VIDEO: Woodcarvers meet at Senior Center to practice skills

The Mid-Missouri Woodcarvers Association meet every Tuesday and Thursday at the Senior Center to work on their woodcarving skills. Each carver has a different theme to his or her work.

Missouri lawmakers approve $23.3 billion spending plan

Despite legislators cutting more than $480 million from Gov. Jay Nixon's proposed budget, it is still bigger than last year's budget.

Wellness Resource Center holds first MU farmers market

MU hosted its first farmers market of 2010 on Thursday on Lowry Mall. For the first time, MU’s Wellness Resource Center is sponsoring a series of six farmers markets on campus, bringing locally grown products to college students.

UPDATE: Missouri senators strip funding for Ellis Fischel Cancer Center

A Missouri Senate committee removed funding for construction of a new Ellis Fischel Cancer Center in Columbia. The money would have come from the federal recovery package designed to reimburse the state for highway construction. Last year, the legislature approved money for the cancer center project, but the money has never come through.

Missouri Senate committee strikes down funding for cancer center

The Missouri Senate Appropraitions Committee voted 10-1 against spending $31 million to build a replacement for the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center

Students plead guilty to littering in cotton ball incident at Black Culture Center

Zachary Tucker, 21, and Sean Fitzgerald, 19, were sentenced to two years unsupervised probation.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Do you think funding for Ellis Fischel should be a bigger priority?

Funds to build a new facility for Ellis Fischel were cut once again. Senators say it would benefit a greater number of people if the money is spent on other projects.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Should red-light cameras be banned in Missouri?

On Monday, the Missouri Senate passed an amendment to an omnibus transportation bill with a 23-8 roll call vote.  This amendment would ban the use of red light cameras throughout the state. 

COLUMN: Earth Day polarizes, while Arbor Day offers nonpartisan celebration

Four decades after the original Earth Day, the political issue of environmentalism still has the ability to divide people.

Rock Bridge pitcher adapts since performing in Little League World Series

In 2006, Ryan Phillips was a 5-foot-6 12-year-old who could throw a fastball in the 70s. Now, he is a 16-year-old starting pitcher on the Rock Bridge varsity baseball team with a 6-0 record.

GUEST COLUMNIST: Muslims should be challenging instances of Islamophobia

Educated people all around the world see Muslims as nothing more than terrorists. This is made obvious through offensive depictions of the prophet Mohammed that are made to be laughed at. If no one speaks up against Islamophobia, the future will only hold more misery for the next generation of Muslims.

COLUMN: Religion shouldn't define Missouri's new women's basketball coach

New women's basketball coach Robin Pingeton is already being unfairly criticized for her Christian affiliations. 

Pitcher goes the distance for Columbia College softball team

Columbia College junior pitcher Valerie Teter is used to throwing both games of doubleheaders. The Cougars are used to her winning.  

Freshman gets first start in Missouri softball team's victory

Freshman Ashlie Ortega usually gets playing time pinch running or pinch hitting in games where the Tigers have comfortable leads. Thursday, in a 5-0 win over Central Methodist, she got her first start after a good effort in batting practice.

Missouri House approves legislation revising school funding

The Missouri House voted 82-67 to extend the phase-in period of the current funding formula for distributing basic aid to school districts.

Former Boonville priest indicted on sodomy charges

The sexual abuse charges against the Rev. Gerald Howard, formerly known as Carmen Sita, stem from crimes alleged to have occurred between 1983 and 1988.

MU band ensemble back in Columbia after touring China

The MU Symphonic Wind Ensemble returns to Missouri after touring China where they played six concerts. The tour was partially sponsored by the U.S.-China Cultural Foundation.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri has a smart approach to drunk driving

Simply incarcerating DWI offenders isn't enough. These offenders must be held accountable for their actions, but they also must be given intensive long-term alcohol treatment.

Initial 2010 census numbers equal those of 2000, likely to exceed

Boone County is on par with the national average of first round census numbers.

Health care policy expert explains reform law

The presentation explained who the major winners and losers are under the new law.