Stephens College to form three new academic schools

The formation of the new schools will not change majors, courses or faculty.

Black History Month celebrated with documentaries, discussion

A documentary shown Tuesday at the Armory Sports & Recreation Center explored the origins of early labor contracts preceding the era of slavery.

MU Extension to screen Eliot Battle documentary

The documentary focuses on the Columbia educator's role in desegregating Columbia schools and housing. There will be a free screening at 7 p.m. Saturday in Bush Auditorium.

'Citizens for Justice' activist given permission to film court hearing for Hobson exposé

It remains uncertain, however, whether Citizens for Justice will be recognized as a media entity and thus be allowed to film future hearings.

Paul Rexroad remembered for extensive volunteer service

Paul Rexroad, Aug. 4, 1925 — Feb. 22, 2012, of Columbia

FROM READERS: What are you giving up for Lent?

On Ash Wednesday, Columbia Facebook and Twitter users told the Missourian what they are giving up for Lent.

BROKEN BUDGETS: States might tap mortgage money to fill budget gaps

Several states are already planning to divert at least some of the money from a $25 billion settlement with the nation's top mortgage lenders to prop up their budgets, and more will be wrestling with those decisions in the coming weeks.

Missouri football signs recruit Brandon Holifield

The Missouri football team signed its 20th member of the 2012 recruiting class.

PHOTO GALLERY: Eliot Battle helped end segregation in Columbia

Eliot Battle worked for Columbia public schools for 41 years and helped end segregation.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Columbia's annual water quality report available

The city provides annual reports on drinking water quality.

Missouri state parks see rise in attendance in 2011

More than 17.9 million people visited Missouri state parks in 2011, Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday, up 9.1 percent from 2010. It was the third consecutive year attendance improved. 

BCS leaders say there's lots to consider when it comes to changes

The 11 conference commissioners and Notre Dame's athletic director concluded a two-day meeting Tuesday with BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock at a hotel at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport.

Legislation would only allow recount elections in closer races

Legislation passed in the Missouri House of Representatives lowered the margin of victory that allows for losing candidates to call for recounts. The bill now goes to the Senate.

National meth lab busts up in 2011

In 2011, a single Missouri county had more busts than Texas, Florida and California combined. Jefferson County, which is near St. Louis, tallied 253 seizures; the three other states totaled 219.

Missouri man admits embezzling from homeowner groups

The owner of Home Owner Association Services pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal charge of mail fraud. Prosecutors said more than $750,000 was missing from the accounts of 32 homeowners associations when the company's Kansas City office closed in March 2011.

FDA: New suppliers to ease two cancer drug shortages

On Tuesday, the FDA said it will temporarily allow importation of a replacement drug for Doxil, a drug for ovarian and other cancers that hasn't been available for new patients for months.

Judge refuses to drop rape charges against David Mohler

Attorneys for Mohler, 54, had argued that repeated delays in getting medical and mental health records from accusers have been unfair to the defendant. He, three brothers and their father are accused of sexually abusing young relatives in the 1980s.

Missouri attorney general seeks $3 million to remodel his office

Chris Koster said the remodeling would make the office equivalent to a modest law office. 

Missouri attorney general to appeal over science incentives fund

The fund, intended to offer incentives to companies that conduct research or make high-tech products, was invalidated partly because of a clause that violated the governor's veto power.