Weatherspoon will help bolster depleted Missouri football team

Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon talks to reporters during Big 12 Media Day on Tuesday in Irving, Texas.

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel hopes linebacker Sean Weatherspoon can fill the leadership void left by players like Chase Daniel and Jeremy Maclin.  

Columbia man to return from conflict-torn Nigeria on Monday

Grato Ndunguru, a Columbia resident, is exected to return to the U.S. on Monday after a trip to Nigeria, where violence has left hundreds dead.

Today's Question: Paul Pepper moves to KBIA

Paul Pepper has signed a six-month contract with KBIA to air "Radio Friends with Paul Pepper" starting Oct. 5.

Health care reform opponents need a reality check

If private enterprise is unable to provide affordable health care to every American, perhaps it should be the business of the government. But we can't just leave it to the richest people to make the decisions, either.

Hard to believe Democrats are getting the job done

Now that the economic stimulus package and the Clean Air and Security Act have passed, it's clear that the Obama administration and Congress are rushing through bills without reading them.

U.S. home sales rise amid hints of housing recovery

While home prices are still falling around the country, sales have now risen for three months in a row. Construction of new homes is at the busiest level since last fall. And home resales rose in June for the third straight month.

Big 12 football title game might stay in Texas

Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe says the league will eventually consider whether to make the new Cowboys Stadium a permanent home for its football championship game.

'Pepper' finds new home on KBIA

Paul Pepper signed a contract to bring his local talk show to KBIA radio.

Master Gardener program open to anyone with interest in gardening

Master Gardenders receive training through the MU Extension in exchange for volunteering some of their time to the community as a knowledgable horticulturist. Anyone with a love of gardening can get invovled.

Understanding conflict in Nigeria

A look at coverage of the situation in Nigeria from around the Internet.

Nixon unfreezes $16 million for Missouri veteran homes

After stalling construction projects at seven veteran homes over financial worries, Gov. Jay Nixon is once again allowing the renovations to continue.

Lunch in the Park program expands in its eighth year

The Lunch in the Park program, which serves free and nutritious lunches to kids 18 and younger, is experiencing a surge in volunteers and participants.

Clothing and job preparation program intended to get youth hired

Three Columbia organizations are uniting to help young people get employment through job preparation and work-appropriate clothes.

Tax-increment financing used to spur downtown development

City officials hope the two TIF projects at The Tiger Hotel and at Tenth and Locust streets will act as catalysts for further redevelopment of downtown. They cite economic indicators that suggest the central business district is in a downward spiral that must be reversed.

Cycling Missouri's Katy Trail, one sip at a time

The Katy (named for the old Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, or MKT for short) is actually a state park. Each summer, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources sponsors a weeklong ride for several hundred cyclists from across the country.

Midwest governors form high-speed rail group

The Midwest Rail Steering Group will lobby for stimulus funds to upgrade rail routes in eight states.

USA Wrestling hopes bonuses limit MMA moves

By offering Olympic gold medal winners $250,000, USA Wrestling hopes to entice wrestlers to stay in the sport rather than moving to other forms. Ben Askren of MU, a 2008 Olympian, is one of those eager to take advantage of the bonuses.

Serial killers, cyber crimes on St. Louis conference agenda

Saint Louis University is hosting the largest death scene investigators' conference in North America this week to allow professionals to discuss the latest methods of interpreting crime scenes.

Aung San Suu Kyi verdict set for Friday in Myanmar

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi can expect a verdict in her trial by the end of the week. Final arguments concluded the trial's proceedings on Tuesday.

Missouri insurance group says 20,000 vehicles stolen in 2008

The Missouri Insurance Information Service said more than 20,000 vehicle thefts were reported in the last year, about half of them in St. Louis and Kansas City. American cars are still the top picks for theft.