Halloween events in Columbia

Ean Rice, 2, points to a Halloween costume as his mother, Regina Rice, continues to look through the selection at the Mers Goodwill store on Nifong Bouldevard in Columbia. Although Halloween is close, Goodwill restocks its racks with a selection of both new and used costumes at prices far below what might be found in a traditional retail store.

Here's a brief look at some of the Halloween happenings around Columbia this year.

Madison becomes key part of Missouri football team's defense

In just his second year of play for the Missouri football team, Brad Madison has moved into a starting defensive end’s role during Aldon Smith’s absence.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Will you attend the ESPN College GameDay events Saturday?

Missouri's clash with the also undefeated Oklahoma Sooners this Saturday will be the first time ESPN GameDay comes to Columbia.

UPDATE: Homecoming parade to start at noon Saturday

The Mizzou Alumni Association announced Tuesday that this year's Homecoming parade will begin at noon. The parade has traditionally begun at 8 a.m.

U.S. appeals court upholds Missouri stay of execution

A man condemned for the abduction, rape and stabbing to death of a Kansas City teenager received a stay of execution because the Missouri Supreme Court is considering an appeal over due-process claims.

Columbia teens write, rap, recite about crime at City Hall

"Your CoMo—Your Vision" was an effort to get teens talking about crime and discussing solutions.

Pressey brothers not new to Anderson's basketball family

Phil Pressey and Matt Pressey, brothers who are entering their first season on the Missouri men's basketball team, have known Tigers coach Mike Anderson for as long as they can remember. Their father, Paul Pressey, was Anderson's roommate in college. 

Jefferson Junior parking lot addition moves ahead

Adjacent property owners expressed concerns that the project would exacerbate flooding issues.

Missouri committee to study human trafficking

The panel is part of Missouri Children's Services Commission and will advise the governor and the legislature on the topic.

Rock Bridge golfers fourth at state

Senior Meghan Mueller's second-place performance led the Rock Bridge girls golf team to a fourth-place finish Tuesday at the Class 2 state championship.

Twins' Hickman soccer careers coming to a close

Eric and Thomas Pekkala are fraternal twins who have always played on the same soccer teams together. Tuesday they played their last game on their home field in a 5-3 Hickman victory over Helias that required overtime penalty kicks.

Columbia Democrats running for House receive greater contributions than Republicans

This differs from statewide trends of Republican candidates receiving greater contributions.

Parks department gathers opinions for Capen Park improvements

The department is looking for public opinion on a donation made to Capen Park; they held the first interested parties meeting Tuesday.

Campaign donations for and against Proposition B increase as election nears

The pro-Proposition B group is far ahead of its main opponent in fundraising, but that might not be the best indicator of which side will win on Nov. 2.

Columbia prepares for ESPN's 'College GameDay'

The ESPN show, which averages more than 2 million viewers, originates from the site of the most compelling game. This weekend, that's the Missouri-Oklahoma game in Columbia. The network will broadcast live from Francis Quadrangle on Friday and Saturday.

International Spirit Day coincides with Mizzou Diversity Summit opening

Both events begin Wednesday. The summit opens with a town hall meeting at 5 p.m. in Stotler Lounge in Memorial Union.

Missouri homecoming: The weekend's events

This years festivities are themed “Tradition Set in Stone," representing a fusion of traditions old and new. Missouri began the homecoming tradition in 1911.

Man assaulted with ceremonial sword, officials say

A Columbia woman was charged with second-degree domestic violence and armed criminal action after waving the sword in a threatening manner, a sheriff's official said.

Democrats accuse Blunt of employing immigrant

Roy Blunt denies the accusation and says Democrats are distorting a gesture of kindness.

City Council approves rezoning request at Stadium and Broadway

The property will be rezoned for the construction of a one-story office building.