Small Missouri town sits at center of nation's population

A car drives through Plato, which has been designated the population center of the U.S., according to the 2010 census. The Census Bureau announced the shift of the popular center's location. The shift since 2000 signifies a larger trend: America's population is marching westward from the Midwest, pulled by migration to the Sun Belt. And in a surprising show of growth, Hispanics now account for more than half of the U.S. population increase over the last decade.

Plato, a Missouri village with a population of 109 people, was designated as the center of the U.S.'s population of 310 million, following a trend of the nation's population growing in the South and West.

UPDATE: MU research fellow was 'genius of the family'

Norman "Paul" Nolen, who was found dead by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, was a research fellow in the MU College of Veterinary Medicine.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Who should be Missouri's next basketball coach?

Mike Anderson resigned as basketball coach Wednesday night, opening up a position at MU.

MIKE ANDERSON RESIGNATION: What others are saying

Missouri men's head basketball coach Mike Anderson resigned Wednesday after leading the Tigers for the past five seasons.

Future of Missouri men's basketball coaching staff not yet determined

The day after former Missouri men's basketball coach Mike Anderson announced his departure to Arkansas, the status of his coaching staff is yet to be determined.

UPDATE: Missouri auditor: Oversight lacking on stimulus funds

Some state agencies have not been monitoring federal stimulus money expenditures as closely as they should have been, an audit revealed. Of the nearly $15 billion Missouri spent in federal funds in the 2010 fiscal year, about $2.6 billion was stimulus money.

GEORGE KENNEDY: New city manager best candidate of strong field

New city manager brings heightened awareness of reducing Columbia's environmental impact. A year from now we will be able to judge his progress.

The Sentencing Project seeks to reduce crack cocaine sentencing disparity

The Sentencing Project seeks to reduce the disparity between crack and cocaine offenders in Missouri. Crack sentences are 75 times harsher than cocaine sentences in Missouri.

Hickman girls soccer team falls to Camdenton

The Kewpies lost 3-0 to Camdenton to move to 0-3 on the season.

Middle school forums bring divided opinions on redistricting

While the diversity issue received the most attention at Smithton and Lange forums, travel times and the safety of student drivers became the key concern during Thursday's forum at Gentry. 

Mike Anderson's departure draws varied reactions

Sports commentators from across Missouri gave their thoughts about Mike Anderson's resignation Wednesday night as Missouri men's basketball coach and speculated about MU's search for a new head coach.

Columbia College softball splits doubleheader against McKendree

After losing 7-3 to McKendree in the first game, Columbia College exploded with 11 runs to win 11-1 in the second game.

Missouri Psychiatric Center reveals $13 million renovation

The $13 million renovation has been in the works for seven months and were revealed Thursday. Part of the second floor will be remodeled next.

Creative doghouse contest inspires students, Scouts

Columbia's first Barkitecture event will auction off hand-built doghouses to benefit the Central Missouri Humane Society. 

MidwayUSA founders receive Conservationists of the Year award

Award recipients Larry and Brenda Potterfield are committed to helping young people get involved in outdoor activities. They have provided staff members and funded programs for many organizations.   

COLUMN: Proud to be a "Gleek"

I am a self-proclaimed "Gleek" who defends her love of the show "Glee." It turns kids on to music and celebrates individuality. 

Hickman baseball wins second game

The Hickman baseball team outlasted host Southern Boone 5-4 in eight innings Thursday.

Missouri Western Board approves 9.5 percent tuition increase

If the state's education commissioner approves the increase, students will pay an additional $17.61 per credit hour.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Payday Loans are money-saving credit for some

Eliminating Missouri's short-term loan industry would hurt the community and those who rely on the loans and borrow responsibly. 

Missouri auditor to release stimulus fund report

State Auditor Tom Schweich will release a report about Missouri's use of federal stimulus money in 2010.