Two offensive line coaches bring more focus to Missouri football

Josh Henson, from Louisiana State University, has joined coach Bruce Walker, making it possible to evaluate each player more efficiently and make better use of practice time by dividing the entire group of lineman by position and level on the depth chart.

Today's Question: What precautions should schools take to prevent a swine flu outbreak?

An official vaccine for the H1N1 virus won't be available until mid-October, and the Columbia Public School District has no specific protocols in place for an outbreak, so parents have been urged to simply keep their children at home when they are sick.

Schools add cell phones to curriculum ... slowly

As cell phone technology gets better and better, schools consider their use as educational tools. Certain arguments arise, however, including their expense and the possibility of distraction in the classroom.

A town without a newspaper

The loss of my hometown paper, the Ann Arbor News, leaves the town completely without a newspaper, and its online replacement,, has no news hierarchy and confuses readers.

ANALYSIS: Missouri fee offices spark political debate

Actions by Gov. Jay Nixon and state lawmakers to reshape the process of selections to driver's license offices as political rewards have been criticized by Republicans because of past partisan campaign contributions.

UPDATE: Woman dies in I-70 rollover accident

A van traveling with a convoy from Sturgis, S.D., to Florida rolled over near the Stadium Boulevard exit on Wednesday.

Daniel Boone in semifinals of Midwest Little League regional

Despite an 8-7 loss Wednesday night, the Daniel Boone Little League National team advanced to the semifinals of the Midwest Regional in Indianapolis. If it beats No. 1 seed Nebraska on Thursday afternoon, it will play Saturday for a chance to go to the Little League World Series. 

Preventing high school dropouts can start in 4th grade

With one out of every four students in the nation failing to graduate high school in four years, it's time to step back and look at the causes and symptoms of the high school dropout – and possible solutions to the sobering statistic.

Neighbors tweet, blog to keep criminals at bay

Neighborhood watch groups have formed in response to law enforcement budget cuts, and they're using Twitter, blogs, e-mail and street patrols to make their areas safer.

UPDATE: Missouri regulators suspend utility comment card program

Thousands of cards have been returned, and about two-thirds of Missouri Gas Energy customers haven't even received them yet. Utility customers can still comment on proposed rate increases during public hearings, on a hot line and on the commission's Web site.

Crowd urges Rep. Skelton to discuss health care

Neither the 17-term Democratic congressman nor his staff were present at the Wednesday evening event, organized by the group Americans for Prosperity and others unhappy that Skelton hasn't held public meetings about health care.

Mixed results from Missouri students on academic tests

Roughly two-thirds of Missouri's public schools failed to meet tougher progress standards established under federal law. State officials, however, were pleased by the mixed results.

Missouri seeks $142 million from stimulus for Internet access

Gov. Nixon says the expanded high-speed Internet access to rural areas would improve doctor/patient relationships, open educational doors and expand small business markets.

Civil rights lawyer, NAACP leader dies in St. Louis

Margaret Bush Wilson was the former chairwoman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the second black woman to pass the Missouri Bar.

SLIDESHOW: Twister Hockey League holds championship tournament

The Twister Hockey League, the only hockey league in mid-Missouri, held its playoffs and championship tournament on the evening of Aug. 9 at the Whitney Briggs Memorial Arena.

Missouri regulators suspend postcard comment program

Overwhelming number of responses  lead to scaling back to public hearings and Web site postings.

Missouri high school football player dies

The cause of death for 16-year-old  player is unknown. He had no known medical conditions.

Missouri casinos see revenue increase

Revenues increase by 4 percent in July. Admissions were also increased at seven of the 12 casinos.

Belcher responds to Columbia schools' failure to meet state testing standards

In talking about how the district performed on assessment tests, new Columbia schools Superintendent Chris Belcher used an analogy comparing the tests to a physical one might get at a doctor's office. The results indicate schools might have “a fever,” but it does not mean they are seriously ill.  


1 person dies in I-70 rollover accident

The rollover happened around 7 a.m. near mile marker 124, which is near the Stadium Boulevard exit.