WORLD NEWS IN BRIEF: French terror suspect dead; Russia speaks against Syrian president

Civilians cheer as mutinous soldiers drive past, in front of a backdrop of burning tires, in Bamako, Mali, on Wednesday. Gunshots could still be heard in the Malian capital late Wednesday, hours after angry troops started a mutiny at a military base near the presidential palace. Soldiers stormed the offices of the state broadcaster, yanking both TV and radio off the air.

The suspect in a shooting at a French school was killed after a 32-hour standoff; the president of Mali is missing after a coup; Russia shifts its position on the Syrian conflict; and Argentina asserts that oil companies are operating illegally in the Falklands.

BROKEN BUDGETS: State disability funds going broke and going away

As a new generation of wounded warriors returns from Iraq and Afghanistan, about 20 states have shut down their special disability funds because of rising costs.

Columbia City Council candidate Bill Pauls not shy about speaking his mind

Bill Pauls, a longtime city volunteer and retired soil scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is making his first bid for elected office.

House budget funds education, cuts blind aid

The Missouri House passed a state budget Thursday that makes no cuts to education but eliminates a $30 million program that serves almost 3,000 blind people.

Planning Commission approves Hunter's Landing condominiums zoning request

The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission approved a request to rezone property at the southwest corner of Garth Avenue and Blue Ridge Road to a planned unit development that would allow up to six dwelling units per acre.

Fifth-inning hitting spree pushes Hickman baseball team past Southern Boone

The Kewpies got four hits for three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to earn a 5-2 victory over the Eagles.

Missouri gymnastics prepares for its final Big 12 Championship

Missouri coach Rob Drass, who has only coached in the Big 12, said the Tigers' last trip to the conference championship is bittersweet.

MU researchers plant willow trees in a flood plain management study

MU professors Jason Hubbart  and Enos Inniss, planted 777 willow trees in the Hinkson Field as a part of a two-year project studying stormwater management and flood plain management.

Education bill still in committee, could move to House floor next week

The education bill that would effect funding and unaccredited school district transfers has been stuck in the committee for weeks but could move to the House floor soon.

Columbia School Board votes to extend superintendent's contract

During Thursday morning's meeting, the school board unanimously voted to extend Superintendent Chris Belcher's contract and approved the sale of almost $60 million in bond issues.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Sixth Ward council race turns ugly with Tillotson accusations

Bill Tillotson, who is running against incumbent Barbara Hoppe for the Sixth Ward council seat, accused her of hypocrisy, unfairness and abuse of power. Instead, Hoppe's actions were what an involved, proactive councilperson should do.

MULTIMEDIA: City Council candidates speak about the issues

The Columbia Missourian asked the five Columbia City Council candidates a series of questions in video interviews.

Pedestrian injured in motor vehicle accident released from hospital

The accident occurred around 10 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Rollins Street and Virginia Avenue. The driver was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault and careless and imprudent driving involving an accident.

UM System should focus more heavily on research, UM president says

The University of Missouri System must move toward a self-sufficient business model as the state cuts funding to higher education, President Tim Wolfe said.

Golden Girls place well in Championships

The Missouri Golden Girls competition team placed in the top five in separate categories in the USA Collegiate Cheerleading and Dance Championships held Sunday and Monday in Anaheim, Calif.

Rock Bridge boys tennis match rained out

The Rock Bridge boys tennis team played against Rockhurst High School in Kansas City on Thursday, but it was rained out before any match could be completed.


FROM READERS: Mizzou hydrogen car team readies for competition

Victoria Hezel recounts the process of trial and error before the Mizzou hydrogen car team competes at the Shell Eco-Marathon in Houston on March 28. 

Three honored at annual Tribute to MU Women

Honorees were celebrated Thursday at the Tribute to MU Women, hosted by the Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women and the Chancellor's Diversity Initiative.

Hinkson Creek pollution plan focus of meeting with EPA

The saga of Hinkson Creek marks another turning point on Wednesday when the EPA convenes city and county representatives to outline plans to clean up the stream.

Location of Mali's president unknown after coup

Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo refused to say where the ousted leader is being kept and did not make clear if they are holding him.