Missouri softball player goes from farm to field

Missouri junior infielder Abby Vock is only hitting .087 this season, but her defensive ability and her gritty playing style keep her on the field.

It's not surprising that Abby Vock's teammates voted the junior infielder the Missouri softball team's Hardest Worker after the 2009 season. She has been developing her work ethic since age 8 when she took on her first chores as a member of a hard-working farm family.

COLUMN: Anti-health care mood reflection of Republican ignorance

With Republican leaders challenging the constitutionality of the health care bill, approving a bill to prohibit purchasing of insurance that covers abortion and refusing to reign in preditory lendors, ignorance in Congress is everywhere.

COLUMN: Missouri should form Futures Commission with eyes on 2030

Missouri Senate created a Web site for submitting ideas on how to change state government. The project, called Rebooting Government, has received some ideas concerning the state budget.

COLUMN: Eliminating front license plates would cost money, not save it

Removing front license plates would not be cost effective because there are $1.4 million worth of license plates and tags already in stock. Plus, the red-light cameras would have to be reworked, so they could function without a front license plate.

Columbia representatives split on omnibus House judiciary bill

The House passed a crime bill Wednesday, which covers a range of topics including adoption records and guns, as well as an expansion of the "Castle Doctrine." The Columbia delegation was split, with two for and one opposed.


Missouri gymnastics prepares for Big 12 Championship meet

While the Tigers gymnastics team acknowledges near misses over the past two years, that hasn’t affected its confidence heading into the 2010 Big 12 Championship meet at 2 p.m. Saturday in Lincoln.

Candidate forum helps prepare voters for election

The forum, held by the League of Women Voters and The Eagle KSSZ/93.9 FM, featured both mayoral and Council candidates.

Columbia mayoral, City Council candidates espouse campaign issues

As the Columbia City Council and mayoral election season winds down, candidates take advantage of last chances to outline platforms.

Keep Columbia Free coalition toughens anti-camera campaign

The coalition filed to be an official campaign committee and has joined forces with local groups and community members to oppose the installation of surveilance cameras downtown.

Power lunch participants discuss Columbia's future

Mayor and city council members talk about how to better serve the city.

Downtown stakeholders discuss safety recommendations at Downtown Safety Summit forum

Business owners gave feedback to the Downtown Safety Summit on how downtown can be improved.

House committee passes new ethics bill

The House Ethics Committee approved a bill that would reform ethics regulations in the legislature. It includes a provision to place a limit on campaign contributions, which was removed from an ethics bill passed by the Senate.


Owner of Harpo's downtown bar sells after 39 years

Two MU alumni purchased the Columbia staple earlier this month.

Some flooding along Mississippi, Missouri rivers in Midwest

Flooding occurred on Thursday in parts of Missouri, including near some state highways in western Missouri and from St. Louis south to Cape Girardeau.

Missouri House passes budget after cutting more than $200 million

The $23 billion state budget has been sent to the Senate, where additional cuts might be made.

Missouri regulators gauge interest in casino license

With St. Louis' President Casino to close its doors by July 1, the Missouri Gaming Commission is testing the water for licensing a new riverboat casino.

Missouri legislature tries again to create stimulus oversight comittee

Legislation passed Thursday to create a bicameral committee to monitor Missouri's federal stimulus money.

Missouri senators seek more spinal cord researchers

The Missouri Senate passed legislation Thursday to increase the maximum size of MU spinal cord research grants by 500 percent.

Two Missouri House members restrained during budget debate

The dispute grew to involve more House members.

Hospital leaders say Boone Hospital tower will alter Columbia's skyline

Boone Hospital Center installed a new tower top beam on Wednesday and celebrated Thursday morning. The tower is scheduled to be completed in mid-2011.