Missouri's Marston excels in both softball and baseball

KATY MOONEY/ Missourian Sophomore shortstop Jenna Marston attempts to throw a runner out at first after fielding a ground ball during a game against Oklahoma on April 17 at University Field. Marston also plays on the U.S. national women's baseball team.

Missouri shortstop Jenna Marston has been one of the most consistent players for the Tigers softball team in her two years at MU. But Marston grew up a baseball player and has seen lots of success on the baseball field, too.

Rock Bridge girls soccer team wins district title

The Rock Bridge girls soccer team beat Jefferson City 3-0 on Wednesday to win the Class 3, District 9 tournament.

Victory puts Rock Bridge baseball team in district title game

The Rock Bridge baseball team shut out Troy Buchanan 8-0 on Wednesday to advance to the championship game of in the Class 4, District 9 Tournament.

Assistance League of Mid-Missouri expanding its resale shop

The Upscale Resale shop, an arm of the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri, hopes the doubling of its space at the Broadway Shopping Center will increase the money it raises for women and children in need.

Some Columbia school kitchens more suited for reheating than cooking

The Columbia Public School District is looking to increase the number of freshly-prepared meals students eat at school.

Missouri National Guard practices chemical disaster procedures

Five units of the Missouri National Guard practiced Wednesday the procedures they would use if a chemical disaster were to strike the area.

Exercise trains for response in event of New Madrid earthquake

Volunteers are training to deal with the effects of any earthquake that could strike along the New Madrid fault.

MU students win Fox News College Challenge

MU students Emily Spain and Blake Hanson won a trip to New York, a $10,000 prize and a television appearance on Fox News for their broadcast news story on Proposition B.

COLUMN: Debt ceiling Kabuki doesn't help Americans

Trying to hold down the deficit by not raising the debt ceiling is like trying to balance your family budget by deciding not to pay the rent or your mortgage.

UPDATE: Army offers timeline to reopen Birds Point Levee

It could take 45 to 60 days for the floodwaters to recede and up to another 30 days for the land to dry out. Elected officials say that's too long for the people who lost land and homes.

Steelman criticizes Akin to kickoff GOP Senate primary

Only a day after he announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate, Todd Akin is getting criticized for his vote on the debt limit. Sarah Steelman, former Missouri Treasurer, said he has become part of the Washington establishment.

Prank at Troy Buchanan High School leads to felony charges

Three seniors, who have not been named by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, face charges of burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary for constructing a make-shift pool in the school's commons and filling it with water.

Beef boosters groom meat mavens on campuses

The Masters of Beef Advocacy program is available in 47 states and particularly popular at land-grant universities with strong agricultural schools, such as MU.

Fire at MU power plant, no injuries

Construction materials used near the MU power plant caught fire Wednesday morning. No one was injured.

Missouri bill broadens ban on teacher-student sex

Missouri law already makes it a felony for teachers, student teachers, school employees and volunteers for school programs to have sexual contact with a student while on school property or school buses. The bill now makes such activity illegal off school property.

Flooding hinders shipping on Mississippi River

Barges were again allowed to pass, but at the slowest possible speed, after the 15-mile stretch at Natchez, Miss., was closed for most of Tuesday.

DAVID ROSMAN: Missouri's General Assembly accomplished little this session

When it came to passing meaningful laws, the legislature didn't step up. The laws that did pass didn't help generate jobs or protect the needs of the people.

Army offers timeline to reopen Birds Point Levee

The Army Corps of Engineers intentionally breached the levee on May 2 to relieve pressure from the flooding Mississippi and Ohio rivers at nearby Cairo, Ill. It flooded 130,000 acres of farmland and damaged or destroyed as many as 100 homes.