Missouri gymnast is newcomer of the week, again

Rachel Updike becomes the first Big 12 gymnast to win the award three weeks in a row.

Centralia man pleads guilty to assault

Gary Wayne Palmer, 46, faces one year in prison and two years of supervised probation. 

Mizzou College Democrats react to State of the Union address

Mizzou College Democrats held a watch party at Boone Tavern to view President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday night. While the college-aged Democrats are optimistic about Obama's 2012 campaign, they are also apprehensive about their prospects after graduation.

Community members discuss traffic solutions for Forum Boulevard

A Forum Boulevard improvements meeting was held Tuesday night to inform Columbia residents about projects proposed to reconstruct problem areas of Forum Boulevard.  

Facing proposed dissolution, Downtown Leadership Council looks to solidify purpose

At its meeting Tuesday, members of the Downtown Leadership Council expressed concern about a staff report that would dissolve its duties into the Downtown Community Improvement District.

Man charged in connection with Columbia home invasion robbery

A Laddonia man, James Napoleon Woods, 41, was arrested Jan. 23 in connection with a home invasion robbery that happened Jan. 19 in Columbia. 

Columbia representative Still files bill to raise cigarette tax

Missouri's tobacco tax is the lowest in the country. Rep. Mary Still, D-Columbia, hopes to boost the tax per pack to pump money into education.

Police seek tip regarding Missourian theft

Six iPads and one laptop were stolen from Lee Hills Hall last October.

Boone Hospital Center tower recognized for environmentally friendly design

Features include solar panels that can heat 80 percent of the tower's hot water and an irrigation tank that collects rainwater for plants.  

Rock Bridge girls basketball coach says preparation is key to success

With a win against Hickman, Rock Bridge will extend its home winning streak to a duration of three years.

Crosshair stickers found near Mo. Senate offices

The stickers were found Tuesday near the offices of Democratic senators, some of whom have opposed Republican-backed legislation related to President Obama's health care law.

Scorsese's 'Hugo' leads Oscars with 11 nominations

Martin Scorsese's Paris adventure "Hugo" leads the Academy Awards with 11 nominations, among them best picture and the latest director nod for the Oscar-winning filmmaker.

Missouri Senate committee backs voter registration changes

The bill, which will be sent to the full Senate after a 7-2 vote Monday, would require anyone except deputy registration officials to register with the Secretary of State's office.

Road wins give Hickman girls basketball confidence

Kewpies seniors Andrea Drake, Paige Nelson and Kimberly Lake hope to add another road victory to their record Wednesday at Rock Bridge.

SEC coaches question fairness of league basketball schedule

The league's unbalanced schedule, involving Thursday-to-Saturday games, has some teams favored, some teams not and basketball coaches upset.

UPDATE: Gun target stickers found at Missouri Capitol offices

There were stickers depicting crosshairs on the nameplates of at least five Democratic senators and on House Republican office. The Missouri Capitol Police and State Highway Patrol were investigating the stickers.

More info on Missouri public finances could go online

Expansion of government financial information posted online would increase accountability and show citizens plans for debt repayment.

St. Louis school district pulls activity monitors after concerns

Citing privacy concerns, three suburban St. Louis grade schools have taken away activity monitors used in physical eduction classes.

Kansas City nuns invited to State of the Union

Sisters Berta Sailer and Corita Bussanmas are co-founders of Operation Breakthrough, a nonprofit daycare for poor children.

Humane Society of Missouri gets custody of rescued animals

Many of the rescued animals are malnourished and won't be ready for adoption for weeks.