Thousands of photos compete for POYi judges' attention

The 69th annual Pictures of the Year International competition unfolds in the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the MU School of Journalism.

Gordon Lamb, former UM System interim president, has died

Lamb was also the executive vice president during Gary Forsee's tenure. 

Gov. Nixon wants voters to weigh in on I-70 tolls

The House voted to prevent MoDOT from using a private company to pay for road repairs Tuesday.

Ruth Roe, March 17, 1940 — Feb. 8. 2012, of Columbia

PHOTO GALLERY: Boone County Fairgrounds hosts Draft Horse & Mule Sale

The Boone County Fairgrounds hosted the Boone County Draft Horse & Mule Sale on Thursday. Horses, mules and tack were all auctioned off to the highest bidder.


FROM READERS: Photos from "dirt day" (a.k.a. getting ready for planting)

Mid-Missourian John Hall captured the scenery at Strawberry Hill Farms as he prepared to plant his own heirloom tomatoes.  

MU student robbed at gunpoint near Memorial Union

A man wearing a hooded sweatshirt and carrying a handgun robbed an unidentified male student early Thursday morning, prompting MU police to release its first Clery report of the semester.

Endangered beetle awaits reintroduction in southwest Missouri

In danger of extinction, the American burying beetle may be reintroduced near El Dorado Springs in southwest Missouri, where it has not been seen since the mid-1970s.

Missouri House approves bill to change workplace discrimination rules

The bill would require discrimination be a "motivating factor" in discriminatory actions and limit the amount of punitive damages victims can recover.

Gun scare at Missoui S&T in Rolla turns out to be harmless

A mass notification was sent to students, teachers and staff at the Missouri University of Science and Technology on Thursday morning, but there turned out to be no danger.

Feds, states, banks agree on $25 billion mortgage settlement

The landmark settlement will reduce loans for about 1 million households, and another 750,000 Americans will receive checks for about $1,800 each in the largest industry settlement since 1998.

Columbia College women's basketball player gets win No. 102 as a Cougar

Kirsti Wilkerson recently joined Columbia College's Century Club by winning 100 games in a Cougars uniform.


Leaving 'No Child' law: Obama frees states with alternate student achievement plans

Ten states received federal approval to follow their individual plans to improve education. They will no longer have to meet the 2014 deadline for improving students' reading and math skills.

What a federal government mortgage settlement will and won't do for homeowners

The federal mortgage settlement announced Thursday will provide some help to homeowners in need, but will not be able to aid everyone.

Dumped domesticated horses cause problems with Missouri's wild herd

Domesticated horses are being let go in southern Missouri by their owners for a multitude of reasons, including the bad economy and a 2006 federal appropriations bill.

Family of World War I major from Missouri gets lost medals back

Two medals for bravery will be returned to the family of a World War I soldier who dies in 1957.

Southeast Missouri State announces grant for flood-hit Missouri areas

The grant money will provide classes for participants to learn basic skills to become small-business owners and allow participants to compete for small start-up grants.

Missouri Senate endorses college transfer credit bill

The bill — sponsored by Sen. David Pearce — would designate 25 lower-level college courses students can receive credit for if they transfer to other Missouri schools.

Missouri levee association will meet in Columbia to discuss flood recovery

Gov. Jay Nixon, Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill and others will talk about legislative efforts to provide funding for repairs.

FROM READERS: Edna Strader plans 100th birthday celebration

Edna Strader has two celebrations planned for her 100th birthday. She currently lives in Texas but insists she's a Missouri Tiger, not a Jayhawk.