UPDATE: At Ryan Ferguson hearing, witnesses challenge police questioning

An evidentiary hearing to consider a new trial for Ryan Ferguson in the 2001 murder of Columbia Tribune sports editor Ken Heitholt began Monday. The hearing is taking place in Cole County, where Ferguson is serving his prison sentence.

Testimony began Monday in the evidentiary hearing for Ryan Ferguson, which will determine whether he will be granted a new trial to challenge his 2005 murder conviction.

Missouri women's basketball forward Christine Flores drafted to WNBA

Flores was one of three Big 12 players selected to the draft. Missouri senior BreAnna Brock was also a prospect, but she was not drafted.

Columbia high schools find ways to cope with student athlete needs

Coaches and administrators at Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools take steps to make sure varying family income levels do not affect students' participation in extracurricular athletics.

Columbia City Council approves rezoning for apartments at nightclub site

A property at Hitt and Locust streets was rezoned to make way for a new student apartment complex downtown. The property formerly was the site of Athena and Memoir nightclubs and Salty's Bar and Grill.

Michael Trapp, Barbara Hoppe sworn in to Columbia City Council seats

Trapp and Hoppe thanked the public for their support during statements at Monday night's council meeting. This will be Trapp's first term on the council, and Hoppe's third.

SEC, Conference USA, Sun Belt and Atlantic Sun commissioners discuss BCS

A new BCS format must be in place before television negotiations with ESPN open in the fall. The current four-year deal runs through the 2014 season.

Tree removal on Columbia's Westwood Avenue halted at last minute

Residents in Old Southwest spoke out against the city's plans to remove sweet gum trees, which are blamed for causing the sidewalk to buckle.

FROM READERS: A journey of storm chasing across Kansas

MU student Dustin Mazzio shares a video and photos from an exciting weekend trip spent chasing tornadoes near Salina, Kan.

Miranda Lambert brings vast array of musical feeling to Mizzou Arena

The country music star performed her signature mix of fiery, bring-it-on tunes and softer, pain-fueled songs with touching sincerity Sunday at Mizzou Arena.

Columbia City Council to discuss Hinkson Creek agreement, rezoning proposals

A full agenda will follow the swearing-in of Michael Trapp and Barbara Hoppe to their terms as Columbia City Council members.

Verlander pitches Tigers to 3-2 win over Royals

The reigning AL MVP has made a mockery of the Royals in recent years, especially at Kauffman Stadium, where he improved to 9-2 and has allowed only 18 earned runs in 88 1-3 innings.

Folklorist, banjoist talk at MU about digitizing humanities

Mizzou Advantage brought in musicians Alan Jabbour and Ken Perlman to describe their experience recording folk traditions for those studying ways to better digitally archive Missouri culture.

Parade Magazine names Columbia the hardest-working town in America

Total Cereal sponsored the listing and will distribute samples in Columbia at Flat Branch Park on April 25, beginning at 6:30 a.m. Mayor Bob McDavid will join them from 8 to 9 a.m.

Columbia aggregates own climate progress report

The Office of Sustainability and the Columbia/City Operators Reducing Energy group compiled the scores.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gum trees on Westwood Avenue should not be cut down

The trees are both historic and healthy, and the city should look for other alternatives to fix the sidewalk that is being disrupted by their roots.

You can't always get what you want

Ryan Stahlschmidt's aspirations don't easily mesh with the concept of the American Dream he grew up with in St. Charles.

Kansas City Chiefs hope to reset for start of offseason program

The Chiefs began their offseason program Monday, while simultaneously preparing for next week's draft, which will give them an opportunity to fill holes that have developed since last season.

Columbia College softball wallops Harris-Stowe

Columbia College swept visiting Harris-Stowe 15-3 and 27-0 in a doubleheader Monday that saw numerous Cougars home runs and offensive accomplishments.

Missouri Gov. Nixon raises $1.7M to start 2012

Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, said Monday his fundraising for the first three months of the year marked his best quarter so far in the 2012 campaign cycle.

Ryan Ferguson's retrial bid resumes with five-day hearing

New evidence includes the testimony of co-defendant and high school friend Charles Erickson, who now says he is the only one who killed Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt.