$800 million bond measure in Missouri House likely tabled

House Speaker Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said Thursday he doesn’t plan to assign a committee to consider the measure. This action will probably kill the $800 million bond issue, which would be used to finance the construction and renovation of higher education buildings in the state.

DEAR READER: Journalists have more work to do on 'fake pot' story

A lot of claims have been made so far about K2, but few have been substantiated.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Should the state ban K2 or wait until more information about its effects becomes available?

Sen. Kurt Schaefer's concern about the effects of K2, the synthetic drug similar to marijuana, prompted him to introduce a bill making the substance illegal. However, others are not certain that the substance's effects are harmful.

Ex-smoker hopefuls plug in to 'e-cigs'

It's not clear if there are health risks with the "e-cigarette," but some smokers say they're using the device to quit altogether.

Missouri men's basketball team has shot at NCAA Tournament

This season's Missouri men's basketball team has plenty of holes in its NCAA Tournament resume, but ESPN's Pat Forde thinks the Tigers will earn a bid.

Another winter storm takes aim at Missouri

Accumulating snow, sleet and rain are forecast for parts of the state from Saturday into early Monday.

The Week in Pictures, Feb. 13-19: Olympics, Carnival and Ash Wednesday

The best images of the week as selected by the Missourian Photo Department. This week includes photos from the Polar Plunge in Columbia; coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia; Carnival celebrations in Brazil and Ash Wednesday services back in Missouri; and other images from around the state, nation and world.

LETTER: Columbia residents speak up against hatred

Residents came out to support the Heartland Men's Chorus of Kansas City despite the tirades of Westboro Baptist Church.

Few return for Missouri baseball team

After struggling to meet expectations with a experienced team last season, the Missouri baseball team enters this season with lots of new faces and plenty of questions.  

Catcher shows poise for MU softball team

Junior catcher Megan Christopher has emerged as one of the vocal leaders for the Missouri softball team, and she has served as a calming force.

MU women's basketball team struggles with strength of Big 12

The Missouri women's basketball team plays in one of the toughest conferences in the country. Seven teams are ranked in the AP Top 25 and nine are projected to be in the NCAA Tournament.

Missouri baseball drops opener

Rock Bridge senior sits out final home game after arrest

Rock Bridge senior Logan Parks sits out the Senior Night game against Helias.

PHOTO GALLERY: Day 2 of MHSAA wrestling

Rock Bridge and Hickman high school wrestlers compete MSHSAA state wrestling tournament.

Hickman freshman wrestler makes it to state finals

After defeating Central’s Josh Phillips 3-1 in the semifinals, all that stands in the way of Cox and a state championship is Lafayette’s Andrew Early, an opponent that Cox defeated twice earlier this season, 5-2 and 6-3.

Shire sets career high in Missouri gymnastics loss to Oklahoma

Missouri posted its third-highest score of the season, but it wasn't enough to beat No. 2 -ranked Oklahoma, who prevailed 197.05-195.5.

Fire station public art fosters community togetherness

Williams's art was selected because he considered in his design the people and the aesthetics of the neighborhood.

Columbia police reopen investigation of alleged officer misconduct

Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton has admitted that his department mismanaged a filed complaint that an officer threw a man to the ground.

Missouri social services could suffer budget cuts

A proposed $60 million in state spending cuts would affect domestic violence shelters, crisis pregnancy centers, maternity homes and federally qualified health care centers.

Chamber of Commerce champions City Council candidates

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce has endorsed three council candidates. This is the first time the chamber has endorsed candidates for a city election.