UPDATE: Gov. Nixon to press against big college tuition hikes

Nixon said he expects substantial cuts next year for higher education institutions. He encouraged institutions to eliminate lightly used degree programs, to collaborate on redesigning common courses and try to boost the number of people obtaining college degrees.

Gov. Nixon to press against big college tuition hikes in Missouri

Gov. Jay Nixon said Wednesday that he expects Missouri colleges and universities to respond to funding cuts in alternative ways and to not depend tuition increases only.

COLUMN: What happens when real life gets Harry

Harry Potter is a magician and a gentleman. He is also my friend. The literary icon has been many things for many people, and this Thursday, he'll be one step closer to the end of his empire.

Missouri football moves safety Harrison to linebacker

Senior safety Jarrell Harrison was 12 years old the last time he played linebacker. He expects that Iowa State coaches will target him when the two teams meet Saturday.

Democrats keep Nancy Pelosi as leader for January Congress

Many House Democrats defended Pelosi, who said the bad economy and high unemployment were the reasons for her party's election losses.


Tea Party critical of Blunt's opposition to earmark ban

The St. Louis Tea Party said Tuesday that Blunt signed a "Tea Party Treaty" last month, but now has seemingly turned his back on the group.

Missouri men's basketball team braces for grueling stretch

The Missouri Tigers will travel 7,308 miles during a 14-day stretch. The team will play in four different venues and in seven games.

Woman who harbored cats at motel pleads guilty to abuse

Susan Kohler faces two years of probation after being charged with animal abuse for harboring about 30 cats in a room at a Motel 6. She pleaded guilty as part of an agreement among attorneys, the health department and Animal Control.

Police arrest two men on suspicion of drug possession

The Boone County Sheriff's Department arrested two Columbia men on Tuesday on suspicion of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Columbia College volleyball team embraces cultural, athletic experiences

Five languages are spoken on the Cougars volleyball team with seven of the 14 players coming from foreign countries.

Mizzou quidditch team scrimmages before release of latest Potter film

The next-to-last Harry Potter film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1," will be released Friday. The second part will be released July 15, 2011.

Columbia's first community foundation unveiled

The goal of the Community Foundation of Central Missouri is to use donor-advised funds and nonprofit endowments to benefit the community.

Three Hickman students arrested on suspicion of vandalism

Three Hickman seniors were arrested after outdoor areas at Rock Bridge High School were found spray painted.

Texas snaps Missouri volleyball's winning streak

The Tigers lose for the first time since Oct. 23.

Columbia police make 22 burglary arrests between October and November

Police said they arrested five groups of at least two or more people committing burglaries together across the city.

Fire chief proposes rebuilding old station, not adding new one

Columbia Fire Chief Bill Markgraf wants to revamp Fire Station No. 5 with tax funding allocated for building a new fire station.

Columbia Police Department plans special traffic detail for Thursday

Four officers will focus solely on traffic violations such as speeding, driving without a seat belt or running red lights.

Massey now blames natural gas for West Virginia mine blast

Company investigators discovered the Upper Big Branch mine was inundated with natural gas, causing the nation's deadliest coal mine explosion since 1970.

Federal economic aid program could create 700k jobs within two years

The Fed hopes to make loans cheaper and get Americans to spend more, which could rejuvenate the economy and help reduce unemployment.

Federal appeals court weighs forced meds for schizophrenic suspect

The federal appeals court is considering whether a paranoid schizophrenic man should be forcibly to stand trial.