COMMENT: Welcome to the culture of fear in college sports

In these uncertain days of conference realignment, schools have become so occupied with fighting off the grim reaper of irrelevance and financial instability that they have forgotten why college athletics exist in the first place.

Citizens for Justice keep watchful eyes on Columbia Police Department

Created more than a year ago, Matthew Akins’ Citizens for Justice group has become an interactive resource for members of the community who feel they’re not getting a fair shake from the Columbia Police Department.  

Dan Atwill appointed presiding county commissioner

Dan Atwill, MU alumnus and Columbia attorney, was appointed to the position by Gov. Jay Nixon; the Republican Central Committee is criticizing the appointment.

Unions, students join Wall Street protesters

The "Occupy Wall Street" movement continues to gain momentum with groups replicating its protests across the country.

Missouri cornerback E.J. Gaines setting example for shaken secondary

The Missouri football team's secondary has struggled to stop opponents' passing so far this season. However, sophomore E.J. Gaines has shown in the past two games that mistakes can be overcome.

House committee approves China hub bill

The China cargo hub and tax break bill is back in the House, but amendments to it are being blocked.

SEC officials say focus is on 13-team schedule

SEC school administrators have indicated that adding a 14th school is likely, but Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin said the conference is in a wait-and-see mode on further expansion.

Kansas City police continue search for Lisa Irwin

The 10-month-old girl was last seen Monday night. An Amber Alert issued for her was canceled, but the search continues. Detectives were meeting Wednesday to decide what to do next.

Taking a risk: Five mid-Missouri residents with ideas strive for microloans

It's a daunting time to take on the endeavor of starting a new business. But through a small business start-up program, five central Missouri residents with a variety of ideas are taking that chance. 

Hickman's volleyball loss emotional one for senior Homecoming court member

Kimberly Lake was visibly upset after the loss to Sacred Heart on Wednesday. The stress of her last home game combined with the demands of Homecoming were just too much to handle.

Playing softball at Rock Bridge just one thing sisters do together

The Bruins' Whitney and Madison Wipfler are as close as two people can be. But after this season, they will have to get used to being apart.

DAVID ROSMAN: Guilty until proven innocent, or guilty even when innocent?

The Innocence Project says it has freed about 275 wrongly convicted individuals in its 20 years of existence.

Occupy COMO takes cue from Wall Street protests

Occupy movements are creating a stir in Columbia and across the country. Here's what you should know about Occupy COMO in the form of tweets, blog posts and the latest news.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Wendy's spent millions on a burger that can't compare to a backyard cookout

Years of testing and experiments have resulted in a burger that can't stand up to those served up at blue-collar barbeques.

PHOTO GALLERY: Adding color to Columbia's traffic boxes

Stephanie Foley is being paid $1,500 to paint the traffic box at Seventh Street and Broadway as part of the Traffic Box Art Program. The program aims to create unique art in downtown Columbia to combat graffiti. Foley's is the fourth to be completed.

Three Columbia stores broken into overnight

Three Columbia stores were broken into early Wednesday morning, Columbia Police reported.

BENTON STEPHENS: Walk to End to Alzheimer's to be held Sunday at Stephens Lake Park

The walk hopes to raise $64,000 for the Alzheimer's Association's mid-Missouri chapter. Online registration for the event will end sometime Saturday afternoon.

Boone County male arrested on suspicion of armed robbery

Ladame Telshawn Smith, 17, was arrested Tuesday after witnesses linked him to reports of a man attempting to rob a home in the New Haven Meadows Subdivision.

Hickman softball team conquers nerves in district victory

A no-pressure approach helped the Kewpies in a 10-0 victory over Smith-Cotton in their Class 4, District 9 opener Wednesday.

Two players keep Missouri volleyball team connected with strong communication

As setter and libero, Priscilla Armendariz and Molly Kreklow lead the Tigers on the court.