UPDATE: Nixon warns of more higher-education budget cuts

Gov. Jay Nixon and Missouri's budget director told leaders of the state's colleges and universities they should be prepared to tighten their belts even further.

Practice pace different for MU kickers

During the Missouri football team's busiest preseason practices, Tigers kickers Grant Ressel, Matt Grabner, Trey Barrow and Christian Brinser spend 30 minutes on the field in special teams drills. The rest of the time, coaches count on them to improve on their own.

Literacy Action Corps looks to increase volunteers

Literary Action Corps of Columbia uses one-on-one tutoring to help adult students reach goals.

COLUMN: Polarized debate does nothing productive for our nation

People who spread uninformed opinions are detrimental to harmony in society.

Record-breaking number of freshmen move into residence halls

About 2,000 freshmen — a fraction of the record-breaking 5,500 who will live in the residence halls this year — began moving in this week.

City Council limits who can appeal to police review board

Appellants to the Police Review Board must now be an alleged victim, personally connected to an alleged victim, a witness to alleged misconduct or a resident of Boone County.

Blagojevich guilty on just 1 count; retrial expected

The former Illinois governor is convicted of one count lying to federal agents. A mistrial is expected on the remaining 23 counts.

Local engineering firm seeks new sources for biodiesel

A Columbia engineering firm is using a $50,000 state grant to see if unwanted oil and grease at sewage plants can be converted into biofuel.

MU rises in Sierra Magazine's 'green' college ranks

MU's Columbia campus was recently ranked 116 out of 164 participating colleges in Sierra Magazine’s 2010 Cool Schools green colleges index, earning the university a spot on the most improved list.

MU students and professors receive prestigious grants

A $200,000 grant from the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science will allow six professors to continue their research.

Missouri River 340 team raises money for hospital

Team Beauties and Barnacles, made up of 21 paddlers, will make the trek from Kansas City to St. Charles in an orange dragon boat. The boat and paddles will be donated to an inner-city youth paddling program in Cincinnati.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Should corporations be required to disclose political contributions?

A contribution by Target Corp. to a group that supports a politician opposed to gay rights has sparked renewed controversy over corporations' political contributions.

GUEST COLUMN: A complete fair experience

There are a lot of champion-grade livestock to see at the Missouri State Fair, but the real attractions are the 4-H and FFA exhibitors — they are the ones who care for the livestock.

PHOTO GALLERY: Students show off dorm essentials

Missourian staffers searched MU residence halls Tuesday to find out what dorm room staples students couldn't live without.

Finalists for Arch grounds' makeover unveiled

An international competition to redesign the Gateway Arch grounds in St. Louis moves ahead with the unveiling of five proposals to reshape the downtown riverfront.

Salmonella cases linked to eggs in seven states, including Missouri

State health officials say seven salmonella cases in Minnesota have been linked to a multistate egg recall. Missouri is one of the states affected.

Columbia man pleads guilty to possessing child porn

Max John Boneta, 50, faces up to 14 years in prison.

Grandfather drowns in southeast Missouri lake

Authorities say a 68-year-old man drowned in southeast Missouri's Wappapello Lake after jumping into the water to see if it was shallow enough for his granddaughter.

KC jazz master Ahmad Alaadeen dies at 76

Ahmad Alaadeen a native of Kansas City who played with jazz icons across the country, has died at the age of 76.

14 arrested at Honeywell construction site in Kansas City

At the construction site of a plant that will make parts for nuclear arms, 75 people locked arms and marched onto the excavation site.