New students' questions answered

Summer Welcome staff provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions from incoming freshman.

Residents push to own backyard chickens

Columbia is on the cusp of joining a national trend of allowing urban residents to raise chickens. The Board of Health is nearing a final draft of a new ordinance that would allow city dwellers to own a limited number of fowl.

Stimulus money boosts MU's work study program

The work study program at MU has more money to give out this year because of stimulus funds and more awards have been offered. But Financial Aid Director Jim Brooks said he thinks a greater proportion of students will accept them this fall.

Artlandish Gallery newest addition to The District

The gallery, which displays art, crafts and antiques, will start workshops Monday on jewelry, bookmaking, collages and mixed media.

Golden retrievers memorialized in MU Veterinary Medicine scholarship

The College of Veterinary Medicine's care for a golden retriever prompted the dog's owners, David and Gloria Lowell, to pledge $1 million for scholarships for veterinary students.

COLT bridge to cost half of earlier estimates

A new overpass, which aims to lessen traffic problems, will allow COLT trains to cross above U.S. 63. Sen. Kit Bond will be the featured speaker at Friday's groundbreaking ceremony.

Warren Funeral Chapel owners lose licenses

The Missouri Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors settled a case regarding the Warren Funeral Chapel on Wednesday. Owners Harold Warren Sr. and Harold Warren Jr. had their funeral directors' and embalmers' licenses revoked.

K-State's Coffman aims at six-win season

Winning six games this season would give Kansas State quarterback Carson Coffman the same number of victories his father, tight end Paul Coffman, had in three years with the Wildcats in the 1970s.

Tickets on sale Saturday for Sept. 5 Illinois-Missouri showdown

Tickets are available starting at 10 a.m. Central Daylight Time on Saturday at, by phone at 314-241-1888 or 800-745-3000 or at Ticketmaster outlets.

Recession helps MU's Wine School lure aspiring vintners

With the opening of MU's Wine School, more people across the state and nation are trying their hand at viticulture and winemaking.

UMSL offers course on climate change to public

Starting Aug. 27, experts on physics, biology and sustainability will make presentations on Thursday evenings regarding the politics and science of climate change.

Lee Enterprises posts third-quarter loss, ad sales plunge

Davenport, Iowa company Lee Enterprises Inc. posted losses of $24.5 million in this year's fiscal third quarter. The recession, combined with increased competition from the internet, cut ad sales by 24 percent.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi prepares for worst before Friday ruling

Widely expected to be convicted of violating the terms of her house arrest, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate has been gathering medicine and books to take to prison.

Longest serving Missouri judge to retire in September

Judge John Parish has been a judge for almost 36 years and has been on the Southern District for the Missouri Court of Appeals since 1990.

Attorney sues Joplin over taxes

Tom Burcham, a Farmington attorney, has sued a number of other Missouri towns, citing state law that limits cities to one, 1-cent sales tax for general purposes.

Missouri State University's grants top $20 million for 2008-2009 year

The grants came from city, county, state, federal and international agencies, businesses and non-profits and were directed at a broad range of projects.

Mississippi River ferry receives $1 million for upgrades

The ferry connecting southeast Missouri and western Kentucky will use the money to buy more powerful engines and a larger barge.

Health officials urge Missouri parents to develop asthma plan

The health officials suggest that parents talk with their family doctors about appropriate medication and with school staff about triggers.

Rams sign 3 more draft picks, but not Jason Smith

No. 2 overall selection Jason Smith remained unsigned by the St. Louis Rams as of Thursday morning.

Lawrence County Jail closed after inmates erupt

The Lawrence County Jail has been closed following an escape attempt and subsequent melee between inmates and prison guards on Saturday. The 35 inmates housed there have been transferred to other jails.