Good reasons for Missouri-Big Ten rumors

There are several good reasons why Missouri would be a good candidate for joining the Big Ten if the conference decides to expand.

Coach Gary Pinkel appears in motorcycle safety awareness ads

Motorcycle deaths declined dramatically in Missouri and across the nation in 2009. MU football coach and motorcycle enthusiast Gary Pinkel has teamed up with the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety to keep the focus on motorcycle safety.

Preparation for IBM's coming kicks into high gear

City Council announced Monday a deal with IBM to bring a new service center to Columbia. The deal could create close to 800 new jobs and boost the city's economy by $44 million per year in payroll dollars.

Paying back society: prison sentence plus room and board

When Missouri's inmates are released after their time served, the state has the ability to charge them for their stay in prison. Some inmates believe this isn't a fair deal and are fighting the law.

LETTER: Put the memorial back in Memorial Day

Take a moment to honor the veterans who have fought for our freedom.

LETTER: Animals are innocent, deserve our protection

We have a duty to protect the innocent but not the ignorant.

DEAR READER: Newspapers are hardly washed up

Advertising revenue and print circulation may be down, but reports that many newspapers would go out of business has been proven false.

High E. coli levels found at 4 Missouri beaches

High levels of E. coli bacteria have been found  at the beaches in Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Crowder State Park, Mark Twain State Park and Pomme de Terre State park.

Weather service updates flood watch

Boone County is under a flash flood watch until Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service said.

Neosho man chats with stranger online, gets home invaded

Investigators say a home invasion in rural southwest Missouri rural might have resulted from an online chat between the victim and one of the robbers.

Washington University professor dumped from oil spill team over writings

Physics professor Jonathan Katz was one of five top scientists chosen by the Department of Energy to work on a solution to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. However, he has been removed from the group because some of his website postings defend homophobia and question the value of racial diversity efforts.

Car crashes into house on Bethel Church Road

A 21-year-old Columbia woman was arrested on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, resisting a lawful detention and careless and imprudent driving involving an accident.

Unattended cooking oil cause of fire Gatehouse Apartments

The fire caused an estimated $1,000 worth of damage. There were no injuries.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Should the downtown noise ordinance have been changed?

Monday's vote prohibits noise from extending beyond 300 feet during day and evening hours, with tighter restrictions for late-night and early morning hours.

Residents meet with sustainability manager to discuss energy

Barbara Buffaloe, Columbia's new sustainability manager, detailed her plans to make the city more energy efficient during a meeting with city residents Tuesday night.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rukus Ball rides raise money for gifted program

A fundraiser for the Columbia Public Schools' gifted program Tuesday evening involved taking rides in a Rukus Ball at Cosmo-Bethel Park. Even Superintendent Chris Belcher took a turn. 

Missouri auditor documents open government issues

Auditor have discovered several issues with Missouri Sunshine Law compliance found in 59 audits in 2008 and 2009.

Missouri officials traveled world at others' expense

State officials spent nearly $37,000 on job-related trips around the world in 2009. Missouri law requires that they release a finance report each May.

UPDATE: Missouri auto dealer pleads guilty to aiding al-Qaida

A Kansas City auto parts dealer has pleaded guitly for financially supporting al-Qaida. He faces up to 65 years in prison without parole.

Missouri's next casino should be licensed by September

A new casino license will be handed out Sept. when the President Casino in St. Louis closes its doors by July 1.