Columbia Police Department announces new public information officer

Officer Jessie Haden will be the new public information officer for the department. Chief Kenneth Burton created the position; this is the first time the police will have a public information officer.

American Top Team offers great opportunities for fighters

American Top Team is one of the top Mixed Martial Arts gyms in America. Former MU wrestler Ben Askren has been training there and will wrestle in his second professional MMA fight Saturday.

Missouri Rep. Munzlinger: Concealed weapons amendment 'common sense'

State Rep. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, discusses why he thinks the amendment he presented that would allow concealed weapons to be carried on college campuses is a good idea.

'Springilicious' sale among activities at Artrageous Friday

Orr Street Studios is planning a "Springilicious" event in tandem with Artrageous Friday this week. The studio will include displayed artwork for sale as well as a rock band. Orr Street Studios is one of several downtown shops and galleries participating in the second Artrageous Friday of the year.

Artists share love of Earth and crafts

An online crafts group will be exhibiting its goods for the first time Sunday at Columbia's Earth Day Festival. Several members of the group, Missouri Etsy-Centrics, practice sustainable art.

MU event to introduce children to many graduate programs

The annual event, to be held Saturday at Jesse Hall, was created so elementary school children and their families could experience a taste of graduate school.

Missouri House Republicans ask for $1 billion tax cut

The proposed tax reduction would average out to a $500 savings per taxpayer by lowering the income tax rate from 6 percent to 5.5 percent over the next two years.

University of Illinois professor talks immigration issues at MU

Jonathan Inda, a visiting associate professor from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, visited MU on Thursday to discuss immigration issues.

MU men's basketball players look to the future

Leo Lyons and DeMarre Carroll hope their run to the Elite Eight will help their chances at getting drafted by an NBA team.

Cape Girardeau elementary school buzzing with bees

So far, the honey bees that have colonized the Cape Girardeau elementary school have stung no students.

Monkey's escape in Greene County leads to investigation

After a monkey escaped from a southwest Missouri animal rescue farm, Greene County officials began looking into the legality of keeping multiple exotic animals on the property.

Waynesville high-schooler hit by pitch declared brain dead

The 16-year-old was at bat Tuesday when a pitch hit him just below the helmet, and he collapsed.

Man standing trial for Franklin County murder causes disturbance

The accused killer began a disturbance aimed at the prosecution while they were offering evidence in court on Thursday. The man had to be restrained and taken out of the courtroom.

Body found by mushroom hunters in Lincoln County identified

Jackie Noel disappeared after he and three others were involved in a theft at a Dollar General store. Noel got out of a car and ran into the woods. Police suspect he died of a drug overdose.

Missouri mom convicted of kidnapping daughter

The mother, Rebecca Albrecht, took the 11-year-old girl from her father's home in Jefferson City and kept her hidden for nearly a month.

Sikeston robbery might be linked to one in Tennessee

The first robbery happened early Wendnesday morning in southeast Missouri and the second happened in Tennessee an hour and a half later. The description of the assailant was the same.