Yes EU can: Why Americans should understand the European Union

At a time when Barack Obama is preparing for his administration's first summit with the EU, it's important to remember just how tightly America's prosperity is tied to that of our neighbors across the Atlantic, and what a significant role they play in the global economy.

UPDATE: MU freshman dies Monday

MU freshman Tracy Fisher collapsed and died Monday morning at College Avenue and Rollins Street. The cause of her death is unknown.

The Beat: Addressing MU faculty concerns

Columbia Missourian reporter Ben Wieder talks about issues facing the university and the upcoming faculty meeting with Chancellor Brady Deaton.

MU student collapses and dies

An 18-year-old female MU student collapsed and died Monday morning, MU police Capt. Brian Weimer said.

State, defense differ on motive in Clinch murder trial

In their opening statements Monday in the murder trial of William Clinch, the state and defense offered drastically different explanations for what led Clinch to shoot his former brother-in-law to death.

Bluebird Festival winds down Saturday

The closing day of the Bluebird Music and Arts Festival brought together the old and new sounds of the Midwest.

Rock Bridge golfers in fifth after first day of state tournament.

Bruins senior Kayla Burri, who finished tied for 24th place at last year's state tournament, is in a tie for fourth after posting an 80 on Monday.

Columbia Farmers' Market gets some $57,000 from USDA

The grant is intended to assist in encouraging participation in the federal Food Stamp Program. Caroline Todd, the market's manager, said the money will help launch a campaign to advocate the market’s ability to accept Electronic Benefit Transfer cards, which act as debit cards for food stamp benefits.

Columbia College volleyball team shuts down Missouri Valley

The Columbia College volleyball team earned its 23rd win of the season.

Beginnings: Bending, shaping iron to fit the horse's hoof

Travis Smith of Columbia is a farrier. Farriers help ensure that a horse has a strong foundation. It's physical, demanding work that requires a deep understanding of both iron and horses.

Five injured after accident on Paris Road

 It is unclear what caused the accident near the northbound on-ramp to U.S. 63.

MoDOT worker walks to encourage work zone safety

Jim Feeney, a Missouri Department of Transportation crew leader, is walking 87.2 miles on the Katy Trail to raise money for a memorial honoring transportation workers killed at work.

Ribbon-cutting Monday to highlight energy from Jefferson City landfill

Gas from the landfill is being piped to a facility where it is used to create energy purchased by Columbia Water and LIght.

Bass Pro lays off half-dozen workers at headquarters

The workers laid off worked on designing new stores in Bass Pro Shop's design and development office. Bass Pro Shops Manager Larry Whiteley said the company isn't currently building stores because of the economy.

Excelsior Springs dog kennel destroyed by fire

Excelsior Springs fire officials are trying to determine what caused the fire that destroyed the Tails B Waggin kennel and an adjoining thrift store, Meet the Need. All 16 dogs in the kennel were rescued.

Families left without home after suburban St. Louis apartment fire

The fire happened Sunday morning at the River Crest Apartments in Shrewsbury, outside St. Louis, after a blanket was too close to a space heater, leading the evacuation of about 50 people. No one was injured.

Missouri woman spins yarn from her farm

A Smithton woman spins her own yarn from fibers collected from animals on her farm. She began with fur from her two Great Pyrenees dogs.

MU's Tate and Switzler halls prepare for renovations

The $14 million renovations, funded by bonds the UM System issued, are scheduled to be completed by July 2011. The renovations are funded by bonds the University of Missouri System issued that total more than $332 million. Of that amount, $35 million was allocated for “critical repairs, renovations and adaptations” of buildings throughout the system, according to a UM System news release.

Colleges offering video game courses and degrees

This year, 254 of the nation's colleges and universities in 37 states have such programs, up 27 percent over the year before. According to the Entertainment Software Association, which monitors the game industry, video-game design is the fastest-growing industry in this country.

Today's Question: Must a threat be 'imminent' to justify deadly force as self-defense?

William Clinch said he acted in self-defense when he shot and killed his former brother-in-law. His trial this week revolves around the imminence of the threat he perceived.