Stanford's Hansen beats out Missouri's Thomas for softball Player of the Year

Missouri's Chelsea Thomas was one of three finalists for college softball Player of the Year honors and the only pitcher on the list. The redshirt sophomore’s .83 ERA ranks is the best in the in the nation, and the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year owns a school record with 365 strikeouts this season.

The Amateur Softball Association of America announced Tuesday that outfielder Ashley Hansen of Stanford is the 2011 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. Missouri pitcher Chelsea Thomas was one of three finalists for the award.

Art in the Park encourages young artists

Art in the Park brings new children's activity to this year's festival.

COLUMN: Transition from college to career — enter reality

Transitions after college can be hard to deal with, especially if you've got bills to pay.

LETTER: Police officers deserve more functional uniforms

Police officers should be able to dress more comfortably during hot and humid weather.

10 still missing in Joplin; 120 dead identified

Officials said 10 people are still missing from the Joplin tornado. As of Tuesday, 120 people who died had been identified.

Missouri's Long tied for fifth after first round of NCAA Championship

Missouri men's golfer Jace Long is in a four-way tie for fifth place after the first round of the NCAA Championship on Tuesday at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

PROJECT 573: Mexico, Mo., mother seeks job, stability in response to recession

Mother Kylie Nichols has been "barely making it" since losing her job, but she wants to do better than barely. Nichols is among the mid-Missourians whose stories are told in Project 573, an in-depth look at the recession by a group of students from the Missouri School of Journalism.

Homes, businesses show scattered signs of rebuilding progress in Joplin

Nine days after the tornado in Joplin, workers are rebuilding businesses, and residents are anxious to get their homes fixed.

Federal government to pay 90 percent of Joplin cleanup costs

The federal government will cover 90 percent of the cleanup costs. Typically, it pays 75 percent of disaster-response costs.

Joplin helped by Kentucky homeless group

Twelve homeless and formerly homeless volunteers are in Joplin to assist with the cleanup effort. The group also brought donated goods.

Northwest Missouri prepares for flooding

Officials have told residents in northwestern Missouri to be ready to evacuate in the next couple of weeks.

House Republicans reject own debt limit proposal without spending cuts

With the rejection of the national debt limit increase, political maneuvering, which has become more common in recent years, might be practiced on legislation to raise the debt limit to seek authority to borrow additional trillions of dollars.

This year's Big 12 meetings much less tense

When the trimmed-down Big 12 Conference opened its four-day gathering Tuesday in the same luxury hotel as last year, there was an entirely different tone.

PHOTO GALLERY: Young and old gather for basketball at Douglass Park

Warm weather brought many Columbia residents to Douglass Park on Tuesday.

VIDEO: Cicadas emerge after 13 years

After their last appearance in 1998, cicadas have returned to Columbia, and they are being seen and heard all over the city.

PHOTO GALLERY: Images from MU softball's season

The No. 5 Missouri softball team opens the 2011 Women's College World Series against No. 4 Florida at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

DEAR READER: Project 573 is a snapshot of mid-Missouri

A group of MU journalism students spent a year reporting on how mid-Missourians are responding to the recent economy.

Grant Elementary to hold 100th anniversary celebration at Blue Note

One of Columbia's oldest elementary schools invites students, faculty, staff and alumni to celebrate 100 years of education.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: U.S. killer tornado statistics

Statistics provided by the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center track the location and death count of all fatal tornadoes in the U.S. since 2000.

Columbia hearing might determine Chillicothe murder conviction retrial

A Boone County judge will recommend to the Missouri Supreme Court whether Mark Woodworth, who was previously convicted of murder, deserves a retrial.