TIGER KICKOFF: MU athletic dining hall serving more than burgers and fries

Melanie Brown, a senior at MU, sorts through fresh blackberries in the dining hall of the Missouri Athletic Training Center on Monday. Brown has worked in the dining hall for 5 years.

The Sells Family Athletic Dining Hall accommodates 502 student-athletes. It caters to their nutritional needs while aiming for a dining experience better than your typical cafeteria.

TIGER KICKOFF: Snyder's slow pace makes Kansas State a unique team in Big 12

If the rest of the conference is moving toward jet tempo, Kansas State is a single-engine propeller plane. But that plane flies just fine, just ask the Associated Press voters, who have Kansas State at No. 20 in this week's poll.

Occupy Wall Street movement spreads to Columbia

A protest from New York has arrived in Columbia, with demonstrators outside the Daniel Boone City Building saying that big corporations have too much power.

After scrutiny, MU Faculty Council recommends revision of 'academic freedom' policy

MU's Faculty Council agreed that a proposed policy intended to protect student and teacher discourse in the classroom needs to be reconsidered and the language rewritten to make it more focused and specific.

Homecoming, religious holiday conflict leaves Jewish teen in tough spot

Hickman High School's Homecoming game is the same night as Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. As a cheerleader and member of the Homecoming court, Laura Davis' decision about whether to go to services or the game has been a matter of faith and family.

BENTON STEPHENS: Preschoolers participate in worldwide reading event at Field School

More than 200 preschoolers participated in Read for the Record on Thursday morning. Community members read "Llama Llama Red Pajama," by Anna Dewdney, to the children.

Wall Street protesters fed up with both political parties

Demonstrators with the movement marched Thursday in Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles and Anchorage, Alaska, carrying signs with slogans such as "Get money out of politics" and "I can't afford a lobbyist."

Big 12 votes to begin talks with TCU, extend grant of TV rights

Missouri decided to hold out on two votes of the Big 12 Conference board of directors on Thursday. The board voted to start the process of bringing Texas Christian University into the league and to a six-year grant of TV rights.

UPDATE: 10 OccupySTL protesters arrested in St. Louis

By early Thursday afternoon, all those arrested were released. The ongoing protest is part of a movement in support of Occupy Wall Street in New York.

11-year-old singer shines at national anthem tryouts

The MU Athletics Department held tryouts Thursday for performers to sing the national anthem before Missouri sporting events. Eleven-year-old Savannah Purkey was among the contestants.

Missouri soccer team stays positive despite recent struggles

The Tigers completed an intense training week and seem ready to put recent losses behind them and take on Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville on Friday.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Occupy movement might fill gap in public conversation

Columbia's Occupy COMO protest might not create a wave in America's politics, but the national movement might show a response from the left that has been missing from the public conversation.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Steve Jobs' death raises awareness of pancreatic cancer

Although pancreatic cancer is almost impossible to cure, diet and lifestyle changes can reduce the risks.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Don't bother to feel sorry for banks

Bank of America's recent addition of a monthly debit card fee is only out of greed, and customers shouldn't feel sorry for the banks.

Dudley to discuss wards at library meeting

Fourth Ward Councilman Daryl Dudley will talk to the public about his proposed ward reapportionment plan at the Columbia Public Library on Friday.

Chemical reaction sends MU graduate student to hospital

The student's hands were injured from the reaction, but the injuries sustained were not life-threatening.

Intensive search continues for missing Kansas City baby

Federal agents and law officers have been using search dogs, helicopters and all-terrain vehicles to search for the missing baby.

TIGER KICKOFF: Things to do in Manhattan, Kan.

For those of you headed to Manhattan, Kan., to watch the Tigers take on Kansas State, we gathered advice on where to eat and what to do in "The Little Apple."

TIGER KICKOFF: Big 12 games on TV this weekend

With Missouri looking to bounce back after a loss to Oklahoma, the Red River Rivalry, eyes on Baylor quarterback as an early favorite for the Heisman Trophy and undefeated Texas Tech on the field this weekend, here's how you can watch it all.

Rock Bridge softball season ends abruptly in loss to Jefferson City

The Rock Bridge girls softball team lost to Jefferson City 4-2 on Thursday night in the Class 4, District 9 playoffs.