Some Missouri residents outsource their holiday chores

There's someone willing to decorate your home, buy and wrap your gifts, and cook your dinners — for a price.

Missouri university to award nation's first master's degrees in explosives

The program is part of the mining and nuclear engineering department at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Better Business Bureau warns consumers of holiday scams

The top five scams are selected based upon customer complaints received this year.

Columbia Public Schools surveys measure need for social media

The survey process ended Friday. The surveys sought to chart a path for new media communications usage in Columbia Public Schools.

Kirkwood man accused in sex-slave case facing gun charges

Bradley Cook of Kirkwood now has a felony gun charge tacked on to conspiracy, sex trafficking, racketeering and weapons charges in a sex slave case. 

Concussion not cause of Kansas high school football player's death

Coroners said Spring Hill High School senior Nathan Stiles died Oct. 29 from a subdural hematoma after collapsing during a game the night before. 

Thomas Hart Benton's preliminary sketches penciled for auction

The famous Kansas City artist's dozen pencil sketches of "Achelous and Hercules," will be put up for sale on Saturday. The initial asking prices for the pieces are going to be $1,000 to $7,500.

Missouri football bowl possibilities

The team will announce its bowl decision Sunday.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Expect conservatives to push for consumption tax, repeal of Prop B

Republicans are already looking to reverse legislation passed in last month's election.

UPDATE: Fire severely damages apartment

There was significant damage in the bedroom where the fire started and smoke, heat and water damage across the rest of the unit. Total damage was estimated at $7,500.

Missouri volleyball sticks with superstitions heading into NCAA tournament

As the Missouri volleyball team heads into its first-round NCAA tournament match against overall fifth seed Northern Iowa on Friday, team members and coaches aren't letting go of any of the superstitions they've developed over the season.

UM System President Gary Forsee to take extended leave

Forsee is taking the leave to take care of his wife, who was diagnosed with cancer. The Board of Curators met hastily in a closed session Thursday.

UPDATE: Former UM System employee named commissioner of higher education

David Russell will oversee the recent Missouri Department of Higher Education review of "low-producing" higher education programs and draft a report for the governor on its findings.

Missouri revenues up 3.5 percent this budget year

State revenue in November was 3.3 percent greater than in the same month last year.

Three MU football players net All-Big 12 honors from AP

Tight end Michael Egnew, center Tim Barnes and linebacker Andrew Gachkar earned first-team honors for the Tigers.

Re-enactment brings Boone County history to life

The Maplewood Barn Theatre Players and Boone County Historical Society are collaborating to present an interactive re-enactment of Christmas in 1905, with actors playing members of the prominent Lenoir and Nifong families.

Columbia's independent bookstores adapt, persevere

In the face of well-muscled competitors and a down economy, Columbia's independent bookstores persevere. "Independent bookstores have to be nimble and quick on their feet," says Doug Wilson of Village Books.

Missouri governor plans weeklong Asia trade mission

The focus of the trip is to sign a letter of intent for Taiwanese businesses and industry groups to buy about $120 million of Missouri products over the next five years.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Roy Blunt's record on earmark spending

Thompson Center to celebrate new center, director

The new building will open with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Friday. The building has 10,000 more square feet than the old center did. The center offers resources for those with autism and neurodevelopmental disorders.