Missouri picked third in Big 12 North

Missouri trails Kansas and Nebraska in the conference poll released Thursday.

Today's Question: What programs should be trimmed in the city's 2010 budget?

With revenues continuing to contract, city leaders will have to find ways to save $1.5 million in next year's budget, according to some estimates. Some programs will inevitably face cuts as the City Council works to pass the budget in September.

Golf ties together one man's personal bookmarks

Golf has been in the background of many significant moments in the American consciousness.

Family in the running at Show-Me State Games

The Lockers, from Ludlow, Mo., will have four generations of family, ranging in age from 5 to 73, competing in the Show-Me State Games track and field events this weekend.

LETTERS: Debating the future of 'Pepper & Friends'

Columbia resident Dan William Peek recently wrote a letter regarding the cancellation of "Pepper & Friends," and that letter made it up the MU hierarchy. Brady Deaton wrote a response to Peek's letter, which Peek then responded to in kind.

Dietitian examines effect of media messages on child obesity

Dietitian Melinda Hemmelgarn gave a presentation in a live broadcast Thursday night on healthy eating and reading between the lines of media messages about food.

Burglary suspect arrested after four-hour manhunt

After a four-hour manhunt Wednesday, a Columbia man was arrested on suspicion of larceny, second-degree burglary, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest.

UPDATE: Missouri GOP's Purgason announces U.S. Senate bid

State Sen. Chuck Purgason announced Thursday that he is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Kit Bond.

Missouri judge blocks certification of union election

At issue is the potential union representation of about 13,000 workers who help people living in their own homes perform daily activities such as bathing, dressing, cooking and cleaning.

UPDATE: Missouri keeps tabs on environmental hazards

The Missouri Department of Health is collecting and sharing data on the connection bewteen environmental hazards and chronic disease, in the hopes that the information will be used in making health care decisions and tracking health care statistics.

Carnival lights up Boone County Fair

One of the more popular evenings at the fair this year was wristband night on Wednesday.

Council approves settlement in Kansas City mayor lawsuit

The council voted 7-3 to approve paying a former aide $550,000 to settle a lawsuit claiming the mayor's wife made racist and sexual comments to her in the office.

Missouri Senate panel to investigate withheld E. coli report

The committee said Thursday that it would hold hearings on how the Department of Natural Resources handled a report showing unsafe levels of E. coli in the Lake of the Ozarks.

Former church bulletin worker sentenced for embezzlement and counterfeit checks

John Gehm faces two years in prison and must make resitution of $123,000 after embezzling $104,000 and depositing counterfeit checks.

Missouri keeps tabs on environmental hazards

Officials hope to better warn people of places where toxins exist and contribute to illness.

PHOTO GALLERY: Sheep showing

Youngsters showed off their finest sheep Tuesday and Wednesday during the Junior Market Lamb competition and the Junior Breeding Sheep Show.

Trivia night to raise money for scholarships

The Columbia Missouri National Education Association will host a trivia night on Friday to raise money for its scholarship fund, which benefits students from city high schools.

Meat goats growing in popularity

The number of meat goats in Boone County more than doubled between 2002 and 2007. The trend is being driven by an increased demand for goat meat and the adaptability of goats to smaller farms.

New state Senate committee aims to better education

The Missouri Senate has formed a committee that aims to improve education in the state and better prepare students for the job market.

MU design class creates zoo of colorful animal sculptures

MU's Basic 3-D Design class created a menagerie of animal sculptures, which have been placed at the corner of Hitt Street and University Avenue.