Big Ten commisioner says demographics drive expansion discussion

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany laughs as he talks with the media Tuesday in Chicago at his conference's spring meetings.

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany took questions on Tuesday at his conference's annual spring meetings in Chicago.

COLUMN: Let Burton, Columbia police do their job

Mistakes were made during an ill-fated Feb. 11 SWAT incident, but let's give the man in charge a chance to fix the problems before we criticize.

TODAY'S QUESTION: In what ways do you think Columbia will benefit from a new IBM facility?

The information technology giant is expected to bring 800 jobs to town.

Rock Bridge golfers claim second at state tournament

Rock Bridge finished second Tuesday at the boys golf state tournament, beating third-place DeSmet in a tiebreaker.

Adventure Racing a unique challenge for Columbia pair

Columbia residents Dwayne Miller and Joe Bechtold participate in a sport called adventure racing. It's similar to triathlons except competitors make their own track.

Rock Bridge advances to district soccer championship

The Rock Bridge girls soccer team advanced to the title game of the Class 3, District 9 tournament with a 3-0 victory over tournament host Timberland on Tuesday in Wentzville.

Nixon to cut next year's budget by additional $350 million

The state budget director announced Tuesday that nearly $350 million in additional cuts will be needed for the 2011 fiscal year. Higher education will likely be safe from the cuts because of the tuition-freeze agreement reached in November.

New Panera location in Clayton says pay what you want

Panera Bread Co. has opened a nonprofit store in Clayton where customers are told to donate what they want for a meal.

Robin Carnahan kicks off 'Stop the Bull' tour in Columbia

Carnahan, currently the secretary of state, is running for the U.S. Senate. The tour is to outline her three-point plan for fixing the problems she sees in Washington, D.C.

Smithton student named finalist in Google contest

Stella Pruitt, a sixth-grader at Smithton Middle School, was chosen by Google as a top 40 finalist in a competition to design a Google logo.

Teen charged with armed robbery for February incident

Germion Forrest, 16, has been charged in connection with a Feb. 28 purse-snatching at Forest Village Apartments. The police are still searching for two suspects.

Puri, Tillotson named to Columbia planning commission

Ray Puri and Bill Tillotson won five-year terms on the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission.

LETTER: There is irony in promoting public prayer

The Bible says not to promote prayer in public.

Missouri adds 14,800 jobs in April

Some of the biggest job gains were in sectors for leisure and hospitality, administrative and support services and manufacturing.

COLUMN: Pardon me if I skip the next family event

Here are a few lessons learned from a lifetime of attending weddings, anniversaries, graduations and bridal showers.

City Council to hold special meeting about IBM deal

The public will have a chance to comment on the "Project Tiger" deal at 6 p.m. Monday.

Missouri lawmakers make case for Super Hornet

Sens. Kit Bond and Claire McCaskill and Reps. Todd Akin and Russ Carnahan want to see the Super Hornet, which is made at a plant in suburban St. Louis, included in the Navy budget.

Missouri launches new university center in Blue Springs

The rented office space is the first step toward a center that will include university research and economic development offices.

Columbia church reports possible money-wiring scam

According to a Columbia Police Department press release, the United Church of Christ might have been a victim of a phone call scam for money.

Residents may now submit applications for Columbia boards and commissions

Openings include the Board of Health, Community Development Commission, Library District Board, the Parks and Recreation Commission and several others. Applications will be accepted until June 4.