Missouri bullpen struggles again in loss at Big 12 tournament

Texas Tech's Chris Richburg, right, scores past Missouri catcher Ryan Ampleman in the eighth inning of the Tigers' second game of the Big 12 baseball tournament Saturday in Oklahoma City.

Entering the bottom of the eighth with a one-run lead against Texas Tech, the Missouri bullpen allowed three runs to score. The Red Raiders held on for a 4-2 win at Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City in the Tigers' second game of the Big 12 tournament.

The Dennis Skillicorn execution: Why it was front page news

State-sanctioned executions are the government's ultimate expression of power, and therefore newspapers bear the responsibility of shining a light on the event.

CARTOON: The Magnificent Seven

Leonard Griswell's take on geographic policing in downtown Columbia.

Missouri softball team focused on super regional

The Missouri softball team will battle No. 2 UCLA this weekend in Los Angeles for a bid to the NCAA's College World Series of Softball.

Eurovision Song Contest: the world's version of American Idol

Internationally, this competition attracts an audience of over 100 million from more than 50 different countries.

Today's Question: A new plan for downtown businesses

The Special Business District and the Central Columbia Association are looking to merge into one entity — a community improvement district. Is a community improvement district a good idea for downtown? Why or why not?

GUEST COLUMN: Changing helmet law makes no sense

Changing the law to allow motorcycle riders over the age of 21 to ride without a helmet is a step backward.

Trails, nature sites near Columbia offer plenty of outdoor activities

Mid-Missouri offers plenty of great spots for outdoor recreation, with its mix of nature trails, conservation areas and state parks. With just a little gas in the tank and a sense of adventure, you're sure to find some great, simple and family-friendly entertainment.

Columbia couple wouldn't miss a Missouri softball game

They don't have a daughter or anyone else in the family on the team, yet Steven and Charlotte Meiners have spent the past two seasons traveling to games across the country, from San Diego to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to Atlanta.

Allen perseveres, excels for Missouri softball team

Andee Allen, the Missouri softball team's starting second baseman, overcame her father's death last season and is looking forward to honoring his memory at this weekend's super regional against UCLA.

Columbia School Board seeks to fill vacancy by June

The deadline for School Board application submissions is 4:30 p.m. June 5, and the School Board hopes to have its new member by June 18.

Columbia commission approves Farmers' Market Pavilion

The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday unanimously approved Sustainable Farmers & Communities Inc.'s development plans for an "eco-friendly" Farmers' Market Pavilion. The City Council is scheduled to vote on the plans June 15.

Former Sturgeon resident who trafficked drugs to Missouri gets 15-year sentence

A codefendant in the case told authorities he made nine trips from Texas to Missouri with at least 200 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle each time.

Man who killed Missouri trooper gets death sentence

One of Lance Shockley's attorneys said he believed the judge made an appropriate ruling in the case. However, an appeal is planned.

First alleged Cut Throat gang member pleads guilty

One of 16 alleged gang members charged with drug- and gun-related crimes pleaded guilty to all charges Thursday in federal court. He now faces between five and 60 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

Audio tape crucial in Columbia Police Department's investigation of Willie Smith

A recording of the incident helped the Police Department's Professional Standards Unit determine that the officer who arrested former MU basketball star Willie Smith on March 9 acted appropriately.

Best Value Inn robbed early Friday morning

The suspect is described as a dark-skinned black man in his early 20s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall with a thin build.

Cocaine found in Boone County apartment

Deputies seized cocaine packaged for distribution and a loaded handgun, but no arrests were made at the scene.

State to pay $500,000 to settle e-mail lawsuit filed against former Gov. Blunt

The money will come from the state's legal expense fund, which to date has spent more than $1.3 million on attorneys for defending Blunt and four former staff members, Attorney General Chris Koster said.

PHOTO GALLERY: Breaking ground on the Scott Boulevard expansion project

The project is estimated to cost $16.1 million and should take about a year to complete.