Missouri women's basketball team shows confidence

Missouri forward BreAnna Brock goes up for a shot Monday as Evansville forward Samantha Heck tries to block at Mizzou Arena. Brock and teammate forward Christine Flores are consistently the two players leading in points. The Tigers defeated the Purple Aces, 74-51.

BreAnna Brock and Christine Flores each had 25 points in the Tigers' 74-51 victory over Evansville on Monday night at Mizzou Arena.

School boundary realignment committee to recommend approach B

After some adjustments, the committee decided to recommend the maps for approach B for intermediate and high school attendance areas to the school board. The recommendation will be made at the Jan. 9 meeting.

Short Street to be closed for garage, hotel construction

The City Council's decision Monday to close the street paves the way for the planned development of a parking garage for downtown businesses and the construction of a new hotel.

Oregon men's basketball player Jabari Brown transferring to Missouri

Jabari Brown, a 5-star recruit coming out of high school last spring, is planning to transfer to Missouri from Oregon.

Council's rent abatement for closed mobile home parks called unconstitutional

Third Ward Councilman Gary Kespohl wants the Columbia City Council to repeal a provision requiring that owners of mobile home parks give tenants three months of free rent when they decide to close them.

Entry buttons on sale for annual First Night Columbia celebration

Buttons for admission to the event, held annually on New Year's Eve in downtown Columbia, are on sale for $8 dollars at all Gerbes locations, Streetside Records, the ARC and the downtown Parks and Recreation office.

Days Inn shooting suspect turns himself in

Damoris Pierce, 19, went to the Boone County Sheriff's Department on Sunday and turned himself in for outstanding warrants.

Missouri men's basketball moves up to No. 9 in AP poll

With two wins this week, the Missouri men's basketball team moved up to No. 9 in this week's AP poll.

War veterans will park for free in Columbia city spaces

The City Council passed an ordinance granting free parking to veterans who display special license plates. The free parking applies to city-owned spaces, but not MU parking spaces.

Annual "Happy New U" event planned for New Year's Day

Participants can try different activities including Pilates, Zumba and spinning. Fitness experts will hold workouts and demonstrations of those activities, and professional dietitians will discuss tips for healthy eating.

Columbia city offices will be closed Dec. 26

In addition to offices being closed, residential refuse and curbside recycling will not be collected Monday.  City buses will run every 80 minutes.

Two weekend armed robberies seemingly related

The two robberies, one involving a pizza delivery man and the other involving a home resident, took place about a half-mile from each other. The case is still under investigation.

Structure fire on Limerick Lane causes roof damage

A family safely evacuated its southwest Columbia home Sunday after embers started a fire.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Wanted: College president. No experience required

How do you explain the selection of a former software executive with no significant academic credentials as the leader of a four-campus university system?

Hickman poets reveal personal stories at annual poetry slam

Poetry slams give students at Hickman the opportunity to express themselves in a way not previously used at the high school.

Columbia College art student stages exhibition at Tellers Gallery & Bar

Meridith Gray's paintings of nebulae are featured at Tellers Gallery & Bar this month.

In Iowa, attacks hurt Gingrich, open up GOP caucus race

Newt Gingrich's slide mirrors his newfound troubles nationally, and it has boosted Mitt Romney's confidence, while fueling talk that Ron Paul could win Jan. 3 in the first state caucuses.

North Korea: Mystery surrounds son set to succeed Kim Jong Il

Within hours of breaking the news of his father's death, state media urged North Korea's people to rally around Kim Jong Un and to "faithfully revere" their next leader. But much remains unknown about the man now leading the country of 24 million.

Missouri initiative seeks to increase renewable energy

The measure would enhance a renewable energy mandate enacted by Missouri voters in 2008. If it is approved for circulation and garners enough petition signatures, it would appear on the 2012 ballot.

Columbia College women's basketball team falls in Iowa

The Cougars lost 55-43 to Ashford on Monday in Clinton, Iowa, to fall to 8-5 this season.