Texas decision to stay in Big 12 pleases Missouri officials

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton and Missouri Athletics Director Mike Alden both said they were pleased with the news Monday night out of Austin, Texas.

Texas statement says it will stay in Big 12

Shortly after Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott said that Texas turned down an offer to join the Pac-10 athletic conference, the Longhorns issued a statement saying it would "continue competing in the Big 12."

Columbia School District steers summer school

After contracting with EdisonLearning in the past, Columbia Public Schools decided to expand summer electives and write its own curriculum.

UPDATE: Missouri keeps only 5 agents to check 12,000 liquor licenses

The Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control's budget dropped from $2.8 million to $1.7 million leaving only five agents to monitor more than 12,000 liquor license holders.

Unique courses help students focus in summer school

Unlike traditional lesson plans, summer school classes at Fairview Elementary involve plenty of movement and hands-on activities for children.

COLUMN: Faith for the marginalized at the intersection of thinking and believing

If we believe that God loves everyone, how can we think it's OK to exclude people from positions within the church based on sexual orientation?

Columbia School Board considers 25-cent increase of school lunch prices

Columbia School Board will decide whether to increase the price of school lunches for the 2010-11 school year.

UPDATE: Columbia Star Dinner Train might start service in August

Central State Rail might begin service of the Columbia Star Dinner Train in August, pending Columbia City Council approval.

Missouri unemployment rate dips to 9.3 percent in May

The Department of Economic Development said Monday that unemployment in Missouri stood at 9.3 percent in May, down from 9.5 percent in April.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Is Obama's response to the Gulf crisis too little, too late?

President Obama's weekend pledge to step up the national response to the Gulf oil spill comes more than seven weeks after the crisis began. The pledge follows a good deal of criticism for his administration's lackluster response to the disaster.

Columbia Board of Education passes 2010-11 budget

With a 5-1 vote, the Columbia Board of Education passed the 2010-11 budget. This will lead to cuts of $5.6 million and 79 positions.

Man walking in center of Interstate 70 hit by truck, killed

Two passengers in the truck were taken to University Hospital with moderate injuries.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: How much did universities spend on athletics?

This report shows a snapshot of individual universities' spending on athletics in 2006.

Tradition of complimentary alcohol fading in casinos

A new Ohio law bans complimentary cocktails in the state's newly legalized casinos. This makes Ohio the fourth Midwestern state to forbid complimentary alcohol.

Missouri development group: Turn I-70 near Arch into boulevard

The group, City to River, believes removing the interstate from downtown would make room for new buildings, create an area more attractive to the travel industry and give new life to stalled developments such as the Bottle District.

Missouri closes campground because of flooding fears

The Department of Natural Resources closed Big Lake State Park on Monday and says it will remain closed at least through Thursday. The park itself remains open for day use. Cabins that sit at higher elevations also remain open

Flag Day in St. Louis: 75 new citizens

The mass naturalization service for about 75 new citizens was Monday in the rotunda of the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis.

More than 100 dogs taken from Missouri property

The Humane Society of Missouri, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Miller County Sheriff's Department removed the dogs on Monday. The dogs were taken to the Humane Society headquarters in St. Louis for care.

Police: Missouri prisoner's death apparent suicide

St. Francois County deputies found the body of 38-year-old Frederick Brandon on Wednesday after other inmates notified staff. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Dinner train might serve Columbia by August

The train would run to and from Centralia on Friday and Saturday for dinner and on Sunday for brunch.