Backup quarterback finding role in Missouri's offense

Missouri freshman quarterback James Franklin fights off an Iowa State tackler on a run last Saturday in the Tigers' victory. Franklin has played in eight of the Tigers' games so far this season, rushing for 109 yards and two touchdowns and passing for 106 yards and another score.

Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel has used freshman quarterback James Franklin to change the look of the Tigers' offense at key times.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Are you ready for Black Friday?

Black Friday offers shoppers many discounts, but it often brings out the ugly side of the holiday buying spree.

DAVID ROSMAN: Free news is a business model worth replicating

With the Columbia Daily Tribune's paywall for online content to take effect Dec. 1, the Missourian should follow the example of successful, free media outlets.

Vann consistent in Missouri volleyball team's loss to Oklahoma

Senior libero Caitlyn Vann chalked up a career-high 38 digs in Missouri's 3-2 loss to Oklahoma on Wednesday night at Hearnes Center.

City manager names interim finance director

City Manager Bill Watkins announced that John Blattel has been named the interim director of the city Finance Department.

U.S. moves to make synthetic marijuana illegal

The Drug Enforcement Administration has temporarily classified five chemicals used to make fake pot as illegal drugs.

Columbia councilwoman was with husband in DWI stop

Laura Nauser's husband was placed on two years probation after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of driving with excessive blood alcohol content.

CrimeStoppers offers reward in arson

The reward is for any information leading to the arrest of suspects in a fire that destroyed a vacant residence Nov. 10.

Columbia retailers prepare for Black Friday

Several department stores prepare for annual surge in customers looking for early bargains on Christmas gifts.

Missouri firearms hunters slay fewer deer this year than last year

At 188,205 for this year, the number is down from 2009, when 193,155 deer were checked in by the end of the regular firearms season.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia Church of Christ celebrates with food, bible study

Rain to taper off for Thanksgiving, freezing temperatures for Friday shoppers

Temperatures for Friday morning are expected to bottom out near 18 degrees.

Preliminary hearing in shooting death postponed

A defense lawyer and prosecutor said they are still in the discovery phase of obtaining information about a shooting death on Anita Court in September.

Gov. Nixon gets $200,000 in campaign donations

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has collected more than $200,000 in campaign donations in the past week from businesses, labor unions and a law firm.

Missouri to curb road construction for Thanksgiving

The Missouri Department of Transportation plans to stop lane-reducing work on the interstate and state highways at noon Wednesday in light of holiday travel.

Thousands line street at Missouri soldier's funeral

Thousands of people gathered in Harrisonville for the funeral of Army Cpl. Jacob R. Carver.

Police stepping up traffic enforcement near Columbia Mall

Police will pay special attention to weekend traffic beginning Friday.

Gaming commission to make casino decision next week

The Missouri Gaming Commission announced Wednesday that it will decide on Dec. 1 who, if anyone, will get the state's last gambling license.

Homeland Security's color-coded terror alerts may end

Homeland Security is thinking about ending the color-coded terror alert and moving to a more descriptive system.

Former Missouri tight end Chase Coffman makes all-time Big 12 team

Vince Young, Ndamukong Suh and Bob Stoops lead the voting for The Associated Press' all-time all-Big 12 team.