J. KARL MILLER: Taxing smokers isn't the answer to state revenue woes

Government regulation or punishment of a behavior by taxing a segment of society is unjustified.

Harrison right choice for multiple roles on Missouri football team

Shuffling back and forth from safety to linebacker has worked out well for senior Jarrell Harrison and the Tigers, something Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said is a direct result of the senior’s mental abilities.

Everyone Eats! continues to pass out baskets, prepares for Thursday

As they do every year, Almeta Crayton and her volunteers hand out baskets of food for Thanksgiving meals. "I've never seen it like this before," Crayton said of the number of people showing up.

Missouri men's basketball team overcomes struggles in Cancun

The No. 11 Missouri men's basketball team let Wyoming climb back to within two points with less than five minutes left to play in Tuesday night's game in the Cancun Challenge. But the Tigers hung on to win.

MU women's basketball players excited about tough nonconference schedule

The Missouri women's basketball team plays a much more difficult nonconference schedule than usual this season. But the Tigers players say they are excited about the chance to play some of the best teams in the country.

$82,000 fund anchors two homeless shelters in Columbia

Columbia's Rainbow House and Harbor House will split the money with 13 other shelters in Missouri.

TODAY'S QUESTION: How should the U.S. respond to the attack on South Korea from North Korea?

Some analysts believe the attacks on South Korea on Tuesday were done to invite world attention to North Korea’s situation and show its strength.


Community effort builds three generations of bridges

Now in its third incarnation, a handmade bridge makes crossing Stewart Park a little easier. "It's just handling boards and nails," says Cliff Tompson, who built the structure in his backyard.

Columbia homeowners on antiquated private sewer lines await city action

The city has money budgeted to replace backup-prone common collection systems in older neighborhoods, but it's not enough. For homeowners, the waiting can be years.

Engineers to begin examining central Columbia sewer basin

Columbia faces a lengthy and expensive effort to overhaul aging sewer systems that are compromised by stormwater and groundwater.

Columbia College men's basketball team moves to 5-1

The Columbia Cougar men's basketball team defeated Missouri Valley 69-45 on Tuesday night at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

Columbia College women's basketball team rallies for upset victory

The Columbia College women’s basketball team upset No. 9 ranked Free-Hardeman 62-54 on Tuesday in Henderson, Tenn.

ROSE NOLEN: Still moving to the ugly center

Some Americans continue spreading messages of hate and anger instead of helping to move the country forward.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Cheap meat hurts the overall economy

The shift in Congress following the midterm elections can significantly impact regulations in the 2008 farm bill and any repercussions on the meatpacking market.

Koster appeals ruling overturning Helmig conviction

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has not taken a position on Helmig's guilt, but has said it is appropriate for an appellate court to review whether a DeKalb County judge acted within his jurisdiction in tossing out the conviction.

State department of transportation to get diversity advice

The Statewide Inclusion Advisory Council will advise the state Transportation Department on diversity issues with employment, procurement and construction.