GEORGE KENNEDY: MU's budget nothing but bleak

MU's budget director previewed the university's budget to about 20 faculty members last week. While the university means a great deal to Columbia, its current budget presents a grim outlook.

USDA plant hardiness zone changes for Columbia

For the 6a zones that include Boone County, the average extreme minimum temperature between 1976 to 2005 was minus 10 to minus 5 degrees Fahrenheit.

Missouri men's basketball slips on the road

Wednesday's 79-72 loss at Oklahoma State had to hurt, coming only two days after Missouri climbed to No. 2 in the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls.

FROM READERS: Douglass High student finds motivation through loss of best friend

Here's what you've been writing this week at, the arm of the Missourian dedicated to community members telling their own stories.

No tenants yet for Discovery Ridge Research Park building

Seven months into a proposed three-phase project to develop Discovery Ridge Research Park, no clients have committed to lease the building.

Matt Pressey's lockdown defense helps Missouri basketball

The Missouri men's basketball team relies on Matt Pressey to cover its opponents' best scorers.

Man arrested after drug overdose of Columbia resident

Police arrested a man nicknamed "Lucky" on suspicion of distribution of a controlled substance after the fatal overdose of a Columbia man.

Missouri Supreme Court declines redistricting case, allows challenge in trial court

Citing disputed issues of fact, Missouri Supreme Court declines redistricting case while allowing challenge to be filed in state trial court.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Venture capital plays a vital role in the growth of our economy

New companies won't succeed without funding from venture capitalists.

Columbia legislators vow to fight Gov. Nixon's education cuts

Lawmakers urged alumni to take action to stop funding cuts during the 10th annual Legislative Forum on Higher Education on Thursday night.

Skirmish outside Grant Elementary prompts school lockdown

A dispute between two unknown people caused an hourlong lockdown at Grant Elementary School Thursday afternoon. Neither of the individuals were armed and have still not been apprehended, the Columbia Police Department reports.

PHOTO GALLERY: Five friends meet year-round to golf together

Devoted to the game of golf, a quartet meets at Lake of the Woods Golf Course year-round. The four play together three times a week as long as weather permits. On Thursday they were able to make it to the course.

Holmes family's civil suit seeks answers after criminal case is closed

Marvin Holmes' family is searching for answers about his death through a civil suit against a former bouncer at DC's Bar and Grill and the bar.

Missouri State Historical Society offers tour of Civil War exhibit Saturday

The guided tour features original artifacts and offers visitors the opportunity learn about Missouri's Civil War history.

UPDATE: Missouri Supreme Court declines House redistricting case

The Missouri Supreme Court will not strike down new state legislative districts in the Missouri House of Representatives. It suggested that opponents bring their fight to a trial judge instead.

Kansas City teacher accused of molesting young boys

Matthew J. Nelson pleaded not guilty Wednesday to one count of first-degree child molestation and three counts of first-degree statutory sodomy.

Ed Martin drops House bid, will run for Missouri attorney general

In his announcement Thursday, Ed Martin tried to link Democratic incumbent Chris Koster to the policies of President Barack Obama.

Missouri senator wants state to sue feds on immigration

Sen. Will Kraus of Lee's Summit wants his proposed bill to send a message to the federal government that illegal immigration is costing the state taxpayer dollars. 

Columbia College men's basketball team stays unbeaten in AMC

The Columbia College men’s basketball team defeated Williams Baptist 73-55 on Thursday in Walnut Ridge, Ark., to improve to 4-0 in the American Midwest Conference.

Graduate hoop transfers offer teams immediate help

Some coaches question the integrity of the trend of student athletes who graduate and transfer to continue their hoops careers.