UPDATE: New curtain rises on Missouri Theatre as MU takes over

Patrons wait outside the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts for the doors to open for its Grand Opening Gala, which featured singer Tony Bennett, on May 21, 2008.

The deal is done. MU will lease and operate the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts for the next three years and have the option to buy it after that. 

Kahler found guilty of capital murder, four counts of first-degree murder

“He murdered them all, one by one,” Assistant Attorney General Amy Hanley said of Kraig Kahler during her closing argument. “He killed his family because they were no longer perfect.”

Missouri offense crisp in final preseason scrimmage

An up-tempo style and an improved James Franklin helped the Tigers' offense look as good as it had all month during Thursday's preseason scrimmage.

Missouri running back hopes to repeat success from last season

Henry Josey was one of four running backs thrust into the spotlight when Derrick Washington was dismissed from the team last season. A year later, he's working hard to stay in the mix with the help of an injured teammate.

School Board bumps tax levy to go toward air conditioning, other capital improvements

In its annual adjustment, the Columbia School Board raised the property tax levy by 3.2 cents. The board plans to use the money for air conditioning projects.

Texas A&M still weighing Big 12 exit

Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin said in a letter to Big 12 Conference Commissioner Dan Beebe that the Aggies are exploring all their options.

Missouri colleges consider move to performance funding

Missouri college presidents discussed Thursday performance funding as a solution to the decline in state support for higher education. 

Hurricane Irene forces evacuations in North Carolina

Irene is expected to hit North Carolina's Outer Banks on Saturday afternoon, and evacuations were ordered in Dare County, N.C.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tomato Festival offers wide variety of pepper, tomato flavors

The seventh annual Tomato Festival on Thursday at MU's Bradford Research and Extension Center drew a crowd of more than 600 people eager to taste hybrid tomatoes and peppers. Sixty-four varieties of peppers and 64 tomatoes were displayed for people to sample.

New Hickman football coach ready for debut

The Providence Bowl is Coach Arnel Monroe's first game as head coach and one of the biggest of the season for Hickman's football team. But that intense atmosphere doesn't phase the veteran Monroe.

Time finally comes for new Rock Bridge quarterback

Rock Bridge's Bo Bell has spent his entire high school career as a backup quarterback, patiently waiting for his opportunity to start. Now he has his chance.

Merriam-Webster reveals new word list

Included in the more than 100 new terms are "tweet," "helicopter parents," "bromance," "cougar" and " boomerang child." Oh, and don't forget about "fist bump."

Without Jobs, Apple must show it can still deliver

To some in the Apple world, CEO Steve Jobs' resignation is more of a sentimental change than a logistical one — his successor has handled the job before. But others say the change could lead to future struggles for the company.

Self-imposed ban for problem gamblers could change

Proposed changes to Missouri's self-exclusion program would allow people who have banned themselves from the state's casinos to have the prohibition lifted after at least five years instead of continuing with a lifetime ban.

Hickman volleyball looks to new season with upbeat expectations

After struggling last year, the Hickman volleyball team is staying positive about the new season.

Fr. Tolton Catholic, Calvary Lutheran put together cooperative sports teams

Fr. Tolton Catholic High School, the first Catholic high school in the Columbia area, has organized several different sports teams, two which are the result of a cooperative partnership with Calvary Lutheran High School in Jefferson City.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia's new Catholic school hosts fall sports media night

Columbia's new Catholic high school, Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School, hosted a Fall Sports Pictures and Media night on Thursday.

Youth bolsters roster on this season's Missouri volleyball team

Missouri coach Wayne Kreklow said the upcoming Tiger Invitational is a chance for his new players to learn.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tigers play final scrimmage before season

The Missouri Tigers finished the last scrimmage of the season Thursday at Faurot Field. The team will take Friday off before "game week" preparations begin Saturday.

BRAD CLEMONS: Suburban lawn care brings out the darker side of men

Keeping a perfectly trimmed lawn has become an obsession for men in today's world.