Emily Wilson carries on volleyball family tradition at MU

The Wilson sisters might be separated by four years and have different personalities, but that doesn't stop people from confusing the two.

James Hickem III's family remembers his independent spirit

The family of James Hickem said he loved skateboarding, art and hanging out with friends — and that he did things his own way.

WEST BOULEVARD: Shoeman Water Project pays to dig water wells in Kenya

Students at West Junior High are collecting shoes to help South African villages. Known as the Shoeman Water Project, the drive will continue until Tuesday. All types of shoes will be accepted, regardless of the condition, including cleats, baby shoes, sandals, tennis shoes and boots.

Police arrest man who said he planned to rob a bank

A man was arrested Thursday as he was leaving Merchants and Farmers bank. When questioned, the man told police he was planning to rob a bank. 

Gary Pinkel pleads guilty to Class B Misdemeanor

MU football coach Gary Pinkel pleaded guilty to a Class B misdemeanor on Friday in connection to a charge of driving while intoxicated. He received a 30-day suspended sentence, which means he will serve 30 days in jail if he violates a two-year probation.

Missouri athletes share messages of sympathy and support about Oklahoma State plane crash

Former and current Missouri athletes react on Twitter to the death of two Oklahoma State women's basketball coaches in a plane crash last night.

Ameren to submit Lake Ozarks plan early next year

The power company announced a plan that would allow many of the homes and businesses along the Lake of the Ozarks to remain, rather than be removed for a hydroelectric project.

Sediment shuts down Mississippi River at St. Louis

Barges lined the Mississippi River for a second day in a row in a waterway traffic jam near St. Louis. Strong currents and sediment build-up are complicating the dredging process and holding up river shipping.

MU Campus Dining strives for sustainability

The Bradford Research Center's new facility will sustainably supply a compost to be used in growing vegetables for the university's dining halls.

Operation Christmas Child to collect gift boxes

Gift boxes for children in about 100 countries can be dropped off at Signature Foods Warehouse through Monday.

Missouri to close five state parks for deer hunts

Hunting is usually not allowed in state parks, but special hunts are one way to manage the deer population. Columbia's Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is among the parks to be closed for the hunts.

Occupy St. Louis protesters out of jail

Fourteen protesters were released after being arrested Thursday for blocking entry to a bridge in St. Louis.

MULTIMEDIA: Old-fashioned music makes dancers move

Old-fashioned music played by the River Ridge String Band inspires the Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers to move to a different rhythm.

Historic Missouri house might become modern classroom

Plans are in place to preserve the Reynolds House, possibly for educational purposes. 

Columbia sees increase in local food movement participation

The market for local food has grown over the past few years. The U.S. Department of Agriculture expects national sales to reach $7 billion in 2011.

Pecan shortage and higher export demand causes prices to soar

Due to drought in prime growing areas and a huge demand from China, the pecan shortage is affecting businesses in the country.

University Singers will perform at the White House

The MU University Singers will be singing at the White House next month. The group has received praise as a top-notch college choir. 

Columbia Police Department offers tips for Thanksgiving travelers

The Columbia Police Department releases safety tips for those who will travel during the holidays.

Lawyer says Taiwan official in Missouri to plead guilty

The director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Kansas City was charged in federal court with fraud in foreign labor contracting for underpaying and overworking and overworking her Filipina housekeeper.

Services set for slain St. Louis-area boy

Services will be held Monday for the 13-month-old boy whose body was found near his family's home earlier this week. His mother has been charged with second-degree murder in his death.