Today's question: Elimination of math and literacy coaches at Columbia Public Schools

Getting rid of those positions will save the district $1,603,250, but will remove specialized help for students.

COLUMN: Red states biggest consumers of Internet porn

A study by the Harvard Business School found eight out of 10 states that consume the most online porn were states McCain won in the 2008 presidential election. Turns out the conservative “red” states might now be labeled the “red light” states.

The journey of the Rock Bridge boys basketball team

On its face, the trip was like any other one for the Bruins, who have been considered state title contenders from the season’s outset. This trip to Rolla for the Class 5 quarterfinal against Branson was a long road on a season-long sojourn.

Warning needed for MU softball pitcher

Chelsea Thomas, a freshman pitcher on the Missouri softball team, makes throwing 70 mph look easy. Learning to use her offspeed pitches has made her unhittable.

Tournament presents new challenges for Tigers

Missouri coach Mike Anderson said he has no idea how his team will respond to a bye in the first round of the Big 12 Conference men's basketball tournament.

Meeting highlights 2 sides of Community Improvement District plan

Some members of Columbia's business community are considering the creation of a Community Improvement District after recent discussion about the degree to which business owners have an influence on downtown affairs. The plan was addressed at a meeting Tuesday.

Nixon picks St. Louis attorney for vacant UM System curator's seat

St. Louis attorney Don Downing, an MU alumnus, has been nominated by Gov. Jay Nixon to fill one of three vacant seats on the UM System Board of Curators.

Trial begins for man suspected in fatal I-70 collision

William C. Downs is charged in connection with a car crash in February 2008 that killed MU agricultural engineering professor Charles D. Fulhage.

Missouri senator wants limited liability for utility companies in 'clean coal' project

The city of Springfield wants to pump carbon dioxide into the earth in a process known as carbon sequestration. The bill introduced by Sen. Kurt Schaefer would limit personal injury liability for utility companies.

Sixth Ward candidate Robison kicks off campaign

Rod Robison's platform includes an emphasis on small business growth. 

Man sentenced to 10 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter of MU professor

William C. Downs, 34, was sentenced to one-and-a-half years for possession of controlled substances and 10 years in prison for the February 2008 first-degree involuntary manslaughter of  MU professor Charles D. Fulhage.

Fire quickly contained at Lafferre Hall construction site

The fire started at the construction area between the old roof and the new roof of the MU building. No injuries were reported, according to fire department officials.

UPDATE: Shotgun house makes cross-town move to Boone Junction History Village

Planning for the move has been in the works since the summer of 2008.

Missouri House Budget Committee staying late to pass budget bills

The committee is expected to remain in a hearing late Wednesday night to complete the 2010 fiscal year budget. The committe is reviewing and voting on more than 120 amendments to the proposals.

Rock Bridge to host pep assembly in recognition of semifinal qualification

Rock Bridge High School is having a pep assembly on Thursday to recognize the boys basketball team, which qualified for the state semifinals. The pep assembly will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Rock Bridge's gym.

MU professor wins prestigious Goodeve Medal

Kalyan Pasupathy received the award for his work with the Red Cross. He helped develop a formula that translates data and lets Red Cross chapters gain a better understanding of their organization's potential given available staff and resources. 

Missouri lawmakers want equality for scholarship recipients

Bills in the House and Senate would eliminate the gap between private-school and public-school scholarship amounts.

Actor and humanitarian speaks at Columbia College

"Miami Vice" star Edward James Olmos spoke about "Ethics in Hollywood" Tuesday night.

Missouri Senate votes to back restrictions on traffic cameras

An amendment to a transportation bill would require police to positively identify the driver of a vehicle caught on camera running a red light.

Church shooting suspect had arsenal in bedroom

A man accused of shooting an Illinois pastor to death mid-sermon also left an index card in his bedroom marked "Last Day Will" and had singled out the day of the shooting as "death day" in his day planner. The arsenal included two shotguns, a rifle and 550 bullets.