TODAY'S QUESTION: Are you concerned with the basketball team's start to the season?

At this point, the "fastest 40 minutes in basketball" appears to be a fast paced 30 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of jogging and light calisthenics.


Police chief explains initial release on Dresner's retirement

Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton said he questioned whether being more forthcoming about the circumstances surrounding the resignation of his deputy chief would have served any purpose.

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UM System tuition increases slated for 2011-12 school year

The Board of Curators met Thursday and Friday to discuss the University of Missouri System's financial options amid impending state budget cuts.

Missouri unemployment at 9.4 percent; 6,000 jobs shed

The Missouri Department of Economic Development reported Friday that November's jobless rate of 9.4 percent was unchanged from October.

Tight budgets salting through usual Missouri plowing plans

Plowing won't occur as often this year because of tighter budgets. The Department of Transportation believes the roads will still be "passable," however.

Columbia candle ceremony to honor memories of lost children

A member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia has founded the city's first Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting.

Nine people arrested at Columbia sobriety checkpoint Thursday night

With help from the Hallsville Police Department, the Columbia Police Department came into contact with about 300 drivers at the checkpoint.

Second Missouri execution in 5 years set for January

Richard Clay was convicted in 1994 of conspiring with his friend's married girlfriend to kill her husband. His attorney is trying to stop the execution.

Columbia seniors dance to better health

Sitting or standing, seniors can gently dance to better health through Healthy-Steps, a therapeutic dance program that is becoming more popular in Columbia.

Missouri gymnastics team sees influx of freshmen

The Tigers have six freshmen on their roster of 13 gymnasts.

Missouri women's basketball coach Robin Pingeton wants more

The Missouri women's basketball team will host an in-state opponent Saturday, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Kangaroos. The Tigers are 10-1 versus the Roos all-time.

Hickman boys basketball falls to Staley

MU basketball player Ricky Kreklow followed progress of MU volleyball team Friday

One Missouri men's basketball player had a special interest in the Missouri volleyball team's NCAA Tournament game against Duke on Friday.

Missouri volleyball falls to Duke in Sweet 16 match

The Tigers lost 3-1 (25-19, 21-25, 25-19, 25-22) to the Blue Devils in the regional semifinal of the NCAA tournament on Friday in University Park, Pa.

Columbia College men's basketball wins in Chicago

The Cougars defeated East-West University 97-65.

Man arrested for exposing himself, linked to five other cases

Zebulun Ore was arrested Wednesday and has been linked to five cases of sexual misconduct. He exposed himself to a 19-year-old woman in Target at the Columbia Mall.

TJX to close discount retailer A.J. Wright, cut 4,400 jobs

Ninety-one of the discount stores will be converted into T.J. Maxx, Marshalls or HomeGoods stores, and 71 will be closed entirely, along with two distribution centers.

Fourth Columbia traffic signal box will receive makeover

The Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs is looking for a local artist to paint the traffic signal box at Broadway and Seventh Street, the fourth location in the Traffic Box Art Project.

Pfizer pulls Thelin off the market

Thelin has been found to cause fatal liver damage after two patients, who were using the drug, died during a clinical trial.