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What you need to know about Missouri's season opener

The Missouri Tigers kick off the 2011 season against Miami (Ohio) on Saturday.  Here's what you need to know if you're going to the game.

UPDATE: Indiana company quits Missouri Medicaid contract

The CEO of Syncare LLC said that the company quit because the contract was no longer worth pursuing because it had become a public relations debacle. Meanwhile, state officials said that the company was close to being fired.

Missouri's Gooden a linebacker of exceptional ability

Zaviar Gooden is not only an impressive physical specimen but a great player and great person, according to his teammates.

Despite sicknesses, Hickman football ready for game against Holt

The Hickman football team has struggled to prepare for its Friday game against Holt. About 20 players came down with the stomach flu this week.

Stephens College convocation symbolizes 'intellectual exploration' for upcoming year

This year the Stephens College convocation was dedicated to the memory of Stephens alumna Rebecca "Becca" Jean Roth, who died in May. A moment of silence was held.

City receives extra $5.9 million for bicycle and pedestrian improvements

The grant, awarded to the city in July, supplements a $22 million federal grant Columbia received in 2006 for trails and other projects designed to provide alternatives to driving.

SynCare ends Missouri Medicaid contract

The company, which was working under a contract to determine whether Medicaid recipients qualify for home-based medical care, has been criticized by consumers for poor performance.

Heat to stick around for MU football game

The heat index is expected to be between 100 degrees and 105 degrees Saturday. There is a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, but the game is not likely to be affected.

'Culture of doubt' decreases enrollment in law schools

Top 25 law schools, including UCLA and Washington University in St. Louis, are seeing significant declines in enrollment, while post-graduate employment rates are at their lowest levels in 15 years. 

McCaskill: Call centers should disclose location

Sen. Claire McCaskill, introduced plans to draft legislation that would require outsourced calling centers to identify where they are working.

Preparations in full gear for the Missouri football home opener

Preparations for Saturday's Missouri football opener have begun throughout Columbia, and many stores in town are preparing for the expected increase in shoppers.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Nuclear deterrence does not provide adequate security

Nuclear deterrence does not guarantee protection against a nuclear attack and is susceptible to human error, sabotage and cyber attack.

Special Olympics receives $1 million for training center

University of Missouri football foach Gary Pinkel helped announce a capital campaign to raise $7.5 million for a new facility.

Troopers find 132 pounds of marijuana in vehicle after traffic stop

State troopers pulled an Arizona man over near Kingdom City and discovered 132 pounds of marijuana during a search of the vehicle. 

GEORGE KENNEDY: Citizens Police Review Board reaffirms independent stance

Columbia's Citizens Police Review Board deserves applause for maintaining its independence in the face of proposed changes.

UPDATE: Wife, husband arrested in connection with false report of Subway robbery

Police arrested a woman and her husband in connection with a false report of a robbery at a Subway restaurant, according to a news release.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: People are tired of politics trumping the voters

The initiative process exists to provide Missourians an opportunity to get a law passed that the legislature does not see as a priority or is unwilling or unable to pass due to party politics. Lawmakers overturning these decisions is against the people's will.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't splinter the nation over disaster aid

Members of Congress should ignore partisan politics and do what's best for disaster relief efforts in Missouri and the United States.

Part of College Avenue to close for repairs Wednesday

Sewer repairs on College Avenue will cause an inside lane to be closed between Ash and Walnut streets.

Bickering about Longhorn Network continues

Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds and Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne disagree about preliminary discussions to launch the television network.

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