Former CEO of United Management Inc. sentenced to 5 years in investment fraud plan

Craig F. Swoboda also was ordered to pay $2.4 million in restitution.

Former state Sen. Jeff Smith begins prison sentence

Smith pleaded guilty to charges of obstruction of justice in August.

Report: Missouri clinics face insurance payment delays

The state insurance department surveyed 69 hospitals and found more than $500 million in outstanding claims, more than a quarter of which had been unpaid for at least 90 days.

Missouri Gov. Nixon outlines business incentive plan

The "Missouri First" initiative would allow the Department of Economic Development to exceed normal tax credit caps for established Missouri businesses that chose to expand. Gov. Nixon said current tax incentives often make no distinction between longtime Missouri employers and out-of-state companies looking to relocate.

Battleship Missouri coming out of drydock

The former USS Missouri, now a museum known as the Battleship Missouri Memorial, has been undergoing maintenance and repairs since October.

NASA chooses 3 finalists for $650M space mission

One of the finalists is a team of researchers based at Washington University in St. Louis. Their proposed mission would send a lander to the Moon to collect samples.

Contracts down: Is housing headed for double-dip?

The National Association of Realtors said its seasonally adjusted index of sales contracts fell 16 percent from October to November, ending nine months of gains. In October, buyers raced to get contracts signed in time to take advantage of a tax credit for first-time homeowners.

Google begins selling Nexus One, a 'super' mobile phone

The Nexus One joins about 20 other mobile devices that already run on Android, the mobile operating system that Google introduced in 2007 to make it easier to connect to its services and other Web sites away from home or the office.

GUEST COMMENTARY: MU leading the way in alternative energy

MU won't eliminate coal use overnight, Chancellor Brady Deaton says, but the campus has made considerable steps in that direction.

2 suspects in Mohler family sex case appear in court

Jared Mohler of Columbia pleaded not guilty to charges of sexually abusing children. A March trial date was set for his father.

UPDATE: Missouri might have to cut more from budget

Revised figures released Monday predict tax revenues for fiscal year 2010 will be 6.4 percent less than the previous year, which means officials might have to cut an additional $200 million from the state budget.

Columbia College women's basketball team streaks to 12th win

The Columbia College women's basketball team earned its 12th straight victory Monday night with a 74-44 win at McPherson (Kan.) College.

Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary has its first day of school

The new school's students, who moved from Field Elementary, found a bigger building with updated technology and contemporary design.

Hickman wins at Rolla girls basketball tournament

The Hickman girls basketball team ran past Newburg 63-44 on Monday at the Rolla tournament.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Are digital 3D movie tickets worth the extra cost?

MU, Navy band officials: Clash of songs just a misunderstanding

Football fans clashed online over the weekend in a verbal brawl about conflicting band performances after the Texas Bowl.


City, college plan work on Range Line Street

The city of Columbia and Columbia College have drafted a collaborative plan for improving a section of Range Line Street along the college campus north of Rogers Street. The project, if approved, would cost a total of about $1.2 million.

How to handle the week's bitter cold

Public officials and an auto mechanic offer advice for meeting some of the challenges created by single-digit temperatures.

Stephens and Cosmo-Bethel Parks open for skating and ice fishing

The parks are open for ice skating and fishing respectively, but note the safety guidelines.

Missouri revenue expected to fall 6.4 percent in 2010

Gov. Jay Nixon and legislative leaders released their joint estimates Monday.