Others' kindness graces Steve Moore's path to Missouri men's basketball team

Steve Moore poses with his foster family for the Reed family 2011 Christmas card picture. Even before his junior year of high school, when Moore began living with them full time after the death of his mother, he has been in the Reed's Christmas card photo. From left, Kyle Reed, his fiance Jennifer Gregory, Moore, Beth, Kent, Linsey and Ryan Reed. Moore was in Ryan and Linsey Reed's wedding two years ago, and he will be the best man in Kyle Reed and Gregory's wedding next summer.

Steve Moore's mother, Rita Moore, was terminally ill. His grandmother, Irene Walker, who had been his primary guardian, had died the year before. He knew what his father looked like but didn't really know the electrician living in Chicago. Family friends helped Steve Moore through his hardships.

School board approves redistricting transfer policy

The new policy outlines which students will be able to transfer between Columbia's three public high schools when Battle High School opens in fall 2013.

Missouri's Ricardo Ratliffe puts artistic side on hold to focus on basketball

Ricardo Ratliffe has always liked to draw, but with school and basketball commitments, his time to devote to art has dwindled. Now, his main focus is providing muscle for Missouri in its game Saturday at Kansas.

Rock Bridge boys basketball sticking to strengths for district championship

Rock Bridge prepares to play Hickman for the district title. The Bruins have beaten the Kewpies 20 times in a row, twice in the past year.

Hickman coach looking forward to district final against Rock Bridge

Hickman coach David Johnson said his team's game plan for playing Rock Bridge hasn't changed.

Beyond peanuts: The depth behind George Washington Carver

Gary Kremer, director of the State Historical Society of Missouri, and Charles Nilon, an MU School of Natural Resources professor, discussed the life and studies of George Washington Carver on Thursday as a part of the lecture series sponsored by the State Historical Society. 

GEORGE KENNEDY: Blight designation raises concern

The dominant mood among citizens about the Enhanced Enterprise Zone is suspicion with an undertone of anger and broadly shared confusion.

Bank robbery prompts school lockdown; no one injured

Grant Elementary School and Douglass High School are no longer on lock down after Landmark Bank was robbed. No one at the schools or at the bank was injured.

Rock Bridge girls basketball team set to avenge last year's disappointment

Friday night, the 2012 Bruins, again the top seed in the Class 5, District 9 tournament with a win over Smith-Cotton in the semifinals, will face Jefferson City in a rematch for the championship.

Missouri women's basketball coach wants more from Crafton

Junior guard Sydney Crafton has shown glimpses of her potential, but Tigers coach Robin Pingeton said she wants a full display.

Missouri entrepreneurs granted investments by UM System fund

Two companies, one led by a MU professor and the other by a recent MBA graduate, will receive money from the Enterprise Investment Program.

MU researchers attempt to decipher genetic code of soybeans

MU researchers started a sequencing project to map soybean genomes. The effort is expected to help grow better crops faster, but it is a different process than genetic modification.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Don't trap students in new districts

Steve Spellman argues there's an infinite number of reasons why parents might want to transfer their children away from their assigned school and Columbia Public Schools needs to change its transfer policy to reflect those.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Medicare and Social Security are sustainable

Both Medicare and Social Security are supported by premiums. Just as any other insurance, your Social Security card at the very top says "health insurance." Congress adjusts both premiums annually. It cannot and will not go broke.

Missouri women win freestyle swimming relay at Big 12 championships

With a school record time of 1.28:43, the Tigers won their first Big 12 relay title and qualified for the NCAA Championship.

MU Faculty Council votes to tell Deaton to uphold tenure committee's decision in Engel case

The "clear and convincing evidence" standard used by the Campus Committee on Faculty Responsibility to rule in favor of Greg Engel remaining a tenured professor at MU was upheld by the Faculty Council in a vote Thursday. Chancellor Brady Deaton can decide to affirm, modify or reverse the faculty responsibility committee's decision or to send it back for a second hearing.

UPDATE: St. Louis senators irate over second try at drawing districts

Lawmakers affected by the proposed map denounced it as an "atrocity" and "travesty."

State representative Mary Still to run for Senate seat in new district

After a tentative redistricting map was released, Rep. Mary Still, D-Columbia, announced her intention to run for the District 19 state Senate seat.

National monument celebrates the life of George Washington Carver

The George Washington Carver National Monument in southwest Missouri helps visitors celebrates a man renowned for his interest and innovations in plant science.

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton has personal stake in honorary degree from Thai university

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton was presented with an honorary doctorate in public affairs from Khon Kaen University in Thailand.