MU professor faces challenges in run for president of Sudan

Abdullahi Ali Ibrahim, professor of history at MU and his wife, Mahasin Awadelkarim, sit at the dining room table of their duplex in central Columbia.

Abdullahi Ibrahim, a history professor at MU for the last 15 years, wants to be the next president of Sudan. He must first gain approval to terminate his MU contract before taking on the task of running for office in the war-ravaged African country.

Today's Question: What should the future of school resource officers be in Columbia Public Schools?

Under a proposed contract, the Police Department would take the Columbia Public Schools' evaluations of school resource officers into consideration when conducting its own annual performance evaluations. Should any other changes be considered in the agreement between the police and Columbia Public Schools?

Concealed carry permits on campus deserve consideration

While there are many reasonable people to be found on both sides of the concealed carry debate, stereotypes portraying advocates as untrained and irresponsible are unfair. A background check for gun owners might not prevent unsafe users every time, but the same is true for obtaining a driver's license.

Basketball league provides fun and life lessons

The Home School Communicator Basketball league provides fourth- and fifth-grade students an opportunity to play basketball, with strict rules about attendance and grades.

Sudan expert explains intracacies of upcoming elections

Douglas Johnson, an expert on Sudanese politics, explains why it's unlikely that the 2010 elections will be fairly run.

UPDATE: Missouri House advances school prayer measure

A bill that would reinforce student rights to pray in schools and require the Bill of Rights to be displayed in each classroom received initial approval Monday by the Missouri House.

Obama urges citizens to undertake national service

The president signed a bill Tuesday that triples the size of the AmeriCorps service program and encouraged Americans to get involved in community service.

Old political habits die hard

Those who have been in the political game for the last 30 years, should be open to the new ideas the modern age has produced.

Missouri court sets execution date for convicted killer

Gov. Jay Nixon will review the case of one of three men involved in killing a man in Callaway County more than a decade ago.

The Hickman girls soccer team loses to Jefferson City

The Kewpies suffer their fifth consecutive loss.

Stephens College names Ithaca dean Dianne Lynch its next president

Stephens College has selected Dianne Lynch, a dean at New York's Ithaca College, as its next president.  She describes herself as a student-centered faculty member and  has received a warm reception at Stephens.

Outdoor café serving food and needs

University Catering opened the Outdoor Soup and Sandwich Café for students, faculty and staff on March 4. It is open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Carnahan Quad in between Hulston Hall and Reynolds Alumni Center.

American composers to be showcased in Choral Union concert

The MU Choral Union will perform a concert featuring pieces by American composers and poets on Friday.

Man shot near Fourth and Grand

A 36-year-old man was shot in the arm while driving down Grand Avenue near Fourth street.

Former Athena location to house new nightclub

The owners of a new bar called Memoir want to overcome the location's violent past.

New and familiar faces sworn in at council ceremony

While the Jason Thornhill and Barbara Hoppe were sworn in, the council celebrated Chris Janku's 18 years of service.

Koster files lawsuits against mortgage scams

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is urging consumers to be wary of any mailings they receive regarding mortgage refinancing, foreclosure relief or loan consolidation.

Measure would require notification when personal information is breached

Missouri is one of only six states that doesn't require notification. But some legislators and bankers worry about the cost.

City Council approves plans for downtown parking garage

The new parking garage at the Fifth and Walnut streets will be eight or nine stories tall and will offer retail space at street level.

Junior baseball player Greg Folgia named Big 12 Player of the Week

This marks the third time this season that a Missouri player has been honored by the Big 12 Conference.