Despite adversity, Gachkar moves to top of depth chart

Missouri linebacker Andrew Gachkar catches his breath and listens to his coach during a break in drills at Tuesday's practice. Since having surgery for a blood clot in January 2008, Gachkar says his conditioning is almost back to normal.

Andrew Gachkar, who missed spring practice last season to have surgery for a blood clot, is at the top of the depth chart for the MU football team. 

Columbia school transfers contribute to large class sizes

Students transferring from underachieving schools to schools such as Two Mile Prairie Elementary School, which have met proficiency goals, are contributing to oversized classes. In Two Mile Prairie's case, classes have seen burgeoning sizes, some exceeding standards set by the state.

TUESDAY FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Different urgency for Missouri football team

There was an obvious increase in intensity and urgency for the Missouri football team in the first practice after the start of classes, a familiar sign that the season's opener is drawing near.

Sen. McCaskill holds town hall meeting on health care in Moberly

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill discussed health care reform Monday in Moberly during one of three public town hall meetings held throughout Missouri. The assembled crowd voiced some apprehension to reform, but, in general, there was less direct confrontation than in previous forums with the senator.

Hickman wins softball opener

The Hickman softball team won 4-0 Tuesday at Boonville.

UPDATE: Two Missouri lawmakers plead guilty, will resign

In his plea, Sen. Jeff Smith, D-St. Louis, said he told Rep. Steve Brown, then an aide to Smith, and his campaign treasurer to mislead investigators. Smith and Brown both announced they would resign from office. Sentencing for both men is set for Nov. 10.

Two Missouri lawmakers plead guilty, will resign

Missouri state Sen. Jeff Smith of St. Louis pleaded guilty to two federal counts of obstruction of justice tied to his failed 2004 congressional campaign. Rep. Steve Brown of Clayton also pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to obstruct justice and has said that he, too, will resign.

Excerpts from letter from former Sen. Jeff Smith

Smith's letter of resignation included an apology to his constituents and reminded them of the work he did while in office. He also stated that he won't run for office again.

Father of abuse victim speaks, urges transparency by Catholic Church

Four clergy sex abuse victims came forward after another victim broke his silence. The victim's father spoke at a news conference in Columbia. 

Teen stabbed twice in Boone County

The stabbing was the result of an argument between the victim and a 47-year-old suspect, who was charged with second-degree assault and armed criminal action.

UPDATE: Missouri state Senator Jeff Smith to resign amid federal charges

Smith denied connection to a group that, during the 2004 congressional campaign, distributed materials critical of his primary opponent, Russ Carnahan.

Guilty plea related to Smith campaign expected

Rep. Steve Brown's attorney confirmed that Rep. Brown will plead guilty to conspiracy and faces possible prison time.

State Fair crowd up about 12 percent

Despite the poor economic climate, attendance at the annual Missouri State Fair rose this year.

Obama Power must deliver as promised

The Obama administration needs to demonstrate that it can bring about the hope and change promised during the campaign.

Engaging People: Jerry Rowden

Jerry’s Instrument Repair is a one-man show — Jerry Rowden is the owner, proprietor, accountant, head repairman and customer service representative. Rowden has been working with musical instruments since fifth grade when he began playing trumpet in band.

Nominations open in Historic Preservation Commission's search for notable properties

Columbia's Historic Preservation Commission is accepting nominations for its 12th annual list of most notable properties. Owners of chosen sites are awarded a certificate and plaque and are invited to a gala Feb. 2 at The Tiger Hotel.

Man sentenced to eight years in prison for possession of child pornography

An investigation by the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force found more than 6,000 images and 300 videos of child pornography on the man's computer. He pleaded guilty in July to two counts of possession of child pornography.

City Council, departments discuss budget

In the first of three city budget work sessions, Columbia City Council members discussed possible changes to the budget with several city department heads. Areas of proposed adjustment include cuts in social service funding, changes to employee benefits and increased user fees for city services.

Government extends deadline for Cash for Clunkers paperwork

A large number of last-minute application submissions from dealers seeking reimbursement prompted the Transportation Department to extend the deadline to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Ex-official sentenced in Lake of the Ozarks sewage discharge case

Richard Sturgeon, Lake Ozark's former public works director, was fined $5,000 and sentenced to three years' probation.