TIGER KICKOFF: Night crew sets stage for Missouri football weekends

Setting up and tearing down is the constant theme for the athletic department's facilities crew that works the graveyard shift to prepare the Mizzou Sports Park and surrounding campus for football games and other events.

Missouri soccer team's impressive start stems from hard work

After eight games, the Tigers are 7-1-0. Last season, after the same number of matches, they held a 2-4-2 record.

Army Corps of Engineers estimates 2011 flood damage at $2 billion

It will cost the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers $2 billion to repair the flood damage to the nation's levees, dams and riverbanks. The corps currently has only $150 million for repairs.

Bus contracts with student apartments cost Columbia thousands of dollars

Columbia Transit is losing thousands of dollars through contracts with apartment complexes that give students free rides.

Not just science fiction: Planet orbits 2 suns

A new planet has been discovered by NASA's telescope Kepler, and just like in "Star Wars," this planet orbits two suns.

Exercise Tiger Association will honor army officers, veterans at banquet

The Exercise Tiger Association will hold its annual "Adopt a Serviceman" banquet Friday to honor local army officers and veterans.

TIGER KICKOFF: What is a Leatherneck anyway?

Breaking down what you wanted to know, and probably some things that you didn't want to know, about Western Illinois.

TIGER KICKOFF: Five things you didn't know about Dominique Hamilton

Get to know defensive tackle Dominique Hamilton.

TIGER KICKOFF: With Week 2 loss, Missouri football team in uncharted territory

Never before has the current crop of Missouri football players had a loss this early in the season. Add in the team's first overtime game since the 2008 Alamo Bowl, and the team is dealing with a couple new experiences.

Rock Bridge tight end excited about Ole Miss football scholarship

Austin Ray, a 6-foot-6-inch, 235-pound senior tight end for Rock Bridge High School's football team, thought he might find a spot playing for Missouri. He didn't — but a football scholarship to Ole Miss has him excited for college.

After three knee surgeries, Will Owens still makes impact for Kewpies

Will Owens has had three surgeries to repair torn menisci in his left and right knees. His most recent surgery was in July, but he's not showing any lingering effects. He's playing both sides of the ball for Hickman and has hopes for a college football career.

Philanthropic grant covers flu shots for all Boone County children

The $122,341 from the David B. Lichtenstein Foundation will cover 6,200 vaccinations and pay nurses to conduct flu clinics in elementary schools across the county.

Bush honeysuckle has become a nuisance in Columbia, U.S.

Invasive species introduced from elsewhere in the world are now regarded as the second biggest threat after habitat destruction.

Seniors carry Rock Bridge softball team past Hickman

Seniors Whitney Wipfler and Kelsey Harrington both had three hits to lead Rock Bridge to a 10-6 win over rival Hickman. The game was played in front of a rowdy crowd at University Field.

Boone County horse and mule sale draws a variety of buyers, sellers

The Boone County Draft Horse and Mule Sale began Wednesday and will continue through Saturday. The event, which began in 1990, features the sale of farm equipment and a variety of draft horses and mules.

Columbia College's new tuition plan keeps rates for up to 5 years

Columbia College revealed a new tuition plan, school brand and internship program at President Gerald Brouder's State of the College Address on Thursday. The tuition plan will keep students' tuition at a constant rate for up to five years.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Proposed voter ID amendment is a most perplexing notion

We’ll be voting on a set of changes that purport to address a nonexistent problem while leaving real weaknesses untouched. We’ll make it harder to vote for people who already are less likely to do so. All that at a cost of millions we don’t have.

How much do you know about the U.S. Constitution?

Constitution Day will be celebrated in schools on Friday. What national holiday has ties to the Constitution? How many amendments have been introduced in Congress over the years? Test your knowledge with our facts and quiz.

TIGER KICKOFF: Participate in this week's caption contest

Each week we’ll show you a photo, and it’s your job to tell us what’s going on. Tweet us at @CoMoSports using the hashtag #captioncontest. We’ll read all of them and publish the best ones online and in next week’s print edition.

Columbia begins search for 2012's Most Notable Properties

The Historic Preservation Commission is taking applications for the Most Notable Properties 2012. The properties should add to the city's social and aesthetic value.