TODAY'S QUESTION: What is your reaction to Missouri football's Texas Bowl bid?

On Sunday, Missouri football players talked about looking forward to playing against a worthy opponent in an important recruiting area on a major TV network. But many fans are frustrated that several bowl games perceived Missouri as a less valuable participant than had been expected.

Small Columbia businesses concerned about health care reform, increasing costs

Fewer than half of Missouri's small businesses offered health coverage benefits in 2008. In Columbia, small-business owners are watching the progress of health care legislation with some worries about their bottom line.

COLUMN: Take some pride, dress the part

Dress codes aren't mandatory, but people should at least dress presentably.

Missouri women's basketball team gets ugly road win

Jessra Johnson was the lone bright spot in the Missouri women's basketball team's 52-46 victory over Bradley Tuesday night on the road. In a game where the Tigers shot just 27 percent,  Johnson became the 27th player at Missouri to reach the 1,000-point milestone.

Beanie Babies traveling to Iraq and Afghanistan

Elementary schools are competing to see who can bring in the most Beanie Babies to send to children in the war zones.

UPDATE: Bustamante pleads not guilty in Elizabeth Olten slaying

The judge scheduled a Feb. 16 hearing for an update on Bustamante's case.

COLUMN: Better television programming a start to curing society's ills

I’m convinced that as many hours as people spend in front of the set, we would be a less violent society if we had more sensible television fare.

Missouri gymnast makes difference outside gym

Missouri gymnast Allie Heizelman is a leader among student-athletes at MU in community service. Whether visiting children in the hospital or helping out at the food bank, Heizelman is always trying to make a difference.

Embattled former House speaker to leave politics

After being charged with second-degree assault on Tuesday, Rod Jetton has decided to close his political consulting firm.

Hickman girls basketball loses first game

The Kewpies struggled in the first-round of the Blue Springs Tournament, turning over the ball 28 times in a 60-29 loss to Lee Summit.

Hickman wrestling team struggles against Helias

The Hickman wrestling team lost 65-13 to Helias on Tuesday at Hickman. The only Kewpies to win matches were freshmen Alex Shea and J'Den Cox.

Missouri state departments ask for status quo on budgets

State programs testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday to plead their case to retain funding. Missouri faces a budget shortfall of nearly $1 billion.

Stephens basketball team wins fourth straight

The Stephens women's basketball team won its fourth straight game Tuesday with a 53-39 victory over Principia at Silverthorne Arena.

Mid-Missouri Internet crimes unit faces many challenges

The detectives of the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force struggle daily to keep up with a flood of illicit material online and not to lose themselves in a world in which children are constantly victimized.

Senate, House health care proposals compared

A look at how the Senate and House health care bills compare with regard to items in the legislation, including tax credits and health care exchanges.

Ex-Missouri House speaker to close consulting business

Former Missouri House speaker Rod Jetton, who is charged with second-degree assault, plans to close his political consulting business. He was released Tuesday on bond.

Jefferson City man pleads not guilty in double killing

David Russell Hosier pleaded not guilty to a double murder that occurred in September.

Development strategy approved for area near new school

The Columbia City Council voted unanimously Monday night to adopt the first large-scale joint planning project between city and county planning and zoning officials. The Northeast Area Plan will not set policy but will serve as a guide for future land-use decisions near the proposed site of a new Columbia high school.

GRAPHIC: Federal funds requested by city, county

The City Council passed a resolution for a federal funds request on Monday night.

UPDATE: Ex-Missouri House speaker facing assault charge is released on bond

Rod Jetton was released on $2,500 bond Tuesday after he was charged with felony second-degree assault, according to the Cole County Sheriff's Department.