Bulldogs depending on Cassil

Tanner Cassil has had double-digit totals in points and rebounds in each of the Bulldogs' past three games.

Since senior Steven Sibley was dismissed from the team, junior Tanner Cassil has played a more integral role on the Douglass boys basketball team.

Booze and bullets could be a recipe for disaster in Tennessee

A bill passed by a Tennessee House committee would allow people to carry concealed weapons in alcohol-serving restaurants until 11 p.m. There are obvious dangers, and there’s little, if any, justification to account for the potential cost.

LETTER: Nonsmokers unite in war on secondhand smoke

Columbia's bars and restaurants have already banned smoking. But one MU student sees the university campus as the newest battleground in what he sees as a war between nonsmokers and who he calls "the Marlboro Men."

The Beat: Visiting incoming superintendent Chris Belcher

Reporters Amanda Branco and Joshua Nichol-Caddy talk about their recent visit to Kearney and how the town's residents are reacting to Belcher's recently announced move to Columbia.

The Beat: How changes to a bond issue could affect the new high school

K-12 editor Liz Brixey talks about the construction plan and provides an update on next month's school board race.

Social Security chief hopeful on solvency

Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue said that Social Security is not as dire of a situation as many in the public seem to believe. He said the economic situation is of a higher priority for the Obama administration right now, but that he hopes the administration will address the solvency issue before the 2012 elections.

Situation won't get better under two-party system

The two-party system is worn out and has led to some of the least worthy politicians in the world.

Council moves ahead with three GetAbout Columbia projects

The City Council voted Monday night to allow GetAbout Columbia to begin work on two proposed sidewalks and one extension of the MKT trail at Garth Avenue. The council asked for a new plan for another extension project and told GetAbout to wait on funding for the two remaining extensions.

Victory could have been sweeter for MU women's basketball team

After Saturday's win at Colorado, the Missouri women's basketball team got lost searching for a Dairy Queen.

Texas A&M moving into NCAA tournament hunt

After going 14-1 in nonconference play, the Aggies limped to a 3-7 start in the Big 12. All appeared lost. Now, coach Mark Turgeon's team has won four straight games to draw even at 7-7.

Seitzer becoming a hit among current Royals players

Former Royal has returned to the team as the batting coach.

Kansas City Salvation Army turns kettles green for St. Patrick's Day

The Salvation Army  will paint its red kettles green for St. Patrick's Day. The kettles, along with bell-ringing volunteers, will be posted along the 1.3-mile St. Patrick's Day parade route in Kansas City to raise money for emergency assistance to people in need.

Today's Question: Should felons have to serve more of their sentence?

On average, convicted felons serve less than half of their sentences in Missouri prisons. A bill introduced by state Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, would change this by requiring inmates to complete a minimum of 85 percent of their sentence.

Missouri trout season gets cold start

Winter weather greets anglers on opening day, but as Angela Seymour said, "Even when it's cold, everyone's happy."

Northeast Columbia fire forces residents out

Twenty-four firemen responded to a fire at Demaret Drive on Monday night. No injuries were reported.

Police Department admits improper use of Tasers

Interim Police Chief Tom Dresner presented a report to the City Council on Monday night in which the department admits to improper use of Tasers in two incidents. As a result of the incidents, police have clarified their Taser policy by prohibiting the weapon's use on people suspected of less serious crimes that don't involve physical violence or an immediate threat to the public or police.

BOONE LIFE: There's no place like this home

The Worleys live in a small house filled with memories and collectibles.

Bipartisan resolution would fund higher education projects

A bipartisan proposal introduced in the House on Monday afternoon would authorize the General Assembly to issue bonds up to $700 million for higher education building and maintenance projects and would be presented to Missouri voters in the next general election.

Assaulting a ref could draw higher penalty

A state representative proposed a bill making it illegal to rough up a referee. The maximum penalty would be a $1,000 fine or one year in jail.

True/False looks ahead after "fantastic growth" in attendance

Festival co-director David Wilson estimated 23,000 tickets were sold at last weekend's film festival, up nearly 5,000 tickets from last year.