Heavy task faces freshman Missouri men's basketball player

Missouri's John Underwood drives past Texas-Pan American's Ben Smith in a November game at Mizzou Arena. Underwood, a 6-foot-9 freshman forward, weighed just 198 pounds when he arrived at MU.

John Underwood, a freshman forward on the Missouri men's basketball team, gorges himself every day to fill out his thin 6-foot-9 inch, 208-pound frame.

LETTER: Further thoughts on remedial math education

Although there are problems with math education, it is important to remember that everyone concerned is trying to make the system better.

VA's experience illustrates virtues of electronic medical records

 In the 1990s, the Veterans Health Administration developed an electronic record-keeping system designed to improve patient safety and eliminate error. The system has continually been called one of the best in the country. A closer look at the VA's system provides clues to how the switch to digital would affect patient care in other hospitals and doctors' offices.

COLUMN: Politicians blind to changing population

Global warming, Nobel Peace Prizes, Tiger Woods are topics I'll leave to others, but I do worry about politicians who ignore the changing beliefs of the public.

COLUMN: A few suggestions to improve college football

Electronic replays are unnecessary second-guessing of officials that cause both the team and the fans to lose momentum. Also, criticisms of the Big 12 for allowing bowl committees to bypass MU's football team are juvenile.

Missouri athletics changes radio coverage

A new agreement announced Tuesday changes the radio stations that will broadcast Missouri football, men’s basketball and coaches shows.

Assessment Resource Center has all the answers for MU

The Assessment Resource Center processes all the scantrons that students fill out at MU. Finals weeks are among the busiest for the center.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Is a new law limiting tarmac time for domestic aircraft good enough?

On a tight schedule of holiday traveling, the last thing a passenger wants to deal with is a delay. A new U.S. law announced Monday says airlines will no longer be allowed to leave a passenger-filled plane on the tarmac for more than three hours.

'Invisible bracelet' stores health information, emergency contacts

Ambulance crews nationwide are encouraging people to sign up for the iBracelet, a Web-based medical ID system that helps medics learn a patient's health history and notify next-of-kin via e-mail or text message if that person is heading to the hospital.

Pescaglia brothers return to Hickman wrestling

Brothers Tony, K.C., and Vince Pescaglia were all standout wrestlers for Hickman. Now that they are all students at MU, they have returned to the Kewpies as assistant coaches.

MU's James Cook receives NFL grant to research meniscus diagnostic technique

The NFL gave a $120,000 grant to James Cook, a veterinarian and director of the Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory at MU. The grant takes affect in January and allows Cook to research methods of diagnosing meniscal tears in NFL players.

Pezold enters unorthodox plea

One of two brothers accused of trying to run over several people in a Walmart parking lot told a judge Tuesday that he's guilty and that the court is wasting its time.

New Missouri vehicle inspection law exempts newer cars

Under a new state law, vehicles will not be required to undergo safety inspections until five years after their manufacture date.

Dortch sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder

Grady Dortch has been sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder and an additional 15 years for armed criminal action in connection with the fatal shooting of Miles Heard in November 2008.

Small earthquakes along New Madrid fault not uncommon

Four small quakes have been recorded along the fault line in the past week. No damage has been reported, however.

Five hospitalized in Missouri after responding to suicide

Police say the man used cyanide gas to commit suicide and first responders were exposed to the gas when they arrived to help.

Plains' holiday forecast: white Christmas, tough traveling

A winter storm system moving across the West and Midwest has caused many holiday travelers to adjust their plans.

Many take dim view of new-fangled Christmas lights

Preferring the incandescent light bulb to the newer LEDs, some people are scouring stores for replacements for their holiday displays. The LEDs are more energy efficient despite their increased cost per strand.

Judge rejects 'necessity defense' in Tiller case

Scott Roeder, who has confessed to shooting abortion doctor George Tiller, said it was necessary to save "unborn children."

Home sales surged in November

Home resales last month reached their highest level in nearly three years as buyers raced to complete their sales before Nov. 30, when a tax credit for first-time home buyers was to expire. Congress has since extended the credit.