Thomas leads Missouri softball to Big 12 title

Missouri pitcher Chelsea Thomas, center, celebrates with teammates at the end of the the Big 12 softball tournament championship game against Oklahoma in Oklahoma City on Sunday. Thomas pitched a two-hit shutout as Missouri defeated top-seeded Oklahoma 5-0 to win its first Big 12 softball title in 12 years.

The Tigers beat Oklahoma 5-0 for the tournament title on Sunday. Freshman Chelsea Thomas pitched a two-hit shutout for Missouri.

Rock Bridge shortstop, second baseman as close on the field as off

Senior Nick Little and junior Zach Kurzejeski have become two of the Rock Bridge baseball team's best leaders.

Missouri softball to host NCAA Regional

The Tigers will have to beat DePaul, Illinois and Bradley in the double elimination regional to advance in the NCAA tournament.

Tigers beat KU on Ampleman home run

Kansas had tied the score at 12 in the ninth with a grand slam home run. But then sophomore catcher Ryan Ampleman came back with his winning home run. The victory means the Jayhawks have not won a series in Columbia since 1983.

Two teens injured in car accident

Jake Lee, of Sturgeon, and Marcus Johnson, of Columbia, were injured in an accident Sunday morning. Lee lost control of his car while merging onto Interstate 70 East, according to a Columbia Police Department report.

Source says two reps of health care industry to offer $2T savings plan

Health care industry groups are proposing a deal to Obama officials on Monday to offer nearly $2 trillion in cost reductions over 10 years in hopes of avoiding a government health plan that would directly compete with them, a source said.

Raising teachers' salaries on agenda for Columbia School Board

A 1 percent increase for teachers and other professional staff will be considered.

Bills would help adopted adults find birth family information

Time is running out in this legislative session, but sponsors see hope for the future.

The Center Project opens in Columbia

The building at 907 E. Ash St. is expected to host programs and become a central meeting place for the city's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender groups.

Recovered 3-year-old leaves hospital

Three-year-old Josh Childers wandered away from his parents house on Monday and was missing for 52 hours before he was found. Josh was released from the hospital on Saturday after he recovered from moderate hypothermia and numerous insect bites.

Boone County sheriffs looking for two suspects after home invasion

Two men broke into a home and the resident was attacked in the 5500 block of Pinehurst Lane East on Saturday night, according to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

US, Costa Rica swine flu deaths reported

The number of swine flu deaths outside of Mexico has risen to five with deaths in the United States and Costa Rica. There are 2,532 confirmed cases in the U.S. The three U.S. residents who died from swine flu had other health problems.

48,800 southern Missourians without power Sunday

Four people were killed and nearly 48,800 residents are still without power Sunday after storms rolled through southern Missouri on Friday.

Friendships among females can have positive health benefits

According to a 2000 UCLA study, friendships among females can be calming and help lower stress levels. These friendships create social networks, which are not as common in male friendships. Anne Meyer, a psychologist at the MU Counseling Center, explained that these networks can help women on a long-term basis.

Columbia women met in kindergarten, still friends 50 years later

Connie Taylor, 54, and Moni Lentz, 55, have been best friends since the first day of kindergarten at Eugene Field Elementary School in 1959.

A 'chance' friendship — for 75 years

It started with their mothers, who introduced them at a birthday party when they were 8 and 9. Seventy-five years later, these two women continue a friendship that, no matter where it takes them, always brings them together.

Reader's response to gun column inaccurate

Writer at conspiracy Web site uses inaccurate research.

Health officials say swine flu concerns are declining

After initial concerns about the virus, health officials say the number of phone calls requesting information about the swine flu has started to slow down.

Parking, housing, science are focus of Columbia College master plan

The Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to recommend City Council approval of the master plan.

Ticks seem to be bugging us earlier and in greater numbers

An MU professor blames the abundance of habitat and hosts. With 4 million deer in the state, many in urban areas and the creation of back-to-nature areas, the little buggers have lots of places to live and multiply.