MU extends Alden's contract until 2017

The extension will offer no raise for Alden, but the contract includes several incentive-based bonuses.


PHOTO GALLERY: Rookie racer leading her division of Missouri River 340

Hof left the check point leading the women's solo division of the Missouri River 340, a trek for canoeists and kayakers that takes paddlers 340 miles down the Missouri River. It is a remarkable accomplishment for someone who only began paddling in June.

Today's Question: Does Columbia need a loitering ordinance?

The City Council is considering a potential downtown loitering law. Is this something the city needs?

Dobbs, Luetkemeyer, Obama and more: Plenty of stupid to go around

President Obama made the important distinction a few weeks back about being stupid versus acting stupidly. Most people might not be the former, but many have, at one time or another, committed the latter.

Kickoffs for Bowling Green, Furman games announced

Missing Columbia man found dead in pond

A Columbia man missing since Monday was found dead inside his vehicle Wednesday afternoon.

Senate confirms Sotomayor for Supreme Court

Democrats praised the 55-year-old justice as a mainstream moderate, but most Republicans voted against her, with nine exceptions including Missouri Sen. Kit Bond.

Do it now: A plan for universal health care

Shawn Tully of wrote a recent article on the freedoms people would lose with health care reform, but he left a few facts and arguments unsaid. Health care reform is necessary, and simple math proves it works.

High-speed chase results in three-vehicle accident

Anthony Jacobs was arrested after fleeing on foot after he crashed his car during a high-speed chase in central Columbia, police said.

Skelton says U.S. Army will modernize Whiteman helicopter

Upgrades to modernize the AH-64A Apache Attack helicopter, used at the Whitman Air Force Base, will begin arriving in October 2011, Rep. Ike Skelton said Thursday. Eight more will be added to the fleet.

Mom in cyber-bullying case asks to use Web again

Lori Drew, the suburban St. Louis mother who was tried on charges of using a MySpace hoax to harass a 13-year-old girl who later committed suicide, has asked to use the Internet again as part of a job she has been offered. Drew's conviction of illegally accessing a computer was overturned in July.

Gov. Nixon details guiding principles for autism legislation

Requiring insurance companies to cover the costs of diagnosis and treatment of autism is at the top of Nixon's priorities for autism coverage legislation.

Technological advancements increase human interaction in online classes

Technological advancements at MU and Stephens and Columbia colleges are intended to make online courses more like in-person classroom experiences.

St. Joseph sues state over property tax bill veto

The veto will cause the city to lower its voter-approved property tax. Nixon justified his veto by saying the bill would allow other cities to raise their property taxes without voter approval.

Burger King: No shoes rule went too far

The restaurant asked a family to leave because a six-month-old infant was not wearing shoes.

Online textbooks are gaining popularity, changing how students study

As the cost of printed textbooks continues to rise, some students and professors are turning to digital options to supplement learning. Online textbooks can provide additional information and resources to supplement material covered in lecture.

Foster Grandparent Program receives additional funding

The program, which allows people older than 60 to help in classrooms and receive a stipend, will be raising the stipend available to participants and lowering age eligibility.

Open source textbooks give students a cheaper option

Eric Frank, co-founder of a New York-based open source textbook distributor, describes the free open source textbooks as act two in the digital textbook movement. Two Missouri universities are working with Frank's company to use digital textbooks in their classes this fall.

Basketball tournament to promote sexual health for teens

The Think Safe: Love and Basketball Challenge is being held for teens ages 13 to 17 and will incorporate information on healthy lifestyle choices.

Boone Hospital Center home to effective Barrett's esophagus treatment

Boone Hospital Center is the only hospital in Mid-Missouri to perform RF ablation as a treatment for Barrett's esophagus, the most effective treatment for the pre-cancerous condition, according to a recent study conducted by the New England Journal of Medicine.