Road funds at risk in Missouri, other states over safety rule

States that fail to comply with the federal mandate could lose 5 percent of their highway funds — about $30 million in Missouri's case. If they remain out of compliance for a second year, that penalty doubles

2011 deaths: Remembering those we lost in Columbia

As the new year begins, the Missourian looks back at the hundreds of Columbia and Boone County residents who died in 2011.

PHOTO GALLERY: Memorable moments of 2011

A gallery of images of memorable moments from 2011 by Missourian staff photographers includes pictures of heavy snowfall last winter, MU's 100th Homecoming in the fall and a springtime cicada invasion in Columbia.

City seeks citizen participation in survey on affordable housing

The survey is part of the Citizen Participation Plan, which seeks input from the public on how to use federal Department of Housing and Urban Development funds.

Missouri men's basketball moves up in rankings, will start conference play

The Missouri men's basketball team moved up two spots in the rankings this week and will start Big 12 Conference play Tuesday.

Rams fire coach, GM after another dismal year

Owner Stan Kroenke fired coach Steve Spagnuolo and general manager Billy Devaney with one year remaining on their contracts.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Education cuts are not the solution

Children should be getting more quality instructional time, not less, to prepare to compete in the rapidly globalizing economy. Instead they're being held back and provided fewer school days and hours by stopgap solutions to budget problems they didn't cause.

Kansas City has worst homicide toll in 3 years

More than half of last year's homicides were triggered by domestic violence.

Hickman girls basketball team wins opener at Rolla tournament

The Hickman girls basketball team beat Waynesville 49-37 on Monday in the first round of the Rolla tournament.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Welcome progress on U.S. fuel efficiency

Several notable events in 2011 showed it's time for Americans to change at least some of their old ways of thinking about oil.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Economy trends upward as year begins

In this election year, the economy will be a topic of much discussion and debate. Candidates will take credit for each upswing and criticize opponents for each downturn. But no candidate or elected official can single-handedly spark an economic boom.


Couple renovating home of Mark Twain's girlfriend

Laura Hawkins Frazer was the childhood sweetheart of Samuel Clemens, and when he grew up and began writing stories under the name Mark Twain, he used his old flame as the model of the girl who steals the heart of Tom Sawyer in the classic novel, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer."

Canadian comedian brings movement, pop culture impersonations to New Year's Eve performance

Greg Morton has performed in Columbia for more than 20 years. He uses a combination of impersonations, singing and dances to entertain audiences.