Columbia Public Schools teachers reflect on growing poverty rate

Fifth-grader Desiree Bassett wears her "Future College Student" T-shirt in the halls at West Boulevard Elementary School on Nov. 4. West Elementary encourages its students to plan for college despite economic difficulties. Every other Friday most students wear "Future College Student" T-shirts, and students state they will attend college during a pledge each morning.

As the poverty rate for children in Columbia Public Schools continues to rise, teachers and schools find they need to balance their roles as educators and nurturers.

Columbia School Board discusses teachers' collective bargaining options

Two collective bargaining policies for the Columbia Public School Board were approved Monday. Board members will vote on both options Jan. 9.

Tommy Saunders helping Kewpies junior basketball player gain confidence

A former standout wide receiver for the Missouri football team, Tommy Saunders has been Kewpies basketball player Cecil Williams' mentor for the past six years.


Haith builds trust, leads Missouri men's basketball to 9-0 start

By making connections with players both on and off the court, first-year head coach Frank Haith has helped a veteran team start the season undefeated.

Occupy COMO seeking office space for movement

Occupy COMO protesters are looking for office space in downtown Columbia to store supplies and share information about the movement over the winter months.

Former Missouri lawmaker Judy Baker leaves Obama administration

Baker, who is from Columbia, has been mentioned as a possible candidate to lead the University of Missouri system.

MU, Columbia College, Stephens College to hold commencement ceremonies this week

Graduation ceremonies will begin Thursday evening with Stephens College's fall commencement. Events continue into the weekend, with ceremonies Friday and Saturday at MU and two ceremonies Saturday afternoon at Columbia College.

City decides not to fine Kroenke Group for Osco site violation

The Kroenke Group was not fined for using a lot as a temporary construction facility. The fine could have added up to between $20,000 and $30,000.

GUEST COMMENTARY: The 10 greediest Americans of 2011

Labor journalist Sam Pizzigati breaks down the 10 most ruthless, self-absorbed and insensitive Americans of 2011.

Woman injured in accident on Old 63

Two cars traveling in opposite directions collided Sunday when both drivers straddled the center line after rounding a sharp curve on Old 63.

Private investigator takes case to state's highest court, attacks vexing Missouri law

Ricky Gurley is one angry private investigator. He's mad about a state statute that makes it a misdemeanor for most people to seek information about others on the Internet. So mad, in fact, that he's taken his case to the state's Supreme Court.

Sixth Ward boasts highest-attended Comprehensive Plan Task Force meeting

The Columbia Comprehensive Plan Task Force completed its series of six community meetings Monday night in the Sixth Ward at Shepard Boulevard Elementary School.

Two more defendants sentenced in Hobson homicide

Leo Roland was sentenced to 20 years and Lee Carter was sentenced to 15 years. Both were charged with second-degree robbery and armed criminal action in connection to the October 2010 shooting.

UPDATE: Kansas City Chiefs fire coach Todd Haley

Romeo Crennel has been named the interim coach of the 5-8 Chiefs after Haley was fired Monday, less than a year after he led the team to the AFC West title.

Pregame ritual energizes Hickman girls basketball in win over Rolla

The chant was started in 2001 by former Kewpies player, and has been used off and on during home games ever since.

Lowe's stands by decision to pull ads

Lowe's stands by its decision to pull advertisements during the airing of the TLC show "All-American Muslim."

GUEST COMMENTARY: The state needs to stop acting like a bank

Part of the state government is acting like a bank, which could cause a revenue shortfall next year.

Farmers cash in despite bad economy

While much of America worries about the possibility of a double-dip recession, farm profits are expected to spike by 28 percent this year.

Former Missouri House speaker Richard Rabbitt dies

Rabbitt served two terms as speaker in the 1970s before spending 16 months in prison on federal corruption charges. He died Friday at age 76.

Missouri's Flores earns Big 12 women's basketball honors

Tigers senior Christina Flores was named Big 12 Player of the Week for the second time this season.