NOTEBOOK: Missouri football returns to practice

After what was a stressful finals week for some players, the Missouri football team returned to the practice field Friday to prepare for the Independence Bowl, to be played Dec. 26 in Shreveport, La.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia Star Dinner Train

The Columbia Star Dinner Train recalls a bit of Columbia's railroad history. The Wabash Railroad began running through town in the mid-1800s but disappeared decades ago. Its name, however, lives on; "1951 Wabash" is emblazoned in light blue on the dinner train's locomotives. The dinner train takes passengers to towns Centralia and back.


Columbia College basketball defeats Benedictine

Columbia is 8-4 on the season with the victory.

PHOTO GALLERY: Centralia Young Farmers organize town's fifth annual Christmas Tractor Parade

Residents of all ages gathered in holiday garb to watch the festive floats. The parade was organized by the Centralia Young Farmers as a way "to bring rural Centralia together with the town during the Christmas season," said Lori Lewis, the group's advisor.

Columbia Star Dinner Train popular in first five months

Almost 5,000 passengers have boarded the train since it began round trips from Columbia to Centralia in July.

BEHIND THE STORY: We've only begun to cover childhood poverty

According to district spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark, this year, 38.9 percent of Columbia Public School students are enrolled in the National School Lunch Program. This statistic piqued the interest of two reporters.

Rock Bridge girls basketball team loses to Wichita Heights

The Rock Bridge girls basketball team fell to Wichita Heights on Friday in Kansas City.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU College of Human Environmental Sciences holds commencement ceremonies

MU's College of Human Environmental Sciences held its commencement ceremony on Friday afternoon in Jesse Auditorium.

Douglass High School offers new catering class

A new course at Douglass High School will offer students real-world experience in a barbecue catering business. The course will be taught collaboratively by a Douglass administrator and counselor, as well as culinary professionals.

States unlikely to heed NTSB call for cellphone ban

The National Transportation Safety Board has begun a push for states to enact full bans on all cellphone use while driving.  It has used major Missouri accident from August 2010 as support for the ban. 

GENE ROBERTSON: Accountability more important than secrecy in hiring UM System president

The secret nature of the presidential search process is unacceptable. Our governor, curators and chancellor owe it to students, taxpayers and faculty to be transparent.

MU visiting professor chronicles experiences as birth mother in memoir

Ann Breidenbach is a Columbia resident who recently won a fellowship for the memoir she is writing. Her memoir is about her experiences as a birth mother who put her son up for adoption almost 30 years ago. 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Critical air quality safeguard bogged down in Congress

The Mercury and Air Toxics Standard will improve health across the nation, according to the director of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment.

Graduation speaker encourages MU business students to find passion in life

Greg Garrison, vice chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers, encouraged MU Trulaske College of Businesses graduates to find a job they're passionate about during the school's commencement ceremony Friday. 

Seniors enjoy Christmas dinner, music at Oakland Senior Center

About 140 senior citizens attended a Christmas dinner hosted by the Oakland Senior Center on Friday. The annual event draws a slightly larger crowd to the center, which serves meals five days a week.

MU nursing graduates sent off with cheers, special messages

Seventy-one degrees were presented at the MU Sinclair School of Nursing's commencement ceremony Friday. 

MU faculty hope to establish digital storytelling degree program

The new major proposed by MU faculty focuses on storytelling through a set of skills including writing, visual communication and design and production.

Police arrest two additional people in connection with liquor store robbery

Police have arrested Bristle V. Haynes and Unrica Parrow in connection with the Nov. 24 robbery of Rangeline Liquor.

UPDATE: Missouri governor proposes to tap university reserves

Gov. Jay Nixon wants universities in Missouri to loan the state $106 million from their reserves. Under the preliminary proposal, the UM System would be asked to give $62.3 million.

Missouri 10-year-old leads drive to get Christmas cards to veterans

Blake Lantz is making sure that Missouri's wounded veterans aren't forgotten this holiday season.  The 10-year-old has launched a campaign to get people in his hometown to sign Christmas cards for veterans.