Student ride service starts sooner, sets records

STRIPES, the student-run safe-ride organization, gave a record number of rides in its early opening weekend.

Department of Natural Resources director leaves to oversee oil spill funds

Mark Templeton was appointed Monday to take control of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill relief funds. Templeton's resignation from will take effect Wednesday.

Senators, Missouri officials in China to lure freight hub to St. Louis

Missouri officials are attempting to bring a freight transit hub to Lambert Airport in St. Louis.

Cash for showing up? A St. Louis school is trying it

Jefferson Elementary School gained 22 new students after offering a cash incentive.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge softball team rolls

The Rock Bridge softball team beat visiting North Callaway 15-0 Monday to run its record to 6-0.

Missouri's public schools show mediocre national assessment scores

At a meeting for the Missouri Public Education Vision Project on Monday in Jefferson City, Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro revealed Missouri's public school students aren't scoring as well as students in other states.

McAfee seeks another step up for Stephens volleyball

Shane McAfee plans to build on last year's improvements in his second season as head volleyball coach at Stephens College.

UPDATE: MU tailback Derrick Washington officially charged, arraignment scheduled

A Boone County prosecutor said the decision to charge MU football player Derrick Washington with a felony was reached after an investigation into allegations that he  sexually assaulted a 23-year-old woman in June at the Campus View apartment complex.

Gov. Nixon appoints acting director at Department of Natural Resources

The governor's choice, Kip Stetzler, held several positions in the administration previously.

Nonprofits, businesses must file reports by Tuesday

Annual reports from nonprofit corporations and businesses must be filed by Tuesday to avoid a fine. Those who fail to file by Nov. 30 will be dissolved.

Public can weigh in on Maplewood Barn designs

COLUMN: Stephens College $1M challenge should be about wellness, not weight

Stephens College president Dianne Lynch and a mystery donor are setting a bad example for women about what it means to be healthy.

PHOTO GALLERY: Golf tournament benefits community clinic

Golfers gathered Monday at Old Hawthorne to play for a good cause. Proceeds from the Family Health Center Golf Tournament benefited the community clinic, which provides health services to underserved families.

Rock Bridge girls golfers win invitational

The Bruins won the team competition and two group competitions at the Helias Catholic Invitational.

Police look for two people who held up Wendy's

Two people held up a Wendy’s at gunpoint early Monday morning, police said.

Beetle Bailey nears retirement, but stays put

After 60 years, Beetle Bailey is still on tour seven days a week in 1,800 newspapers.

Columbia man wins $25,000 in Missouri Lottery

Roger Cochran won $25,000 in the Missouri Lottery's "5X the Fortune" game.

Missourian live blogging city budget session

The Columbia City Council is having its final work session on the proposed budget for fiscal 2011 on Monday night. Missourian reporter Mary Daly will keep readers up to speed on the conversation on The Watchword blog.

Prosecutors charge Washington with sexual assault

The single count against the suspended running back was filed Monday.

Five years later, Hurricane Katrina resonates with two Columbia women

On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina touched down on the Louisiana coast. Now, two local women reflect on their journeys from New Orleans to Columbia.