charges include first-degree attempted robbery and second-degree murder.

Missouri GOP scrutinizes tax credits in job-creation plan

A bill intended to boost Missouri's economy and increase employment through tax credits came under fire by a group of Republican state senators during session on Tuesday.