Tigers softball team set to face NCAA powerhouse

Micaela Minner reacts to teammate Rhea Taylor's home run in the sixth inning of the final game of the NCAA Softball Midwest Regional against DePaul on Sunday. The Tigers won 1-0.

After winning their NCAA Regional with a 1-0 win over DePaul on Sunday, the Missouri softball team will face No. 2 ranked UCLA starting Saturday in a best-of-three Super Regional series.

Hickman golfer ties for title at state tournament

Hickman junior Taylor Cox tied for first place Tuesday at the Class 4 State Boys Golf Championship in Springfield.

Columbia pastor sees running as more than a sport

Phil Schaefer, the head pastor at Christian Fellowship Church in Columbia, is a long distance runner who often uses running as an analogy for life in his sermons. But being involved in the sport has also become a way to reach others beyond his congregation.

Today's Question: Should Missouri adopt a consumption tax?

The idea of a "fair tax" — one based on what people spend, not what they earn — is gaining in popularity. What are the advantages or disadvantages of a consumption tax?

St. Louis County man with swine flu dies

The man died Tuesday morning at an undisclosed St. Louis area hospital. His death brings the global total from the flu outbreak to 80. The majority of those deaths have been in Mexico. 

Credit card companies play by different set of rules than the rest of us

Banks got themselves into financial trouble, and now they want to take advantage of credit card customers to get them out of it. We need legislation to protect the working and middle class from corporate greed.

Missouri at front of grassroots tax movement

The co-director of Fair Tax for Missouri says his organization has more than 20,000 members in the state, including more than 300 in Columbia

Missouri baseball team eager for Big 12 tournament

Missouri ace Kyle Gibson is expected to start against Texas A&M Aggies at about 4 p.m. today at Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. Missouri won two of three regular season games against the Aggies in Columbia. 

UPDATE: Daniel Boone Regional Library announces One Read selection

The library announced “The Air We Breathe,” a work of fiction by Andrea Barrett, as its top choice. Barrett is scheduled to speak in Columbia in September.

Construction worker dies at Taum Sauk reservoir

The female laborer was working on a concrete placement when the accident happened Tuesday morning. She was taken to a St. Louis hospital.

The Horse Farm provides riding and life lessons

The Horse Farm in Clark, Mo., north of Columbia, offers riding lessons to people of all ages. The owner, Sharon Marohl, wants riders to feel confident and comfortable and to partake in the farm experience.

City, residents seek slowdown on West Boulevard

A plan to limit or prohibit trucks on West Boulevard has support from residents, but Public Works disagrees.

Feds say Missouri could be ineligible for jobless funds

The U.S. Department of Labor says that Missouri would be ineligible for federal stimulus money because of wording used in legislation passed by the General Assembly last week.

UPDATE: Family of St. Louis County man who died of swine flu given medication

Relatives of a 44-year-0ld man who died Tuesday after contracting swine flu also have been given medication for the virus. Officials are trying to determine why the man's case was so aggressive.

UPDATE: Feds say Missouri may be ineligible for jobless funds

That's because the new Missouri legislation would only temporarily expand jobless benefits until the federal money ran out. The federal government wants those changes to be permanent.

Jail population down in Boone County

The inmate population at the Boone County Jail has been significantly lower in the first months of 2009 than in 2008. Alternative sentencing programs get most of the credit.

'Fair tax' gains traction in Missouri legislature

Replacing income tax with sales tax didn't pass this year, but advocates say it's an idea whose time is coming. The fair tax, also known as a consumption tax, is a simple concept: Instead of paying taxes based on how much money you earn, you pay taxes based on how much you spend.

Health Connection will remain open

The Health Connection, slated to close on June 30 because of budget cuts, will remain open, Richard Oliver, dean of the School of Health Professions, said Monday.

Missouri pharmacist indicted on charges of drug dilution, forging prescriptions

A former pharmacist at Family Pharmacy in Nixa has been indicted on charges of diluting a cough suppressant and forging prescriptions for a painkiller.

Lawyer: Myanmar possibly rushing Suu Kyi's trial

The opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was scheduled to be freed May 27 after spending more than 13 of the past 19 years under house arrest. She has been charged with violating the terms of her house arrest by allowing a Missouri man to stay at her home without official permission.