Search continues for missing Missouri 9-year-old girl

Elizabeth Olten has been missing since Wednesday night. About 70 people are searching the woods west of Jefferson City, while another 70 are investigating leads, according to Cole County Sheriff Greg White.

Clinch credited children with saving his life, therapist testifies

William Clinch had been in a “great depression” before his sister's children were born, even attempting suicide. But life changed for him when his nieces and nephews were around, his former therapist testified Friday.

McCaskill roundtable addresses higher education financial aid reform

Sen. Claire McCaskill heard input from financial aid counselors, parents and students from around Missouri on Friday during a teleconference hosted on the MU campus.

Power sharing not working in Zimbabwe

President Robert Mugabe has shut out Prime Minister Morgan Tsangirai repeatedly during the coalition government.

Greek organizations prepare campus decorations for display

Greek organizations have until 4 p.m. Friday to put the finishing touches on campus decorations. A spirit rally will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Burnam and Richmond avenues. Families and alumni can tour Greektown from 6 to 10 p.m.

MU medical school faces probation review

The MU School of Medicine will host members of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education on Tuesday. The meeting will determine if the school's physician residency program should be released from probation it was put on in April for a lack of support staff.

Kansas City art museum gets major American Indian donation

Morton and Estelle Sosland of Kansas City are donating 34 Northwest Coast art objects for the new American Indian galleries at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The galleries are scheduled to open Nov. 11.

DNR official fired over E. coli at beach

Jim Yancey was fired after a beach at the Lake of the Ozarks was left open after two tests in May showed high bacteria. Yancey oversaw bacteria testing at state beaches for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. He worked nearly 25 years at the agency.

Sheriff's Department arrests 3 Columbia men for sex offender violations

Three Columbia men were arrested for violating rules regulating sex offenders.

Two Fire District board members say Florida candidate was more qualified

Shelly Dometrorch and Phyllis Fugit said Kenneth Craft Jr. was more qualified than Scott Olsen to be the Boone County Fire Protection District's next chief because of his education and experience.

UM System curators might expand access to employee e-mail

The University of Missouri System Board of Curators will vote Friday morning on an expansion to systemwide rules that would allow UM employee e-mails to be more easily searched for "legitimate business needs."

AIG executive visits MU to discuss financial crisis

David Herzog, an MU alumnus and executive for the American International Group, talked about how AIG was effected last year by the financial crisis.

One person dies in fire at Macon

Fire was too heavy for firefighters to enter the house.

Missouri drivers urged to use caution during deer mating season

The state Department of Conservation is urging drivers to be alert for deer darting in front of vehicles unexpectedly during deer mating season, which is October through December.

Missouri health director suspends flu vaccine law

Health director Margaret Donnelly suspended a law requring mercury-free vaccines for children younger than 3 and pregnant women because of a shortage of swine flu vaccines that don't contain a mercury-based preservative.

Lawsuit claiming Springfield woman's monkey is service animal rejected

Debby Rose of Springfield had sued the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, CoxHealth hospital and a Springfield Walmart because she wasn't allowed to take the monkey into the businesses. The judge ruled that the monkey was not a service animal.

Missouri agritourism becomes big business

The agritourism industry has seen an increase in popularity in the last decade. The recent popularity has been attributed to a growing desire among consumers for local products instead of products sold in supermarkets.

COMMENT: 10 things that make Texas a bad homecoming opponent

For a school that claims to have invented homecoming, Missouri really botched this one. Here's 10 reasons why Texas was a bad choice for a homecoming guest.

Veteran cornerback Gettis finds confidence to speak up

When other Missouri football players were struggling to make their target times, Carl Gettis channeled his off-the-field outgoing side to motivate his teammates.

Despite injury, Gabbert expects to spur offense for MU football team

Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert sprained his right ankle Oct. 8 against Nebraska, but he said he feels healthy going into the team's game Saturday night against No. 3 Texas. Gabbert threw five interceptions in the last two games, which were both Tiger losses.