UPDATE: Emotional testimony concludes second day of Ryan Ferguson hearing

At an evidentiary hearing in Jefferson City on Tuesday, forensic pathologist Larry Blum describes the injuries to Kent Heitholt that he believes were caused by a instrument different from any mentioned during Ryan Ferguson's murder trial. Blum, an expert witness for convicted murderer Ryan Ferguson, questioned the police's theory that the newspaper editor was killed during an attempted robbery.

Jerry Trump, a former janitor at the Columbia Daily Tribune, cried multiple times during his testimony recanting statements he made during Ryan Ferguson's 2005 trial.

Columbia parents, school employees weigh in on MAP testing

Students in Columbia Public Schools are taking Missouri Assessment Program grade-level assessments through Tuesday. Scores from the MAP test are used to determine whether schools meet benchmarks set up under the No Child Left Behind Act.

Survivor shares his experience as part of Holocaust Remembrance Day

Guenther Goldsmith told his story of leaving Germany in 1941 to come to St. Louis. After high school, Goldsmith was drafted on behalf of the United States to fight against his home country in World War II.

Weapon used in Heitholt killing questioned in Ferguson hearing

Witness testimony in the Ryan Ferguson hearing continued Tuesday morning with forensic pathologist Larry Blum.

Assistant coach sees Columbia College softball team gain confidence

The Cougars have won nine of their past 10 games after sweeping a doubleheader against visiting Benedictine-Springfield on Tuesday to end the regular season.

Sharp base running fuels Rock Bridge baseball team's rout of Smith Cotton

After a relatively slow start, the Bruins stole six bases between the third and fifth innings in a five-inning, 12-2 run-rule victory Tuesday over visiting Smith-Cotton

Harrisburg school district working on random drug testing policy draft

Superintendent Lynn Proctor said the policy was reintroduced several months ago after several long-term student suspensions related to drug possession. The policy would affect seventh- through 12th-graders who participate in extracurricular activities and the student parking program.

MU School of Law Dean Dessem leaves legacy of community

In 10 years as dean, R. Lawrence Dessem has reformed the MU Law School's career services and helped carry on a sense of community in a profession he loves.

ROSE NOLEN: Corrupt organizations exploit voters for personal benefits

Organizations like the American Legislative Exchange Council use citizens as pawns to pass laws that benefits themselves and similar corporations.

Columbia City Council to consider rescission of blight map

The council will consider a resolution at its next meeting to rescind a portion of the Feb. 6 resolution that deemed more than half of Columbia as blighted.

Photos describe life with HIV/AIDS in mid-Missouri

The photography project, titled "Pictures that Speak: A Photographic Display on Living with HIV/AIDS in mid-Missouri" tells the stories of eight mid-Missouri men with HIV/AIDS.

Joye Patterson remembered as innovator in the field of science journalism at MU

"Joye radiated self-contained dignity without passivity," said Robert Logan, a longtime friend and colleague of Ms. Patterson, and former associate dean of the Missouri School of Journalism. "She truly had the ability to care."

Hickman baseball team beats Jefferson City

Jake Alexander was 3-for-3 for the Kewpies and hit a game-tying home run in an 8-6 victory Tuesday over Jefferson City.

International Engagement Awards honors contributions to MU's internationalization

The awards honored MU faculty, staff and students for facilitating the internationalization of MU and its programs. 


Avalene Kruger, Dec. 21, 1924 — April 15, 2012, of Blackburn

Avalene Kruger of Blackburn died April 15, 2012, at Apple Ridge Care Center.

FROM READERS: Hickman diver signs letter of intent with Drury University

Rebekah Laupp chose to follow her brother, who swam for Drury from 2008-11, to the Division II swimming and diving powerhouse.

Jerry L. Case, 63, of Columbia, died April 14, 2012

Jerry L. Case of Columbia died Saturday, April 14. He was 63 years old.

Avalene Kruger enjoyed spending time with family, collecting Beanie Babies

Avalene (Hogan) Kruger died Sunday, April 15, 2012, at Apple Ridge Care Center.

FROM READERS: Birds and spring flowers after stormy weather

Despite the dreary weather, birds of all kinds were out to play and flowers continued to bloom. Reader John Hall shares his photos from the weekend.

FROM READERS: Doodling provides benefits

Doodling can aid a person’s memory by expending just enough energy to keep one from daydreaming, which demands a lot of the brain’s processing power.