Conservation Department traps 49 elk for introduction to Missouri

Several elk, mostly cows (females) and spikes (young males), stand behind an 8-foot high, double-fenced holding pen constructed on the property of a reclaimed surface coal mine near Stoney Fork, Ky., on Friday. After a 90-day holding period, the elk will be loaded into a trailer and moved to southeast Missouri.

The first round of elk trapping in a three-year plan to restore the wild animals to Missouri has wrapped up in Kentucky.

Opening statements set for Wednesday morning in Doisy murder case

Opening statements for Johnny Wright's trial were set to begin Wednesday morning after it took almost nine hours to choose his jury Tuesday. Wright is on trial for the 1976 murder of 23-year-old Columbia woman Becky Doisy.

Students found with gun at Douglass High School

The Columbia Police Department took two Douglass High School students into custody after school administrators discovered a loaded gun.

The brotherhood of basketball at Douglass High School

Lynn Allen and Scott Williams have coached at-risk students for 14 years at Douglass High School. At Columbia's alternative high school, their boys' basketball team has become a family.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Expanding Missouri's highway, freight systems key for future development

Missouri could face a more prosperous future by considering alternative financing for transportation investment such as public-private partnerships.

UM System recommends 5.5 percent tuition increase

The UM System Board of Curators will meet Thursday and Friday to finalize tuition increases for the 2011-2012 school year.

Mountain lion shot, killed in northeast Missouri

Hunters who were out searching for coyotes shot and killed the animal.

Council to review Special Business District sales tax proposal

Revenue generated by the proposed sales tax increase would be used to make The district cleaner, bolster public safety programs, jump-start marketing efforts and enhance the beautification process

Missouri Supreme Court says state broke its own laws

The Missouri Supreme Court has given a new trial to a Guatemalan woman after the state neglected to follow its own laws by terminating her parental rights.

Missouri court upholds $2 million judge-discrimination case

The Missouri Supreme Court awarded Melissa Howard $2.1 million in a judge-discrimination case for a municipal judgeship in Kansas City.

GUEST COMMENTARY: GOP economic agenda runs counter to ideals of Martin Luther King Jr.

Republican opposition to providing support to struggling Americans in times of need would actually force impoverished blacks, Latinos, and others on low-incomes even farther down the economic ladder.

Effort to repeal dog breeding law begins

A bill by House Republican Tony Dugger calls for the repeal of Proposition B, which was approved by Missouri voters in November 2010. The law is scheduled to take effect later this year.

State of the Union address draws praise, criticism from Columbians

A local Democratic group held a State of the Union watch party downtown Tuesday night.

Columbia College women's basketball defeats Missouri Baptist

Five Cougars scored in double-digits to win the game 85-66.

Attorney general offers recommendations regarding E. coli contamination

Given that E. coli contamination closed beaches at the Lake of the Ozarks the past two summers, Koster's office hopes to address the problem by issuing recommendations.

Columbia College men's basketball team defeats Missouri Baptist 72-66

The Columbia College men's basketball team scored the final nine points of the game to seal a 72-66 victory over Missouri Baptist on Tuesday night.

Two MU track and field members remain nationally ranked

After this weekend's meet at the Adidas Classic, Missouri's two nationally ranked track and field stars remain in the top 25. Both the men's and women's teams finished fourth at the Lincoln, Neb. event.

MU gymnast earns second consecutive Gymnast of the Week award

Mary Burke earned the award in the Big 12 Conference after taking home an all-around victory against Iowa State.

Missouri softball team ranked No. 7 in preseason poll

The Missouri softball team is ranked No. 7 in the USA/NFCA Division I preseason poll — two spots ahead of Big 12 rival Oklahoma.

Film of lynching victim's memorial service premieres Friday

The screening will take place at The Blue Note, and all proceeds will go to the James T. Scott Monument Committee