UPDATE: Former prosecutor, investigator question some of week's testimony in Ferguson hearing

Judge Kevin Crane, who served as prosecutor in Ryan Ferguson's murder trial, testifies during an evidentiary hearing for Ferguson at the Cole County Circuit Court on Thursday 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.

The defense rested after testimony from its three final witnesses, including Michael Boyd, who is the person known to have spoken to Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt last before his death.

Energy companies seek to develop reactors in Missouri

Ameren Missouri officials and Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday that the company is seeking federal energy funds to develop small reactors for additional nuclear energy production in the area.

UPDATE: Energy companies seek to develop reactors in Missouri

Two energy companies announced  a new attempt for expanding Missouri's nuclear energy output Thursday. The plan would involve the construction of small modular nuclear reactors at Missouri's sole nuclear plant in Callaway County.

Teacher, students make water bottle art for Artrageous Fridays

Amy Company and her sixth-grade class participated in the "guerilla art" theme for April's Artrageous Friday.

Junior college transfer provides stability for Missouri baseball team's pitching rotation

In his first year with the Missouri baseball team, Blake Holovach has grown into a starter's role, compiling a 5-2 record and taking over the Saturday starting spot.

Missouri Senate passes education overhaul legislation

One measure would allow for an expansion of charter schools in lagging districts, while the other would let the state intervene more quickly and make changes in districts that have lost their state accreditation. 

Missouri's Updike ends outstanding year with trip to national gymnastics championships

The Tigers' Rachel Updike, a freshman named to this season's All-Big 12 Gymnastics Team on vault and floor exercise, will compete in the all-around competition at this weekend's NCAA national championships in Duluth, Ga.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Public servants must figure out what is right about 'blight'

Columbia's public servants are not villains, but they must work to figure out what is best for the city and its citizens concerning blight and enhanced enterprise zones.

Defense seeks timeline during final witness testimonies in Ferguson hearing

The defense rested after testimony from its three final witnesses, including Michael Boyd, who is the person known to have spoken to Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt last before his death.

BOONE LIFE: Graduating with autism

Rock Bridge High School senior Nick Llorens is 20 years old, autistic and about to graduate into the world of adulthood.

Columbia School Board hears TIF report, school improvement plan

Columbia School Board members heard from City Manager Mike Matthes on Thursday morning on a proposal for tax-increment financing for city redevelopment projects.

Three women to be honored for involvement with community

Wanda Brown, Almeta Crayton and Wynna Faye Elbert will be recognized at the Community Champions dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. April 28 at the Progressive Missionary Baptist Church.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Buffett rule is good alternative for generating revenue

When it comes to taxing millionaires and generating revenue, J. Karl Miller's column missed the point about the "Buffett rule."

GUEST COMMENTARY: Blight designation has no place in Columbia

Calling any area of Columbia blighted is not worth the threat to community relationships or the risk to Columbia's reputation.

Wainwright off again as Reds win 6-3, avoid sweep

Adam Wainwright, who won 20 games in 2010 and 19 in 2009 before missing last season, is now 0-3 after the Cardinals' loss to the Reds on Thursday.

Kansas City looks forward to All-Star game

With a 3-9 start and seven consecutive losses, the Royals are heavily promoting the All-Star game in Kansas City, the first time since 1973 that the city is hosting the event.

Former and current Missouri Tigers set to wrestle at Olympic Trials this weekend

Five former and current Missouri wrestlers will be participating at the U.S. Olympic Trials this weekend for a chance to compete at the Olympic Games in London this summer.

Missouri FFA holds convention in Columbia this weekend

FFA is holding its annual state convention in Columbia this year. The convention includes competitions such as horse judging.

Columbia College celebrates forensic science program's 10-year anniversary

This Friday and Saturday, Columbia College will hold presentations on forensic pathology. Cyril H. Wecht, who is nationally known for his work on the Kennedy assassinations and other high-profile deaths, will give two lectures.

MU Faculty Council discusses online courses, SEC academic regulations

The MU Faculty Council approved recommendations Thursday to guide the development of online courses.