Missouri softball team frustrated in WCWS loss

Missouri pitcher Chelsea Thomas throws against Florida in the opening round of the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. The Tigers lost 6-2 to Florida.

Chelsea Thomas boasted a record of 31-6 coming into the Women's College World Series, and her 0.83 ERA led the nation. But Thursday, Thomas allowed six runs on eight hits in a 6-2 loss to Florida.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tigers lose opener in Women's College World Series

The Missouri softball team lost 6-2 to Florida in the opening round of the Women's College World Series on Thursday night in Oklahoma City.

Pennsylvania girl aces 'cymotrichous' to win Spelling Bee

Sukanya Roy of South Abington Township, Pa., has won the 84th Scripps National Spelling Bee. Sukanya took the title with the winning word cymotrichous, which means wavy hair. She wins more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.


PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri fans warm up with tailgate parties before Women's College World Series begins

Tigers face the Gators in the opening game of the Women's College World Series on Thursday in Oklahoma City on Thursday.

City ends Ameren deal, takes ownership of Columbia Energy Center

Although Columbia's energy portfolio is changing, the city will continue to get the vast majority of its electricity from coal-fired power plants.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Missouri athletes tops in academics

MU's athletes are leading the race among the NCAA-member institutions in academic achievement, a measure of athletic success that is often under celebrated.

Northwest Missouri prepares for imminent flooding

Massive loads of sand and more than 75,000 sandbags were placed in strategic spots around Holt County, and residents there were waiting to see where the sandbags were most needed to reinforce the river's banks.

Sparky's sells out of cicada ice cream

Sparky's Homemade Ice Cream is creating a buzz around town. The ice cream was gone Wednesday night before it could be put out for display on Thursday.

Early WCWS games low-scoring affairs

Strong pitching and defense featured in first three opening round games of Women's College World Series.

Grant Elementary School principal Beverly Borduin retires

Grant Elementary School principal Beverly Borduin reminisces about her 29 years with Columbia Public Schools.

MU study links playing violent video games and aggressive behavior

MU psychology professor conducted a study that demonstrates a reduced brain response to violence can contribute to an increase in aggression. Researchers are also exploring other effects that playing violent video games might have on people.

Columbia home prices up; actual sales decline

Although actual home sales are down, the Boone County housing market shows improvement compared to last year, despite a dip in national home prices.


VA mortgage company to add 300 Columbia jobs

VA Mortgage, which provides home loans to veterans and active members of the military, will add 300 jobs to Columbia by the end of 2016. Positions will include loan processors, loan officers and credit consultants, the center's manager said.


Scientist to decode songs of the cicada at Columbia conference

International scientists are gathering for a conference in Columbia this weekend to talk about communication among cicadas and other invertebrates.

Officials caution against reliance on tornado sirens

Missouri officials say tornado sirens may not always work correctly and can be hard to hear inside. They're not meant to be the only warning system.

An updated list of the 138 people who died in the Joplin tornado

State officials say they have confirmed, either as located or deceased, every individual who was reported unaccounted-for in the wake of last week’s tornado.

Death toll from Joplin tornado now 138

 The Missouri Department of Public Safety announced the increase from 134 to 138 on Thursday after confirming that four more people died in hospitals of injuries suffered in deadliest single U.S. tornado since 1950.


Big 12 sets new format for basketball tournaments

The Big 12 Conference spent several months studying various possibilities before adopting a new plan for its men's and women's basketball tournaments at its annual meetings on Thursday.

Missouri closes two beaches for high bacteria, reopens three others

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is closing two beaches at Mark Twain and Harry S Truman state parks.

Snow melting, dams filling, floods feared in West