Missouri's Blaine Gabbert declares for 2011 NFL draft

Iowa's Karl Klug leaps with an outstretched arm in an attempt to block a pass from Missouri junior quarterback Blaine Gabbert in the first half of the Insight Bowl on Dec. 28 in Tempe, Ariz. Six days later Gabbert announced that he was entering the NFL draft.

Blaine Gabbert, the junior starting quarterback for the Missouri football team, announced Monday in a media release that entering the NFL draft was the best decision for him and his family.

UPDATE: Mediacom drops KOMU from lineup

The two parties failed to reach an agreement by a midnight deadline, and Mediacom subscribers lost the NBC affiliate early Tuesday morning.

Gabbert announces intent to go to NFL

Gabbert is projected to be one of the top quarterbacks in the draft.

TODAY'S QUESTION: How will you budget for increased gas prices?

Pump prices are predicted hit $4 a gallon by Memorial Day. What will you do to budget for the increase?

New evidence in Becky Doisy case discussed at motion hearing

Boone County prosecutors and Johnny Wright's attorney debated new evidence in the Becky Doisy case, including testimony that suggested Wright fired shots at a witness. 

LETTER: It's time to snuff out smoking in the Capitol

What kind of example are our legislators setting when visitors and school children can smell secondhand smoke in the Capitol?

Student Parent Center worries about budget, future

The center is struggling to find ways to increase income yet still keep fees affordable for student parents.

Mountain lion shot in Ray County, now in Columbia

A man killed a mountain lion to protect his cattle over the weekend, and the Missouri Department of Conservation is conducting tests as required by state law.

Two men identified in Kilgore's Pharmacy burglary

The Columbia Police Department says there is now probable cause for arresting two men in connection with the Dec. 30 burglary.

Free gas card contest to raise awareness about drunken driving

MoDOT will give away gas cards as an incentive for the public to become more educated on the dangers of drunken driving. 

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Columbia City Council work sessions

The Columbia City Council work session minutes contain information about concerns over local zoning issues and health insurance options and costs, and even include graphics.

Columbia City Council votes to recite pledge before each meeting

The city code has been amended to require that the Pledge of Allegiance be recited before council meetings and work sessions. 

Former Jefferson City police officer shot to death in apparent homicide

Holt's Summit Police Chief Kyle McIntyre says 52-year-old Paul Plunkett was shot Saturday afternoon inside his home.

Hickman girls basketball team tightens defense

The Hickman girls basketball team beat Newburg 53-37 on Monday at the Rolla tournament.

Coroner: two children had lethal drug doses

Police believe the children, found near the body of their mother, appear to be victims of a double homicide-suicide.

Driver charged with breaking traffic law and resisting arrest

A man was arrested on suspicion of driving carelessly and resisting arrest. His passenger, a 16-year-old boy and previously reported runaway, was found with cocaine. 

GUEST COMMENTARY: Going mad for mincemeat pie

Too much sugar at Christmas has created an addict.

LETTER: Legislators should leave Prop B alone

Rep. Chris Kelly recently called for a review to discuss changes to Proposition B, but his reasons for doing so are off the mark.

Missouri mental health workers racking up overtime

The Missouri Department of Mental Health has paid about $48 million of overtime in the past three years, according to a report by the state auditor.

Lindsay Lohan to be released from rehab today