Hard for new Missouri kicker to match Wolfert's success

Missouri kickers Jake Harry (36), Tanner Mills (91), Trey Barron (97) and Grant Ressel (95) gather on the sidelines at Monday's practice. Mills, a Rock Bridge graduate, hopes to become as efficient as former Tigers kicker Jeff Wolfert was at field goals and extra points. "I don't think anybody can be Jeff Wolfert," Mills said. "I can be Jeff Wolfert-esque."

Tanner Mills hopes to equal the consistency Jeff Wolfert gave the Tigers' kicking game for the past three years.

Yost filling several roles for MU football

After spending the past eight seasons as MU's quarterbacks coach David Yost added offensive coordinator to his list of duties this offseason after former coordinator, Dave Christensen, was hired as head coach at Wyoming.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of Special Olympics, dies

Started in 1968, the Special Olympics hosts more than 1 million athletes from more than 160 countries.

Giles should have complied on Taser incident

In the recent arrests of Harvard professor Henry Gates and of Carl Alan Giles of Columbia, the circumstances leading to the arrests were dissimilar, but they shared at least two common attributes.

1940s Lustron home to join Nifong Park historical village

Lustron homes were made primarily out of metal following World War II as a way to provide factory jobs and fix housing shortages. Only about 2,500 of them were made. Now the Boone Historical Society is reconstructing a Columbia Lustron home to be placed in Nifong Park. 

School Board narrowly approves stimulus cash spending

The Columbia School Board will enter into negotiations to buy a building at 4600 Bethel Street after discussion in a closed meeting Monday night. Earlier in the evening members voted to spend 5 percent of the district's stimulus money for special education.

LETTER: Greek students give big to United Way agencies

Agencies like Meals on Wheels and Adult Day Connection have greater needs than ever, and Greek students help keep them on budget.

Parents must retake control of children and the educational system

In America today, more kids are dropping out of school, and young women are getting pregnant before they even know how to take care of a child. Parents need to take back the reins by improving the educational system and keeping their children in school.

Child porn and sex crimes cases go before judges

One man, sentenced to four years, bought another computer and looked at hundreds of child porn videos after the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force confiscated the first one.

New osteoporosis drug cuts fracture risk, say studies by drug's creator

Denosumab, a drug that lowers the risk of bone fractures, is expected by some to be a blockbuster for Amgen Inc., which conducted the studies showing the drug's effectiveness.

Lawmakers try to tone down health care town halls

Forums hosted across the country have had varying atmospheres. Some have been peaceful, while others have included shouting and arrests. Lawmakers have changed venues, added security and switched from live forums to teleconferences to deal with the crowds.

Kansas City lawyer picked for Missouri highway commission

Republican Stephen Miller will serve through the remainder of commissioner Mike Kehoe's term if he is confirmed by the Senate when lawmakers return in January.

Missouri man in Suu Kyi trial was trying to help

Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to 18 more months in detention, and John William Yettaw got seven years in prison with hard labor following the man's attempts to "save" Suu Kyi from assassination by swimming to her home.

Prairie grouse could hamper wind energy growth

The dramatic decline of the prarie chicken population warrants its placement on the endangered species list, which will hinder wind technology firms from utilizing a five-state region believed to have some of the nation's best wind energy potential. 

Engaging People: Kenneth Greene, custom jeweler, is just playing

Kenneth Greene owns Monarch Jewelry, 1019 E. Walnut St., and teaches at William Woods University.

Columbia nonprofits receive grant from Missouri Foundation for Health

Five health-related organizations in Columbia received grants this summer from the Missouri Foundation for Health.

SLIDESHOW: Moberly drive-in theater provides outdoor entertainment

The drive-in theater, about a half-hour drive from Columbia, is a popular entertainment during summer months.

Barkley House finds temporary home at Stoney Creek Inn

The Barkley House room, a place for families with pets undergoing treatment at MU's veterinary hospital, will have an open house and ribbon cutting Friday at Stoney Creek Inn.

Truman Veterans Hospital holds groundbreaking ceremony

Veterans and staff gathered Monday morning for a groundbreaking ceremony for a $25 million construction project at Truman Veterans Hospital.

Missouri agrees to develop national academic standards for public schools

Missouri is joining an effort to create national core educational standards for public schools. “We now have a patchwork of differing state-developed standards," says state Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro, "and that has become a barrier to improving academic performance for all students.”