Missouri softball trounces ISU in regional opener

Missouri coach Ehren Earleywine has been waiting for freshman first baseman Kelsea Roth to get hot all season. In the sixth inning, she hit a two-run home run, and the Tigers went on to win 6-0.

Columbia's Jack Langen represents Missouri in the National Geographic Bee

West Junior High School eighth-grader Jack Langen will compete in the National Geographic Bee finals starting Tuesday in Washington, D.C. 


Columbia's blight debate: A question of jobs vs. neighborhood values

Columbia residents worry about property values and eminent domain in neighborhoods designated as blighted. Proponents of an enhanced enterprise zone insist the worries are unfounded and that the city needs to offer incentives to attract manufacturing jobs.

UPDATE: Missouri legislature passes contraception bill on final day

Missouri's Republican-led Legislature gave final approval to a bill stating that employers can refuse to provide health insurance for birth control, abortion or sterilization. The contraception legislation now goes to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

UPDATE: 52-year-old Columbia resident dies in car accident

A Columbia woman died in a two-vehicle accident on Friday morning. Her passenger and the driver of the other car were injured.

SEC, Big 12 agree to bowl game

The regular-season champions from each conference will play on New Year's Day beginning in 2014, positioning themselves for the expected switch to a four-team playoff. The deal is set for five years, and host sites will be announced later.

Missouri baseball team loses third straight

The Missouri baseball team lost 6-3 on Friday at Kansas, dropping the Tigers to 27-26 overall and 9-14 in the Big 12 Conference.

Tolton Catholic's Freidel earns third in state long jump

Trailblazers freshman Chase Freidel finished third in the Class 1 state championship long jump with a mark of 16'2.25". She will also compete Saturday in the 400-meter dash finals.

MU School of Health Professions kicks off health conversation series

A new lunchtime series in the MU School of Health Professions aims to share research and generate a cross-pollination of ideas. 

Janet Barnes improving after serious illness

Janet Barnes, the world's longest-living quadriplegic who was struck by a car April 23, contracted an unknown illness Tuesday. Despite a bleak prognosis, she has seen significant improvements in her health.

Lee Elementary students create mosaic for Red Cross

Students at Lee Elementary School learned about volunteering by creating a clay relief mosaic for the American Red Cross that includes shapes the students felt represent the organization.

Walkers, bikers enjoy free breakfast during Bike, Walk and Wheel Week

Commuters and students enjoyed a free breakfast provided by various venues for Bike, Walk and Wheel week.

UPDATE: Missouri lawmakers face contraception issue on last day

The Senate's 28-6 vote sends the bill to the House for final approval on the last day of the annual legislative session. Lawmakers face a constitutional deadline of 6 p.m. Friday to wrap up their work for the 2012 session.

Missouri attorney general urges Supreme Court to set execution dates

Chris Koster filed a motion on Thursday asking the Missouri Supreme Court to set execution dates for nine men.

Solar eclipse on Sunday peaks at sunset in Missouri

The astronomy association invites the public to view the partial eclipse from Laws Observatory on the MU campus for free starting at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Robert Smith served family, community and country

Jim Hellmann remembered for his musical talents and love of nature

Over the years, Mr. Hellmann earned a reputation as a talented musician in Columbia. He was admired for his skill on an impressive range of instruments.

Interstate 70 limited to one lane beginning Monday

Due to roadwork, traffic will be limited to one lane on Interstate 70 near the county line between May 21 and May 24.

Robert E. Smith, June 10, 1926 — Friday, May 18, 2012, of Columbia

James J. Froese, Aug. 30, 1936 — May 17, 2012, of Columbia