Road trips teach value of practice, free throws for Missouri men's basketball

Missouri junior guard Marcus Denmon, this week's Big 12 Player of the Week, spent down time on the Tigers' recent road trip teaching his teammates to be better card players.

After playing seven games in 14 days, the Missouri men's basketball team had a chance to reflect on what it learned during that span. Among the lessons: practice is important, so are free throws, and there's nothing like sleeping in your own bed.

Columbia researchers study intersex sturgeon in Missouri River

Intersex sturgeon — fish with both male and female sex organs — have been found in the Missouri River. Columbia researchers say some of these fish may exhibit the most dramatically developed instances of intersex in the world.

Richland Road request approved; Weiss property rejected by City Council

The controversial 181-acre Richland Road rezoning request was ultimately approved Monday after two years of debate.

Jones returning to form for MU women's basketball team

After a slow start to the season, senior forward Shakara Jones is back to producing like she always has. Her return to form comes just in time for the Tigers' first home game of the year Tuesday against Tennessee-Martin.

Boot camp honoring Karen Kahler draws crowd

The STOmP Violence Boot Camp on Saturday drew more than 120 people for two hours of cycling, aerobics and core training. The event raised money for True North, a shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Columbia man killed in vehicle accident

According to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, the driver was going too fast when his vehicle began to skid.

Columbia toy drive struggles to reach donation goals

The donations acquired for the Columbia Parks and Recreation toy drive are at half of what is needed for the goal of providing each child with three gifts.

Unexpectedly purchased, Guitar Mansion to be a home again

After spontaneously bidding on the Guitar Mansion at a public auction, Elena Vega of Columbia has decided to renovate and live in the 151-year-old home. 

Columbia City Council agenda items at a glance

The park sales tax, meritorious conduct medals for two Columbia police officers, stipends for council members, a soil pile ordinance, and funds for the Columbia Farmers' Market were all on the agenda at Monday's meeting.

Two Heisman Trophy finalists to face off in national championship

Auburn's Newton and James of Oregon will be in Times Square on Saturday for the announcement of the trophy winner.

Workshop will explain Medicare Part D drug benefits

The session, hosted by state Rep. Mary Still, is Thursday in Columbia. Officials will be on hand to help participants enroll and answer questions about the various options.

St. Louis Democrats hope to preserve black congressional district

If Missouri loses a U.S. House seat, state legislators from St. Louis say it shouldn't be the 1st District seat held by Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr.

Bomb-defusing robot would get big upgrade with grant

The Missouri Department of Homeland Security is offering nearly $54,000 to retool the robot used by local law enforcement agencies to deal with potential explosives.

Study shows Missouri scores high in areas of civic engagement

Although volunteerism and voter turnout have decreased in Missouri over the past several years, the state's residents still score higher than the national average on most measures of societal involvement.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Have you ever been the victim of a holiday scam?

Five potential scams are going around, according to the Better Business Bureau.

Triple-murder convict to appeal death sentence a third time

Ernest Lee Johnson, 50, was convicted in 1995 of killing three Casey's convenience store employees. His case has been in and out of the Circuit Court and the Missouri Supreme Court since then. This week, he will make his third appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court to reverse his death sentence.

McCaskill touts Arlington Cemetery legislation

The legislation would require the Army to report to Congress on its progress to fix errors in burial records. It must still pass the House and be signed by the president.

Phillips' seven blocks lead Columbia College women's basketball past Lyon

Junior Amanda Phillips also led the team in scoring with 12 points Monday. Janita Session and Heather English — her fingers taped for good luck — contributed 11 points each.

Former MU offensive coordinator upbeat despite 3-9 season at Wyoming

Dave Christensen led the Cowboys to a 7-6 record and a New Mexico Bowl victory in his first season in 2009. The team struggled on offense in 2010, but the coach expects improvement on both sides of the ball heading into next year.

Two Columbia College volleyball players named NAIA All-Americans

Columbia College volleyball players Paula Ferreira and Vesna Trivunovic were named NAIA All-Americans, with Ferreira earning NAIA Player of the Year honors.