Cougars earn spot in NAIA national championship game

Columbia College coach Bob Burchard, center, imitates a surfer in the locker room — to the amusement of his players surrounding him — following the Cougars' win over MidAmerica Nazarere in the NAIA tournament semifinals. Burchard told his players "to keep riding the wave" they were on in the tournament.

Despite having the crowd against them, the Cougars men's basketball team beat MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 60-56 to advance to the 8:50 p.m. championship game Tuesday at the NAIA national tournament at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.

Today's Question: Does The Tiger Hotel's renovation project qualify for tax-increment financing?

The Tiger Hotel is one of two projects under consideration for tax-increment financing in downtown Columbia.

Columbia's Cuban refugees share stories, reflect on resettlement

New arrivals from Cuba resettled in Columbia by the Catholic Church have fled repression and made new homes in central Missouri.

Despite empty campus, Tigers feel the love

Zaire Taylor said the team might even benefit from the quiet campus in preparing for the Memphis Tigers.

LETTER: Barbara Hoppe always available to listen

She is the best choice for the Sixth Ward because she is also hard working and dedicated.

Limited state funds shouldn't be spent on Missouri Scholars Academy

The Missouri House is recommending that the Missouri Scholars Academy be cut from the 2009-2010 budget.  The camp is a wonderful place, but it's not the Sorbonne (I speak from experience here), and if funds are limited, that program should not be at the top of the government-dollar list.

GUEST COLUMN: Kick advance-financing laws to the curb

If the status quo were a viable option, this might not be a difficult choice — but Missouri’s ever-increasing power needs must be met.

Holt: Experience comes firsthand

With four children, a wife who is a teacher and his background in education policy, Dan Holt thinks he has valuable insight into the issues before the Columbia Public Schools.

King: Communication is the basis for everything

In her bid for the Columbia School Board, Christine King doesn't have an agenda, but she definitely has a message: Communicate.

Council candidates weigh in on the roles of neighborhood associations

City council candidates have differing views on the roles of neighborhood associations.

Understanding the vocabulary that got us into this economic mess

The terms and jargon of the economy are boiled down.

Study: Lots of red meat increases mortality risk

The federal study — the largest of its kind — shows a modest increase in risk, the lead author says, and supports the advice of several groups to eat less red and processed meat to decrease the risk of cancer.

Abortion bill ties up Missouri Senate

Among the bill's provisions: It would be a crime to bully a woman or a teen into having an abortion. Opponents blocked action with a five-hour filibuster.

Four juveniles taken into custody relating to shots-fired incident

Police responded after a call reported shots fired in the 1400 block of Raleigh Drive on Sunday night.

Tyco protesting Missouri radio contract with Motorola

Tyco asserts that Motorola's bid to improve radio communication for first responders will cost $20 to $30 million more than the original $81.7 million contract.

Obama administration moves against bad bank assets

On Wall Street, investors responded by sending stocks more than 400 points higher on Monday.

Not guilty plea for wife in Missouri incest case

Her husband is accused of second-degree murder of one of the four children he allegedly fathered with his teenage daughter, authorities said.

Decision on charges may be weeks away in fatal wreck

Sunset Hills officer Christine L. Miller was off-duty when involved in the accident that killed four students from India. Highway Patrol investigators have indicated that alcohol was involved, but test results won't be back for weeks.

Two men steal marijuana, cash from north Columbia apartment

The identities of the suspects are not known. Police are requesting information relating to the inccident be submitted to the CrimeStoppers Web site.

H&R Block sees fewer tax returns

Tax return preparation company expects more work as April 15 nears.