Hudson's clutch slam gives Missouri softball team important victory

In the sixth inning with Missouri trailing 2-0, Nicole Hudson hit a grand slam over the right field fence to give the Tigers a 4-2 victory over Baylor on Saturday at University Field.

Missouri baseball edges Texas A&M

The Tigers held off the No. 6 Aggies in the bottom of the seventh and ninth innings for a 4-3 victory Saturday in College Station, Texas.

FDA rejects call to ban BPA from food packaging

The Food and Drug Administration has rejected a petition from environmentalists that would have banned the plastic-hardening chemical bisphenol-A from all food and drink packaging, including plastic bottles and canned food. Some scientists believe exposure to BPA can harm the reproductive and nervous systems, particularly in babies and small children.

NCAA men's basketball title game has familiar cast

Kentucky is back in the title game for the first time since 1998, when it won its seventh NCAA championship. Kansas will play for its fourth NCAA championship.

Kansas, Illinois, Maryland tickets win Mega Millions lottery jackpot

Three winners from Illinois, Kansas, and Maryland will split the record-breaking $640 million Mega Millions jackpot. None of the winners have been identified.

Hickman baseball team goes 2-1 at weekend tournament

The Hickman baseball team won one and lost one in action Saturday at the Midwest Classic Tournament in St. Charles.

Columbia participates in world Earth Hour

Columbia restaurants adjusted their dining atmospheres as hundreds of world landmarks, from Berlin's Brandenburg Gate to the Great Wall of China, dimmed their lights Saturday, in a global effort to highlight climate change.

Chester C. Logan, 97, served at Battle of Bulge

Chester C. Logan, a longtime local barber and World War II veteran, died Friday. He was 97.

Chester C. Logan, Aug. 4, 1914 - March 30, 2012

Contra dancing comes to Columbia

The 2012 Spring Breakdown, organized by the Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers and hosted by Stephens College, offers Columbia residents a chance to try contra dancing.

Missouri lawmakers seek economic 'border war' truce

Companies in the Kansas City area have been playing Missouri and Kansas against each other by moving back and forth across the state line, while picking up incentives for "creating" jobs.  The Missouri House has already approved a bill that could serve as a truce, but the Kansas legislature has not been receptive.  

Long-time Hallsville employee challenges incumbent mayor in election

A long-time former Hallsville employee, Cheri Reisch, is challenging incumbent Ben Austenefor mayor in Tuesday's election. A host of issues surround the election, including problems with the local wastewater system and an eminent domain lawsuit against farmer Frank Martin. 

Second and Sixth Ward City Council candidates share opinions on proposed Enhanced Enterprise Zone

Debate over establishing an Enhanced Enterprise Zone in Columbia has centered around strategies for effective job growth and the potential consequences of a blight decree, including the potential use of eminent domain. City Council candidates in the Second and Sixth wards address those concerns.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Why is Missouri lagging behind economically? Education

Missouri's poor performance measures, relative to other states, are nearly all education-related.

UPDATE: Americans spend nearly $1.5B to win record jackpot

The higher the Mega Millions jackpot goes, the more people spend on lottery tickets. Americans have spent nearly $1.5 billion on a less than 1 percent chance to win the $640 million jackpot.

UPDATE: Mega-mania as jackpot increases to $640 million

The $640 million jackpot, if taken as a $462 million lump sum and after federal tax withholding, works out to about $347 million.

Missouri's Frank Haith is AP Coach of the Year

Frank Haith became the second Missouri basketball coach chosen as The Associated Press' Coach of the Year. Haith took over the Missouri program this season after seven years at Miami.

Muller's slam fuels Missouri softball team's win over Baylor

Junior Lindsey Muller hit a two-out grand slam in the fifth inning to help the Tigers beat the Bears 6-1 on Friday at University Field.

Democratic County Convention draws small but lively crowd

Boone County Democrats assembled Thursday to determine a 27-member delegation that will progress to congressional district and state conventions in the coming months. Although turnout was low, those who attended displayed no less enthusiasm about the process.

DEAR READER: So much campaign coverage, so few readers or voters

In the Missourian's attempt to cover of candidates running for open seats on the City Council and School Board the reporting has been balanced and measured. The fairly exhaustive review of the people we’ll choose on Tuesday to lead the schools and the city assumes a baseline level of interest in the civic life of our community.