Missouri's Shire, Perry win All-American gymnastics honors

Junior Sarah Shire scored a 9.9 on vault, her signature event, to earn first team All-American honors Thursday afternoon at the NCAA Championships in Lincoln, Neb. The last Tiger to claim the award was Julie Dorn, the program’s most-decorated gymnast, in 1990.

Waters on shaky ground as both publisher and community advocate

Hank Waters, publisher of the Columbia Daily Tribune, editorialized on behalf of the State Historical Society's efforts in his newspaper. While he mentioned he serves on the society's board of trustees, he did not detail the level of his involvement. It's important to separate public journalist duties from private civic ones. Being transparent helps readers more fairly appreciate the opinion.

Missouri gymnast perseveres after death of father, her biggest fan

Adrianne Perry, a senior Missouri gymnast, will begin competition in her fourth and final NCAA national meet Thursday. It will be the first time, though, that her father James Perry, who died last year, won't be there to brag about his daughter's accomplishments.      

Pirates abroad, murders in U.S. bring gun concerns into spotlight

The recent pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia and a string of mass murders in the U.S. force Americans to question the prevalence of guns. The Marines who were attacked did not have any weapons, yet, average Americans have relatively easy access to guns.

Biden talks renewable energy in Jefferson City

View photos from Vice President Joe Biden's visit to the ABB Transformer Factory in Jefferson City on Thursday.

MU power plant replaces old boiler with biomass boiler

One of MU power plant's six boilers will be replaced with a biomass boiler. The replacement project will cost $62 million and be funded from bonds and, possibly, stimulus money.

Biomass boilers: what others are saying

Here's what others are saying about powering with biomass boilers. The MU power plant will be replacing one of its six old boilers with a new biomass boiler, which is expected to be running by 2012.

Rock Bridge girls soccer team falls in overtime

Rock Bridge shut down Quincy sophomore forward Hayley Womack in regulation and the first overtime, but could not stop her powerful right-footed kick in the second overtime, losing 1-0 Thursday night at Rock Bridge.

UPDATE: MU athletics department employee arrested on suspicion of sexual misconduct

MU athletics department employee Francis "Frank" Hoelzeman was arrested Tuesday by Fulton police on suspicion of sexual misconduct against three female MU students after giving them alcohol at his home, according to a Fulton Police Department news release.

Missouri kickers striving to fill Wolfert's shoes

With the loss of All-Big 12 kicker Jeff Wolfert, the MU football team has three contenders trying to replace one of the best kickers in Tigers football history.

Biden visits Jefferson City plant, announces wind farm construction

Vice President Joe Biden announced $4 billion in federal grants for smart grid technology during the Thursday afternoon visit.

ABB plant workers welcome Biden

Vice President Joe Biden visited ABB Transformer Factory in Jefferson City on Thursday. The plant employs about 650 people and has been working with Wind Capital Group to build Lost Creek Wind Farm, located near Maryville.

Tens of thousands rally at tax day 'tea parties'

A nationwide movement, begun by a conservative advocacy group, FreedomWorks, led to dozens of "tea parties" at state capitols around the nation Wednesday to protest the Obama administration's fiscal policies.

Missourians rally at 'tea' (Taxed Enough Already) parties

Missourians rallying at "tea parties" from Hannibal to Jefferson City were among many other demonstrators across the country who were protesting government spending.

Missouri detective retires after career spent investigating child fatalities

Gus Kolilis was so open to sharing his knowledge that he was responsible for the rapid growth of child fatality review boards across the country, said Terri Covington, head of the National Resource Center on Child Death Review.

Missouri House aide runs political consulting firm

Tom Smith, an aide to Missouri House Speaker Ron Richard, runs a lucrative political consulting business. Some lawmakers see no conflict; others cry foul.

Missouri Gov. Nixon wants $200 million for small businesses

Gov. Jay Nixon's plan would use federal money to strengthen Missouri's competition for jobs against other states. A budget bill would establish a $100 million pool of money for new or expanding companies and $100 million pool to invest in small businesses and emerging technology companies.

Remains of Korean War soldier return to Missouri

After 58 years, the remains of Pfc. David Woodruff, who went missing during the Korean War, will be returned to Missouri.

Columbia runners hang commemorative bell

A memorial bell and poem were hung along the MKT Trail on Thursday to remember Mark "Kona" Volek, who died April 4.

Missouri Senate passes state bank deposit legislation

The legislation gradually removes a cap on the interest rate banks pay on state deposits and could also make low-interest loans available to more Missouri businesses, farmers and public entities.