TODAY'S QUESTION: Should Missouri's long-term unemployed lose benefits?

A small group of fiscal conservatives in the Missouri Senate defied the majority of the Republican Party by creating a filibuster that did not allow for an extension of benefits to long-term unemployed workers out of a job for more than 79 weeks.

Safford emotional after last game for Missouri men's basketball team

Missouri senior forward Justin Safford couldn't hide his emotions in the final minutes of Missouri's 78-63 loss to Cincinnati on Thursday night in the NCAA Tournament. With the loss, the Tigers' season, as well as Safford's career at Missouri, is over.

DEAR READER: There's sun in the fight for government transparency

An array of websites that promote transparency in government helps open public information up to citizens.

PHOTO GALLERY: University removes mud drawing from MU Column

The message "Love is the Movement" was written in mud on the base of one of the columns.

Missouri baseball's Garcia has seen hits fall during home winning streak

MU second baseman Eric Garcia snapped a run of bad luck in Missouri's 7-6 series-opening win against Central Michigan. Garcia went 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI, bucking a trend of well-hit balls that resulted in outs.

Two Missouri wrestlers earn All-America honors

Dom Bradley and Todd Schavrien earned All-America honors Friday at the NCAA Wrestling Championships in Philadelphia.

MU professors agree: Radiation from Japan will not harm US

After a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck Japan, causing damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, MU professors and experts say the U.S. has little to worry about.

Missouri softball captures two very different wins in Friday's doubleheader

Sophomore Rachel Hay got her first hit of the season, a solo home run, in No. 13 Missouri's 10-0 win in five innings over Western Michigan. The Tigers' offense struggled, though, in a 4-3 win over North Dakota State earlier in the day.

Columbia city manager candidates gather for meet-and-greet

Twenty former and current city officials congregated at City Hall on Friday to meet the final four candidates for the city manager position.

Columbia College softball wins two on first day of McKendree Invitational

The Cougars (9-4) notched a 1-0 win against No. 15 Olivet Nazarene University (17-5) and a 6-5 win over Iowa Wesleyan University (3-11) in the first day of the McKendree Invitational.

Open house to address Bonne Femme Watershed, groundwater protection

Boone County will host an open house March 31 at Little Bonne Femme Baptist Church discussing ways to protect Columbia's groundwater and, in particular, the Bonne Femme Watershed.

Earth Hour encourages lights out in Columbia

Columbia residents will have the opportunity to participate in Earth Hour on March 26. City Hall and MU's Jesse Hall will shut off their lights from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Residents are encouraged to do the same.

Final suspect arrested in 2009 robbery case

Columbia police arrested Robert L. Carter, 18, this past Friday on charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and armed criminal action.

MU hosts NORML state conference to discuss marijuana

A panel of medical marijuana users and representatives of Missouri's branch of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws will speak to the general public Friday and Saturday at MU's Arts and Sciences Building.

Ashland man arrested in connection with 2009 sexual assault

An Ashland man was arrested Thursday night in Columbia's Blue Acres Mobile Home Park in connection with a sexual assault at a party in December 2009.

Jane Froman Singers to perform Sunday at Campus Lutheran Church

The Jane Froman Singers of Columbia College will perform this Sunday at Campus Lutheran Church before departing for a concert tour in Italy.

Planned Parenthood support rally scheduled for Saturday

Supporters will gather outside Planned Parenthood on Saturday for a rally to provide information and encourage politicians to reject the proposal that would bar federal funding.

Life Sciences and Society Symposium to focus on neuroscience and ethics

Events will be held on Saturday and Sunday. They are free to the public, and registration is encouraged.

Columbia man convicted in drug-trafficking conspiracy

Eric Scott McCauley could serve between five years in federal prison without parole to 45 years in federal prison without parole, under federal statutes.

Tennessee Williams symposium scheduled for this weekend on MU campus

Most events at the symposium — celebrating the 100th birthday of the playwright and MU alumnus — are free and open to the public.