LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Leftover snow removal funds should be used for public transit

Public transportation needs all the assistance it can get, and should benefit from at least half the city's $400,000 surplus.

President Barack Obama picks Missouri to reach the Final Four

ESPN will reveal his full men's bracket Wednesday morning.

Rachel Updike wins Newcomer of the Week for ninth time

Missouri gymnast Rachel Updike set another conference record with her ninth weekly honor of the year.

Third annual Russell University fundraiser held for PTA

Students at Russell Boulevard Elementary School decorated 48 cupcakes Tuesday as part of Russell University, a fundraiser for the school's PTA. Russell University offers students 20 "college style" classes to choose from. 

Ron Paul to speak at MU

He will speak at noon Thursday on Carnahan Quadrangle.

Missouri basketball to be featured on CBS Sports' 'College Hoops Confidential'

Interviews with coach Frank Haith, senior guard Kim English and senior forward Ricardo Ratliffe will be part of a "College Hoops Confidential" program airing Wednesday night. 

FROM READERS: Columbia children's artwork at Second Saturday for Kids

Columbia children and parents participated in the craft event Second Saturday for Kids on March 10 at Orr Street Studios. Here is a sampling of the children's artwork. 

Teenager shot near Douglass Park

A 17-year-old male was wounded when shots were fired Monday near Douglass Park. Earlier that night, a fight broke out in the park, but police said the two are separate incidents.  

What was your favorite childhood book or story?

Audience members of Professor Zuccini's Traveling Tales told us what their favorite children's books were. What are yours?

Santorum defeats Romney, Paul to win Alabama and Mississippi primaries

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum won the Alabama and Mississippi primaries Tuesday night, defeating both Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, who may soon be forced to drop out of the race. Thus far, Romney has won 454 delegates, as opposed to 217 for Santorum. 1,144 delegates are needed to secure the nomination.

Missouri Senate map opponents dismiss federal lawsuit

The lawsuit was dismissed after a newly approved state Senate map displayed adjustments that improved population differences among Missouri's 34 districts.

Romney campaigns in Missouri while Deep South votes

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is scheduled to speak about jobs and the economy Tuesday in St. Louis.

Gov. Nixon opposing Missouri lawmakers on cut to blind aid

Gov. Jay Nixon is holding a news conference at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday in Columbia to discuss his opposition to proposed cuts.

Brady Deaton among MU speakers at Bond lecture series

The lecture will focus on food security, food supplies and costs in underdeveloped countries.

Romney increasingly aims jabs at Obama, ignores GOP rivals

But his inability to pull cleanly away from former Sen. Rick Santorum is forcing Romney to spend precious time and money in states he'd prefer to ignore.

Eleven hospitalized after Missouri school bus wreck

A distracted bus driver might have been the cause of the accident, which produced no life-threatening injuries.

Gov. Jay Nixon reviewing Missouri workplace discrimination bill

Missouri House leaders want to discuss workplace discrimination legislation with Gov. Jay Nixon, but it's not clear if the Democratic governor is willing to negotiate.

Wyoming developer vows to build horse slaughter plant in Missouri

Unified Equine is in the process of locating a suitable location for a horse slaughter plant in southwest Missouri despite fervent opposition from residents.

UPDATE: Nixon opposing proposed cut to blind aid

The Democratic governor called on lawmakers to reverse the decision to eliminate a $30 million program that covers medical care for blind people.

Occupy the Midwest supporters gather this week

The conference will run Thursday through Sunday, and organizers expect hundreds of people to attend.