SEC says Missouri has not been invited to join

Contrary to earlier reports, an SEC spokesman says the conference has not extended an invitation to Missouri to join the league.

Emotions run high as Regency Trailer Park tenants consider options

Mid-Missouri Legal Services, 6th Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe and Grass Roots Organizing spoke to tenants of Regency Trailer Park about legal options open to tenants in light of probable rezoning and closure of the trailer park.

High school students, teachers see value of social media communication

Hickman and Rock Bridge students say social media and other electronic communication are useful tools in communicating with teachers, especially for school-related activities.

MKT could play important role in Columbia ward reapportionment

Only one of the five boundary maps brought before City Council on Monday fits the city charter requirement that wards be contiguous.

Columbia city workers' pension funds have nearly $118 million shortfall

The city pension funds that support police officers, firefighters, utility workers and other Columbia employees are lacking $117.8 million that will be needed to pay out benefits.

ON THE BLOG: Conference realignment storyline adds more twists

There were more than a few announcements and reports Tuesday about conference realignment. Go to the Missourian Sports Blog to check out some that Tigers fans might find interesting.

Pac-12 officials say the conference won't add teams

Big 12 Conference solidarity got a boost when Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said Tuesday night that the league decided "to remain a 12-team conference." Officials from the Big East, meanwhile, "pledged to each other that they are committed to move forward together."

Missouri volleyball team prepares for nationally-televised road test

The Missouri volleyball team travels to Ames, Iowa, on Wednesday for a nationally-televised match against Iowa State. Missouri last played on television in 2005.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Fast friendship grows over Twitter, Skype and 'Fallout 3'

In this age of technology, meeting some of your best friends via Twitter or online video games isn't so rare because of the ability to easily find people who are interested in similar things as you.

Vote on China hub bill delayed by House committee

The committee wants to further consider the hours of testimony it heard. If a consensus isn't reached in the next two days, the special session may adjourn without passing the bill.

Columbia native named 2011 MacArthur fellow

Peter Hessler, a Columbia native and Hickman High School graduate, was named a 2011 MacArthur Fellow on Tuesday because of his "creativity, originality, and potential to make important contributions in the future."

Good defense not enough for Hickman softball against Jefferson City

Despite an excellent defensive effort, Hickman softball lost to Jefferson City 3-2 in nine innings Tuesday. Kewpies pitcher Riley Wilson gave up 16 hits but still kept the game close.

Missouri tailback Jared Culver defies norm on and off field

Built like a fullback, Jared Culver is an unusual sight on the Missouri football team. But then, he's been an unusual sight in high school musicals, cheerleading squads and choirs, too.

Big East, Pac-12 officials each meet to talk conference realignment

The futures of the Big East and Pac-12, two conferences going in separate directions, are being discussed by officials this week. The Big East tries to remain intact as the Pac-12 considers further expansion.

Columbia rotary clubs raise money for well in Africa

The well in Nigeria funded by Columbia Rotary Clubs will benefit 200 to 300 people.

Construction on Walnut Street begins Wednesday

From Wednesday to mid-November, the section of Walnut Street between William Street and Old Highway 63 will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays for sidewalk construction.

Missouri Department of Agriculture announces new state veterinarian

Linda Hickam, from Columbia, was appointed the new state veterinarian last week and will lead the Division of Animal Health.

Clark Lane reconstruction to continue into second phase

The Columbia City Council passed a motion Monday night to allow for bids on the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of St. Charles Road and Clark Lane. 

FAIRVIEW: Fairview Elementary to hold its annual kindergarten picnic

The picnic will be held on the playground behind Fairview Elementary School at 6 p.m. Thursday.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Research universities are key asset in future economic growth

Research universities and broadband networks offer us an opportunity to build on our strengths and move our nation forward.