Missouri men's basketball prepares to grind it out against Illinois

Illinois center Meyers Leonard hangs from the basket after a dunk during the first half of a game against Coppin State on Dec. 11 in Champaign, Ill.

No. 9 Missouri looks to beat No. 25 Illinois for the third straight time in the annual Braggin' Rights game at Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

Details emerge on apparent homicide victim

Timothy Ray Jones, 43, was from East St. Louis, Ill., and had a history of criminal charges. Autopsy records have not been released.

Columbia College men's basketball defeats Aquinas

Cougars push record to 10-4 on the season

Columbia's Environment and Energy Commission considers change to name, mission

Under a recommended change, the commission would be re-branded as the Sustainability Commission and take on additional responsibilities. Commission members said Tuesday they were hesitant to change the name because the commission is well-known under its current name.

DAVID ROSMAN: Hanukkah is not a 'Jewish Christmas' and other matters

It's a holiday season regardless of religious beliefs, and we should all find our own way to celebrate, perhaps regardless of misinformation and misunderstandings. 

UPDATE: Missouri looks to ease college transfer rules

A bill filed by state Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, calls for the creation of a "core transfer library" of at least 25 entry-level courses in English, math, science and other general education subjects that would be honored for credit at each of Missouri's public colleges and universities.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon's latest funding gambit deserves an 'F'

Gov. Jay Nixon is floating the idea of borrowing from the state's public universities to cover a budget shortfall, but that assumes that the universities are flush with cash.

Crayton seeks donations for holiday meals

Former First Ward councilwoman Almeta Crayton is gathering food donations to help feed the senior citizens of Columbia this Christmas. 

Former Columbia man dies in car accident in Pike County

Preston Shepherd, 54, was driving to a hospital to seek medical attention Tuesday when he lost control of his vehicle.

Holiday reading list: Booksellers suggest titles with Columbia connections

If you'll be spending some free time during the holidays doing some reading, allow us to make suggestions for your reading list.

Four artists chosen as finalists for City Hall projects

The final four artists will be considered to design artwork for the fifth and fourth floors of City Hall. 

Moving firm study reveals people going south, west

United Van Lines has been tracking moving trends since 1977. Its study released to The Associated Press on Wednesday looked at all moves that involved either going to or leaving a state or the District of Columbia.

Abuse victims in Joplin struggle to find housing

Nearly seven months after the May 22 tornado, Joplin is dealing with what happens when a city loses thousands of buildings. Lawyers and victims' advocates are reporting surging caseloads of women looking for options. Sometimes, the only option is returning to an abusive situation.

Walgreens to leave Express Scripts network Jan. 1

As of Jan. 1, Walgreens will no longer be part of the Express Scripts network. That means people who get their prescriptions through Express Scripts at Walgreens have less than two weeks left to change pharmacies or start paying more for their prescriptions.

Missouri looks to ease college transfers

A bill filed by Republican state Sen. David Pearce, of Warrensburg, calls for the creation of a "core transfer library" of at least 25 basic courses that would be honored for credit at each of Missouri's public colleges and universities.