Two possible tick-related illnesses investigated in St. Louis County

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services confirmed the possible cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever are being investigated. 

Gov. Nixon heading to Brazil on trade trip

Nixon will announce details about the trip during news conferences Tuesday in Springfield and Independence. 

Missouri tennis team to open new outdoor courts

The Missouri women's tennis team will hold a ceremony and reception April 10 to commemorate the opening of new outdoor courts at the Mizzou Tennis Complex.

College chess champs uproot, move to Missouri

The Texas Tech University chess team will move to Webster University near St. Louis. The program has competed in two Final Fours. 

Trapp, Hoppe win Council races; King, Cushing elected to School Board

Michael Trapp won the Second Ward seat in the Columbia City Council race, according to the final unofficial results from Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren. Barbara Hoppe defeated Bill Tillotson for the Sixth Ward seat.

Nursing a more realistic dream for the future and for family

Alaina Harrison, 19, of Hannibal, is studying nursing at Moberly Area Community College. She's wanted to be a nurse since third grade, when she saw the difference between nurses who care and ones who don't after her great-grandmother entered a nursing home.

Show me the love — and the checkbook

Ashley Hicklin, 27, defines success in two parts: financial security and personal happiness.

Columbia City Council, School Board elections Tuesday

Elections to fill City Council seats as well as open positions on the Columbia, Hallsville and Southern Boone County school boards are expected to drive voting in Tuesday's municipal election. Various bond issues and a property tax levy will also be on the ballots.

Kentucky wins eighth national men's basketball title

Kentucky used a roster full of NBA-level talent to earn a 67-59 victory over Kansas for the team's eighth national title and its first since 1998.

Hong Kong Restaurant on Business Loop hopes to reopen after fire

A fire that began Sunday morning on Business Loop 70 West took firefighters more than 12 hours to put out. The Columbia Fire Department is still investigating the cause.

For Columbia, the warmest March on record

Last month's average temperature of 59.7 broke the previously held 1946 record of 56. The high temperature also reached or exceeded 80 during eight days throughout the month, tying the previous record set in 1910.

Deputy chief leaving Columbia Police Department for chief job in Virginia

After 32 years of law enforcement in Columbia, Stephen Monticelli has accepted a position as chief of police in Harrisonburg, Va.

Columbia City Council votes to table rezoning request

The City Council voted to table a rezoning request from JQB Construction to build several condominiums at the southeast corner of Garth Avenue and Blue Ridge Road.

Freshman Junyi Wu leads Hickman boys tennis team to victory over Helias

Junyi Wu, a freshman who has played tennis seriously for only about a year, earned wins for Hickman at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles in an 8-1 victory over Helias Catholic on Monday.

Local business donates to MU Thompson Center for World Autism Day

Marathon Building Environments partnered with Fresh Ideas' Food Service kitchen at Stephens College for a fundraiser and collected $750 for the MU Thompson Center in conjunction with World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Trayvon Martin, the media and blaming the victim

The killing of the Florida teenager has the parents of many black boys wondering: "Is my son the next Trayvon Martin?"

Forum on contraceptive mandate controversy to occur Wednesday night

The free event — intended to get audience members thinking and talking civilly about a controversial topic — will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in MU's Hulston Hall.

City to begin bus service to Columbia Farmers' Market

A city bus will run on Saturday mornings to give residents access to the Columbia Farmers' Market.

Shots fired in home invasion on Mexico Gravel Road

Three unidentified men carrying handguns and wearing bandanas over their faces forced open the front door. So far, no arrests have been made.

Frances Sackman loved tennis, Scrabble

Frances Sackman died Thursday, March 29, 2012. She was 99.