UPDATE: Erickson testifies he has no memory of Heitholt killing

Charles Erickson enters the Cole County Circuit Court during the third day of an evidentiary hearing for convicted murder defendant Ryan Ferguson on Wednesday in Jefferson City. Ferguson is serving a 40-year sentence after his 2005 conviction for second-degree murder and robbery in the death of Columbia Daily Tribune editor Kent Heitholt four years earlier. Erickson received a 25-year sentence as part of a plea bargain for implicating his Rock Bridge High School classmate.

Charles "Chuck" Erickson testified during the third day of Ryan Ferguson's evidentiary hearing that he doesn't remember the night Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt was killed and is therefore unsure of his and Ferguson's involvement in the crime.

'American Bandstand' host Dick Clark died of heart attack

Television personality Dick Clark died of a heart attack Wednesday morning. He was 82.

Redshirts handle challenges of first season on Missouri softball team

Redshirt freshmen Alyssa Cousins, Taylor Gadbois and Carlie Rose can feel left out at times, but they've used their situation not only to develop as softball players but to become closer friends.

Erickson testifies he has no memory of Heitholt killing

Charles "Chuck" Erickson, a former classmate of Ryan Ferguson's who implicated Ferguson in the killing of Kent Heitholt, recanted his confession and 2005 testimony Wednesday morning. Erickson said he doesn't remember that night, whether he committed a crime or if Ferguson was there.

MU veterinarian devises drug therapy for 'bobcat fever'

The new drug combination has been found to treat cytauxzoonosis, a fast-acting, fatal disease in felines, with a 60 percent success rate.

Missouri Conservation Department to monitor Flat Branch after fish kill

The Missouri Department of Conservation will study the recovery of Flat Branch and how quickly aquatic life repopulates the creek.

Petrochemicals found in Flat Branch after fish kill

The deaths of nearly 15,000 fish have been linked to the presence of oxygen-depleting petrochemicals found in samples from the water, likely introduced by runoff from the April 1 fire at O'Reilly's Auto Parts and several other businesses.


Developers' parking garage plans displease Columbia City Council; neighbors ask for considerations

After acquiring more land, developers of the 100-unit Brookside Apartments complex under construction on College Avenue and Walnut Street plan to build a parking garage. Council members and neighbors worry about traffic and stormwater issues.

Proposed Sunshine Law revisions would clarify violations, decrease penalties

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, calls for more transparency among government entities.

Residency a priority for some MU students with non-Missouri origins

About 40 percent of out-of-state students gain residency while studying at MU, and that number might increase with nonresident tuition, which will increase by 7.5 percent in the fall.

J. KARL MILLER: Obama's Buffett rule another attack on wealthy, Romney

The use of "class warfare" used by President Barack Obama's administration is a ploy to connect with the 99 percent, while tarnishing the hard work of the wealthiest Americans.

DAVID ROSMAN: Missouri legislators should support teachers, not scare them off

Republican legislators are working to punish state educators with a new bill taking aim at job tenure, a move that will continue pushing teachers away from Missouri.

Diversity, MU budget discussed at the Spring General Faculty Meeting

With an increase in diversity on campus, MU's leadership is stepping up efforts to address harassment and bullying taking place between different groups.

Special teams helping Blues, hurting Sharks

St. Louis scored three power-play goals in a 4-3 win in Game 3 to take the series lead against San Jose. The Blues have scored five of their nine goals with the man advantage.

Freshman triple jumper adjusts to life in America

Jonathan Ilori came to MU from London to work with Tigers assistant coach Kareem Streete-Thompson, a three-time Olympian.

Torres suspended indefinitely after hit on Blackhawks' Hossa

The NHL scheduled a Friday hearing in New York for Raffi Torres, who has a reputation for big — and some say dirty — hits.

UPDATE: Columbia compiles its first climate change report

Columbia rated itself in areas such as public education about climate change and fuel efficiency of municipal vehicles as part of the city's 2012 Mayors Climate Protection Agreement Progress Report.

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park begins spring wildflower walks

The hikes will be 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays until May 23.

Lockdowns at three Columbia schools follow nearby burglary

Dreshawn M. Marshall, 17, was arrested Wednesday in connection with a burglary that led to a temporary lockdown at three nearby schools. A second suspect has not been located.

Columbia Post Office to host Stamp Out Hunger food drive

Postal workers will be collecting canned goods and other nonperishable food while they are delivering mail May 12.