Today's Question: Are the big three American automakers heading in the right direction?

Fewer car dealerships could be the strategy that will revitalize GM and Chrysler.

Tea bags and dirt bags: Giving voice to the tea party protests

Stuart Carlson's editorial cartoon on tea parties was published not as an endorsement by the Missourian, but because it was a reflection of how some members of the media reacted to the protesters.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU played Illinois in softball — until it rained

The game was suspended with two out in the top of the first and Illinois leading 1-0.

The Beat: MU softball team to host NCAA Regional

Columbia Missourian reporter Rachel Crader and sports editor Greg Bowers talk about what's ahead for the team.

Scott Boulevard construction set to begin

The construction, which will take place in segments to minimize traffic disturbances, is expected to improve segments from Rollins Road to Brookview Terrace.

India faces uncertain path after election

The election ended Wednesday for India, the world's biggest democracy, but neither of the largest political parties are expected to win a majority of the estimated 428 million votes.

CARTOON: A new twist on the Forever Stamp

Leonard Griswell's take on the new Forever Stamp.

Pack your bags: All you need to hit the roads, rails and trails of Missouri

Missourian reporters scoured the state for the best trips we could find at a fair price.  We hope our readers find something worthwhile among the stories in this travel guide.

Micaela Minner shines as the vocal leader for the Missouri softball team

After overcoming several injuries in her softball career, Michaela Minner is ready to help lead the Tigers in the postseason.

Major bills left in legislative limbo

Major health care and economic development bills may not be passed before the legislative session ends Friday. Lawmakers did pass bills concerned with public defender workloads and public schools.

UPDATE: Missouri lawmakers pass economic development bill, end session

The bill expands tax incentives for Missouri businesses, while it imposes new restrictions on some tax credits, letting Republicans and Democrats claim success.

GM eliminating about 1,100 dealerships

Most GM dealers in Columbia say they have yet to hear if they've been cut.

Missouri lawmakers approve jobless benefit extension

The bill, passed Friday, would give unemployed workers an extra 20 weeks of benefits.

Changes to Columbia backyard chicken ordinance proposed

The Columbia Board of Health met Thursday to explore whether Columbia's chicken-ownership ordinance should be revised to allow more freedom for residents to raise chickens. The current ordinance allows one chicken per half-acre.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU graduation ceremonies 2009, Day 1

Among those graduating Friday were members of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine and the Robert J. Trulaske Sr. College of Business.

UPDATE: Lawmakers put off walk, bike trek for health coverage

Missouri legislature passes wide-ranging crime bill

The bill includes sex offenders, young people who text message while they drive, cattle rustlers and river runners who take beer bongs or kegs with them on the water.

Former Oklahoma basketball great Tisdale dies at 44

The cause was cancer. The three-time All-American played in the NBA 12 years and then went on to become an award-winning jazz musician.

Chrysler plans to eliminate partnership with Columbia dealership, filing says

Chrysler has identified 27 Missouri dealerships it expects to eliminate, including Dodge City Motors in Columbia.

Judge blocks automatic calls suspected of car warranty sales pitches

The Federal Trade Commission has filed suit against two companies, asking a judge to stop as many as 1 billion random calls. Officials say the calls target consumers indiscriminately and misrepresent service agreements for car warranties.