UPDATE: Missouri Gov. Nixon proposes smaller state budget

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon gives his state of the state address Wednesday during a joint session of the house and senate at the capitol in Jefferson City.

The governor's proposal includes a third-year continuation of the pay freeze for state employees and an additional 7 percent cut to funding for public colleges and universities.

Missouri men's basketball recruit waiting on NCAA ruling to enroll

In order for Tony Mitchell, one of Missouri's most prized recruits, to play basketball for the Tigers this season, the NCAA must declare him academically eligible by Tuesday, the deadline to enroll in classes at MU.

PHOTO GALLERY: Snow threatens mid-Missouri

With 6 to 8 inches of snow expected to fall Wednesday night and Thursday, Columbia Public Works can afford to remove snow from main roads only.

Missouri schools, state employees bracing for potential cuts

Public school funds, state employee jobs and education and mental health services may be cut in next year's state budget. A lack of federal stimulus money is a cause for the cuts.

Columbia Police arrest two suspects for slaying of homeless man

Columbia Police arrested two suspects Tuesday in connection with the Oct. 23 death of Jerry Edward Schneider. Ricky Lee Gaddy and Travis Grant Birkhead are suspected of striking Schneider in the head then stabbing him.


Brown's career high not enough to get MU women's basketball past K-State

RaeShara Brown's career-high 33 points were not enough to give the Missouri women's basketball team its first Big 12 Conference road win, and the Tigers lost 66-63 Wednesday at Kansas State.

State building circumstantial case against accused in Doisy death

Because Becky Doisy's body was never found, Boone County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Hicks is making a case built on a burglary, a missing shovel, an attempted shooting and a sudden departure. How much of it he will be allowed to present before a jury remains a question.

DAVID ROSMAN: Mandatory gun training the answer to gun control debate

It's time to accept that there are responsibilities and reasonable restrictions that come with gun ownership.

City distributes survey about oversized parking

The city is asking people to take a survey about whether parking of oversized vehicles is a problem in their neighborhood.

Mohler molestation trial delayed

A new trial date will be selected on March 21 for Jared Mohler, accused of using a child in a sexual performance.

Missouri governor to outline budget, set policy goals

Gov. Jay Nixon is to present his annual State of the State address Wednesday evening to a joint session of the House and Senate.

State-ranked girls basketball teams meet in rivalry game

The Hallsville girls basketball team looks to take the next step in its quest for  postseason success by turning the tables on Harrisburg.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Would increased parking meter fines free up downtown parking spaces?

Parking meter fines are proposed to raise $5 if paid on time and $10 after the deadline. Higher fines could potentially help the city gain an extra $100,000 in revenue.

U.S. House votes to repeal health care law

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said the legislation will not see the light of day there, but the GOP leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said bluntly, "I assure you we will" have a vote on it.

State Senate urges lawsuit against federal health care

The Missouri Senate passed a nonbinding resolution, similar to one passed last week by the state House of Representatives, urging Attorney General Koster to join existing lawsuits or file his own.

UPDATE: Police find man sought in possible connection with Porter shooting

The Columbia Police Department received a call about a man matching Zachariah Peterson's description walking on north Providence Road. Police think Peterson might have had contact with James Leon Porter on the day of his death.

Departments test communication in case of campus emergency

Multiple MU and Columbia departments conducted a communications drill Wednesday morning to test elements of a campus emergency plan.

Missouri House approves tax break for small businesses

The tax break would allow businesses to claim a $10,000 state income tax deduction for each new full-time job created that at least matches the US average wage.

Downloadable e-books available at the public library

Instead of visiting a library branch or waiting for the bookmobile, residents of Boone and Callaway counties can download 700 book titles onto their e-readers.

Postal service asks Columbia residents to clear paths

Unsafe paths might cause a delay in delivery or cause mail not to be delivered at all.