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UPDATE: Virginia Tech gunman believed dead

A police officer secures the scene where a gunman killed a police officer and another person after a traffic stop Thursday on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va. The school said a police officer pulled someone over for a traffic stop and was shot and killed. The shooter ran toward a nearby parking lot, where a second person was found dead.

The gunman who killed a police officer Thursday at a traffic stop at Virginia Tech is believed to be dead, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

UPDATE: Pujols, Angels agree to 10-year, $254 million contract

ES+Albert Pujols agreed to a $254 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the second-highest contract in baseball history. The Angels also agreed to a give-year contract worth about $75 million with left-hander C.J. Wilson.

Albert Pujols to join Los Angeles Angels

Former Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols signed a 10-year, $250 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Thursday morning.

Frozen fans set for long wait for tickets to basketball Border Showdown

People were already waiting in line at about 9 p.m. Thursday night outside Mizzou Arena, hoping to be among the first 4,000 students to get tickets for this season's home basketball game against Kansas.

Virginia Tech used alert system to update campus after police officer shot

A police officer was killed in a Virginia Tech parking lot Thursday, and campus officials employed a high-tech early warning to lock down the campus and keep students, staff and faculty updated. 

Board of Curators talks tuition, system finances at December meeting

The UM System Board of Curators discussed a proposal to raise the tuition at three University of Missouri campuses at the rate of inflation, which is estimated to be about 3 percent.

Boone County public safety technology overhaul lacks traction

Boone County public safety agencies have been working together for more than a year on a plan to update their technology so they can more easily share information. It's turning out to be harder than anyone expected.

Flores leads Missouri women's basketball team past Eastern Illinois

Tigers senior Christine Flores scored 25 points, collected 14 rebounds and blocked 10 shots in the Missouri women's basketball team's 56-54 victory against Eastern Illinois on Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena.

Cardinals prepared for Pujols' departure, fan emotions vary

Albert Pujols' departure was rumored since the first day of spring training when he cut off contract talks. Field shuffling went into effect to compensate in case he decided to leave. 

Hickman runner to compete in Foot Locker National Championship

After finishing ninth at the state cross country meet in early November, Hickman High School junior Nicole Mello qualified for the Foot Locker National Championship race in San Diego.

Jordan Dressler anchors Columbia College men's basketball team

Jordan Dressler leads the Columbia Cougars in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and blocked shots, but teammates describe him as "the heart of the team" for his personality off the court.

Families line up for Christmas presents at the Voluntary Action Center

Around 1,200 families in Boone County will get Christmas gifts through the Christmas program. The families were paired with sponsors and wrote Christmas wish lists.

Eight Missouri football players picked for AP All-Big 12 teams

The Missouri Tigers had four first-team selections.

Fans react to Pujols' departure on Facebook, Twitter

After hearing that the St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols has agreed to a $254 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels, fans of both teams took to Facebook and Twitter to express their disappointment, excitement and other reactions.

PHOTO GALLERY: Ashland postmaster cares about community, residents

Alisa Calvert, postmaster in Ashland, believes knowing the community and its residents is the most important role.

Winter safety in Columbia: Are you ready?

We created a five-question quiz to test your knowledge about snow, sports and driving tips in the winter. 

Missouri hunters fight hunger by sharing deer harvest

So far this year, 7,500 pounds of venison has been collected by the Share the Harvest program.  The program collects venison donations from area hunters to distribute to families in need.

GEORGE KENNEDY: 10 standards that inform serious coverage of news

"The Elements of Journalism" establishes 10 key principles for the practice of journalism.  Both journalists and their readers should be aware of these principles. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Pay-to-play goes on despite 14-year prison term for Blagojevich

The tragedy of the Blagojevich prison sentence is that the problems in politics exposed by his conviction will continue.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: There's no compelling reason to extend term limits

Voters should have the opportunity to limit an incumbent's term during elections, and the proposal to extend term limits would take that power away. 

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