Kansas wins Naismith Student Section of the Year Award

The Jayhawks won the Naismith Student Section of the Year Award, which comes with a $5,000 donation to the school's general scholarship fund. 

UPDATE: White House adviser tours city energy plant, meets with MU students

The chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality visited the city's Biogas Energy Plant and held a question-and-answer session with MU students. 

FROM READERS: It's what time of year?

With the warm weather comes an early spring sunrise and blooming flowers.

Betty N. Workman worked at The Downtowner for more than 15 years

Betty N. Workman, Feb. 28, 1924 — March 14, 2012, of Columbia

IN HEADLINES TODAY: Occupy the Midwest set for St. Louis; Swiss bus crash

Among today's top stories: The Occupy the Midwest conference is scheduled to begin Thursday in St. Louis. A bus crash in Switzerland killed 28 people, including 22 children.

FROM READERS: Columbia school teams bring home state chess trophies

Students competed in the Missouri State Scholastic Chess Championship Saturday in Jefferson City, taking home individual and team trophies.

White House adviser tours city energy plant at landfill

The president's principal environmental policy adviser, Nancy Sutley, visited Columbia's Biogas Energy Plant on Wednesday. Sutley is touring the country to talk with municipal leaders about their efforts in generating renewable energy.

Federal administration to investigate construction worker's 30-foot fall

The man fell from the Brookside on College construction site Tuesday afternoon and suffered life-threatening injuries.

FROM READERS: Recipes from Columbia Raw Food Feasters

Check out these three recipes from the Columbia Raw Food Feasters, a group that pursues a nutritious diet of raw food.

Temperatures in Columbia on track to break records

The forecasted high of 84 would surpass the record high for March 14 by two degrees.

BOONE LIFE: Falconer turns childhood dream into reality

Larry Temares, director of the Missouri Falconer's Association, spent decades learning to practice the most strictly-regulated hunting activity in the nation — the art and sport of training wild hawks to track and catch game known as falconry.

Citizens Police Review Board votes against sanctions in racism allegations

The board voted unanimously in support of Columbia Chief of Police Ken Burton's decision not to bring sanctions against an officer facing allegations of racism. 

Author visits MU, calls reality TV a threat to women

Jennifer Pozner says reality TV sheds false light on women and promotes stereotypes of society, but because it is cheap to produce trumps other scripted shows.

Chiefs sign free-agent runningback Peyton Hillis

Hillis has played fullback and tailback during his career, the type of versatility that made him attractive to the Chiefs. His bulldozing style also will help complement Jamaal Charles and the speedy Dexter McCluster in the backfield.

UPDATE: 600 expected at Occupy the Midwest conference in St. Louis

The conference is expected to bring people from almost 20 cities to St. Louis for a weekend of workshops and protests.

ANALYSIS: When 'take this job and shove it' isn't enough

Rather than just quitting, disgruntled employees occasionally find it more satisfying to also publicly complain about the jobs they're leaving.

Romney touts lead in votes over other GOP candidates

The race now turns to caucuses Saturday in Missouri, where Santorum and Romney already have invested substantial time, and Puerto Rico's primary on Sunday, which is drawing rare attention in a year when the race has drawn out longer than most.

Obama picks North Carolina to win NCAA Tournament

President Barack Obama picked the Tar Heels to win it all in his 2012 NCAA bracket. He correctly picked North Carolina to win the 2009 NCAA championship.

AT&T drawing ire for slower 'unlimited' 3G service

AT&T has started slowing down its supposedly "unlimited" service for users who hit certain traffic thresholds, causing at least one iPhone user to sue.