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.

Hickman falls at home to Ozark

The Hickman boys basketball team lost its second consecutive game Tuesday night, falling 74-64 at home to Ozark.

Officials aiming for summer renovation of Stankowski Field

MU students can be hopeful that Stankowski Field will be renovated this summer and new turf will be ready for play when they return back to school next fall.

Consumer advocates seek voice in Callaway power plant debate

The debate surrounding the creation of a second power plant in Callaway County has consumer advocates struggling to find their place in partisan politics.

UPDATE: Koster investigates Office Depot over school supply contracts

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced the investigation Tuesday following similar probes in other states.

Columbia College women's basketball team focuses on 'right now'

With a 20-2 record, the Cougars remain focused on each individual game instead of worrying about upcoming tournaments and another possible 30-win season for Coach Davis.

Columbia's Islamic School vandalized again

On Tuesday morning officials from the Islamic school reported a break-in after noticing a broken window before opening the building. Three computers were stolen.

MU professor says tenure could hinder diversity efforts

MU assistant professor Jeni Hart, who recently measured the impact of diversity initiatives on higher education, suggests that diversity efforts should be valued by colleges and universities as much as research and teaching.