Obama says polarized nation needs healing

President Barack Obama hugs first lady Michelle Obama after speaking Wednesday at a memorial service for the victims of Saturday's shootings at McKale Center on the University of Arizona campus Wednesday in Tucson, Ariz.

The president spoke to a capacity crowd in Tucson, where he announced that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords had opened her eyes for the first time since a bullet shot threw her head Saturday.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Should Nixon and Koster join the lawsuit against the federal health care law?

The Missouri House voted for Gov. Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster to add their names to the lawsuit which disputes the constitutionality of the federal health care law.

No stopping Denmon in Missouri men's basketball team's victory over Nebraska

Nebraska knew what it had to do against Missouri's leading scorer, but they couldn't accomplish their goal. In the end, the Cornhuskers were just hoping Marcus Denmon would miss. He rarely did in the Tigers' 77-69 victory.

Bowers' dunk brings Missouri men's basketball fans to feet

Laurence Bower's dunk late in the first-half of the Tigers' 77-69 victory Wednesday night over Nebraska thrilled fans at Mizzou Arena.

TIGER TIPOFF: Columbia basketball fans say farewell to Nebraska

Nebraska’s game Wednesday at Missouri will be its last game in Columbia as part of the Big 12 Conference schedule. Although the Tigers lead the series, the Cornhuskers have upset the Tigers on several occasions.

J. KARL MILLER: Pledge of Allegiance welcome addition to City Council meetings

The two council members who opposed the resolution to say the pledge, Paul Sturtz and Barbara Hoppe, have done little to endear themselves to their constituents with this vote.

MU women's basketball team fades at Texas Tech

Missouri shot just 19 percent in the second half and committed a season-high 26 turnovers in a 63-56 loss to Texas Tech on Wednesday in Lubbock, Texas.

Arizona shooting suspect fell through mental health cracks

The case of Jared Loughner raises questions about when and how loved ones should intercede when they are concerned about a mentally ill friend or family member.

U.S. education adjusts to new economic reality

Political leaders traditionally avoid cutting education programs, even during tough economic times. However, the economic downturn’s severity has forced state and local officials to make reductions in jobs, programs, and services.

Missouri House committees to consider two priority bills

House committees are looking at a bill that would require drug-testing for people who receive cash welfare payments and a bill that offers tax deductions for small businesses that create full-time jobs.

TIGER TIPOFF: Interview with Nebraska men's basketball coach Doc Sadler

Nebraska men's basketball coach Doc Sadler never shies away from sharing his opinion. Hear from the coach about how switching conferences affects or doesn't affect this season, and also about his impression of Missouri. 

DAVID ROSMAN: Remembering those struck by tragedy of Tucson shooting

It is important to recognize all of the victims of the shooting because soon the attention will be on the shooter, the motive and the politics.

Citizens Police Review Board discusses marijuana laws, police misconduct

The board also discussed the departure of member Steve Weinberg.

Columbia Public Schools adopt new staff/student relations policy

A district spokeswoman said the updated policy ensures existing expectations exist in writing.

UPDATE: Investigation of Internet crime involving students under way

According to a Columbia Police Department news release, school administrators were told by students that inappropriate pictures of students were on the Internet.

TIGER TIPOFF: Interview with Missouri women's basketball coach Robin Pingeton

New Missouri women's basketball coach Robin Pingeton finally has a chance to coach in Big 12 Conference play. She got off to a good start with an upset win Saturday at Texas. Here’s some of her thoughts as the conference season begins.


Columbia school enrollment outpaces projections

Enrollment at Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary and Lange Middle School already top projections. One possible option is to wait to solve the overcrowding until 2014 when a new elementary school is scheduled to open.

Budget shortfall expected for Columbia Public Schools

Superintendent Chris Belcher said the district will either have a reduction in spending or will need to find new revenue.

UPDATE: Humane Society leader defends Missouri dog-breeding law

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, said Missouri's new dog-breeding law offers more protection for the animals and has the imprimatur of voters.

UPDATE: Restrictions for automatic red-light cameras approved

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission says the new policy  adds restrictions that will make the cameras fair and more consistent.