Missouri boosts buyout penalty in Haith contract

MU men's basketball coach Frank Haith addresses the criticisms voiced by some Missouri fans after his introductory press conference.

MU has made it much more expensive for its new men's basketball coach to leave before his contract is up.

BRAD CLEMONS: Being a comfortable nation has its dangers

Here in the Western world, we are so comfortable that we have to invent challenges for ourselves.

Big-time college sports earns league commissioners big pay

Most of the top college conferences pay their commissioners more than $1 million, but under the rules of amateurism the athletes don't get anything.

UPDATE: Derrick Washington granted continuance

Former MU football player Derrick Washington's deviate sexual assault trial has been pushed back for a fifth time.

Pujols out 4 to 6 weeks with arm fracture

The Cardinals first baseman was injured in the sixth inning of Sunday's game.

Gov. Nixon active in Missouri disaster relief

After this year's tornadoes and flooding, Gov. Jay Nixon has been ever-present at disaster sites and active in relief efforts.

Loss of key NASCAR sponsor starts rumors swirling

Columbia native Carl Edwards, the current Sprint Cup points leader, has yet to sign a new deal with Roush-Fenway racing. Will the loss of NASCAR sponsor Red Bull push him to an agreement sooner?

Missouri River falls short of Nebraska nuclear plant shutdown

The river must rise to 902 feet above sea level for the Cooper Nuclear Plant to shutdown.

PHOTO GALLERY: Sunset on the eve of the summer solstice

The 2011 summer solstice will have 14 hours, 53 minutes of daylight on Tuesday.

Eighth member added to ward reapportionment committee

The City Council unanimously approved the addition of an at-large member of committee, which had been criticized for lacking diversity. Wiley Miller was selected.

Parking meter rates to double July 1 downtown

Residents can expect rates for downtown parking to double starting on July 1 from 30 cents an hour to 60 cents. The decision was approved unanimously at the City Council meeting Monday.

Sand shortage causes concern for flood fighters in Missouri

During the next few days, the river is expected to rise to as much as 10 feet over flood stage in parts of Missouri. It could stay above flood stage into August.

Boone County farmers included in federal biomass initiative

Growing miscanthus grass as part of the MFA Oil Biomass project has raised some questions.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Does public demand exist for Short Street garage?

At an estimated price of $60,000 for each Short Street garage space available to the public, the Columbia City Council needs to decide if residents share the same perceived value of downtown parking.

Columbia man involved in domestic disturbance, charged with arson

A domestic disturbance and structure fire required the assistance of both the Columbia Police and Fire departments Monday. No injuries were reported.

Birkhead pleads guilty to involvement in homeless man's death

Travis Grant Birkhead, 50, received his sentence after pleading guilty to armed criminal action and the voluntary manslaughter of Jerry Schneider.

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Root Cellar finds new home in North Village Arts District

The grocery store has been providing Columbia residents with locally and organically grown products for 10 years. Now, the store plans to offer the community even more. 

Two sent to University Hospital in I-70 rollover accident

A silver Ford Expedition pulling a Puma Travel Trailer ran off the right side of westbound Interstate 70.

PHOTO GALLERY: Battle of Boonville spectators share their photos

Larry Fague of Winfield came to the Battle of Boonville to see where his great-grandfather fought in the Civil War.