LETTER: Not necessary for Pingeton to identify herself as a Christian

Coach Robin Pingeton's remarks identifying her religion and family were unnecessary because the subtle messages that come with those statements can sometimes have unintended consequences.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Should Missouri continue to fund Tour of Missouri?

The Tour of Missouri continues to have funding issues with the state and it leaves the future of the bike race in question.

UPDATE: Law enforcement director says he was fired over anonymous letter

Gary Maddox, who led the Law Enforcement Training Institute at MU Extension for 17 years, says he has been fired based on complaints in an anonymous letter. University officials are saying little.

COLUMN: Don't blame failures in education on our great teachers

The dumbing down of America has been happening for decades and that teachers cannot be expected to clean up the mess by themselves.

COLUMN: Judge's ruling against prayer day is a joke

This continued bickering over the intent and meaning of separation of church and state is mindless and unreasonable among people presumed to be civilized. Although we as the tolerant must also tolerate the intolerant, we should not allow them to make the rules.

Rock Bridge senior named Presidential Scholar

The Columbia Board of Education recognized Alan Hatfield at its meeting on Monday.

Missouri to vote in August on health insurance mandate

The Missouri House gave final approval Tuesday to a ballot measure that aims to let people opt out of the federal health insurance mandate. The referendum makes Missouri the first state to put such a measure to a vote of its residents.

Four more officers to patrol alcohol-related offenses this weekend

The Boone County Sheriff's Department will have four more officers patrolling Boone County to prevent alcohol-related problems among students this graduation weekend.

MU students aim to improve Columbia airport's terminals

MU architecture students presented airport terminal renovation designs to the Columbia Regional Airport advisory board Tuesday. The board is interested in the possibilities that would allow the airport to expand sometime in the future.

National Salvation Army Week reminds Columbia of their message

The organization is holding a sale at its two Columbia thrift stores and an open house at Harbor House, its homeless shelter.

Cole County teen murder suspect can't continue classes

Attorneys for Alyssa Bustamante had asked that the Cole County Sheriff's Office pay for her to enroll in a distance learning program.

Raymore Council OKs councilmen carrying guns to meetings

Raymore City Council has approved a proposal to allow city council members to carry concealed guns during city council meetings. A similar proposal was approved in January but vetoed by the mayor. He has 14 days to veto this proposal as well, but the councilmen have enough votes to override if he does.

Vermue finds home on Missouri women's track team

The Netherlands native has adjusted to life in Missouri with the help of her teammates.

Columbia College softball team earns No. 19 seed at NAIA tournament

Columbia College will open play in the NAIA national softball tournament on May 20 in Decatur, Ala., against No. 11 seed Dickinson (N.D.) State.

MU to introduce car-sharing program

Participants would pay an annual membership fee and an additional fee for each trip.

READ MORE: Will Missouri join Big Ten?

Read more from different sites about the speculation as to whether Missouri will join the Big Ten Conference.

Missouri lawmakers vote to increase research grants

The maximum size of the grants, which are awarded by MU, would increase from $50,000 to $250,000.