New Big 12 basketball coaches all have ties to league

Missouri's Frank Haith, Texas A&M's Billy Kennedy, Oklahoma's Lon Kruger and Texas Tech's Billy Gillispie are the Big 12's new head men's basketball coaches, but they all had previous connections to the league.

Mississippi River flooding slows at Birds Point levee

The Mississippi river is still swollen, but it stopped flowing through the Birds Point levee Thursday morning. The Army Corps of Engineers said not to expect renewed flooding in the Birds Point area.

Columbia College soccer alumni honor cancer-victim teammate

Kjell-Einar Teien, who played soccer for four seasons at Columbia College, died from cancer at age 28. Every year, former members of the Cougars soccer team honor him by returning to Columbia to compete in the Show-Me State Games.

PHOTO GALLERY: Preparations under way for Elderberry Festival

The Elderberry Festival is scheduled to take place from Thursday to Sunday outside of Hartsburg. Day passes range between $10 and $15, and a four-day pass is $40. The festival features food, crafts, kids activities and live music.

Race to the Dome on Missouri River postponed until October

High water levels have race organizers worried about safety for participants. The race was originally scheduled for July 2, but it has been moved to October.

Flooded Missouri River will keep Iowa residents from homes

Water levels won't return to normal until September, so some Iowa residents will likely have to put their normal lives on hold for the coming months. 

On the road: Trucker quilts while traveling across the country

Cathy Abbott, 49, drives a commercial truck with her husband, quilting as she goes — but not when she's behind the wheel.

Ricky Kreklow leaving Missouri basketball

Sophomore Ricky Kreklow is leaving MU and the basketball program. A Columbia native, Kreklow is ready to get away from home. 

Fungus strikes Joplin tornado victims

At least nine survivors might have contracted a blood-vessel invading infection.

Jewish festival Shavuot observed at Congregation Beth Shalom

The Tuesday evening service held to observe the start of the one-day festival had 22 attendees, but the low number was no surprise to Rabbi Yossi Feintuch. Although the Jewish community in Columbia is small, a sense of community is important.

Hot weather brings risks for senior athletes

Dehydration, hot environment and humidity can be a dangerous mix, MU exercise expert says.

Air Conditioner Exchange program lets customers swap in old units

The Air Conditioner Exchange program will provide an opportunity for low-income utility customers to exchange their old air conditioners with more energy-efficient window units.

Diana exhibit in Kansas City to break U.S. attendance record

The Princess Diana exhibit at Union Station in Kansas City is scheduled to close Sunday. So far, more than 90,000 people have seen it, and that number is expected to reach 100,000 by the time the exhibit closes.

Missouri tennis team earns spot in ITA tournament

The Tigers are one of 60 schools chosen to play in the tournament that concludes with the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in February in Charlottesville, Va.

GUEST COLUMN: Trail through Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary hurts environment

The PedNet Coalition's proposed trail will damage the environmental education site. An alternative route should be considered.

Finding Lavern: Cat survives 16 days under Joplin tornado rubble

A Joplin family found its cat on Tuesday when they went back to their house, which was destroyed in the tornado in May.

GUEST COMMENTARY: SEC too cozy with financial industry

The appointment of Daniel Gallagher as a leader of the Securities and Exchange Commission is another example of just how intertwined the SEC is with the industry it oversees.

Missouri officials close three beaches for high bacteria

The swimming beaches at Mark Twain and Harry S. Truman state parks were closed. Grand Glaize beach, also called public beach No. 2, was closed.

Two Arizona towns to empty as wildfire approaches

Residents in Springerville and Eagar have been ordered to evacuate as the fire approaches. A sheriff ordered them to evacuate by Wednesday night.