The Beat: Chris Belcher's first 100 days as school superintendent

Columbia Missourian education editor Liz Brixey and reporter Hayley Tsukayama take a look at Chris Belcher's early days in office in audio interview.

If Obama gets a Nobel ... then maybe other dreams can come true, too

The Nobel Foundation probably jumped the gun in awarding the Peace Prize to President Barack Obama, but, maybe it's a sign that other hard-sought goals could be accommodated on a short track, too.

UPDATE: Veteran jailed after arrested with gun at Illinois VA hospital

An army specialist was arrested after he threatened to shoot people at a hospital in southern Illinois.

Another GOP senator open to health care overhaul

Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins announced her support for health care reform, joining fellow Republican, Sen. Olympia Snowe. So far, such legislation has garnered almost all of its support from Democrats.

World War II's Missouri heads toward major refurbishment

The USS Missouri, which was the site of Japan's surrender in World War II, was moved Wednesday to a dry dock to be refurbished.  The restoration will cost $18 million.

Missouri women's volleyball team loses at Kansas State

The loss left the Tigers at 12-7 overall and 4-4 in Big 12 Conference play.

Rock Bridge tennis rolls into sectionals

The Rock Bridge girls tennis team advanced to the sectional round of the Class 2 state tournament with a 6-0 victory over Rolla.

Bar fight over jukebox music leads to stabbing

Police say a fight between two men over what music to play on a bar jukebox resulted in a stabbing.

'The Sacred Feminine' transcends history at art and archaeology exhibit

The MU Museum of Art and Archaeology is displaying the exhibit "The Sacred Feminine, Prehistory to Postmodernity" through Dec. 24. The exhibit offers challenges and contradictions in art and scholarship in respect to women's religious roles in history.

Overturned vehicle in Harmony Creek

Columbia firefighters responded Wednesday to an overturned vehicle in Harmony Creek. The accident resulted in minor injuries to the driver of a white two-door Honda Accord and minor oil spillage, a spokesman for the Fire Department said.

Sending more troops to Afghanistan might cause loss of goodwill

Public opinion is what brought the Korean and Vietnam wars to an end, and this might happen with the war in Afghanistan. Our president and those in Congress who support this war might be looking for new jobs if they go against public opinion.

Hallsville man charged on suspicion of drug possession, resisting arrest

A Hallsville man was arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of drug possession and resisting arrest.

Veteran arrested with loaded handgun outside Illinois VA hospital, jailed

An Army veteran remains in a jail after after threatening to use a loaded handgun to fill a Marion, Ill. Veterans Affairs hospital with lead last Thursday.

Retail sales fall 1.5 percent as clunker cash wears off

Retail sales declined 1.5 percent in September, better than the predicted 2.1 percent decline but still worse than any drop since December. Much of the drop can be explained by a 10.4 percent plunge in auto sales once the Cash for Clunkers program ended.

Biden to visit St. Louis Thursday

Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak at the St. Louis County Police and Fire Training Center to discuss federal funds being used to create jobs and aid law enforcement. Tickets are available to the public from noon to 3 p.m. today at the training center.

Former DNR deputy director regrets E. coli delay

Former DNR Deputy Director Joe Bindbeutel said he regrets the delay in the release of the E. coli levels from the Lake of the Ozarks because it has become a distraction for the department. He told state Senate investigators there was no public risk and the department was working to fix the problem.

Eighth person charged in fatal robbery attempt

Twenty-five-year-old Tommy L. Hawkins III, of Kansas City, was charged Tuesday with second-degree felony murder, first-degree robbery and armed criminal action. The charges stem from the robbery attempt at Jefferson City mobile home on Oct. 5 which resulted in one robber's death.

Former Kansas City CEO sentenced in child porn case

Ronald E. Elmquist, a 63-year-old millionaire and former Kansas City-area CEO, has been fined and sentenced to 30 months in prison for attempting to possess Internet child pornography.

State insurance department nears $11 million returned in complaint cases

The Missouri insurance department said it has helped return almost $11 million to consumers filing complaints about insurers through the first nine months of the year.

Central Missouri University to replace president

University of Central Missouri President Aaron Pololefsky has officially gained "lame duck" status until next summer, as the school's board of governers has declined to renew his contract, despite a show of faculty support for the president. The board did not give a reason for their decision.